CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2011 |
Some of California's largest counties — including Los Angeles — could be forced to reveal the names and retirement benefits of tens of thousands of public employees under an appeals court ruling. The ruling, issued last week by the 3rd District Court of Appeal, marks the first time an appeals court has ordered the pension information released and came despite arguments from county officials and labor unions that it would violate the privacy of local government employees across the state.
May 8, 2011 |
One hundred retired FBI agents, many long past their crime-fighting days, are rallying this spring in an effort to exonerate a disgraced former agent from Boston who ran one of the bureau's most controversial informant operations. They call themselves the Former FBI Agents for Justice for John. Among them are two retired FBI deputy directors and another who became associate attorney general in Washington. Twice-convicted Agent John J. Connolly Jr. discredited the FBI. A son of South Boston, he turned the leaders of the Irish criminal underworld into government informants on their Italian American counterparts, and then was convicted of tipping them off to imminent arrest as well as taking payoffs from them even as they continued to kill people.
April 28, 2011 |
The Sun City community here has just about anything active seniors could want: a fitness center, swimming pools and an array of classes including dance, aerobics, personal finance and computer skills. Outside, residents play pickleball in the warm air, near the amphitheater where a Jimmy Buffett tribute band will kick off the summer season. Golf carts hum on the streets, and in the main lodge's parking lot, spaces for the handicapped stretch toward the horizon. In the neat neighborhoods, there's nary a basketball hoop or spare toy in sight.
April 18, 2011 |
To properly know who Ronnie Lott is, and what he has become, it is important to know who he was. Also, it needs to be established that Lott will be 52 on May 8, which makes him, in the ongoing discussion of the long-term impact of NFL injuries, a tweener. He is between the days when the crippling hits occurred and the days they actually become crippling. He says he expects to really feel them in his 60s. "I know what's coming," Lott says. This is a hard subject for Lott because he is a hard guy. Raised in a military family and moving around as a child, he was perhaps the best football player to come out of Fontana, and Eisenhower High.
HOME & GARDEN
April 9, 2011 |
Whether housing for seniors has been built for independent or assisted living, the architecture seldom varies from the traditional. Few are modern in their aesthetics, and communities built to give residents comfort through familiar environs — to surround them with design they have lived with throughout their lives — may simply perpetuate existing models of retirement living and not consider the range of wants and needs of an aging but active population....
March 28, 2011 |
They are rebels with a cause. In their playing days, the NFL taught them to be competitors, never to go down without a fight. And so, in a quiet meeting room last weekend, away from the madding crowds of a Las Vegas casino, they got mad all over again. They have lost their youth but not their spunk. There are an estimated 21,000 NFL retirees. There are several groups that represent them, each with an agenda built around anger for the National Football League. This group was the Independent Football Veterans Inc. PHOTOS: The NFL and head injuries Visualize large men in broken bodies and listen to them as they talk about how the hits of yesteryear affect them now: Dave Pear, 57, veteran of six years and three NFL teams: "I played for the Raiders with a herniated disk in my neck.
March 13, 2011
Subject: Patricia Ricci, 67 Assets: Home valued at $750,000; $80,000 in stocks and mutual funds Liabilities: $124,000 mortgage; $6,000 credit card debt Financial goals: Reallocate investments and prepare for long-term-care needs Recommendations: Sell stock to pay off credit card debt. Reallocate existing investments into a more conservative mix of stocks and bonds, putting two-thirds into highly rated bonds and the remainder into an indexed mutual fund holding large-company stocks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2011 |
Tens of thousands of California state workers are taking advantage of a perk that pays them pension benefits for years they don't actually work, and reformers looking for places to cut have put it at the top of the list. State law allows the employees to increase their retirement benefits by tacking up to five fictitious years ? known as "air time" ? onto their public service. Although they pay a fee for the privilege and officials say it is high enough to cover the eventual payouts, critics of air time note that the boost can cost taxpayers millions when the state pension system's investment income falls short, as it has in recent years.
February 14, 2011 |
Social Security is the most successful social program in American history. It shouldn't be privatized; its benefits shouldn't be cut; and the retirement age shouldn't be raised. Before Social Security was established 75 years ago, more than half of our elderly population lived in poverty. Because of Social Security, the poverty figure for seniors today is less than 10%. Social Security also provides dignified support for millions of widows, widowers, orphans and people with disabilities.
January 9, 2011
The bullets did not discriminate. Sprayed from the barrel of a 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol by a man whose actions may never make sense, they killed six people and wounded 14 more. Those whose lives ended violently Saturday were participating in a basic democratic exercise. They had come to meet the woman who represents them in Washington, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A Democrat who had won her third term by a sliver, Giffords was the intended target of the shooter's attack, authorities said.