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OPINION
October 26, 2009
Re "A sad state of affairs," Column One, Oct. 22 Sorry, Mr. Harpootlian, but I don't see a turnaround for South Carolina's reputation anytime soon. With its rich history and seemingly ingrained penchant for shameless shenanigans, I'm afraid the negative die is forever cast. Ramona Salinas Saenz Alhambra
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Got problems with the company that services your home mortgage - the one that collects your payments, keeps track of your escrow account and lets you know when you're late? So your monthly numbers don't look right? You got blown off by servicing personnel when you tried to get inaccuracies in your account corrected? Well, move over. You've got lots of grumpy company. As of Jan. 31, just under half of the 187,818 complaints filed with the federal watchdog Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concerned mortgage foul-ups, and the vast majority of these involved servicing, loan modification and foreclosure activities by servicers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1995
The story of the Thousand Oaks residents who are betrayed by their city "fathers" to pay for the sewer-system expansion for the benefit of developers is just typical of the shenanigans going on at City Hall. J. KRAUS Thousand Oaks
SPORTS
September 13, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Bear Bryant would have turned 100 this week, and that's fitting because there are about that many story lines leading into Alabama's big game at Texas A&M. Bryant coached both schools to their most famous football glories. In one College Station corner you have Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, so talented and polarizing that CBS is devoting an extra camera - the "Johnny Cam" - to follow his every gesture. This does not necessarily comply with the mantra all coaches preach about selflessness and teamwork.
OPINION
December 17, 1995
For the second time in the past decade, a House speaker faces an investigation for financial shenanigans. Speaker Gingrich, why not do the "Wright" thing and resign now? JERRY COWLE Pacific Palisades
OPINION
December 27, 1992
Your article on Supervisor Deane Dana and his lackey Donald R. Knabe (Dec. 16) is evidence that voters often reelect the best public servants that money can buy. The shenanigans of some of our politicians would make a Chicago alderman blush. JAMES A. KENNEDY Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1988
The specious cover-up by Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci of the shooting down of Iran Flight 655 confirms that not all the Pentagon "shenanigans" are confined to just the military acquisition department. What particularly bothers me is would the report have been the same if 290 Americans had been on the plane? WILLIAM KRAUSE Palm Springs
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012
MOVIES A "Grease" singalong? Tell me more, tell me more. The classic Travolta/Newton-John tale of jovial teenage shenanigans is an institution, and it screens on the Bowl's big projections while audiences are encouraged to slick back their pompadours and don their poodle skirts. Summer loving is all but guaranteed. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Sat. $9-$75. hollywoodbowl.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1990
The following is a selection of subjects on the front page of today's Metro Section (Oct. 24): --Early release of 325,644 accused or convicted felons due to overcrowded jails. --64 Glendale houses damaged or destroyed, due to "overtaxed" firefighters. --Extremely questionable financial shenanigans between Mayor Tom Bradley and his greedy friend, Juanita St. John. --Money-skimming trial of seven Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics officers. I didn't have the guts to go past the first page.
