August 30, 2013 |
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.
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July 26, 2013 |
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.
June 29, 2013 |
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!
November 2, 2012 |
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...
June 20, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt is a land of angry, puzzled faces. The sense of balance - if one ever existed in a country where chaos is as ancient and enduring as the pyramids - evaporates in whispers of unease. From bread lines to cafes and from stately neighborhoods to slanting shantytowns, Egyptians simmer with disgust over their unsated revolution. Heroes and villains slip in and out of narratives as the man responsible for the turmoil - Hosni Mubarak - lies near death, or so the public has been told, in a military hospital overlooking the Nile.
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June 16, 2012 |
For Julio Salgado and many others, the limbo of being an illegal immigrant - the fear of deportation, the hiding in plain sight, the uncertainties of the underground economy - appeared to vanish abruptly Friday. "We can exist now in the eyes of the country," said Salgado, 28, a Berkeley artist who got a degree from Cal State Long Beach two years ago but said his status as an undocumented immigrant has forced him to scrape together off-the-books jobs as an illustrator and fast-food worker.