CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2009 |
A popular golf course at the VA Medical Center in Brentwood has been closed to the public as federal investigators look into suspected embezzlement of greens fees there. The nine-hole, par-3 course -- built for returning World War II veterans by members of the Hillcrest Country Club -- has been open in recent years to others who pay $12 per round to play. But as much as $200,000 in user fees may be missing, according to some who are familiar with the course's operation.
July 6, 2008 |
A noisy fight over user fees has erupted on Idaho's scenic lakes and world-famous river rapids. It pits white-water river rafters, kayakers and canoeists against powerboaters. At issue is who pays for services such as docks, launching pads, parking lots, restrooms and search-and-rescue efforts. Motorboaters pay registration fees and gas taxes; others don't. Powerboaters complained to state officials that others were not paying their fair share of user fees.
March 16, 2004 |
A Pasadena man named Robert Bartsch decided to take a hike in the San Bernardino National Forest last year. He also decided that, as a citizen, he owns the forest, so it should be a free hike. Enter the rangers. For seven years, the San Bernardino, Angeles, Cleveland and Los Padres national forests have been experimenting with a controversial fee program called Adventure Pass, and Bartsch was defying it.
July 10, 2003 |
The Yahoo search engine continues to find black ink. Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit more than doubled to $50.8 million as revenue jumped 42% to $321.4 million. Results were powered by a boost in advertising, proceeds from companies paying to be highlighted in Web searches and fees from users for services such as larger e-mail storage capacity, online matchmaking and job listings. A year earlier, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company's profit was $21.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2002 |
Tucked against the jagged mountains of Ojai Valley lies a dusty campground with warped picnic tables and ragged barbecue pits. Red-feathered orioles sing and flutter among the ancient oak trees that grace the nearly deserted county park. Camp Comfort has remained this way for some 20 years, its fraying edges offset by the beauty of its surroundings, but change is coming as the Ventura County Parks Department places the campground at the top of its cleanup list.
February 21, 2001 |
Attempting to settle a potentially crippling copyright-infringement suit, Napster Inc. offered Tuesday to pay record companies $1 billion over five years for the right to include their music in a new fee-based Internet song-swapping service. Company executives and Thomas Middelhoff, chief of media conglomerate Bertelsmann, implored the labels to suspend their legal assault while all the parties work out a deal.