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November 13, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- Whitey Bulger sat in court as he was called a rat, Satan, a coward, a punk, a psychopath, a bag of jailhouse rags and some other terms not suitable for mention in a family newspaper, and after all that, decided to keep silent. The Boston mobster, captured in Santa Monica in 2011 after 16 years on the run, indicated in the first day of a two-day sentencing hearing that he would not speak, a disappointing turn of events for some who had wanted to hear his side of events. Bulger considers the trial a sham, lawyer Jay Carney said outside the courthouse, and thus does not want to participate.
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SPORTS
January 12, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Mike Tice, hired as the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week, could have an exciting few months ahead with some distractions off the field. Tice is co-owner of the 3-year-old colt Midnight Hawk, who is two for two after taking the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes by 13/4 lengths over Kristo on Saturday at Santa Anita. It was the first stakes for 3-year-olds during the winter-spring meeting and gained Midnight Hawk, a son of Midnight Lute, 10 points toward a possible start in the Kentucky Derby.
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OPINION
December 2, 2004
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. ("Intelligence Bill Slipping Away, but Foe Won't Budge," Dec. 1) is a hero in my book. The Senate and Bush administration want a sham "intelligence reform" bill that does little more than shuffle around boxes on an organization chart, in order to make it look as if they are doing something in response to 9/11. Any provisions that actually might do something to protect the lives of American citizens are "too controversial" and therefore must be kept out of the bill.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- Whitey Bulger sat in court as he was called a rat, Satan, a coward, a punk, a psychopath, a bag of jailhouse rags and some other terms not suitable for mention in a family newspaper, and after all that, decided to keep silent. The Boston mobster, captured in Santa Monica in 2011 after 16 years on the run, indicated in the first day of a two-day sentencing hearing that he would not speak, a disappointing turn of events for some who had wanted to hear his side of events. Bulger considers the trial a sham, lawyer Jay Carney said outside the courthouse, and thus does not want to participate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1990
God bless Milli Vanilli for successfully conspiring to expose the sham known as the Grammys. ARNO KEKS El Monte
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2010 | By Bill Christine, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In almost any sports movie, die-hard fans are bound to notice a few details the filmmakers flubbed, and "Secretariat" is no exception: Jockeys don't wear silks at the barn, for instance, and they mount their horses in the walking ring, not at the stables. But for racing aficionados like myself, the Disney movie's biggest misstep may be its near-complete omission of Angle Light, the horse that defeated Secretariat shortly before he went on to capture the Triple Crown in 1973. In the film, Sham is portrayed as Secretariat's sole antagonist.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1988 | JANISS GARZA
Even though the Damned has not come up with an LP of new material for a while (its last release on MCA was a "greatest hits" compilation), this doom-punk band still inspires frenzied adoration from its large cult of fans, even after 12 years of existence and mutation. During its Thursday night show at the John Anson Ford Theatre--the first of a three-night stint that ends tonight--the jam-packed audience went wild.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1988
Just because Robertson has decided that it is politically expedient for him to dissociate himself from TV evangelism, he has colossal nerve to insult those of us who can see through this sham by calling us "religious bigots." GLORIA GIARDINA Anaheim
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1999
Your Aug. 6 article about the Orange County animal shelter was timely. In a county of wealth and greed and inept supervisors, the shelter is a sham. Why doesn't the shelter have more funding? Is it because the supervisors are too busy greasing their own pockets with money? Keep up the pressure by more articles on this disgusting policy of killing. JOAN RICHARDSON San Clemente
OPINION
December 16, 2006
Re "Fallout rains on Olmert after nuclear remark," Dec. 13 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has finally admitted his country's nuclear capability. Will he now apologize to former Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu for exposing this already well-known sham and whom they once jailed and still mistreat. Mordechai's words still ring true to this day. Having the atomic bomb is what has allowed Israel to fearlessly carry out its apartheid policy. KEITH NOLAN Carrick-on-Shannon Ireland
OPINION
October 1, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
House Republicans' irresponsible brinkmanship may finally lead to the government shutdown that some of its members have been coveting since they took control of that chamber in 2011. This time, though, the fight hasn't been a battle over spending on federal agencies. It's been a symbolic one over the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. And it's been a sham. The inconvenient truth for the GOP is that "defunding Obamacare," as the House tried to do, wouldn't stop most of the major provisions of the healthcare law, some of which have already gone into effect.
