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October 4, 1987
Is there no truth in newspapers reporting? I keep saying I can't believe the paper would do something like that, but here it is again. One night while attending a car cruise at the All-America Burger in Westwood, a young man approached me and said he was from the L. A. Times and was doing a story on today's hot rods and cruising. He asked if he could interview me and I was very happy to give him an interview, which consisted of my years with cars and building them; also the fact that most of the "street rodders" today are middle-aged men who still like to link with the past through their old cars; the fact that among the group attending that night consisted of a well-known artist, a well-known engine builder, police officers, retired police officers, a musician who has his own band, a school teacher, businessman and many many more.
March 3, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- On paid leave as he prepares to fight felony convictions for perjury and voter fraud, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) said Monday he is finding it frustrating to be away from the policy debate in Sacramento and being stuck in a world of legalese in the criminal justice system. “It's challenging" to be away from Sacramento, he said in his first extensive interview since he was convicted by a jury Jan. 29 of eight felonies. "I have been kinda, sorta involved in public policy for a long time.” Prosecutors said Wright lied when he claimed to live in Inglewood when he actually lived in the upscale Baldwin Hills neighborhood outside his Senate district.
September 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Greene County sheriff is investigating alleged abuse of pigs at a factory farm, which was caught on video by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The video shows workers at the farm near Bayard hitting sows with metal rods, slamming piglets on a concrete floor and bragging about jamming rods into sows' hindquarters. Sheriff Tom Heater said PETA representatives had "provided us with what appears to be some really good information." Asked if crimes had been committed, he responded, "It appears that there were, yes."
February 26, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A month after he was convicted of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright requested and was granted Tuesday a paid leave of absence until he is sentenced on May 16 or granted an appeal. It's about time Wright made an exit from the Legislature - he is, after all, a convicted felon. But a paid leave of absence? The only reason Wright still has a job is because his Senate colleagues decided to go easy on him and wait until the judge affirms his conviction and decides the sentence.
October 24, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
MowMar Farms said it has fired the manager of a Bayard hog-farming operation where workers were videotaped abusing pigs. Six workers have been charged with animal abuse and neglect. The announcement followed a decision by the Greene County sheriff to charge the employees, who no longer work for the company, MowMar said. The manager has not been charged, the company said. A video released a month ago by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals shows workers hitting sows with metal rods, slamming piglets on a concrete floor and bragging about jamming rods into the anuses of sows.
October 16, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Spencer Powell and his drilling crew assembled behind the Living Word Harvester Church at a spot where, according to Powell's ancient craft, they would find water. Powell, 59, learned to dowse for water more than 40 years ago from an old "water witcher" known simply as Mr. Ray. Now Powell runs a dowsing and drilling business, Diversified Water Well Drilling, and carries a notebook filled with the lengthening list of those seeking his services. Demand has skyrocketed in recent months here, about 180 miles west of Dallas, and statewide, fueled by the ongoing drought, heat wave and a boom in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a type of oil drilling that requires lots of water.
April 23, 2002
I fail to see the logic in centralizing all the spent nuclear fuel rods in one place, especially with America under siege from terrorist attacks ("Nev. Governor Faces Long Odds to Block Yucca Nuclear Dump," April 19). How much of the Great Basin and how many of the Western states would be rendered uninhabitable if a terrorist were able to detonate a nuclear device in a depository such as Yucca Mountain? Lawrence Turner Glendora
May 28, 1989 | MIKE KUPPER
Driver Jim Crawford has three steel rods between the knee and ankle of his right leg, the result of a crash here in 1987, and learned the other day that they might be permanent. In a story in the Indianapolis Star, surgeon Terry Trammell was asked about Crawford's crash in practice here earlier this month. "When the call came over my radio, it sounded a lot worse than it turned out," Trammell was quoted as saying. "I prayed it wasn't his legs because he's still got three steel rods in his right leg and I've got no idea how to get them out if they get bent."
December 29, 2001
Dear Times readers and baseball fans: You might be surprised by who is really responsible for the escalating salaries in baseball. It's you. Your desire for immediate gratification demands that your favorite teams go shopping for the "superstars" who will bring home a championship. You don't care what they spend now. You care only when they spend and then lose so you can abuse. Get serious, the A-Rods don't win championships, teams do. And give Dan Evans a break. He just saved you Dodger fans from the next Darren Dreifort, Chan Ho Park.
