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April 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former senior staffer on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the public by steering potential clients and inside government information to disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in return for cash, gifts and the promise of a high-paying job.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
The top aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could earn a state salary exceeding $200,000 a year as part of a round of raises the governor is preparing to award his senior deputies. The raises could lift some salaries among the 185 people working in the governor's office to $169,500 in certain cases, with the governor's chief of staff, Susan P. Kennedy, eligible for up to $225,000. Kennedy now collects a state salary of $143,000, and the most senior aides beneath her earn about $134,000.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2007 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) on Tuesday described as "unfortunate" an aide's arrest the day before for carrying a loaded pistol into a Senate office building, but he quickly followed that comment with an unapologetic endorsement of the right to bear arms. Cementing his status as one of the most unconventional members of Congress, Webb said that since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it has been "a more dangerous time" for people in government.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A top aide to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) was charged with trying to carry a loaded pistol and ammunition into a Senate office building, Capitol Police said. The staffer, Phillip Thompson, told police that the gun belonged to Webb, authorities said. Thompson said he forgot that the gun was in a briefcase and that he meant no harm. Thompson, 44, was jailed pending an appearance today in D.C. Superior Court.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who underwent surgery in 2005 for colon cancer, said Friday that a series of medical scans had turned up a small growth in his lower abdomen and that he would have it surgically removed Monday. He said at least one set of scans was negative, as were blood tests looking for a return of the cancer. "But out of an aggressive sense of caution," he said, he will undergo the surgery.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2007 | From the Washington Post
The former leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said Wednesday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government's racketeering case. Sharon Eubanks said Bush loyalists in Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales' office began micromanaging the team's strategy in the final weeks of the 2005 trial, to the detriment of the government's claim that the industry had conspired to lie to U.
WORLD
March 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A key aide to former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic has been arrested for allegedly siphoning millions of dollars of state money, police said. Former customs chief Mihalj Kertes, a key player during the late president's decade-long rule in the 1990s, was detained on a request from Serbia's prosecutor for organized crime, police said.
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.
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.
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