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March 28, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Two Caltrans technicians tasked with doing foundation testing for construction projects claimed over 260 hours they didn't work, and one of them falsified testing data on 10 projects, according to an investigative report Thursday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. The supervisor for the two technicians failed to require them to obtain preapproval for overtime, or to review records available to confirm that they did the work they claimed, said the report, which was based on a whistle-blower complaint in 2009.
October 11, 2000 | Times Staff and Bloomberg News
The Orange County Register said Tuesday that a hacker broke into its Web site recently and changed three stories, editing one article to say Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates had been arrested for breaking into NASA computers. The Sept. 29 stories were about Jason Diekman's arrest for breaking into Web sites at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, said Nancy Souza, spokeswoman for the paper.
April 11, 1987 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
Each year patients in California are given X-rays by as many as 400 doctors and their employees who have either not been certified by the state to operate X-ray equipment or lack the skills needed for the specialized diagnostic procedures they perform, the state Department of Health Services said Friday.
July 30, 1987 | WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writer
The son of Mayor Walter R. Tucker acknowledged this week that his father's most recent campaign finance statement--which listed $19,220 in payments to eight of the mayor's relatives--contained two errors. Walter R. Tucker III, who is a lawyer, prepared the state-required campaign report on the mayor's behalf. The younger Tucker said "a clerical mistake" had occurred in listing $2,150 in payments to two videotape technicians. One of the technicians is the mayor's nephew.
April 9, 2006
WHILE it was most fascinating and frankly disturbing to see that many arts organization leaders seem to be following in the steps of their corporate counterparts, your article does the many working performing artists and musicians in Los Angeles a disservice by not pointing out the discrepancies between the pay scales of the performers and the administrators ["Culture Cash," April 2]. Many people would be surprised at the average salaries many performing artists make. I suggest that you delve further into this topic for the benefit of your readers and include some union and nonunion pay scales for performing artists versus stage technicians and so forth instead of leaving the readers with the impression that artists are overpaid by focusing only on the top administrators.
June 12, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Lab tests done in a physician's office by unlicensed personnel are more than four times as likely to be wrong as those done by licensed technicians in a commercial lab, says a new report by the California Department of Health Services. The department's Laboratory Field Services division studied proficiency testing conducted last year--in which labs were asked to determine the identity of a prepared sample. Commercial laboratories got the wrong answer on 0.
November 15, 1987 | United Press International
As many as 100 plastic garbage bags filled with cancer-causing asbestos were dumped at two Long Island shopping centers and a third site, possibly by a company evading costly disposal procedures, police said Saturday. State pollution control technicians were called in to remove the material, routinely used as a fire retardant and insulation until it was banned. Officials found between 40 and 50 bags Friday night spread over a half-mile in Baldwin.
August 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
In dozens of cities Thursday, fast food workers were planning to picket McDonald's, KFC and other quick service restaurants as they demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Workers in food preparation and serving have the lowest median wage of any occupation, earning $8.78 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They're followed by fast food and counter workers, who make $8.80 an hour, tying with shampooers. In the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region, that median rises slightly to $8.99 an hour, according to data from Economic Modeling Specialists International.
December 1, 1991
Any professional in any business must believe that an educated customer is the best customer. I think your article on Southern California's nail salons intended to educate nail care consumers, but I am afraid it has also created unnecessary fear. Granted, there are bad apples in the nail industry, as in every industry. They are shady business people who operate without a license and take advantage of the unsuspecting consumer. But the reality is, most nail technicians are conscientious and professional and operate safe salons.
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