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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Lin is a Times staff writer.
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday awarded $2.25 million to a police officer who said she was discriminated against and sexually harassed by her male colleagues and supervisors, and then retaliated against when she complained.
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SPORTS
September 16, 2002 | Alan Abrahamson
Just days after the 30th anniversary of the kidnappings and murders of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the Munich Olympic Games, German authorities have paid the Israeli families of those slain about $3 million, bringing to a close a long-running lawsuit with what was termed a "humanitarian gesture."
NATIONAL
November 18, 2004 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The administrator of the federal fund that paid more than $7 billion to the Sept. 11 victims and survivors said Wednesday that the program was a great success, but acknowledged doubts about its fairness and efficiency. The Victim Compensation Fund, approved by Congress after the terrorist attacks, might have been less controversial had it paid out the same amount to all victims, Special Master Kenneth R. Feinberg said in submitting his final report.
NEWS
November 27, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft on Monday named veteran mediator Kenneth R. Feinberg as special master of the government's Sept. 11 compensation fund, making him the sole arbiter of how much money thousands of victims of the terrorist attacks will receive. Feinberg, a Washington attorney specializing in mediation, arbitration and negotiation, has held similar roles before, including that of special master in a multibillion-dollar Agent Orange lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2003 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
California prison officials want to better serve crime victims by increasing the amount of restitution money the state collects from inmates, a plan welcomed by victims' families but one that drew an angry response from relatives of convicts at a public hearing Tuesday. About 96% of the state's 160,000 inmates pay some sort of court-ordered compensation, amounting to roughly $9 million in an average year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2003 | Karen Alexander, Special to The Times
Rick Walker is used to waiting for the things he deserves. He spent 12 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, until a judge ordered him released in June and declared his innocence. And he thought he was going to have to wait at least another four months for a $428,000 state compensation, when the Legislature appeared to have squashed its approval. But at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, in what Rep.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2005 | Ryan G. Murphy, Times Staff Writer
On Sept. 11, 2001, family therapist Norma Steuerle was among the 59 victims aboard a plane that hijackers crashed into the Pentagon. But rather than seek revenge, her husband and daughters chose to create a charity to combat the conditions in which terrorism can thrive. Our Voices Together, which was started on the fourth anniversary of the attacks, supports programs to promote tolerance, social justice, education and economic development around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
The prosecutor who helped send DeWayne McKinney to prison on a murder charge -- and agreed to set him free nearly two decades later -- testified Wednesday that he was "likely" not a killer but couldn't be certain. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas was a young prosecutor in 1982 when he persuaded a jury that McKinney, then a gang member, committed the execution-style killing of 19-year-old Walter Bell during a robbery two years earlier at a Chapman Avenue Burger King in Orange.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2003 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
As a midnight Monday deadline approached, more than 92% of the families eligible for aid from the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund had come forward to request federal assistance, capping an unexpected surge of applications in recent weeks, program administrators said. The desire to settle -- and forgo the right to file lawsuits against the airlines and others -- means that the onslaught of litigation many had predicted after the terrorist attacks is unlikely to materialize.
NEWS
October 5, 2001 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. government has committed itself to paying full damages to the nearly 6,000 families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 attacks, an unprecedented move, legal experts say. Under a measure attached to the airline bailout bill, the government will compensate the families of those who died, as well as the more than 7,000 people who were injured, in the same way airlines pay damages related to deaths or injuries in a plane crash.
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