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March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the city's firefighter recruitment program Thursday amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism, including new emails that show special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department insiders. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The action follows a Times report last month that thousands of candidates who passed a written test were excluded from consideration for a new training class because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60 seconds of a filing period last spring.
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SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  The college offers are starting to pile up for Santa Ana Mater Dei receiver-linebacker Ben Humphreys. Coach Bruce Rollinson said Humphreys has offers from California, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Yale, Northwestern, Miami, Wisconsin, Oregon State and Duke. Humphreys will try to be what Thomas Duarte was for Mater Dei two years ago _ a big-time pass catcher and defensive standout. He also has terrific grades, so as he continues to get faster, stronger and better, the offers figure to increase.
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SPORTS
January 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 College basketball coaches, get ready to be a little excited. Khaili Bedart-Ghani, the 6-foot-3 senior guard from unbeaten Los Angeles Loyola, is now available after previously being committed to Yale. Bedart-Ghani has been one of the most exciting players, showing superb athletic ability with his dunking, defense and improved outside shooting. He has helped Loyola to a 12-0 start. We'll see which schools decide to start recruiting him. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
OPINION
March 23, 2014
Re "LAFD recruit program is suspended," March 21 As a retired L.A. firefighter, I'm outraged at the Los Angeles Fire Department's recent recruitment and hiring practices. There is the nagging suspicion that there is nothing recent about it at all. Doesn't the city have to adhere to rules of the civil service system that are supposed to ensure fairness and impartiality in hiring practices? The only way for the department to approach hiring is with complete openness and fairness.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Short of hospital nurses in recent years, St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica hired a recruiter in England and flew one of its top executives to London to interview job candidates. The recruiter's firm, Stateside Nursing, found 105 nurses and the hospital paid the company nearly $700,000 in recruiting fees and for providing "acculturation services" to help the foreigners adjust to life in Southern California. Despite all those payments, none of the nurses ever arrived in Santa Monica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2001
We believe using our schools to promote military recruitment constitutes an invasion of privacy ("Bill Could Boost Recruiting at Schools," Nov. 2). It also places undue pressure on young people as they discover their sexual orientation. It pushes away examination of conscience and the rightness of committing oneself to violent resolution of conflict. Military service is not just any career. Where is there any guarantee of equal time for students to be educated on their legal right to declare themselves as conscientious objectors?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1991
As a long-term reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, I would find it eminently reassuring if on just one occasion I could read a dissenting opinion regarding the advisability of the recruitment of male homosexuals into the department. My objection is limited to male homosexuals and is based on the evidence of massive HIV infection already present in this group of people. Female homosexuals pose no problem since their exposure to HIV is virtually nil and their rate of infection stands at par with the populace as a whole.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2009 | Washington Post
For the first time in more than 35 years, the U.S. military has met all of its annual recruiting goals, with hundreds of thousands of young people enlisting despite the near-certainty that they will go to war. The Pentagon, which made the announcement Tuesday, said the economic downturn and rising joblessness, as well as bonuses and other factors, had led more qualified youths to enlist. The military has not seen such across-the-board success since the all-volunteer force was established in 1973.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
The program opens with a television camera swooping down from the sky over choppy harbor waters, zooming in on a small fishing boat engulfed in flames. In another scene, firefighters and paramedics brace themselves precariously near a jagged canyon wall while hauling up a stretcher to which a 10-year-old boy is strapped. Such action is typical in dramatic prime time programs like "Magnum P.I." and "Miami Vice." In this case, however, the performances are not fictional.
NEWS
July 25, 1985 | MARK HENRY, Times Staff Writer
Three residents have asked the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education to investigate whether Santa Monica High School basketball players are being recruited from outside the district and to determine whether members of the 1984-85 team lived outside it. The recruitment of high school players would violate regulations of the California Interscholastic Federation, which governs high school sports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the city's firefighter recruitment program Thursday amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism, including new emails that show special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department insiders. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The action follows a Times report last month that thousands of candidates who passed a written test were excluded from consideration for a new training class because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60 seconds of a filing period last spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | Alan Zarembo
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country. The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer might want to stop talking about quarterback prospects. Or maybe he should just stop talking. After describing former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL prospect Johnny Manziel as an embarrassment to himself, his teammates and coaches on Wednesday, Switzer said Thursday during a radio interview with WNSR in Nashville that he would consider him a worthy draft selection. "I've said some negative things about him but at the same time I've said some very positive things about him. I love his ability; Johnny can play.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez, David Zahniser and Ben Welsh
Two top commanders who oversaw hiring and training at the Los Angeles Fire Department have been reassigned after officials learned their sons advanced during a recruitment process that has come under scrutiny at City Hall. Interim Fire Chief James G. Featherstone learned about the situation after being appointed last November and concluded that it posed a potential conflict of interest, his spokesman said Friday. "He immediately recognized this was not appropriate," spokesman Peter Sanders said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
One in five recruits in a new Los Angeles Fire Department training class are related to firefighters working at the agency, according to figures released Thursday evening. Of the 70 recruits hired for the class now in training, 13 are sons of firefighters and three are nephews, according to figures obtained by The Times from the department. A spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti said an investigation would be launched to determine how 22% of the class ended up being relatives of LAFD members.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow is a troublemaker. We've really known it all along, haven't we? It was just a matter of time that some fantastic scandal put an end to that squeaky-clean image. And now it's happened. Ohio State has reported itself to the NCAA for a recruiting violation, and Mr. Goody Two-Shoes is at the center of it. It seems Urban Meyer -- who coached Tebow at Florida and now heads the Buckeyes -- was having lunch one day last March when he received a call from high school recruit Clifton Garrett, a linebacker from Illinois.
NEWS
January 29, 1987
The Los Angeles Police Department will hold a job fair Saturday in an effort to recruit more officers, Deputy Chief William Rathburn said Tuesday. He said those interested in law-enforcement careers should visit the Police Academy, 1880 N. Academy Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to see self-defense demonstrations and talk to officers assigned to the mounted patrol, bomb squad, the special weapons and tactics team and anti-gang and anti-drug units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
The Orange County Sheriff's Department opened up recruitment Wednesday for its first class of correctional services assistants, who will help staff the jails at an eventual cost-savings of $10 million a year. Because they are non-sworn personnel and receive less training, they are also less expensive, said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. She said they will eventually make up 35% of the positions in the jail. Sworn positions will be reduced through attrition, Hutchens said. "Just this year we have been required to reduce our budget by $28 million and next year we're looking at a $60-million reduction," Hutchens said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
One in five recruits in a new Los Angeles Fire Department training class are related to firefighters working at the agency, according to figures released Thursday evening. Of the 70 recruits hired for the class now in training, 13 are sons of firefighters and three are nephews, according to figures provided to The Times by the department. A spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti said an investigation was being launched to determine how 22% of the positions went to relatives of LAFD members.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman continued his relentless attack on Herbalife, releasing a report that accuses millionaire Herbalife distributor John Tartol of misleading others into selling the company's nutrition products. Ackman's company, Pershing Square Capital Management, said in the report released on its website Thursday that Tartol has made millions of dollars by misleading people into believing they can get rich as independent Herbalife distributors. “What took us that many years to do - 25, 30-plus years - you can all do in the next six, seven, eight years,” Tartol said at a 2011 Herbalife convention in Las Vegas, according to Ackman's report.
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