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January 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Joey Rollings, the boys' basketball coach at Sacramento Sheldon, has been suspended for four weeks by the Elk Grove Unified School District after an investigation into an allegation of undue influence, according to the Sacramento Bee . He is banned from attending practices and games. Three players who transferred to Sheldon at the start of the school year have not played. "In the fall, an allegation of undue influence was brought to the district's attention," spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said in a statement.
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January 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Joey Rollings, the boys' basketball coach at Sacramento Sheldon, has been suspended for four weeks by the Elk Grove Unified School District after an investigation into an allegation of undue influence, according to the Sacramento Bee . He is banned from attending practices and games. Three players who transferred to Sheldon at the start of the school year have not played. "In the fall, an allegation of undue influence was brought to the district's attention," spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said in a statement.
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NEWS
March 3, 2002 | PETE YOST, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A top Energy Department official working on revision of power plant pollution standards met with 64 industry representatives and a single member of an environmental group, a Democratic congressman said Friday. The lopsided numbers--seven meetings with business groups and one with one member of the Natural Resources Defense Council--suggest "undue industry influence" on the administration's deliberations, Rep. Henry Waxman wrote President Bush.
SPORTS
May 13, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There's a perception that illegal recruiting is rampant in high school sports. So how come in the latest summary report issued by the California Interscholastic Federation through March, among nearly 800,000 athletes who compete statewide, only 84 were declared ineligible because of pre-enrollment contact or undue influence? That means either the perception is wrong or no one is catching the cheaters. I believe the latter is true. Even Roger Blake, the CIF's executive director, admits the numbers are misleading.
SPORTS
March 29, 1985 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Former Lynwood High School principal Harold Cebrum said he warned Ocean View principal John Myers that transfer students Ricky Butler and Desi Hazely had been unduly influenced in their decisions to move to the Huntington Beach school in August of 1983.
SPORTS
February 6, 1987 | TOM FRIEND, Times Staff Writer
Point Loma High School is facing an investigation by the San Diego Section because its girls' basketball coach, Lee Trepanier, possibly used "undue influence" in getting 6-foot 2-inch senior Terri Mann to attend the school. The investigation appears certain because of statements made by Terri's mother, Willie Mann, in an interview for a story in today's Times. Mrs. Mann said Trepanier visited their home when Terri had just finished the eighth grade and was deciding where to go to high school.
NEWS
October 3, 1995 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a decision that promises to escalate the fight over Doris Duke's billion-dollar estate, a judge here Monday granted one of the heiress's former doctors legal standing to challenge her will. Manhattan Surrogate's Judge Eve M. Preminger granted the long-pending petition of Dr. Harry B. Demopoulos, a New York "longevity" and vitamin specialist who befriended Duke years ago and was named a co-executor of her estate in a 1991 codicil.
NEWS
March 10, 1989
A federal appeals court in Boston, rejecting a fundamentalist church's First Amendment claims, said the church must refund $5.5 million of the $6.6 million donated by an heiress due to "undue influence" by the pastor. "Those who run TBS (The Bible Speaks church) may freely exercise their religion, but they cannot use the cloak of religion to exert undue influence of a non-religious nature with impunity," the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Three days before she died, 97-year-old Carmel Bosco changed her will to leave the lion's share of her $450,000 estate to a Riverside couple, old friends who had tended her bedsores and administered her morphine in her last weeks. Bosco's family sued, and on Monday the California Supreme Court ruled that caregivers cannot benefit from changes in wills made by dependent elderly people in their final days -- even if they are longtime personal friends of the deceased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elected officials would be barred from voting on issues involving lobbyists who serve as their paid political advisors under a proposal Tuesday by the president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. Citing concerns about undue influence by insiders, Commission President Miriam Krinsky also proposed that lobbyists be prohibited from raising money for elected officials. At a meeting Tuesday, the commission directed its staff to draft a written report on both plans.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The nonprofit advocacy group that was formed to back President Obama's agenda, which was sharply criticized as a potential conduit for wealthy interests to influence the White House, has been financed overwhelmingly by thousands of small donors since its launch in late January. Organizing for Action took in just three six-figure donations through the end of March. The biggest, $250,000, came from a son of Warren Buffett's longtime business partner. Only about two dozen of the 770 fundraisers who collected major donations for Obama's reelection gave to the organization, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
