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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
"You're not going to believe what happened last night," Jeff Galfer said as he opened the door to his Atwater Village apartment. "I got another ticket. " Galfer and I had been talking for weeks about his Kafkaesque battles with the Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau. Galfer would contest what he thought was an unfair parking citation, and the bureau would tell him his fine was on hold while the appeal was under review. The next thing he knew, a letter would arrive saying he owed not only the original fine, but late fees and penalties.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
It's tax day, and for those scrambling to get their forms postmarked in time, the U.S. Postal Service is making things a little easier. Some post offices will have extended hours to help last-minute filers make the midnight deadline. Federal tax returns must be postmarked by April 15 to be considered filed on time by the Internal Revenue Service. Tax Day quiz: Honest Abe? Tricky Dick? Machine Gun Kelly? Three postal centers will be staying open until midnight to collect mail: Los Angeles main office: 7001 S. Central Ave. Santa Ana: 3101 W. Sunflower Ave Santa Clarita: 28201 Franklin Parkway Last-minute mailers should note that the Los Angeles location will only have retail service available until 10 p.m. Retail sales will stop at the Santa Ana location at 7 p.m., and at 5 p.m. in Santa Clarita.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2009 | Cynthia Dizikes
In the heart of the Ethiopian community here, a group of friends gathered after work in an office to chew on dried khat leaves before going home to their wives and children. Sweet tea and sodas stood on a circular wooden table between green mounds of the plant, a mild narcotic grown in the Horn of Africa. As the sky grew darker the conversation became increasingly heated, flipping from religion to jobs to local politics. Suddenly, one of the men paused and turned in his chair.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | Associated Press
For the first time in its 150-year history, the U.S. Postal Service is straying from the traditional square/rectangular stamp format to introduce a line of 32-cent triangular stamps, officials announced Thursday. The stamps, named Pacific 97 after a major international stamp show scheduled for May in San Francisco, feature a mid-19th century clipper ship against a blue background in one version and a U.S. mail stagecoach against red in another. They go on sale throughout the nation today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1988 | ANDREA FORD, Times Staff Writer
So you want to grouse about paying almost a quarter for a postage stamp? Consider this: Newport Beach lawyer Michael T. Walsh paid $75,000 for one Thursday. And the picture on it isn't even right side up. The stamp was issued by the Iranian government in 1950 and still is glued to an envelope. It is, according to a stamp broker, the most expensive Iranian stamp ever sold, and it is thought to be one of only two of its kind still in existence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1988 | BOB JAMES, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles area residents intending to go to the post office today may be in for a surprise as postal officials, seeking to cut $160 million from this year's operating budget, have closed down 21 offices on Saturdays and shortened weekday hours at more than 110 others. Mail delivery will still continue on Saturdays. However, there will no longer be Sunday pickup or processing, adding a one-day delay to mail delivery during the week.
NEWS
August 7, 1991 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade ago, many people considered Jack Bailey the best of men. He was praised as a humanitarian who had aided thousands of Southeast Asian refugees, hailed as a hero who had given desperate people a chance to live. One missionary called him "the most genuinely compassionate man I ever met." Then that Jack Bailey seemed to all but vanish, sinking into the murky realm where Americans haunted by Vietnam try to raise the dead--the presumed dead, that is.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1993 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 120 investigators and prosecutors looking into workers' compensation fraud in Southern California served search warrants Wednesday at 31 sites, including the homes and offices of a string of doctors and lawyers suspected of paying illicit kickbacks. The investigation is one of several major workers' compensation fraud probes launched by authorities in the region since the beginning of last year.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2000 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Northrop Grumman Corp. has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of overcharging the U.S. Air Force for B-2 bomber instruction and repair manuals, federal prosecutors said Friday. In the latest allegations of overcharging on the $44-billion bomber program, a former employee accused Century City-based Northrop of violating the federal Truth in Negotiations Act by inflating cost estimates on the manuals.
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