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May 15, 1991
I'm surprised that inmates are complaining about overcrowding in California's prisons. After all, they are there voluntarily. BOB RONA Culver City
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Stung by scandals that threaten to put three of their own behind bars, state lawmakers were preparing Thursday to suspend Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested a day earlier on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in guns. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has called for a Friday vote to sideline the San Francisco Democrat - with pay - if he does not leave voluntarily, action supported by the leader of the Republican minority. Yee, arrested by the FBI in a criminal sting operation that also ensnared a notorious Bay Area gangster known as "Shrimp Boy," abruptly ended his campaign to become California's secretary of state in this year's elections.
September 4, 1988
I am at a loss as to where Kaufman managed to dig up the bizarre men to whom she referred in her article. Any woman who voluntarily ministers to this kind of wimp deserves him. JEFF ROTHMAN Westchester
December 18, 2013 | Henry Chu
LONDON - Ronnie Biggs, one of the most famous criminals in British history, who helped commit the Great Train Robbery of 1963, broke out of prison, enjoyed a notoriously colorful life on the lam in Brazil and then gave himself up, in thoroughly British fashion, to a tabloid newspaper decades later, has died. He was 84. Biggs died during the night, his official Twitter account said Wednesday morning; a woman at the nursing home where he was living, outside London, confirmed the news.
June 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Continental Airlines Inc., cutting 3,000 jobs as jet fuel soars, is offering workers health coverage for a year and free travel privileges until 2023 to encourage them to leave voluntarily.
August 14, 2002
So the Hollywood left is pushing for higher taxes on the wealthy--for now--but eventually on everyone with a job above minimum wage ("Wealthy Residents Urge Higher Taxes on Rich," Aug. 8). Why is this news? Is there some reason that actor Ed Asner and the rest of the Hollywood left cannot voluntarily pay high taxes? They could forgo all of their deductions. If Asner really wants to tax the rich, why does he not propose a wealth tax--say, 1% of your net worth over $1 million, including your home?
March 12, 1988
I feel very fortunate that President Gerald Ford ended the draft before I was forced to make a decision as to whether or not to respond favorably to compulsory military conscription. I am certain that I would have rejected any effort by the U.S. government to force me into military service against my will. In 1976 I voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army and after serving four years on active duty, I voluntarily enlisted in the California National Guard for two years. The key word here is "volunteer."
January 5, 2003
Re "U.S. Is Right to Take Precautions With Muslim Men on Temporary Visas," Dec. 28: I note with interest the letters defending the INS decision to detain those of Middle Eastern origin who voluntarily reported to the government. Though I do not defend the practice of entering or staying in this country illegally, I cannot help but wonder if these same people would be so supportive of the INS actions if those being detained were, of say, British origin. Over the years, I have known British, Irish and Canadian citizens who have intentionally overstayed visas too. Are we willing to detain them in camps also?
In a move the government called a warning to disgruntled aerospace workers tempted to peddle U.S. defense secrets, a former Lockheed engineer was indicted Thursday on charges of attempted espionage for allegedly trying to sell secret plans concerning the Sea Shadow, a Navy stealth project. John Douglas Charlton, 62, allegedly tried to sell the plans concerning the ship and other projects to an FBI agent posing as an official of an unnamed Western European government, according to prosecutors.
January 6, 1988 | DAVID HALDANE and ELAINE WOO, Times Staff Writers
The state was ordered Tuesday to pay up to $35 million to the Long Beach Unified School District for money spent on voluntary desegregation efforts from 1977 to 1984, a ruling that could affect dozens of school districts around California. The order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert I. Weil followed more than five years of efforts by the Long Beach district to recover the expenses of its desegregation program, which began in 1972.
December 15, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Air quality regulators say that an urban oil field blamed for chronic respiratory illnesses and nosebleeds in a South Los Angeles neighborhood is modifying its operations to prevent leaks and upgrade air pollution controls. Allenco Energy Co., which voluntarily suspended operations Nov. 22 at the request of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), plans to inspect and repair tanks, remove an open-air drain and sump from service, and upgrade air pollution control systems, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials said.
