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May 30, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
We might have spoken too soon. On Monday, we wrote that “birther” conspiracies about President Obama had mostly been laid to rest when the White House released his long-form Hawaiian birth certificate last April, but that some detractors are focusing on his college transcripts, hoping to prove Obama is not as smart as he seems. But it turns out there's a subset of Americans (and we have heard from many of them) who fervently wish to read President Obama's college transcripts for a different reason.
May 28, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Now that the issue of the president's birth certificate has been laid to rest (mostly) , some conservatives are turning their attention to a new obsession: Barack Obama's college transcripts. Last week, a website that already had offered a $10,000 reward for Obama's transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School, increased the bounty to $20,000.  About a year ago, Donald Trump, among the highest-profile "birthers," helped get the mini-movement started.
May 26, 2012 | By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times
A community theater actor accused of killing two friends in an elaborate plot to frame one for the slaying of the other confessed to police immediately after his arrest, according to a grand jury transcript that was made public Friday. "I'm crazy, and I did it," Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 28, told a Costa Mesa detective after the 2010 killings, according to the testimony. Wozniak, who was arrested at his own bachelor party just days after the crimes, is accused of luring Samuel Herr, 26, to the Liberty Theater at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield and shooting him twice in the head.
May 22, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A federal jury in the political corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards deliberated for a second day Monday without reaching a verdict, as Edwards quietly awaited his fate inside a federal courthouse. The jury of eight men and four women requested seven prosecution exhibits. Among them were emails in 2006 and 2007 that discussed $725,000 provided to Edwards by wealthy heiress and supporter Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, now 101, during Edwards' campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination.
May 13, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Reaching out to a 30,000-strong Christian crowd at Liberty University on Saturday, Mitt Romney delivered the school's commencement address, half congratulating the students, and half delivering campaign remarks. In the speech, Romney reiterated his opposition to gay marriage in the wake of President Obama's announcement of personal support for the issue, and made tacit references to his own Mormon faith. For Romney's full remarks, read below: For the graduates, this moment marks a clear ending and a clear beginning.
May 4, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
In the pandemonium of people scrambling to escape the bloodiest shooting rampage in Orange County history, Kenneth Caleb saw a lone, limping figure possessed of a strange calm. Caleb was staring out the window of Patty's Place, the Seal Beach restaurant where he went for lunch that day in October. Moments earlier, a terrified employee at the Salon Meritage next door had rushed into the restaurant screaming one phrase over and over: "Call the police, he's shooting everybody!"
May 2, 2012 | By Dave Lindorff
Students traditionally have a soft spot for their alma maters. But as growing numbers of students run up debt in the high five and even six figures to pay for college, that may change. Especially when they discover their old school is actively blocking them from getting a job or going on to a higher degree. That's what increasing numbers of students are finding when they try to obtain an official transcript to send to potential employers or graduate admissions offices. It turns out many colleges and universities refuse to issue these critical documents if students are in default on student loans, or in many cases, even if they just fall one or two months behind.
April 25, 2012 | By Paul Pringle, Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Invoking his right against self-incrimination, the former finance director of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum declined to testify before a grand jury about alleged corruption at the stadium, then answered questions after a judge granted him limited immunity, transcripts of the proceedings show. Ronald Lederkramer, once the Coliseum's No. 2 executive, left the Coliseum late last year after The Times reported that he used his personal credit card to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars in stadium equipment to pocket valuable reward points.
April 20, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
During a closed-door session with Los Angeles County supervisors last fall, California Gov. Jerry Brown made a comment acknowledging that there would be questions about whether the group was violating the law. According to a transcript obtained by The Times, the governor said at one point during the meeting, "Let's get our Brown Act cover story. " He was referring to the state's open-meetings law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. Moments later, then-County Counsel Andrea Sheridan Ordin noted that reporters who questioned the legality of the meeting - which indeed was later ruled illegal - were waiting outside.
March 16, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
He joined the Marines to become a killer, police said, and studied anatomy to be swift and effective. And he set a goal — 16 slayings, if possible — of becoming one of America's prolific killers. "I knew that I had the killer gene," Itzcoatl Ocampo told detectives. The chilling portrait of the accused Orange County serial killer emerges in a grand jury transcript that offers the most detailed look yet at the prosecution's case against the 23-year-old Yorba Linda man and his alleged "serial thrill-kill" rampage that left six people dead, including four homeless men. Anaheim Police Det. Daron Wyatt told grand jurors that Ocampo's "demeanor would change, and he seemed to get excited" as he described the attacks to police after his arrest in January.
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