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November 15, 2010
Here are some examples of recent lobbyist meetings with federal regulators, as reported on the agency websites: Citigroup: Aug 18 meeting at the Federal Reserve: Four Citi employees "raised concerns" with new derivatives legislation and explained "the importance of retaining their ability to hedge across markets. " Center on Executive Compensation: Aug 19 meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission: The head of the industry-sponsored center presented material indicating that a new rule forcing companies to release information on executive pay "imposes substantial, costly and counterproductive regulatory burdens on employers at a time when growing the economy and encouraging job growth are top priorities.
April 23, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
State senators and their aides spent Wednesday discussing ethics, but it wasn't all dry reading from handbooks. Ethics experts came up with several “hypotheticals for discussion.” They include: "Senator publishes Top 10 items on his personal bucket list on Facebook.  Lobbyist Employer's government affairs representative who is a FB friend of the Senator sees the Facebook posting and posts the following FB message, 'We can help you achieve...
March 24, 2008
Garry Trudeau is taking an extended vacation, which means "Doonesbury" will be on a break now through June 16. In its place, the daily Calendar section will sample three new comics for one month each. First is "Cafe con Leche" by Charlos Gary, which will run through April 19. The Sunday comics will run repeats of "Doonesbury" comics until Trudeau's return in June. Send comments to comics@latimes .com.
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged vessel and recovered more than a dozen bodies. Government officials reported that divers had retrieved the bodies by breaking a window on the vessel, but it was unclear whether they had gained entry to the ship. In a sign that hope had run out for the survival of any of the 256 listed as missing, officials asked relatives of those aboard to provide DNA samples to expedite the identification of bodies.
October 14, 1997
Re "If the Census Is Faulty, the Cities Will Pay Dearly," editorial, Oct. 2: "Sampling" the census is a lax approach that undermines the language and intent of the Constitution. Most of the people avoiding participation in the census do it because they know they can get away with it. The laws say, "Whoever . . . refuses or willfully neglects . . . to answer . . . any of the questions . . . shall be fined not more than $100." Not only is this penalty inadequate, it is seldom, if ever, enforced.
February 20, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
R&B singer Debra Laws filed suit against Sony Corp.'s music unit, claiming the company and its Epic label illegally "sampled" her 1980 song "Very Special" as part of Jennifer Lopez's current hit single, "All I Have." Laws asked the Los Angeles County Superior Court to issue an injunction blocking Sony from using her material in Lopez's song and accompanying music video. Sony Music executives in New York weren't available to comment.
The longstanding pop-world debate over the propriety of using "samples" of other people's music in records has accelerated with a federal judge's ruling that the practice constitutes theft. In what is believed to be a first in music copyright cases, Judge Kevin Duffy of the U.S. District Court in New York has referred a case involving a "sample" by rapper Biz Markie of Gilbert O'Sullivan's 1972 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)" to the U.S. attorney for possible criminal prosecution.
Rapper Biz Markie and Warner Bros. Records have agreed to pay songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan a "substantial" financial payment to resolve a copyright infringement lawsuit by the former British pop star, sources close to the case said Tuesday. O'Sullivan filed the suit Nov. 13 in New York charging that "Alone Again," a song on Markie's "I Need a Haircut" album, contains an unauthorized 20-second slice of--or "digital sample" of--O'Sullivan's 1972 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)."
July 11, 2012 | By August Brown
The Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller is one of the most polarizing figures in rap music, selling reams of records to his college-age peers but loathed by many serious genre fans . Now he can add a new name to his enemies' list -- the Bronx MC Lord Finesse, who Miller sampled on a 2010 mixtape track, "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza. " Miller has openly cited Finesse as a major influence, and he heavily sampled the MC-producer's 1995 track "Hip 2 Da Game" for a track off Miller's free 2010 mixtape "K.I.D.S.
August 28, 1998
Re "Judges Rule Against Use of Sampling for Census," Aug. 25: We need a two-number census 2000 that includes a full-court press for traditional enumeration and then incorporates sampling to correct undercounts. The decennial census cannot be both the constitutionally mandated basis of reapportionment and a data-gathering machine for a wide range of other needs. How people are counted for reapportionment is a congressional and constitutional affair that has never been fair: Slaves, non-property owners, women and urban populations have all been purposely uncounted or undercounted by Congress.
