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April 20, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
In an early social media skirmish in the 2012 campaign, a conservative political group claims to have forced Facebook to temporarily shut down the event page for President Obama's online town hall meeting after steering hundreds of negative comments to the site. ForAmerica, a group that sprung up online during the debate over Obama's health care reform law, urged its nearly 1 million Facebook fans to swarm the landing page Facebook was using to collect questions to pose to him at Wednesday afternoon's live forum.
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April 25, 2014 | By David Zucchino
LATTA, S.C. - Police Chief Crystal Moore was born and raised in this tiny farming crossroads and served as a volunteer police dispatcher while she was still in high school. She became the town's first female officer with a sterling 23-year record on the force - until she was ordered into the mayor's office this month and summarily fired. Mayor Earl Bullard handed Moore a list of seven reprimands citing, among other alleged transgressions, questioning authority and failing to maintain order at a council meeting.
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NEWS
October 17, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
Donald Trump, who flirted with a presidential run earlier this year, headlined a telephone town hall with GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann on Monday, his first public appearance with a candidate in the 2012 race. The town hall was marked by Bachmann's deference to the New York City real estate mogul. She called him “Mr. Trump,” he called her “Michele.” When participants asked questions, Trump routinely answered first and Bachmann played clean-up. The Minnesota congresswoman lavished praise on Trump.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's top brass faced a frustrated crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday, during which more than 100 South Los Angeles residents criticized the agency's inability to say whether fumes from an oil field are hazardous. Some of those gathered in an auditorium at the Doheny Campus of Mount St. Mary's College cradled Styrofoam model heads pierced with sewing needles or bound in rope to demonstrate ailments they believe are linked to the oil pumping operation: dizziness, chronic fatigue, severe headaches and nose bleeds.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday released new details on this year's presidential debates, offering a look at the rules that will shape President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney's upcoming rhetorical battles. The three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate will each last 90 minutes. The first, at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, will be partitioned into six 15-minute segments, each focusing on a different domestic policy issue to be set by an as-yet-to-be-announced moderator.
NEWS
April 21, 2011 | By Colby Itkowitz, Morning Call
Reminiscent of the August 2009 town halls when members of Congress faced angry constituents over health care reforms, a public forum in Carbon County with Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) Wednesday night provided a glimpse of the strong emotions stirred by a Republican plan to alter Medicare benefits. At the start of his town hall meeting, Barletta welcomed people to use the conversation to get things off their chests. While he was going through a slide projector presentation about the Medicare changes proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)
NEWS
April 26, 2011 | By Mark Schlueb, Orlando Sentinel
A town hall meeting held in Orlando by Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.) degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another. It was the last of a series of town hall meetings Webster has hosted during Congress' spring recess, which ends Monday. While the others were civil and largely uneventful, the 300 people at Tuesday's meeting were so raucous they were scolded by a police officer to act "like grown people.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By James Oliphant
President Obama heard from critics on both the right and the left at his town-hall event in Decorah on Monday evening. An Iowa "tea party" activist, Ryan Rhodes, confronted Obama after the event to speak to him whether Vice President Joe Biden during the debt-ceiling talks in Washington compared tea-party affiliated lawmakers to terrorists. Rhodes first brought up the question during the town hall and then approached the president afterward and the two got into a heated exchange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Hundreds of L.A. County residents attended a town hall meeting at Cal State L.A. on Friday afternoon to learn about the state's new insurance exchange, which will begin enrolling people this fall. Peter Lee, executive director of the health exchange called Covered California, explained what health plans were participating, what benefits were covered and how the enrollment would occur before taking dozens of questions from audience members. He described it as a “one-stop shop” for insurance for people with all different incomes.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Obama's appearance Thursday at a town hall here completes a historic event for Latino voters in the U.S. - the first time both major party presidential nominees have sat down for an hourlong meet-the-candidate session with a Spanish-speaking television network. The session with Obama will be livestreamed and broadcast in Spanish and in English, with questions coming from Univision television news hosts. As he speaks, Obama's words will be simultaneously translated on earpieces for Spanish speakers in the live audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
