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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's announcement that he will seek therapy -- but not resign -- amid sexual harassment charges was denounced by critics on Friday. Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing one of Filner's alleged victims, said she was suspicious about his motives for getting therapy. "I view his decision to seek therapy as a ploy to stay in power and to try to gain sympathy," she said in a statement. "If he feels that he needs therapy, he should resign first and then seek it. It is ridiculous to think that he needs therapy in order to understand that women deserve respect and should not be treated like pieces of meat.
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February 11, 2014 | By David Zucchino
RALEIGH, N.C. - State regulators in North Carolina have asked a judge to delay what environmentalists claim is a sweetheart deal with Duke Energy designed to protect the nation's largest electrical utility from heavy fines for allowing coal ash into the state's rivers. The move came a week after a massive spill dumped up to 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River from a Duke Energy containment basin at a shuttered coal-fired plant in Eden, N.C. Duke and state regulators have downplayed the severity of the spill.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1985 | From Reuters
Three journalists who donned white doctors' coats to gain entry to a comatose soap opera star's hospital room were given suspended four-month jail sentences Thursday. Unemployed reporter Eric Pachet and trainee journalists Raymond Kakou and Catherine Kondrachoff had planned to take photographs of star Chantal Nobel as she lay in a coma, but they were challenged by a nurse. Nobel appears in "Chateauvallon," a French series about a rich newspaper family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, Dumb Starbucks. The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers and CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," on display - but not for sale. Drinks are served in cups that mock the Seattle coffee giant's logo, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight in their Vons' packaging. The menu features such offerings as Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Frappuccinos and Wuppy Duppy Latte.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1986 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A Mexican internal security commander indicted by a grand jury investigating the kidnap-slaying of U.S. drug agent Enrique S. Camarena says the charge is a ploy by prosecutors to keep him in a San Diego jail. Mario Martinez Herrera, charged Friday with perjury, insists he told the truth to the grand jury during 2 1/2 hours of testimony, according to defense attorney Michael P. Murray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1992
I did not vote for Clinton and do have questions about his theories, but I'm willing to let the guy assume office before criticizing him. Not so for Hayden and Farah. They seem rather "picky" or perhaps Tom and Joe are using that as a ploy to keep their own names prominent. I.L. BEHRENDT Los Angeles
BUSINESS
September 10, 1989
Can't anyone see that Walt Disney Co.'s deal to buy Henson Associates ("Disney Invites Kermit, Friends to Join Mickey," Aug. 29) is a not too thinly disguised ploy to suppress the Muppets and eliminate their competition with Mickey Mouse? OLIVER BERLINER Beverly Hills
NEWS
August 18, 1991
I'm really sick and tired of the local TV news stations saying "Coming up next," and not keeping their word. When the say "next," I assume that the segment is coming up next, not 20 or 30 minutes later. This shallow ploy really turns viewers off. Henry Sakaida, Temple City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1989
That's a real smooth, typical Republican ploy: Bush proposing to bring special prosecutors under the benevolent supervision of the Justice Department, whose shortcomings are the occasion for appointing them in the first place! It is understandable. But for the special counsel, the Iran-Contra affair could have been hushed up, exactly as Meese and his White House and congressional cronies would have wished. And Bush himself, but for the evidence now brought out at Oliver North's trial, might have escaped the cloud of complicity hovering over his head.
NEWS
May 4, 2006
Thank you, thank you, thank you! ["Stadium's the Wrong Arena for Marriage Proposal," by Brad Dickson, April 27] I've often wondered about the girls who accept such proposals. What an egocentric ploy. At the ballgame, I've been known to shout, "Just say no!" Thank goodness my husband chose to propose in a private moment. MARY ECKNER Santa Clarita
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" producers continue to stay mum in the face of "cheating scandal" headlines. But one person who is talking -- kind of -- says the return of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is the real deal. Viewers were shocked when this week's weigh-in began with news that trainer Jillian Michaels broke rules by giving her teammates caffeine supplements. As a result, the earlier week's weigh-in was overturned, paving the way for the return of Studdard, the highest profile player ever to take part in NBC's weight-loss reality show.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sharon Osbourne says she's sorry she told the women on "The View" that they could go [bleep] themselves. But we're guessing she's probably not sorry for all the PR her comments and subsequent apology have generated. And that's why lately "The Talk" has been coming out ahead of its archrival in the daytime talk wars. The controversy started when Osbourne told Arsenio Hall this week that while Barbara Walters is "divine," the rest of "The View" panelists -- that would be Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd -- could go do something unnatural to themselves (expressed in more salty language)
BUSINESS
September 8, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - People who do business at California's Capitol witness a lot of odd events outside the building's main entrances. Even so, some were jarred to see a handful of stained, lumpy mattresses covering the north steps. The bedding was a backdrop for a pep rally last week promoting a bill to create a state recycling program for mattresses and box springs. Supporters of SB 254 - including politicians, mattress manufacturers, retailers and environmentalists - said the proposal would combat urban blight.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
In a new legal challenge, financial industry opponents of the city of Richmond's plan to seize underwater home loans call the gambit a disguised attempt to profit at the expense of everyday investors. Richmond is threatening to use eminent domain to remove troubled loans from mortgage bonds in order to write down the principal for homeowners. The novel plan, promoted by San Francisco investment firm Mortgage Resolution Partners, seeks to stop another wave of foreclosures in the working-class Northern California city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's announcement that he will seek therapy -- but not resign -- amid sexual harassment charges was denounced by critics on Friday. Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing one of Filner's alleged victims, said she was suspicious about his motives for getting therapy. "I view his decision to seek therapy as a ploy to stay in power and to try to gain sympathy," she said in a statement. "If he feels that he needs therapy, he should resign first and then seek it. It is ridiculous to think that he needs therapy in order to understand that women deserve respect and should not be treated like pieces of meat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1998
Re Prayer groups in schools (May 9): Schools are for learning and providing an education. Learning begins with curiosity and questions. Prayer groups do not require either of these two elements; they demand faith. Faith is an unquestioning belief in a dogma. In a group of students, whether seniors or freshman, there is usually a wide variance of beliefs; whose will prevail? There is no place for prayer in public schools; it is divisive. In my opinion, this is another ploy by the fundamentalist Christians in their attempt to make their beliefs the established religion of the United States.
OPINION
August 25, 1991
Although your reporting of the rapidly unraveling coup was quite good, your terminology showed you to be out of step with the trend of world events. Identifying this desperate last grasp for power by the conservative, hard-line Marxists as coming from the political right is a clever media ploy. Regardless from which country they originate, political parties that advocate socialism, an all-powerful central government that overrides citizen rights and private property laws is associated with the political left.
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON -- Houston Manager Bo Porter called Angels Manager Mike Scioscia on Saturday to apologize for what many players consider a bush-league ploy, one that caused confusion between Angels catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo on a popup that dropped in front of the Astros dugout Friday night. With two on, one out and the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Chris Carter hit a foul popup that Conger appeared to have a bead on before someone from the Astros' dugout yelled, “I got it!
NEWS
November 2, 2012 | By Carla Hall
There's no doubt that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet ballot measure, Proposition 30, which would raise the sales tax and increase the state's top marginal income tax rate, is a lot less popular than his real pet, Sutter, a Pembroke Welsh corgi.  So the governor, who has been out on the campaign trail talking up the ballot measure as a way to avert drastic cuts in school funding, has dispatched his dog to help out. Sutter, who is 9 years old, is on a...
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