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October 15, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Obama administration's point man on civil rights said he would seek to fight discrimination against gays, an area in which the Justice Department has had only a small role in the past. Tom Perez, assistant attorney general in charge of the department's Civil Rights Division, said pending legislation in Congress would allow the department to attack discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The division has historically targeted discrimination based on race, gender or religion.
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April 18, 2013 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama's pick for Labor secretary, Thomas E. Perez, emerged unscathed Thursday from a Senate confirmation hearing that was more perfunctory than contentious. Conservatives have been critical of Perez, the administration's top civil rights enforcer, portraying him as a dangerous liberal who would be an overly assertive regulator at the Labor Department. But despite predictions that his confirmation could be acrimonious, there was very little of the tough questioning that Republican adversaries said he deserved.
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April 18, 2013 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama's pick for Labor secretary, Thomas E. Perez, emerged unscathed Thursday from a Senate confirmation hearing that was more perfunctory than contentious. Conservatives have been critical of Perez, the administration's top civil rights enforcer, portraying him as a dangerous liberal who would be an overly assertive regulator at the Labor Department. But despite predictions that his confirmation could be acrimonious, there was very little of the tough questioning that Republican adversaries said he deserved.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Obama administration's point man on civil rights said he would seek to fight discrimination against gays, an area in which the Justice Department has had only a small role in the past. Tom Perez, assistant attorney general in charge of the department's Civil Rights Division, said pending legislation in Congress would allow the department to attack discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The division has historically targeted discrimination based on race, gender or religion.
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March 19, 2009 | Paul West and Richard Simon
Thomas Perez is Maryland's highest-ranking Latino, but his selection as the nation's leading civil rights enforcer has provoked sharp criticism from some Latino civil rights advocates. The criticism isn't directed at Perez, the state's secretary of labor and a first-generation Dominican American, or his qualifications.
SPORTS
May 18, 1996 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Antelope Valley High center fielder Anthony Barton is not a power hitter, but with his appetite for pressure and drama, anything can happen. Barton proved so Friday when he hit a one-out, first-inning grand slam to help the Antelopes defeat Burroughs, 6-4, in the first round of the Southern Section Division III baseball playoffs. Barton, who entered the game with one home run, blasted a 1-0 fastball by Brian Nichols over the left-center field fence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1991 | TOM MC QUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fired police officer Daniel J. Lowrey sought a court order Friday to force the city to reinstate him. The Superior Court action is necessary because Laguna Beach City Manager Kenneth C. Frank has taken too long to make a decision, said Susan M. Simpson, a legal assistant for Lowrey's attorney, Tom Perez, who filed the complaint. Nearly two months ago, the city Personnel Board said the city should reinstate Lowrey, who was fired by Police Chief Neil J. Purcell Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991 | TOM McQUEENEY
A former Laguna Beach police officer, fired in May for allegedly using excessive force in arresting a homeless man, will meet with attorneys this week to decide whether to file a lawsuit demanding his job back, one of his lawyers said Monday. On Friday, former Officer Keith R. Knotek exhausted the city's appeal process when the Personnel Board issued a unanimous recommendation to uphold Police Chief Neil J. Purcell's decision to fire him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1991 | TOM McQUEENEY
An Orange County Superior Court commissioner has ruled that the city of Laguna Beach was within its rights to fire a police officer after he was videotaped kicking at a man struggling on a sidewalk with two other officers. Commissioner Eleanor M. Palk said last Friday that the evidence in the case supported the city's right to fire former officer Keith R. Knotek, 26, and upheld the city Personnel Board's decision to deny Knotek's appeal for his job back.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit Friday to immigration advocates who have been fasting on the National Mall, lending White House support to the push for House Speaker John A. Boehner to take up the proposed immigration law overhaul now stalled in the House. “As my father would say, come hell or high water, we're going to win this,” Biden told the group, according to organizers of the fast, now in its 11th day. Boehner insisted this week that Republicans in the House are committed to considering immigration legislation , but he declined to say when they would take up the issue.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2009 | Paul West and Richard Simon
Thomas Perez is Maryland's highest-ranking Latino, but his selection as the nation's leading civil rights enforcer has provoked sharp criticism from some Latino civil rights advocates. The criticism isn't directed at Perez, the state's secretary of labor and a first-generation Dominican American, or his qualifications.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke for 30 minutes Friday with about 20 activists who are fasting at the steps of the Capitol to an effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws.  Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, have not eaten in 18 days and are drinking only water.  Sitting with the group inside a heated tent, Obama told the fasters that he supported their...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1992 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reserve police officer accused of sexually assaulting three women while on duty has been fired after an investigation concluded that he had violated department policy, authorities said Thursday. Chief Neil J. Purcell Jr. dismissed Chris Matano, 20, of Laguna Beach, a grocery store employee who was suspected of fondling the women while they were handcuffed inside his patrol car on the way to Orange County Jail.
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