NEW YORK -- Early during the magnificent tribute to folk music at Town Hall while much of America was learning the fate of "Breaking Bad's" Walter White, actor John Goodman welcomed the capacity crowd to a night of reckoning devoted to what he called "weeping and wailing and sowing and reaping. " Performing folk songs from the canon, many of which are featured in the forthcoming Coen brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis" and its soundtrack, what followed on Sunday night was three-plus hours focused on hard truths and tested faith, on doubt, death and, of course, rocket ships to the moon.  A movie set in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s, "Inside Llewyn Davis" features music curated by T Bone Burnett, and though the night bore his imprimatur, it was the artists who burned.  TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Specifically: Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, the Punch Brothers, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, the Milk Carton Kids -- take a breath, because the lineup was packed with talent -- Oscar Isaac, the Avett Bros., Conor Oberst, Secret Sisters, Willie Watson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops'  Rhiannon Giddens and more delivered sharpened songs on acoustic instruments, singing in pitch perfect tone that left an oft-awestruck audience silently stunned -- then vocally thrilled.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Things got heated Tuesday at a Yelp town hall meeting intended to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners' concerns about the popular reviews site. Since launching nearly a decade ago, Yelp has been subject to endless criticism by business owners who accuse the website of manipulating reviews based on whether the companies fork over advertising dollars. The backlash hasn't prevented Yelp from becoming the premier site for reviews on everything from restaurants to plumbers.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Yelp Inc. was hoping to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners' concerns about the popular review website. Instead, many small-business owners at the company's town hall meeting in Hollywood on Tuesday slammed the site, venting their frustration at Yelp for aggressive advertising tactics and bogus reviews that they said hurt their businesses. "I have one-star reviews for my diner from people that have never walked into the place. They've never stepped foot, they've never tried the food, but they give me one-star reviews.
WORLD
June 29, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Kathleen Hennessey
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The big convoy slowed down on a Soweto corner, and for just a second, President Obama, waving, was framed in the window of his bullet-proof limousine. The crowd surged forward, a cheer rang out. And that was Obama's Africa tour for the Soweto youth who were on the outside of the president's town hall-style meeting at the University of Johannesburg campus in Soweto on Saturday. Their stories of struggle, deprivation and broken families were doubtless harsher than those of the students inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Hundreds of L.A. County residents attended a town hall meeting at Cal State L.A. on Friday afternoon to learn about the state's new insurance exchange, which will begin enrolling people this fall. Peter Lee, executive director of the health exchange called Covered California, explained what health plans were participating, what benefits were covered and how the enrollment would occur before taking dozens of questions from audience members. He described it as a “one-stop shop” for insurance for people with all different incomes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Rosanna Xia
Los Angeles International Airport's neighboring community and labor organizations are hosting a town hall Saturday in response to the L.A. City Council's approval this week of a $4.76-billion renovation project, which includes a controversial plan to move the northernmost runway closer to homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey. The town hall will “discuss the next steps towards addressing broken promises and the lack of accountability by...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Rosanna Xia
Los Angeles International Airport's neighboring community and labor organizations are hosting a town hall Saturday in response to the L.A. City Council's approval this week of a $4.76-billion renovation project, which includes a controversial plan to move the northernmost runway closer to homes in Westchester and Playa del Rey. The town hall will “discuss the next steps towards addressing broken promises and the lack of accountability by...
NATIONAL
February 9, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
VICCO, Ky. - Johnny Cummings grew up gay in this faded coal town, the son of a miner. He likes to joke that he didn't know he was gay until people around town told him he was. Now 50, Cummings is the mayor of Vicco, population 334. He's Mayor Johnny in the mornings. In the afternoons he styles hair at his salon, Scissors, a few steps from the storefront Town Hall. On Jan. 14, at the mayor's urging, Vicco's commissioners discussed an ordinance to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, "real or perceived.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Tina Susman and Michael Muskal
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Exactly one week ago, a gunman forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six adults. On Friday, this grief-wrenched town and the nation stopped to commemorate the precise moment of the attack that has shaken a country to its core. To the sound of tolling bells, 26 mournful peals, officials gathered in the cold and wet to remember the tragedy. Outside Town Hall, Newtown residents and visitors huddled next to local and state officials and police as church bells began sounding.
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