November 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Crews need to conduct more enhancement work, stress tests and inspections before the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be opened to traffic again, California Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Ney said Sunday evening. "We're not making a prediction on when the bridge will reopen," Ney said. The bridge has been closed since Tuesday night after two rods and a crossbar installed to repair a crack failed, sending 5,000 pounds of metal into rush-hour traffic.
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A trio of Republican state senators introduced a resolution Wednesday to expel Sen. Roderick Wright after he was convicted of eight felonies, and they say they will ask for a Senate vote on the measure Thursday. The motion is expected to be sent to committee without action or tabled, according to sources close to the Senate Democratic leadership. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has said previously that it is premature to expel Wright (D-Inglewood)
February 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright's sentencing on felony convictions has been postponed two months, until May 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Bjorn Dodd said Wright's defense attorney has asked for transcripts of all the trial testimony and those won't be ready until the middle of next month. Wright attorney Winston Kevin McKesson said Friday he needs the transcripts to prepare post-trial motions he will submit for Judge Kathleen Kennedy to consider.
January 28, 2014 | By Jean Merl, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008. In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.
January 13, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez on Monday filed a federal court challenge to his 162-game suspension for doping. He's right to do so. The details of the Jan. 11 arbitrator's ruling upholding the suspension, which is attached to the court complaint, should send shivers down the spine of anyone concerned about due process and the rule of law in America. Long story short: Those didn't exist in the arbitration room. (You can read the lawsuit here ; the arbitrator's ruling begins on page 44 of the file.)
January 9, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) deliberately misled voters and broke the law when he took steps to run for an Inglewood-area seat several years ago, a Los Angeles County prosecutor said Thursday during opening statements in Wright's perjury and voter fraud trial. But Wright's lead defense attorney said the veteran lawmaker acted properly and was the victim of a "murky" law governing residency rules for candidates and office holders. More than three years after his September 2010 indictment on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, Wright faced a nine-woman, three-man jury in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
December 7, 2013 | BILL SHAIKIN
The team had won 71 games, finishing a distant fourth in the American League West. The fans had gotten impatient. The best player in free agency had decided this would be all about the money, and that fourth-place team got him with a blowout bid. In 2000, that team was the Texas Rangers. They signed Alex Rodriguez for $252 million, won 73 games the following year, and dumped him on the New York Yankees two years later. On Friday, that team was the Seattle Mariners. They agreed to sign Robinson Cano for $240 million.
June 8, 1995
D o your eyelashes just sit there, sad little things with no curl? If they do (and it bugs you) there may be a solution. Ask Kat Chorich, the skin care and makeup director for Angles Salon in Santa Ana and Escondido. For four years, she's been doing lash perms. She says that, with the right solution and perm rods, she can control the kind of curl a client has. "They may tell me that they want more curl toward the outside of the lash, and I can do that," she says.
October 17, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Can you imagine this in the dead of night? For those who like Halloween and hot rods, the Devil Girl Baptismal Font and Patio Fire Bowl by Len and Bryan Von Speedcult (you can't make this up) is mighty tempting. More than 3 feet in diameter and almost as tall, it cradles flames inside quarter-inch raw steel. It looks cool with dry ice too. The bowl is made to order (takes two to four weeks) and costs $700. Speedcult also makes Creepy Blood Dripping Address numbers, available in seven finishes fit for the Munsters' mansion.
December 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Here are some of the best reads, long-form journalism and investigative reports you may have missed from the week past. USA Today examines FBI data, police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America and the people, weapons, circumstances and motivations behind the bloodshed. The New York Review of Books offers an inside look at the political history of Donald Rumsfeld from the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush to the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
November 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Alex Rodriguez has had enough of the grievance hearing that was filed in an effort to overturn his 211-game suspension for alleged violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. After arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order testimony from Commissioner Bud Selig, the New York Yankees third baseman reportedly slammed a table and cursed at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred before leaving the room during the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association.
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