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February 23, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Leaders of a California labor group battling the giant Service Employees International Union alleged in a lawsuit Tuesday that the SEIU engaged in a pattern of violent threats and strong-arm tactics against dissident unionists. The suit, filed in Superior Court in San Francisco, is the latest salvo in the bitter intra-union clash pitting the SEIU against the breakaway National Union of Healthcare Workers. For two years, the rival group has been trying to woo SEIU members at California hospitals and healthcare facilities.
December 23, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Six teenagers giggle and debate how to move a bush on a trolley without dropping it. Others, wearing batting gloves, lift bricks and wipe away ants and spiders crawling up their arms. Another tediously rolls his rake along a dirt field looking for rocks and nails. All are members of the San Juan Capistrano JSerra baseball team. Carrying shovels instead of bats and wearing shorts instead of sliding pants, they spent three days in September helping clean horse stalls and move heavy materials while sprucing up the Shea Center, which was founded in 1978 to serve as a therapeutic riding center for individuals with disabilities.
December 16, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Bob Feller, an Iowa farm boy who became one of baseball's most enduring stars as an overpowering pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, died Wednesday. He was 92. Feller, who was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, died at a Cleveland-area hospice, the Indians said. He was diagnosed with leukemia in August and more recently was hospitalized with pneumonia. FOR THE RECORD: Bob Feller: The obituary of baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller in the Dec. 16 LATExtra section said he was the first pitcher to throw three no-hitters.
November 15, 2010 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
A request by the attorney general and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office to delay a civil suit filed against current and former Bell officials indicates a lack of evidence the city leaders plotted to loot the city treasury, the defendants' lawyers said Monday. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed the suit in September, alleging that former City Administrator Robert Rizzo and others conspired to drive up their salaries, inflate their pensions and conceal the cost to taxpayers.
October 15, 2010
Are the Imperial Stars the most cataclysmically idiotic rock band since Spinal Tap, or the most outrageously successful self-promoters since Madonna? The Orange County trio gave an impromptu concert Tuesday morning in the middle of the 101 Freeway, parking a truck diagonally across three lanes of traffic near the Sunset Boulevard exit, climbing to the roof and firing up their microphones and electric guitars to belt out a rendition of a song titled, appropriately, "Traffic Jam 101. " That's precisely what the group created, delaying some drivers as much as an hour, endangering commuters and wasting police time.
August 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan's beleaguered prime minister has unveiled a new Cabinet intended to turn the tide of his unpopularity and regain the support of voters worried about rising prices and fed up with scandals. But the shake-up produced mostly old-guard faces, and the opposition derided it as merely a cosmetic change and a publicity stunt. Yasuo Fukuda, who has seen his ratings nose-dive in recent months amid accusations of bribery in the bureaucracy and lost pension records, said the new Cabinet would focus on reforms but needed veterans to carry out his policies.
May 15, 2008 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Calling the accusations against him "a publicity stunt," O.J. Mayo on Wednesday emphatically denied allegations that he accepted cash and gifts in violation of NCAA rules and said his accuser might be striking back after he severed ties between them. Mayo said he would cooperate with investigations by the NCAA and Pacific 10 Conference after a report he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in prohibited extra benefits before and during the one season he played basketball for USC.
June 16, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Wide-eyed dreamers from throughout the world came here Friday to see the gleaming gold-and-white Plymouth Belvedere -- buried decades ago in a time capsule as a publicity stunt. What they saw was a waterlogged mass of metal with tailfins, shrouded in a patina of rust. Back in 1957, when Oklahoma was celebrating its 50th anniversary, all the attention was going to Oklahoma City, and Tulsans were feeling neglected. Oklahoma City's celebration had Mickey Rooney. Tulsa's had a beard-growing contest.
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