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January 5, 1989
I just read the article ("Newsmakers," Part I, Dec. 20) about the two boys who found a wallet with $2,000 and returned it to the owner. Someone felt that their $1 reward was too meager and raised $100 for them "to make these kids feel better." Whatever happened to the idea of honesty for honesty's sake and just doing the right thing? The idea that someone must be monetarily rewarded for being honest is wrong. What kind of message do you think these two young boys came away with--not one that builds character, I assure you. These children should "feel better" because they did something kind for someone.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Depending on your knowledge of the material and expectations going in, the touring version of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, might be either an ingenious, audience-friendly re-creation or a bastardization of this classic American show. Both perspectives can reside within the same spectator, as they do within me, one alternately gaining the upper hand over the other. Undeniable, however, is the majesty of the score, which begins after the Overture with "Summertime" and keeps soaring with "My Man's Gone Now," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Loves You, Porgy.
November 8, 2009 | Mike Penner
Evidently, there is a different set of Jordan Rules for the next generation. When Michael Jordan's son, Marcus, persisted in wearing a pair of white Nike Air Jordan shoes during the University of Central Florida's recent exhibition game against St. Leo, Adidas announced it was ending its sponsorship of Central Florida sports, proving this Jordan was not bigger than the game -- or a contractual obligation with a sporting goods manufacturer....
April 23, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
The reward for finding the person who attacked a brown pelican, slashing its throat, was raised to $5,000, a bird rescue organization announced Wednesday. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization centered on protecting animals, joined the International Bird Rescue-Los Angeles Center to offer the reward. Rescue officials say the female brown pelican is on track to a full recovery after its pouch was left hanging from its neck. If charged, the culprit could pay a fine of up to $15,000 and serve up to six months in federal jail, said Erin Dean, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement for Southern California.
April 3, 2013
Re "Pay the Dorner rewards," Editorial, March 31 This debate over paying out the reward money for Christopher Dorner's capture and conviction should be less about who deserves this money and more about why a reward is necessary in our supposedly just society. In the case of the two groups now vying for a piece of the reward, it's very likely both would have brought their information to the police regardless of any compensation. Rather than turning people into mercenaries, we should inform citizens and encourage them to do the right thing.
April 19, 2013 | By Phil Willon
A camp ranger who was carjacked by fugitive former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner and who called 911 plans to sue Los Angeles to collect the entire $1-million reward offered for the now-deceased ex-L.A. police officer, his attorney said Friday. Attorney Allen L. Thomas said his client, Rick Heltebrake,  filed a proper claim to collect the reward offered by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and funded by various entities and accused the city of trying to “walk away” from considering that request.
March 27, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Joel Rubin
With no "arrest and conviction" of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner--the subject of an intense manhunt last month--some donors to a $1-million reward are rethinking their pledges. The LAPD says there's still enough for a $1-million payout, but the city of Riverside has already rescinded its $100,000 contribution for information leading to Dorner's "arrest and conviction. " "Because the conditions were not met, there will not be a payment of a reward by the city," said Riveside city spokeswoman Cindie Perry.
April 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Joseph Serna
Three retired judges will determine who gets the $1-million Christopher Dorner reward, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. People have until April 19 to claim their portion of the money. The reward - a collection of smaller donations from about a dozen agencies, groups and individuals - was initially offered for Dorner's “capture and conviction.” However, that's “irrelevant” under the new criteria, according to new reward guidelines, because Dorner was chased into a cabin in Big Bear, where he eventually shot himself.
March 29, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
The resolve of a group of donors that raised a $1-million reward in the Christopher Dorner case suffered another blow Friday as a second major contributor withdrew its pledge. Directors of the 64,000-member Peace Officers Research Assn. of California voted overwhelmingly to withdraw the association's $50,000 commitment, said Ron Cottingham, the union's president. The move comes on the heels of a similar decision  this week by elected officials in Riverside, who opted to take back the city's $100,000 pledge to the Dorner reward.
March 27, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Riverside's mayor on Wednesday defended the city's decision to pull back a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner . The LAPD says there's still enough for a $1-million payout, culled from various sources during the manhunt. Riverside rescinded its $100,000 contribution for information leading to Dorner's "arrest and conviction. " Dorner was killed at the end of the standoff. "Because the conditions were not met, there will not be a payment of a reward by the city,"  Riverside spokeswoman Cindie Perry said last week.
