CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2011 |
Ten Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officers have sued the city, alleging that their supervisors retaliated against them for resisting traffic ticket quotas, according to a court filing reviewed Thursday. Attorneys for West Traffic Division Officers Philip Carr, Kevin Cotter, Timothy Dacus, Peter Landelius, Kevin Ree, Kevin Riley, Josh Sewell, Vincent Stroway, James Wallace and Jason Zapatka filed suit a week ago in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Among their allegations is that LAPD supervisors punished them for refusing to follow orders to implement traffic ticket quotas.
June 11, 2011 |
Oil and pump prices fell as the world's biggest petroleum exporter took steps Friday to boost its output. Saudi Arabia may increase its oil production by as much as 13% in coming days, a Saudi newspaper reported Friday. The word came just two days after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries snubbed a Saudi call to raise production quotas to reduce prices and help boost the global economic recovery. Analysts saw the production move as a bold step to reassert Saudi influence over OPEC.
June 8, 2011 |
Motorists could face higher costs at the gas pump, analysts said, as oil prices jumped after a meeting of OPEC ministers dissolved into bickering. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps 40% of the world's oil, unexpectedly failed to agree Wednesday on plans to increase production quotas to meet growing global demand. Ali Ibrahim Naimi, oil minister for Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer, called it "one of our worst meetings ever," marked by so much discord that the cartel couldn't even agree on when to meet again.
May 6, 2011 |
They were once hailed as a potent symbol of France's ethnic melting pot; the French soccer team, known as Les Bleus but nicknamed the "black-blanc-beur" (black-white-Arab) squad. Today, French soccer officials stand accused of hatching a secret plan to limit the number of nonwhite players in line to eventually make the national squad. A secret recording has members of the country's soccer federation discussing capping the number of 12- and 13-year-old black and Arab hopefuls at sports academies to 30%. Quotagate, as it is being called, emerged on the investigative website Mediapart last week, sparking controversy and official inquiries.
April 30, 2011
Bear hunting in California is not a popular sport. A fraction of 1% of Californians hunts bears in the state. But it is highly regulated by the state's Department of Fish and Game. The season runs roughly from October through December. Hunters must obtain an identification tag, make only one kill, and turn in the tag with information on where the bear was taken, along with the bear's skull so that state authorities can determine the gender and age to monitor the population. (The skulls are returned.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2011 |
A jury awarded a pair of Los Angeles police officers $2 million Monday after determining that LAPD supervisors had retaliated against the officers for complaining about alleged traffic ticket quotas. Howard Chan and David Benioff, both veteran motorcycle officers with the department's West Traffic Division, sued the department in 2009, alleging that they had been punished with bogus performance reviews, threats of reassignment and other forms of harassment after objecting to demands from commanding officers that they write a certain number of tickets each day, according to the suit.