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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) and his staff were described as "devastated" Saturday after an apparent murder-suicide involving a senior aide to the legislator. Michael J. Robbins, 67, who was long active in Los Angeles political circles, apparently shot his wife, Kim Gehring, 48, and then himself after an argument at their Baldwin Hills home late Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A former congressional aide accused of child molestation testified Monday that he never had sex with a 14-year-old Westminster boy and that the only time they touched was when they shook hands to say goodbye the last time they saw each other. Jeffrey Nielsen, under pointed and persistent cross-examination by an Orange County prosecutor, did acknowledge that he had looked at computer images of men having sex with boys but that he didn't consider it any more exciting than other gay pornography.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A teenager testifying in the molestation trial of a former aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said that moments before the pair had sex for the first time, the defendant acknowledged that he could get in trouble because the boy was so young.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The top aide to convicted former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges stemming from a congressional bribery scandal. William Heaton, 28, acknowledged accepting a golf trip to Scotland, expensive meals, and tickets to sporting events from 2002 to 2004 as payoffs for helping clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense in his perjury trial rests largely on the claim that he was too busy with pressing affairs of state to recall minor events such as conversations with reporters about an obscure CIA employee.
WORLD
January 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The top fundraiser for British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a police source said. Michael Levy was arrested when he returned to a London police station for a bail hearing after his first arrest last year in connection with alleged offenses in a political funding scandal. Levy, who is also Blair's personal Middle East envoy, denied any wrongdoing. He was released on bail.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2007 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Four months after the congressional page scandal rocked Capitol Hill and helped dash Republican hopes for holding their majorities in Congress, the House voted unanimously Friday to expand the board that oversees the teenage interns and require that it meet regularly. The House voted 416 to 0 to reorganize the House Page Board so that it has two congressional members from each party, the House clerk, the sergeant at arms, one parent of a page and one former page.
WORLD
January 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair was arrested Friday in an investigation into whether political honors, such as seats in the House of Lords and knighthoods, were traded for cash. Ruth Turner, Blair's director of government relations, was questioned on suspicion of being involved in the illegal sale of honors and perverting the course of justice, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
He was booted out of the Capitol three years ago, but when former Gov. Gray Davis returns today to watch the man who replaced him sworn in for a second term, he'll find an eerie resemblance to what he left behind. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has entrusted onetime Davis aides with his administration's success, appointing them to top jobs. He has embraced policies that Davis favored and settled into a similar governing style.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The first surprise of the March 2007 elections for Los Angeles City Council came Saturday morning when Alvin Parra, a deputy to first-term Councilman Jose Huizar, resigned his job and then filed to run against Huizar. "I worked for him for about a year, and what became very clear to me is that Jose Huizar is not the person that he portrays himself to be," Parra said. "He has made it clear that what goes on in the district and field aren't his priorities. He's more concerned with City Hall."
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