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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A plan to provide official photo identification cards for illegal immigrants moved easily through a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday with an array of supporters lauding it as a practical way to incorporate into civic life the area's large undocumented population. Ed Reyes, a member of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, said it's "about time" that Los Angeles residents, regardless of immigration status, have the ability to easily open bank accounts and access city services.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Across the street from the Hollywood Trader Joe's, the sidewalk is so buckled that a small briefcase could be stored underneath the concrete. A second, in Boyle Heights, juts so high above the curb that it could be a skateboard ramp. A third, on Hoover Street in Silver Lake, has so many cracks it looks more like a mosaic than a public walkway. Los Angeles has made zero progress in recent years in reducing the $1.5-billion backlog of repairs to its battered, broken and buckled sidewalks.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Consumer watchdog and privacy groups are urging federal regulators to stop some major companies from soliciting email addresses of children - without parental consent - to market products to them. The groups said five companies used kid-themed websites - such as McDonald's Corp.'s HappyMeal.com and Turner Broadcasting System's CartoonNetwork.com - to encourage children to play online games or participate in activities, then share their experiences by providing email addresses of their friends.
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Abdulrahman Zeitoun was charged Wednesday in New Orleans with soliciting the murder of his ex-wife, son and another man. Zeitoun was the hero of Dave Eggers' 2009 book, "Zeitoun," which chronicled his valiant efforts to provide assistance in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina, which were followed by his mistaken arrest and imprisonment. The book portrayed a happy marriage between Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his then-wife, Kathy, who are the parents of five children. In recent years, their relationship deteriorated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
As part of a criminal bribery probe, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office served search warrants at the homes and campus offices of two high-ranking Pasadena City College officials Thursday morning, authorities said. Investigators removed documents and computers belonging to Richard Van Pelt, vice president of administrative services, and Alfred Hutchings, the college's facilities services supervisor, said Dave Demerjian, head of the district attorney's Public Integrity Division.
NATIONAL
May 5, 2012 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Anxiety about the effect of a ban on political spending by federal contractors is prompting new caution by a company connected to such donations and a "super PAC" that accepted them. Restore Our Future — a super PAC that has spent more than $42 million on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney — had previously solicited money from federal contractors. Now it is warning the contractors to get legal advice before giving. Meanwhile, Oxbow Carbon, a major coal and petroleum supplier that gave Restore Our Future $750,000 last year, now says its contracts to sell fuel to the federal government are through a sister company that is a separate legal entity — an arrangement that allows it to skirt the prohibition on federal contractors making political expenditures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A nine-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of felony possession of child pornography after reportedly meeting a teenager while on patrol and soliciting explicit photographs of the youth through electronic messages, police said. Noe Yanez, 40, was taken into custody Thursday evening by Long Beach police after an investigation that began earlier this month. The alleged victim had told a school resources officer about the messages and authorities were alerted.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Florida, has created a website to communicate to his supporters and solicit funds for his legal defense and living expenses, now that he has been forced into hiding and thus unable to work. The homepage of the website, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com , features an American flag background, and an introductory essay that begins: "On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina expressed concerns Tuesday that campaign contributions to sheriff's brass by department employees created potential conflicts of interest in personnel decisions. The board approved a motion by Molina to ask the county's attorneys to gauge the legality of banning county managers from soliciting such donations within their departments, though employees would still be able to contribute on their own. Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who is also mayor of Gardena, have over the years accepted thousands of dollars in contributions from department employees.
NATIONAL
December 8, 2011 | By Michael Haederle, Los Angeles Times
It wasn't a good day for New Mexico's judiciary when a district judge in Las Cruces, the state's second-largest city, was indicted last spring on bribery charges for allegedly soliciting campaign contributions in return for political favors. Then things went from bad to worse. The special prosecutor handling the case demanded that the chief justice of the state Supreme Court recuse himself for allegedly having made prejudicial comments and rulings. And then came the release of a secretly recorded audiotape in which the indicted judge, Michael Murphy, could be heard casually spouting barnyard profanities, racial epithets and homosexual slurs.
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