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June 17, 2008
Re "Get your act together," editorial, June 14 As a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 25 years -- the middle-class type of member who prays to break $30,000 each year so my family can have insurance -- I was dismayed to see the writers demonized for the hardship caused by their strike, and never the producers with their conglomerate billions and their secret accounting. Now The Times sounds just like all those who blamed the poor folks with the picket signs instead of looking past the studio gates at who's making out like bandits.
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BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
If there's been one inexorable trend coming out of the HR departments of major employers, it's been the steady erosion of worker pay and benefits. Razor-thin raises, defined benefit pensions replaced by 401(k) plans, shrinking healthcare--if you've been on a big company's payroll, you know the drill. Expect the trend to continue or even pick up steam, because employers have an ideal scapegoat right now: the Affordable Care Act. It looks like the blame-Obamacare game is having some effect.  According to an AP poll  released over the weekend, three-quarters of those with private or employer-based insurance think the Affordable Care Act is the reason for changes in their health coverage for 2014.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
It's easy to scapegoat Comcast for the budget cuts NBC made at "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" last week, and indeed there has already been speculation that this is part of the new owner's grand plan to slice and dice its way to big bucks. It's a convenient explanation and an old story: A tightfisted new owner starts making cuts with little regard to what the impact will be on the product on screen.  The only problem is that in this case, it isn't correct. Officially, NBC is keeping quiet about what motivated the decision to lay off almost two-dozen staffers, leading Leno himself to take a big reduction in pay. Unofficially, people close to the show say the cuts were enacted because Leno was still producing his late-night show with the budget he was given two years ago for his ill-fated move into prime time.
WORLD
October 29, 2013 | Ken Dilanian and Janet Stobart
The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping. Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Bill Lee Jr., who had stepped aside as Sanford, Fla.'s police chief during the investigation of the shooting of unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin, has officially resigned as the community's top cop, a city commissioner said Monday. Commissioner Patty Mahany said the chief submitted his resignation over the weekend; Lee temporarily left his post last month amid complaints about how his department handled the investigation of the Feb. 26 shooting. The city commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting late Monday afternoon to discuss Lee's severance package, Mahany said.
OPINION
November 14, 2005
Re "Senators Turn Up Heat on Oil Executives," Nov. 10 Oil companies are in the business of making money from oil. Assuming that the companies didn't engage in any illegal activity, such as price collusion, the interrogation of oil execs by Congress appears to simply be an attempt by legislators to scapegoat big business for Congress' own inability and/or refusal to draft forward looking, responsible energy-related policies that would have promoted...
NEWS
January 20, 2002
Re "Guilty Plea by Garofalo Ends Finance Probe," Jan. 11: Note to former Huntington Beach Councilman Dave Garofalo: Look up the word "icon" in your Webster's unabridged. You are not an icon. You're not a scapegoat either, which is probably the word you meant to use. Marcia Goodman Santa Ana
BUSINESS
August 31, 2008
It is interesting that former IndyMac staff want to blame Charles Schumer for their bank's collapse. ("California probe of Schumer rejected," Aug. 23). Responsibility goes neither to the bank's management, which pursued risky loans, nor to regulators who allowed these practices to go on. Apparently, the IndyMac staff believes that as long as nothing was said about the problems, the problems did not exist. Daniel Whalen Ventura
SPORTS
March 27, 2011
Now for the Hysteria Meter and the Curse of the Raised Ticket Prices. The former is ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan's takeoff on Knicks Coach Mike D'Antoni noting local "hysteria. " The latter is the New York Daily News' Frank Isola , noting the nose dive following the announcement of their 49% price increase. Next, the D'Antoni Countdown? With the Knicks unable to run his offense and playing no defense before owner James Dolan traded most of their players for Carmelo Anthony ?
NEWS
May 30, 1985 | Associated Press
Condemned murderer Marvin Francois died in the electric chair Wednesday, blaming a "racist" judicial system. "The white Miami institutionalized racist judiciary and law enforcement systems have made me, the once heroin addict, the scapegoat," Francois said. Francois, 39, who was denied a reprieve late Tuesday by the Supreme Court, was sentenced to die for murdering six persons in a drug-related robbery in July, 1977.
