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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2009 | By Maeve Reston
In a campaign where jobs and unemployment have become a signature issue, the two candidates seeking to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel are fighting over who will do more to stem the exodus of Hollywood production. With feature film production down 37% citywide compared to the same period last year, former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) agree on one thing: City officials have waited far too long to address the issue.
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WORLD
November 2, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
President Hamid Karzai's only challenger today pulled out of next week's election runoff, saying the incumbent had turned down his demand for changes to prevent the rampant fraud that marred the first round of voting in August. The withdrawal of former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah threw into disarray a vote that U.S. officials and their allies had hoped would produce a credible partner in the fight against Taliban and Al Qaeda insurgents. Azizullah Lodin, head of the government-appointed Independent Election Commission, said the panel would have to consult lawyers before deciding whether to proceed with Saturday's vote with just one candidate.
WORLD
October 28, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis and Julian E. Barnes
Eight U.S. troops were killed today in multiple bombings in southern Afghanistan, the military said, making October the deadliest month for Americans of the eight-year war. The latest deaths bring the number of U.S. service members killed during the month to at least 53, according to the independent website icasualties.org. Today's deaths occurred in "multiple, complex" bombings in the south, the military said in a news release. No further details were provided. An Afghan civilian working with the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, in Afghanistan was also killed, and several service members were injured in the incidents, the military said.
OPINION
October 21, 2009 | Rajan Menon, Rajan Menon is a professor of international relations at Lehigh University.
Politicians love photo-ops. So when Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) appeared alongside Hamid Karzai as the beleaguered Afghan president announced that he would agree to a runoff election, it was hardly surprising. Kerry was doing what politicians do. Moreover, the senator was in Kabul to supplement the Obama administration's efforts to lean on Karzai to hold another presidential vote, given widespread evidence that the one held in August was rigged. When Karzai claimed victory then, his main opponent, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, cried foul, a chorus of international criticism arose and an Afghan government infamous for its ineptitude and sleaziness looked even more illegitimate.
WORLD
October 20, 2009 | Laura King
A United Nations-backed panel Monday tossed out hundreds of thousands of ballots cast in August for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and independent election observers said the new figures dictated that a runoff election should take place. Karzai and election officials loyal to him appeared to balk at accepting the fraud investigators' finding that he did not attain the majority needed for a first-round win in the landmark presidential election. That would trigger a runoff with his main challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2009 | Maeve Reston
A former film executive and a state assemblyman appeared headed for a runoff in Tuesday's special election to replace Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, according to partial returns. Mail-in ballots, which represent just a sliver of the nearly 124,000 registered voters in the 2nd Council District, showed Assemblyman Paul Krekorian and former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel jockeying for the top spot. Los Angeles school board member Tamar Galatzan, a deputy city attorney based in Van Nuys, was a distant third.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2009 | Gale Holland
Two runoff elections are set for trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District. Auditor Tina Park is challenging incumbent Angela Reddock for Office No. 2, and attorney Robert Nakahiro is taking on incumbent Nancy Pearlman for Office No. 6. Trustees are elected at-large to run nine campuses serving Los Angeles city and county. Reddock, a lawyer, was appointed to the board in 2007. She said she would increase student transfer rates to four-year colleges.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2008 | James Oliphant and Richard Fausset, Oliphant is a writer in our Washington bureau. Fausset is a Times staff writer.
Democrats' dream of a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate ended Tuesday when Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss held on to his seat in a closely watched runoff election. With 96% of the precincts reporting, Chambliss was leading Democratic challenger Jim Martin, 57.5% to 42.5%. A runoff became necessary when neither candidate won 50% of the vote in last month's election.
NATIONAL
December 1, 2008 | James Oliphant, Oliphant is a writer in our Washington bureau.
Jim Martin was feeling the spirit. At historically black Morris Brown College, surrounded by former Barack Obama campaign staffers and African American Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the normally unassuming, bespectacled white lawyer had discovered his inner preacher. "We're all in this together!" Martin, 63, intoned. "Talk to me!" a man shouted in response. "The Republicans believe if they have 41 votes in the Senate, they can stop this great president!" "That's right!"
WORLD
July 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwe's main opposition party might sign an agreement as early as Monday to begin substantive talks with President Robert Mugabe's party on ending a political impasse that has worsened the country's severe economic crisis, opposition officials said. The apparent breakthrough came after South African President Thabo Mbeki proposed forming a team drawn from African regional bodies and the United Nations to help him mediate the crisis. The Movement for Democratic Change has refused to recognize Mugabe's victory in a June 27 runoff vote held after MDC candidate Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out, citing violence by ruling party militias.
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