April 16, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients. But even when doctors think they're doing patients a favor by handing out the freebies, the real beneficiaries are the drug manufacturers, according to new research in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Medical groups have grown increasingly wary about free drug samples, and they've already been banned by Kaiser Permanente, many academic medical centers, the Veterans Health Administration, the U.S. military and plenty of private medical clinics.
April 14, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators. A survey of nine electronic-cigarette companies found most were taking advantage of the lack of federal regulations to launch aggressive marketing campaigns targeting minors with tactics that would be illegal if used for traditional cigarettes, according to a report released by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
April 8, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Now you can try cruise-ship cuisine as well as fine wine without ever setting sail at a Celebrity event in Irvine. Celebrity Cruises  is a driving force behind the Great Wine Festival May 31 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. The cruise line will provide landlubbers with tastes of the fare usually served at sea. Executive chef John Suley and sommelier Chanelle Duarte will welcome guests.  Ten of Celebrity's floating restaurants have won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
March 29, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Here's a selection of the best places to sample high-quality mezcals. Bar Ama: Forty mezcals by the shot, from $10 to $36. Mezcal flights, $21 to $47. 118 W. 4th St., downtown Los Angeles, (213) 687-8002, Las Perlas: By manager Raul Yrastorza's count, the downtown tequila bar must have 120 different expressions of mezcal. The majority are at $12 for a 2-ounce pour, with some as high as $40. Mezcal flights are $21, available Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays only.
March 28, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Monday is the deadline for beginning the process of enrolling for Obamacare in California. California's health insurance exchange Covered California can be reached online at or by phone at (800) 300-1506. Here is a sampling of events in Los Angeles and Orange counties and the Inland Empire this weekend where Californians can get information and sign up for health insurance offered through Covered California. SATURDAY LOS ANGELES COUNTY 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. AltaMed Health Insurance Resource Center, 5436 E. Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles 90022 (for appointments call 1-877-462-2582)
March 12, 2014 | Patt Morrison
At the top of the big whiteboard in his office, Andre Birotte Jr. has written "BHAGS," by which he means his aspirations as U.S. attorney for seven Southern California counties: "big hairy audacious goals. " He's already hit some audacious personal goals, this son of Haitian immigrants. He's made his way from the L.A. public defender's office to inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department to private practice, and, since 2010, to chief of the most populous U.S. attorney's district in the nation.
September 4, 1997
California lost, big time, in the 1990 census. The Census Bureau believes that a severe undercount missed 834,000 residents, costing the state a House seat and billions of federal dollars. To prevent another huge undercount in 2000 and to take a more accurate measurement, the Census Bureau wants to use scientific, statistical, computer sampling techniques to augment the traditional head count. The National Academy of Sciences supports this approach. So does the Clinton administration.
September 4, 1986 | Associated Press
Four issues that have drawn extensive media attention--drugs, toxic waste, crime and judges--are the areas Californians are most concerned about, according to a California Poll released today. But the poll, which sampled concern on 26 issues, found Californians were least concerned about other headline-grabbing issues, including transportation, U.S. policy toward South Africa and the U.S. policy toward Israel.
February 22, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
There is an ocean full of canned sardines at local markets, but which ones are really worth buying? Tasting through more than a dozen samples, the range of quality was astonishing. There were sardines that were as bland as beige, and then there were fish that were absolutely magnificent. To help make sense of the journey, I enlisted Lou Amdur, owner of Lou Provisions & Wine and a sardine lover from way back. We sampled sardines from a variety of sources: regular supermarkets, high-end markets, Asian markets and specialty markets such as the Harbor City Spanish store La Española Meats.
February 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
Leonard Alex Dominguez struggled with drugs for much of his life. It landed him in jail again and again. But after submitting a DNA sample to a federal database during a prison stint for marijuana possession in 2005, a darker side surfaced when Dominguez was linked two years later to the cold case killing of Sandra Phillips, a West Los Angeles woman who was found strangled in her apartment in 1979. On Wednesday, nearly 35 years after the dead woman was found face-down in her bedroom, Dominguez was sentenced to 15 years to life for the 33-year-old's murder.
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