SPORTS
September 27, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I hope you and the media start a campaign to stop the NCAA scheduling these massacre football games. It is a scam, a sham and a shame. . . . Urban Meyer has the guts leading, 55-0, to go for it on fourth and six? He should be suspended for a game for that humiliation. Bobby Herbeck Answer: I'll start the campaign about these silly "paycheck" games, but first things first: You owe the Ohio State coach a big apology. Meyer did not - I repeat, did NOT - allow his team to "go for it" on fourth and six with the Buckeyes leading, 55-0, last week against Florida A&M. Ohio State was up only 48-0 at the time, and it was fourth and five.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A House committee inquiry into the targeting of political groups by the Internal Revenue Service devolved into partisan finger-pointing Thursday as the controversy expanded to allegations that progressive groups were flagged as well as tea party organizations. Republicans criticized the acting IRS commissioner, Daniel Werfel, for his handling of an internal review into the issue as he faced lawmakers for the first time since taking the job last month. They said Werfel failed to interview key current and former IRS officials before issuing a report this week that found no evidence that agency employees intentionally did anything wrong or were directed by the White House.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Here's a phrase you can expect to be hearing a lot in the national debate over fiscal policy, as we move past the "sequester," which is the crisis du jour, and toward the budget cliff/government shutdown deadline looming at the end of March: "Generational theft. " The core idea the term expresses is that we're spending so much more on our seniors than our children that future generations are being cheated. An important corollary is that the government debt we incur today will come slamming down upon the shoulders of our children and grandchildren.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Federal agents arrested 14 people - including a former deputy district attorney - for allegedly running a stock manipulation scheme from Southern California that cost investors more than $30 million. Authorities said the scheme involved the heavy promotion of worthless stocks, which the perpetrators later sold for huge profits in a classic “pump-and-dump” scheme. One of the stocks - for a company called frogads.com - was promoted in an infomercial by actress Pamela Anderson.
SPORTS
January 5, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Horse racing's road to the triple crown has begun, and there is a touch of déjà vu already. Trainer Doug O'Neill's Goldencents outbattled two Bob Baffert horses Saturday at Santa Anita in one of the several winter 3-year-old prep races to the Kentucky Derby, and its following Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The race was the Sham Stakes, a Grade III race worth $100,000, and the appearance of Goldencents was much anticipated, especially because, in a recent workout, he turned six furlongs in a lightning 1 minute 10 seconds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2009 | John Hoeffel
Sending a clear signal that it wants to close hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries, a City Council committee Monday recommended denying requests from 28 dispensaries for exemptions from a moratorium. The hearing left dispensary owners and their lawyers furious. They complained that notices arrived over the weekend or not at all, speakers had just minutes to make their case and council members spent no time weighing the testimony. "I thought the hearings were a farce and a sham," said Graham Berry, an attorney who spoke for 10 dispensaries.
OPINION
July 6, 2003
In his June 30 commentary, "Colleges Will Just Disguise Racial Quotas," Richard Sander suggested that the UCLA Law School's Critical Race Studies program is an illegal end-run around Proposition 209. This is unfair. The concentration has always been about intellectual substance, not student demographics. Plenty of underrepresented minorities have made no credible case for admission to the program; at the same time, many white students have been enthusiastically recommended to the admissions committee.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Promises made to investors by Bear Stearns & Co. about the quality of mortgage-backed securities during the subprime housing boom were "a sham," New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday in detailing the first suit by a task force investigating misconduct by banks in the run-up to the financial crisis. The securities fraud suit "goes to the heart of the misconduct that created the housing bubble and caused the crash of 2008," Schneiderman told reporters a day after filing a securities fraud suit related to the sale of mortgage bonds by Bear Stearns & Co., which was later acquired by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The suit against JPMorgan alleged that Bear Stearns misled investors that the bank had carefully evaluated the quality of mortgages it packaged into securities from 2005-2007 and that it had monitored the originators of those loans to make sure they were following guidelines designed to ensure that borrowers could repay the loans.
SPORTS
January 7, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Jockey Garrett Gomez turned 40 on New Year's Day, which only means he's getting wiser and better based on the way he has been riding at Santa Anita. He has become the jockey to bet on in stakes races, winning his fourth in a row and sixth in nine days at Santa Anita on Saturday. Gomez guided 10-1 longshot Out Of Bounds to a half-length victory over 1-2 favorite Secret Circle in the Grade III $100,000 Sham Stakes, the first major West Coast prep race for 3-year-olds seeking a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
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