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August 18, 1988 | RICHARD HOLGUIN, Times Staff Writer
Former City Councilman William M. Molinari has asked the district attorney's office to investigate what he calls a "smear campaign" by a political action committee in last November's municipal election. Molinari was defeated by Councilman Art Payan and Councilwoman Kathy Salazar in the race for two at-large seats, after a strong opposition campaign by Concerned Citizens for Honesty in Government.
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WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
LIANGHE, China - When kindergarten was dismissed on that April afternoon, 6-year-old Ren Xinyi and her younger cousin hurried home. They were eager to check out a plastic bag they had spotted on the way to school that morning with their grandmother, who had taken it home without thinking twice. Xinyi looked inside and grabbed a blue pencil and notebook; 5-year-old Ren Zhaoning took out a children's yogurt drink and sipped half of the creamy white liquid before handing it to her cousin.
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NEWS
November 6, 2000 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Revelations that a top army general authorized a smear campaign against politicians, journalists and human rights activists have intensified debate in Turkey over the role of the military and have further undermined this nation's already shaky democracy.
NATIONAL
November 2, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
As his campaign was roiled for a second day by allegations that he sexually harassed two former employees, Herman Cain kept explaining, even after it began to appear that he was doing more to keep the story afire than anyone. Cain, the long-shot presidential candidate who now leads the GOP field in some polls, spent much of the day on television and radio, rebutting critics who said he had shifted his account of the alleged incidents at a Washington trade group in the late 1990s.
NEWS
October 27, 1992 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An angry, agitated Ross Perot lashed out Monday at those in the Bush Administration and the news media who have questioned the truthfulness of his contention that he was driven out of the presidential race last July by a secret Republican plot to besmirch the reputation of his daughter. "I am sick and tired of you all questioning my integrity without any basis for it," declared Perot. "I don't have to prove anything to you people."
SPORTS
September 1, 1996 | GREG SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Todd Bozeman's coaching career at California is over, but the controversy is only beginning. Bozeman, who is accused of committing NCAA rules violations and sexually harassing a former student, is accusing a former player and his father of a smear campaign.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2004 | Elizabeth Shogren and John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writers
The lawyer for the man with whom Gov. James E. McGreevey has admitting having an adulterous affair accused the governor Friday of waging a smear campaign against his client. At the same time, Republican leaders in New Jersey assailed McGreevey for announcing that he would resign in November, demanding instead that he step down immediately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2002 | JILL LEOVY
Police Chief Bernard C. Parks, lawyers in tow, lashed back Friday at questions posed about his integrity by members of the Los Angeles Police Commission, who voted 4 to 1 this week not to reappoint him to a second term. Parks challenged public statements by some commissioners that he had not been forthcoming and honest with them during his reappointment interview on a pair of issues, one involving a performance evaluation.
SPORTS
September 7, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Lance Armstrong said Tuesday that recent drug allegations by a French newspaper may inspire him to compete in the 2006 Tour de France, aiming for an unprecedented eighth consecutive title. "While I'm absolutely enjoying my time as a retired athlete with Sheryl [Crow] and the kids, the recent smear campaign out of France has awoken my competitive side," Armstrong said in a statement posted on his website.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A $14-million libel suit filed by "Miami Vice" star Philip Michael Thomas over two articles in the National Enquirer has been thrown out by a San Francisco federal judge. Thomas, who plays Ricardo Tubbs on the NBC series, accused the tabloid of conducting a "smear" campaign against his family by running the articles that appeared in 1985 and 1986. The first story described the 1980 conviction and 27-year prison sentence of Thomas' brother, Marcus Thomas Jr.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Herman Cain's memory seems to be improving. “I just started to remember more,” Cain told HLN Tuesday. “In 12 years, a lot of stuff can go through your head.” The embattled presidential candidate was talking about why he suddenly seems to have recalled details of a financial settlement with one sexual harassment accuser while he was the head of the National Restaurant Assn. in the late 1990s. ( Watch video below. ) After the story first broke, Cain said he had no knowledge of settlements with two women who, according to Politico, brought harassment complaints against Cain.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Facebook Inc.'s efforts to portray itself as a trustworthy guardian of the Internet's town square are being undermined — once again — by accusations that the social network launched a covert smear campaign against rival Google Inc. The world's largest online network acknowledged Thursday that it had paid a high-powered public relations firm to push news organizations to report that a new Google feature was putting users' personal data in...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2008 | Scott Gold, Scott Gold is a Times staff writer.
Steve Kunkle gunned his cluttered pickup truck up the hill, toward the peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains, toward Tahquitz Rock, the granite monolith that looms over Idyllwild a mile above the valley floor. Kunkle, Idyllwild's barrel-chested fire chief, pulled up to a tiny cottage and hopped out of the truck, his eyes dancing across the yard, his boots sinking into a thick carpet of brown pine needles. "It's been a long time since anybody's loved this place," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
If you were seeking public office, what kind of campaign would you run? Would you immediately confess all sins? Or, with no prompting, volunteer information about that little shoplifting misunderstanding or that woman who isn't your wife? Probably not. The question is relevant because the Los Angeles City Council is running what is arguably the strangest race of this campaign season.
WORLD
May 19, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
An infant's death has spawned a controversial criminal case centering on one of Israel's most insular Jewish sects. At issue in a Jerusalem court is whether a 19-year-old yeshiva student named Yisrael Vales fatally beat his 3-month-old son, Yitzhak, during a burst of anger last month. The case sparked three days of street disturbances and has spilled beyond the impoverished enclave where Vales sits under house arrest.
OPINION
April 16, 2006 | Andres Martinez, Andres Martinez is editorial page editor of The Times.
ANDRES MANUEL Lopez Obrador, the leading contender to win Mexico's presidential election on July 2, just wants to run out the clock. "Easter is here, so people will go on vacation. Then the World Cup comes in June, and people will have other things on their minds," he recently told a crowd in his seductively raspy voice in the port city of Lazaro Cardenas. And why not?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1987
An unsuccessful challenger to Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs in April's election filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Wachs, the ABC television network and its local affiliate, KABC, alleging that he was slandered when the councilman and local news commentators said he engaged in a smear campaign.
NEWS
November 5, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Gov. George Deukmejian, landslide winner for a second term, said today that he will announce his choice of a successor for ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird within a month. Deukmejian said he is gratified by the defeat of Bird and two associate justices, Cruz Reynoso and Joseph R. Grodin. He said he will submit names to fill all three vacant posts at the same time.
SPORTS
September 7, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Lance Armstrong said Tuesday that recent drug allegations by a French newspaper may inspire him to compete in the 2006 Tour de France, aiming for an unprecedented eighth consecutive title. "While I'm absolutely enjoying my time as a retired athlete with Sheryl [Crow] and the kids, the recent smear campaign out of France has awoken my competitive side," Armstrong said in a statement posted on his website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2004 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Beach communities between Venice and Redondo Beach are at the center of one of the state's most intense legislative races. Voters in the 53rd Assembly District will choose between Republican Greg Hill, mayor of Redondo Beach, and Democrat Mike Gordon, former mayor of El Segundo. The political battle has been marked by both unusually personal attacks and a heavy infusion of cash. The race is one of only a handful of seriously contested legislative elections in California.
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