November 22, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Operators of a controversial urban oil field in South Los Angeles voluntarily agreed Friday to halt operations pending completion of investigations prompted by complaints from neighbors, who blame noxious vapors for persistent respiratory ailments, headaches and nosebleeds. The move comes a few weeks after U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) urged Allenco Energy Co. to suspend oil production in the University Park neighborhood, half a mile north of USC, "until the experts tell us it is safe for our most vulnerable populations.
October 11, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota announced Thursday that it was voluntarily recalling about 10,000 new cars to fix a faulty windshield wiper switch. The recall affects the 2013 and 2014 Camry and Camry Hybrid, the 2013 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid, and the 2014 Corolla. Due to a manufacturing flaw, the switch could short out, causing the wipers to stop working, Toyota said in a statement. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled? The issue was noticed by Toyota technicians during a routine inspection, said Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight.
July 24, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - The principal at an Indian elementary school where 23 children died last week after eating free lunches contaminated with pesticide was arrested Wednesday on murder and criminal conspiracy charges after eight days on the run. Principal Meena Devi, 35, was caught in Chhapra, the city where the tragedy occurred in India's impoverished northern state of Bihar. On July 16, about 50 children - most younger than 10 - attending Dharmasati Gandaman Primary School complained of feeling sick after eating their lunch, which was provided free under a national government program that feeds an estimated 120 million children.
July 13, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf and Jason Song
Four Los Angeles County government executives who retired or resigned since 2010 received tens of thousands of dollars in severance pay historically reserved for employees who were fired, a Times review found. Chief Executive William T Fujioka's office authorized the nearly $400,000 in severance payments, according to documents obtained through the state Public Records Act. Fujioka's office told The Times in 2010 that severance was provided only if a department head's termination was initiated by a public vote of the Board of Supervisors.
May 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
After a three-week closure to complete safety work, the popular Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim is expected to reopen this weekend. Disneyland voluntarily closed the 36-year-old ride April 13 after state regulators, investigating the injury of a contract worker, found violations related to safety procedures and equipment for maintenance staff. Disney officials said Friday that they could not give an exact date for the reopening of the ride but hope to have it operating this weekend.
Actor Robert Young, who for 10 years served as the ideal TV patriarch in "Father Knows Best" and went on to star in "Marcus Welby, M.D.," attempted suicide at his Westlake Village home last week, authorities said Saturday. Lt. Bob Barrier, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said Young, 83, ran a hose from the exhaust pipe to his car's interior last Saturday about 7:45 a.m. Authorities were alerted after Young called a tow truck to try to start his car.
August 30, 1992 | From Operation Sentinel
QUESTION: My friend recently signed a rental agreement she thought was month to month, but in fact is a one-year lease. Because she does not speak English, the landlord spoke with her in Spanish. The landlord showed the unit to my friend, asked her to sign a rental agreement that was written in English, and had her pay a deposit. My friend feels that the landlord misled her, and wants to terminate her tenancy with a 30-day notice. What can she do?
May 3, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Nestle USA has voluntarily recalled some of its California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno frozen pizzas after the products were found to contain clear plastic pieces, the company said. The affected products include:  -- California Pizza Kitchen crispy thin-crust white pizza. -- California Pizza Kitchen limited edition grilled chicken with Cabernet sauce. -- DiGiorno crispy flatbread pizza Tuscan style chicken. -- DiGiorno pizzeria! bianca/white pizza. The company said it initiated the recall after some customers complained about finding bits of plastic in their pizza.
March 21, 2013 | By Monte Morin
La Preferida Inc. is voluntarily recalling 56,808 29-ounce cans of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. "The manufacturer's preliminary inspection indicates 420 cans may not have been fully processed, which could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed," the FDA said. "To date, there have been no reported injuries or adverse events associated with the consumption of this product.
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