November 9, 2010 |
The German money was supposed to go to Jews who had been victims of the Nazis. Instead, the supervisor of two reparation funds and several accomplices steered more than $42 million to thousands of ineligible recipients while skimming millions of dollars for themselves, according to federal charges filed Tuesday. The alleged ringleader was identified as Semyon Domnitser, a Russian immigrant who for the last 11 years had headed two large funds at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a nonprofit established in 1951 to distribute German money to Holocaust survivors, prosecutors said.
July 20, 2010 |
Beleaguered petroleum giant BP agreed Tuesday to sell oil and natural gas fields in the United States and other countries to rival Apache Corp. for $7 billion in its biggest move yet to raise money to pay reparations for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company announced plans to sell its Permian Basin fields in Texas and New Mexico — acquired as part of the purchase of Los Angeles-based Arco in 2000 — as well as properties in Canada and Egypt. Apache was said to be interested in BP's Alaskan assets, but they weren't part of the deal.
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June 4, 2010 |
Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner has said his experience as state insurance commissioner has "crystallized" his thinking as a conservative. A document obtained by The Times shows that Poizner, who in past campaigns described himself as a moderate, has apparently shifted more than previously known. FOR THE RECORD: Steve Poizner: An article about Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner in Friday's LATExtra section said that he expressed support for needle exchange programs on a 2004 questionnaire from the NAACP.
July 29, 2009
To what degree is the elected government of Iraq obligated to pay for the sins committed by the late dictator Saddam Hussein? Should neighboring Kuwait forgive Iraq's new leadership $24 billion in outstanding debt for the destruction wrought by the 1990 invasion, a seven-month occupation, looting and the violent retreat of Iraqi forces? And is it relevant that Iraq may need the money more than Kuwait does?
July 14, 2009 |
In an unprecedented feat, British surgeons implanted a donor heart in a dying toddler whose own heart was too weak to sustain life, then removed it 10 years later after the girl's own heart had fully recovered. The technique is unlikely to become widespread because of the severe shortage of pediatric donor hearts, but it suggests that better mechanical assist devices that take some or all of the load off a diseased heart could allow time for weakened hearts to heal themselves.
November 5, 2008
Re "So long, slavery reparations," Opinion, Oct. 31 Walter Olson's epitaph for reparations for the descendants of African slaves in the United States is premature. Although the issue may no longer appear in the daily news, it is most certainly buried in the American conscience, destined to resurface. Olson argues that black servitude was largely redressed by "social welfare, education, housing and urban programs." This may have been the intent, but it certainly was not the result.