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March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant, Maloy Moore and Doug Smith
Approaching retirement, Ventura County Chief Executive Marty Robinson was earning $228,000 a year. To boost her pension, which would be based on her final salary, Robinson cashed out nearly $34,000 in unused vacation pay, an $11,000 bonus for having earned a graduate degree and more than $24,000 in extra pension benefits the county owed her. By the time she walked out the door last year, her pension was calculated at $272,000 a...
March 2, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Hundreds of airline pilots are set to retire soon and new federal rules require existing pilots to get more rest between flights. Does that signal a pilot shortage for the airline industry? It depends on who you talk to. The impact of a pilot shortage would hit travelers hard, as airlines would have to cancel flights and raise fares for those remaining flights that are fully staffed. Airline executives have recently blamed a pilot shortage for cuts to air service. Bryan Bedford, chief executive of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., said last month that the regional carrier would be removing 27 of its 243 aircraft from service because of a lack of qualified pilots.
March 1, 2014
Washington 122, at Philadelphia 103: Trevor Ariza made eight three-pointers and scored a career-high 40 points to help the Washington Wizards win their sixth straight game, 122-103 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Ariza made all six three-point attempts in the first quarter for 24 points and finished 14 for 23 from the floor overall. The 76ers lost their 13th straight game on the night they retired Allen Iverson's No. 3. Iverson had his number sent to the rafters, fit between Maurice Cheeks' No. 10 and Charles Barkley's No. 34. The 76ers had a rare sellout of 20,856 for Iverson's triumphant homecoming.
February 28, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Repeated head injuries among professional football players can lead to hormonal dysfunction and decreased quality of life, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma earlier this month. The study found 16 of the 68 retired NFL players examined had pituitary hormonal deficiency. Thirty-four of the former players also showed evidence of metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that included high blood pressure and high cholesterol that are also associated with low testosterone.
February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
It used to be that when a skateboard had shredded its last empty pool or hopped its last handrail, it took a one-way trip to the great halfpipe in the sky. But thanks to a Long Beach-based company called Art of Board, there's now new life for some of the battered and broken slabs. Wooden skateboard decks - in all their scuffed, gouged and worn glory - are finding new uses in board shorts, T-shirts, hats, socks, pillows, wallets and a range of flooring and wall tiles. Through its "I Ride, I Recycle" program, Art of Board collects broken wooden skateboard decks from 400 skate/surf shops, skate parks and the like from New York City to Los Angeles.
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has begun notifying users that it plans on retiring its '' email addresses in a few days, bringing to a close a failed initiative by the company to replace users' email with its own messaging system. The company this week said it has begun notifying those who use "" that soon they will no longer be able to receive email in their Facebook Messages inbox. Come March, any emails sent to users' "" addresses will be forwarded to the address they have listed as their primary email.
February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Police Chief Bill Lansdowne said Tuesday that he will retire effective Monday, after 10 years as chief. Lansdowne, 69, became chief here in 2003 after serving as chief in San Jose and Richmond. Lansdowne talked recently for an hour with Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer but said that Faulconer did not request his resignation. Faulconer will be sworn in Monday. The San Diego department, with 1,856 sworn officers, has long been considered one of the nation's best, particularly in the technique of community oriented policing in which police and residents meet frequently to discuss problems.
February 24, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Michigan Rep. John Dingell, the dean of the House and the most tenured lawmaker in the history of Congress, will retire at the end of his current term, he announced Monday. Dingell told newspapers in his Detroit-area district that he won't seek a 31st term this year, ending a nearly six decade-long career in Washington. A formal announcement will come later Monday. “I'm not going to be carried out feet first,” Dingell told the Detroit News. "I don't want people to say I stayed too long.
February 24, 2014 | By David S. Cloud and W.J. Hennigan
WASHINGTON - The Army will shrink to its lowest troop levels since before World War II under a budget proposed Monday by the Obama administration that seeks to downsize the Pentagon from the wartime buildup of the last 13 years, and calls for retiring hundreds of aging aircraft and warships. The proposals reflect changing fortunes in the once-sacrosanct Pentagon budget. Congress has already ordered nearly $500 billion in defense spending cuts over the next decade, and automatic budget cuts - only partially rescinded - have caused a harsh reevaluation of military needs as the nation closes out the punishing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
February 20, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
A 44-year-old man was charged Thursday with killing a retired Hollywood High School teacher, authorities said. Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged with one count of murder, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Kratlian was arrested Tuesday by the FBI and the LAPD Fugitive Task Force. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County Harry Major, 82, was found dead Feb. 12 at his home in the 1400 block of North Vista Street, police said.
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