OPINION
November 8, 2012
Re: “ Tax, but don't overspend ,” editorial, Nov. 8 Thanks for your well-written editorial, but I think you missed one crucial point associated with the likely Democratic super-majority. You stated that Gov. Jerry Brown “pledged not to let Sacramento go on the sort of spending binges that marked the dot-com-bubble years.” That sounds good, but with a super-majority, significant checks and balances are lost. The governor is irrelevant; long live the governor. James Bishop Torrance Your editorial states: “But before lawmakers start making plans to spend their bounty, they need to consider what voters expect in return for backing Proposition 30: an end to the fiscal shenanigans that have sent the state careening from one budget crisis to another.” I would like to be as optimistic as you are. However, the prevailing ideology in Sacramento of borrowing and spending is still in place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Wearing an ear-to-ear smile and her hair slightly frizzy from her helmet, Caltech junior Curie Ahn craned her neck toward the sky, her eyes still wide from the adrenaline. "I was actually pretty terrified," the biology major said. "I'm a little bit afraid of heights. " Afraid or not, Ahn didn't have much of a choice when the senior class gave her the task of rappelling about 60 feet down the side of one of the school's buildings Friday. It was "Ditch Day" at Caltech, and overcoming the senior class obstacles is tradition.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2013 | By David Horsey, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
This week, realizing that government actually does do some things people like, senators in both parties tried to undo some of the damage wrought by the sequester/fiscal cliff debacle. Their efforts were quickly undone, however, by the chronic dysfunction of the United States Congress.  Attempts were made to restore White House tours, maintain an efficient number of meat inspectors, keep up sane staffing of airport control towers, provide tuition help for members of the armed forces, undo cuts to military maintenance and take back many of the other across-the-board cuts that came about when the lawmakers failed to avert the $85 billion in automatic reductions that kicked in on March 1. In the end, though, fixing even the most idiotic cuts was put off so that yet another irresponsible political move could be avoided: shutting down the government.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2013 | David Lazarus
Wanda Ferrin fills her husband's prescription for the generic antibiotic doxycycline at a Target in Simi Valley. For years, the medication has cost her $6 a month. In February, however, the price tripled to $18 for 30 pills. And this month, it skyrocketed to $133. This is noteworthy enough. But what happened next makes the entire business of drug pricing a study in lunacy. "A pharmacy clerk at Target suggested running the prescription through the company's discount program," Ferrin, 61, recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it. For that matter - and this seems like a stretch - try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before legislators vote. Granted, this is a radical concept - at least during the final secretive, skulking days of a legislative session. We're talking usually late summer, although legislative sleight-of-hand can occur anytime, including the dead of winter.
OPINION
November 8, 2012
California's Democratic legislators must feel like they just ran the table. Voters approved Proposition 30, the sales and income tax increase sought by Gov. Jerry Brown, as well as Proposition 39, a corporate tax hike that lawmakers had tried in vain to enact themselves. In addition, Democrats appear to have picked up enough seats for a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the Legislature, enough to raise taxes without the support of a single Grover Norquist disciple on the other side of the aisle.
OPINION
November 8, 2012
Re: “ Tax, but don't overspend ,” editorial, Nov. 8 Thanks for your well-written editorial, but I think you missed one crucial point associated with the likely Democratic super-majority. You stated that Gov. Jerry Brown “pledged not to let Sacramento go on the sort of spending binges that marked the dot-com-bubble years.” That sounds good, but with a super-majority, significant checks and balances are lost. The governor is irrelevant; long live the governor. James Bishop Torrance Your editorial states: “But before lawmakers start making plans to spend their bounty, they need to consider what voters expect in return for backing Proposition 30: an end to the fiscal shenanigans that have sent the state careening from one budget crisis to another.” I would like to be as optimistic as you are. However, the prevailing ideology in Sacramento of borrowing and spending is still in place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1992
Gov. Pete Wilson and the California Legislature have demonstrated by their handling of the budget crisis a distinct inability to do their jobs. I say let's fire them. I can think of no better reward for their incompetence. For those legislators standing for election in November, I would suggest we vote them out. Not one incumbent should be returned to continue these sorts of shenanigans. And although Wilson still has a while to go on his term in office, as California voters we do have a recourse: recall.
OPINION
October 9, 2003
Re "Gov. Davis Is Recalled; Schwarzenegger Wins," Oct. 8: I have a friend in medical school, and this morning I warned her not to plan to practice in California because available evidence suggests that if Californians become seriously ill or sustain a major injury, they'll go running off to find a movie star to make it all better instead of putting themselves in the hands of someone who actually knows what he or she is doing. I mean, dang ... we Texans don't usually look down our noses at other states' political shenanigans, but thank God for California.
OPINION
September 6, 2012
For all but a few years since 1922, Congress has taxed capital gains at a lower rate than wages in the hope of encouraging people to invest more of their income. The preferential rate has also encouraged some Wall Street executives to structure their pay so that the Internal Revenue Service treats it like capital gains, not salary. Now New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman is exploring whether one of those maneuvers - used typically by private-equity firms - amounts to tax fraud.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012
MOVIES A "Grease" singalong? Tell me more, tell me more. The classic Travolta/Newton-John tale of jovial teenage shenanigans is an institution, and it screens on the Bowl's big projections while audiences are encouraged to slick back their pompadours and don their poodle skirts. Summer loving is all but guaranteed. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Sat. $9-$75. hollywoodbowl.com
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