WORLD
October 16, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Americans are not at all popular in Egypt these days. And now, perhaps the only one who was has suffered a spectacular fall from grace. Bob Bradley, the American head coach of Egypt's national soccer team, the Pharaohs, was drubbed in Egyptian media after the team suffered a crushing defeat in a World Cup qualifying match, losing 6-1 to Ghana. In a withering commentary in Wednesday editions of the Shorouk newspaper, widely read sports columnist Ayman Badrah described Bradley's performance as unfocused, inflexible and “confused.” Tuesday's away match in Ghana was avidly followed by soccer-mad Egyptians, who clustered around TVs in cafes and living rooms on the first day of this week's Eid al-Adha holiday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013
Michael Jackson 's former doctor is speaking out on the eve of a civil trial in which the King of Pop's family is seeking money from entertainment giant AEG. Jackson's mother and children are suing the Los Angeles entertainment giant, alleging it is liable for Jackson's death because it hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray , who used a powerful surgical anesthetic in an effort to help the singer cope with insomnia. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.
WORLD
December 21, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Miguel Facusse has his share of enemies. Even his friends acknowledge that the man who may be the most powerful person in Honduras is no angel. Around his neck, he wears gold medallions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary; on his desk, he usually keeps a pistol - although he tells a reporter in a rare interview, "I removed it so you wouldn't see it. " The 89-year-old businessman travels this capital city in an armored SUV followed by bodyguards in a chase car and crisscrosses the country in his King Air turboprop, swooping down in other Central American nations where he also has businesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
It's easy to scapegoat Comcast for the budget cuts NBC made at "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" last week, and indeed there has already been speculation that this is part of the new owner's grand plan to slice and dice its way to big bucks. It's a convenient explanation and an old story: A tightfisted new owner starts making cuts with little regard to what the impact will be on the product on screen.  The only problem is that in this case, it isn't correct. Officially, NBC is keeping quiet about what motivated the decision to lay off almost two-dozen staffers, leading Leno himself to take a big reduction in pay. Unofficially, people close to the show say the cuts were enacted because Leno was still producing his late-night show with the budget he was given two years ago for his ill-fated move into prime time.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Bill Lee Jr., who had stepped aside as Sanford, Fla.'s police chief during the investigation of the shooting of unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin, has officially resigned as the community's top cop, a city commissioner said Monday. Commissioner Patty Mahany said the chief submitted his resignation over the weekend; Lee temporarily left his post last month amid complaints about how his department handled the investigation of the Feb. 26 shooting. The city commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting late Monday afternoon to discuss Lee's severance package, Mahany said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2012 | By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department commander who publicly accused department brass last year of ignoring his warnings about jail abuse is now at the center of an internal investigation. According to the Sheriff's Department, the investigation was launched to determine if anyone had stopped Cmdr. Robert Olmsted from correcting the problems he had seen with excessive force and jailer cliques. But Olmsted is accusing sheriff's officials of rigging the probe to scapegoat him and insulate high-ranking officials from culpability, saying he has seen them protect people in the past.
NEWS
April 20, 2002 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was always his dream to be a small-town sheriff in the California mountains. Instead, John Stone became sheriff of Colorado's largest county. And four months into the job, he was leading the investigation of a national tragedy: the deadly shooting at Columbine High School. Since then, Stone has been called incompetent and pathetic. He's been given the nickname "Sheriff Stonewall." And the credibility of his investigation into the massacre has been questioned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1993
With all this rush to scapegoat illegal immigration for the evils that rack this country, one stipulation should be included: Any legislation, once enacted, should be backdated to 1492 so that no politician or self-interest group sponsoring the legislation will be accused of discrimination. YSIDRO JOSEPH LOPEZ Monterey Park
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga
As the only Republican candidate for president to address Nevada's oldest Latino political organization Wednesday morning, Rep. Ron Paul got high marks for bravery. All were invited; only he showed up. He was cheered by members of Hispanics in Politics when he talked about bringing American troops home from "wars we shouldn't be involved in. "  The audience -- dozens of politically active Latinos who gathered in an eastside community center --  applauded Paul the civil libertarian when he slammed drug laws that unfairly target minorities.  They even cheered his defense of the gold standard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Occupy L.A.'s two-month encampment in the downtown Civic Center has cost the city at least $2.35 million, not counting repairs to the lawn and fountain outside City Hall, according to a report issued Friday. Much of that cost — more than $1.7 million — will be added to the city's growing pool of red ink in this year's budget. The Occupy bills will increase an anticipated $72-million shortfall over the next six months, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said. "In isolation, the cost is manageable.
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