December 24, 2009
Dear Amy: Every year my family exchanges our gift lists, and every year I shop, wrap and ship our gifts in time for Christmas. However, one family member, who always is the first to ask what we would like for Christmas, continuously sends gifts days, weeks and at times months after Christmas. As much as we really enjoy and appreciate the gifts, it is becoming somewhat insulting to receive them so late. We have a very small family, and it is only my husband and I who receive the gifts late.
September 12, 2009 |
We attacked the start of first grade with military precision. Up at 6:15, with pretty purple dress at the ready. Pancake served, teeth brushed, sandals cinched -- with time to spare. We were a Swiss watch. But this isn't Switzerland. The school bus didn't arrive at 7:20, as scheduled. Or at 7:30. Or 7:45. The van finally pulled up at 7:54. But the driver gave no sign anything was wrong. She was all grins and big waves, as pleased as if she'd nailed an especially difficult dismount.
March 11, 2009
State elected officials' pay stops when the new fiscal year begins July 1 without a spending plan. But they know their back paychecks will be delivered when -- perhaps we should say if -- they finally do their duty. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called, in January, for eliminating the back pay as well.
October 1, 2008 |
Electronic Arts Inc. on Tuesday canceled Tiberium, a spinoff of its popular Command & Conquer franchise of shooter games, and said it would lay off an unspecified number of employees at its Playa Vista office. "The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games label," EA spokeswoman Miriam Sughayer said. Sughayer said the Redwood City, Calif., developer would strive to place most of the affected workers into other EA projects. "This is not about cutting back financially," she said.
August 28, 2008 |
The mystery of why the California Democratic delegation, despite having a chance to do so, didn't publicly announce its preferences in the roll call that led to the historic nomination of Barack Obama for president has been solved. The answer has nothing to do with the complicated calculations we presumed might be at work. Instead, according to Bob Mulholland, a senior advisor to the state party, California took a pass simply because a tally of its 441 votes was still underway when the state's name was called.
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June 11, 2008 |
An attorney who was jailed last week after repeatedly arriving late -- or not at all -- to court has been placed on inactive status by the State Bar of California, thereby preventing him from practicing law, authorities said Tuesday. The order barring Stephen Charles Hollingsworth from representing clients takes effect Thursday and followed a confidential hearing into Hollingsworth's enrollment in the State Bar's "alternative discipline program." In the last few years, the attorney has been accused of a range of misconduct, including incompetence and misappropriating at least $2,643 from a client.