April 23, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
L.A. County sheriff's detectives have exhausted all leads in the January murder of a man in Compton and on Wednesday offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tauruson McMillian, a public works employee in the city of Pasadena, was killed about 6:40 p.m. Jan. 4 in the 1300 block of North Wilmington Avenue in Compton. Lt. John Corina said the 34-year-old had left a friend's house and was talking to his girlfriend on the phone as he was driving his red 2004 Chevy SS Monte Carlo when someone fired at him from a light-colored sedan.
April 16, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
In the final night of the playoffs on "The Voice," the five members of Team Usher took the stage to perform songs they'd chosen themselves in hopes of being among the three singers selected by their coach to compete in the live shows. T.J. Wilkins, the music student out of South-Central Los Angeles, sought to show off his "soulful essence," as Usher put it, on Rufus and Chaka Kahn's "Tell Me Something Good," which was written by Stevie Wonder, one of Wilkins' heroes. Usher had instructed Wilkins to sound like "horns.
April 12, 2014 | Rene Lynch
Hers is the Cinderella story of the fitness world. At age 40, Tosca Reno says she was nearly 80 pounds overweight, depressed and clinging to a bad marriage because, as a stay-at-home mother, she feared she couldn't raise her three young girls on her own. Today, at 53, she is one of the most recognized celebrities in the fitness world -- and not only because she recently posed for the cover of Oxygen magazine in a blue bikini that showed off...
April 11, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
If you like participating in hotel loyalty programs, you're going to be happiest with Marriott Rewards, according to a study release Friday by J.D. Power. Marriott's program ranked first among such programs with a score of 707 based on a 1,000-point scale. Marriott includes such brands as Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Ritz-Carlton. Second was IHG, which includes Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental Hotel & Resorts, among others.
April 11, 2014 | By Alice Short
CHARLESTON, S.C. - When the email proposing a business meeting in Charleston popped up, it took all of three seconds to say yes. I'd never been to South Carolina, but I've read glowing dispatches from friends and colleagues for years. Southern hospitality is not a myth, they insisted, as they extolled the beauty of the area and its vigorous dining and bar scene. When I started to research this coastal city, it was its Civil War-era attractions that proved most compelling. After all, the war "started" here when Confederate forces forced Union troops from Ft. Sumter in April 1861.
April 10, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Police on Thursday announced a $75,000 reward in the killing of a 28-year-old woman and her 1-year-old son, who died in a March 5 house fire that appeared to be intentionally set. Authorities responded to the fire about 11:30 a.m. in a converted garage in the 100 block of East 50th Street, said Los Angeles Police Det. Louie Calzadillas. Investigators found evidence that Gisella Yauli, 28, had been tied up in a bedroom. Yauli and her 1-year-old son, Dillan Reyes, died from smoke inhalation.
March 31, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
What are the nature and purpose of a reward offered to help apprehend a criminal suspect? As generations of first-year law students have learned, a reward may be viewed as a contract in which someone, usually a public agency, makes an "offer" of money in return for information; a person with information then "accepts" that offer by providing the information and pocketing the cash. That's fine as a legal definition, but it ignores the larger purpose of a reward. A reward is an inducement - a way of engaging the public in the attempt to thwart some threat to safety.
May 23, 1993
Regarding the two bar patrons, Humberto Ochoa and Demy Mourami, who spotted and reported (Mark Richard) Hilbun ("Suspect in O.C. Crime Spree Pleads Not Guilty," May 11): It seems extremely unfair that instead of the $25,000 reward promised by the Dana Point post office, the spokeswoman now states, "Something will be paid, yes, but I just can't state the exact amount." And why must these two men wait until Hilbun is convicted? Unfair! MARJORIE APPEL BUTLER Newport Beach
April 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Less than two months after Delta Airlines revamped its loyalty rewards program, American Airlines has announced loyalty program changes that offer breaks for some travelers but cut out some freebies for others. Unlike the overhaul made at Delta, American will continue to base its rewards points on how many miles you travel. Delta's program now calculates points based on how much money you spend on air travel. The changes announced Tuesday by American attempt to more closely align the rewards rules of the carrier and US Airways, which are in the process of merging to become the world's largest airline.
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