At a time when public-sector unions across the country are fighting to hold on to generous retirement and health benefits, one of the loudest voices standing up for their rights is Dave Low. A longtime labor activist, Low carries considerable clout as executive director of the California School Employees Assn., a 215,000-member union that represents bus drivers, custodians and other school workers. He also leads a broader group of 1.5 million government employees, including firefighters, police and teachers, called Californians for Health Care and Retirement Security.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
What was the (somewhat predictable) response by the losers in Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election? As my colleague Michael A. Memoli wrote : WASHINGTON -- If there's a common thread among Democrats and their allies in their collective response to the Wisconsin recall election, it's as simple as this: money talks. Speaking with reporters on Air Force One, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that in what was essentially a repeat election between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker won by roughly the same margin, but only after "he outspent his challenger by a magnitude of 7 or 8 to 1, with an enormous amount of outside corporate money and huge donations.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
Congressional Democrats appear to have decided that rather than trying to beat the "super PAC" funding from their opponents this election cycle, they'll attack them. On multiple fronts, Democrats and their allies are engaged in an orchestrated attempt to portray the groups as shadowy corporate players trying to influence the outcome of the fall elections. This week, a coalition of labor and good government groups announced it was targeting secret corporate donors -- one group is offering a $25,000 reward to the first worker to document an employer funneling funds for a campaign.
OPINION
November 14, 2011
Every year, more than 4 million visitors come to see the awesome majesty of Grand Canyon National Park — the soaring rock formations, the mighty erosive power of the Colorado River, the plastic bottles strewn along the trail, the chipmunks chewing on twist-off bottle caps.... Plastic bottles are the biggest single source of trash found in the park, according to Stephen P. Martin, who formerly oversaw the Grand Canyon for the National Park Service. Martin had a smart plan to solve this problem by banning the sale of disposable water bottles inside the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
In an effort to cut costs, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has not hired any rookie deputies in the last 19 months, with one exception: an applicant with ties to Sheriff Lee Baca's son. Like many aspiring deputies, John W. Pace had impressive qualifications. He is a former collegiate football player who speaks Spanish and has a clean record. But Pace also had a personal recommendation from Baca's son, David. David Baca, a sergeant with the Murrieta Police Department, said Pace called him "looking for help" in becoming a cop. David Baca agreed to put in a good word with his father.
NEWS
June 1, 1992 | From The Times Washington staff
ON THE LINE: Did the CIA try to exert influence on the government's case against Gen. Manuel A. Noriega? The possibility emerged last month when Dexter Lehtinen, the former U.S. attorney in Miami, told a Senate committee that he had been contacted by CIA officials outside normal channels about an unspecified investigation by his office. . . . Lehtinen provided no details, although he said he refused to respond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elected officials would be banned from voting on issues involving lobbyists who serve as their paid political advisors under a proposal Tuesday by the president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. Citing concerns over undue influence by insiders, Commission President Miriam Krinsky also proposed that lobbyists be prohibited from raising money for elected officials. At a meeting Tuesday, the commission directed its staff to draft a written report on both plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2010 | By Tony Perry
The defense for the last Marine facing criminal charges in the fatal shooting of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 won a key ruling Tuesday that could lead to the dropping of the case. Lt. Col. David Jones, the judge, ruled that attorneys for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich had successfully shown that there was the possibility of what the military calls undue command influence in the decision by a general to send Wuterich to a court martial. Jones' ruling requires that prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt that no such influence existed or that, although it may have existed, it did not influence the generals' decision.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2009 | By Jon Weinbach
For nearly 40 years, the Comedy Store has been a training ground for countless Hollywood aspirants, providing a showcase for the likes of Richard Pryor, Jay Leno and David Letterman. But these days, nobody is joking about the future of the Sunset Strip landmark -- or the condition of Mitzi Shore, the Store's 79-year-old owner. Both are at the center of a lawsuit filed last week by Pauly Shore, the actor-comedian and her youngest son. In his complaint, Pauly, 41, alleges that his older brother Peter, a psychologist and former TV director who lives in Portland, Ore., has been exerting "undue influence" over their mother, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and other neurological problems.
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