March 11, 2009 |
Congress is poised to do away with one of former President George W. Bush's signature initiatives in education: the taxpayer-funded vouchers that enable students from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend private schools. About 1,700 children in kindergarten through 12th grade receive the $7,500 annual scholarships. Four times as many apply.
August 21, 2008 |
BEIJING -- Fame is a strange beast, my friend. The world of gossip journalism is freaking out right now, trying to figure out whether Michael Phelps has a girlfriend. He is, in some ways, the David Beckham of the sporting world at the moment. The British tabloids are saying that he's dating model Lily Donaldson or swimmer Amanda Beard, and TMZ.com has sent us a slew of e-mails, trying to confirm a rumor it heard that it's another swimmer. (Dear TMZ: Seriously, you could not be further off the mark.
April 17, 2008 |
A California judge approved a settlement for a class-action lawsuit that will compensate about 800,000 Ford Explorer owners whose vehicles lost value because of a perceived rollover danger. The settlement ends suits against Ford Motor Co. in California, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas that claimed that Explorers lost about $1,000 in resale value because of publicity from rollover accidents. Under the settlement, those who bought Explorers in model years 1991 through 2001 are eligible for $500 vouchers to buy new Explorers or $300 vouchers to buy other Ford or Lincoln Mercury vehicles.
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April 12, 2008 |
Carlos Jackson, the director of the Los Angeles County Housing Authority criticized for his agency's handling of a $200-million program for the county's poor and for allegedly concealing shortcomings, has retired. The director for 17 years, Jackson has acknowledged failures in his agency's management of Section 8 vouchers. In February, federal auditors called for his ouster. In a memo to his employees this week, Jackson said he had informed the county Board of Supervisors of his decision to retire.
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February 11, 2008 |
Hundreds of guns were set to be melted down following an Oakland gun buyback held hours after two more people died in a shooting in the violence-plagued city. The Saturday event, organized by state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland), had enough funding to take in 300 guns for $250 apiece but ran out as people arrived to turn in trunkloads of weapons. Oakland police issued vouchers for guns given up after the fund was depleted. Earlier, two men were fatally shot outside a house in East Oakland, the southeastern part of the city, bringing the city's homicide total this year to 16. Police say they have no motives or suspects in the killings of Juan Barnes, 34, of Hayward and Alphonso Lawson, 38, of Oakland.
November 29, 2007 |
Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday ended an era of litigation over its rollover-plagued Explorers when it agreed to settle class-action lawsuits covering plaintiffs in four states. The settlement applies to about 1 million people in California, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas who claimed their Explorers were prone to flip, said Kevin P. Roddy, a New Jersey attorney and co-counsel for the sport utility vehicle owners who brought the lawsuit. Ford, based in Dearborn, Mich.
November 7, 2007 |
In ballot measures being decided Tuesday, Utah voters defeated the country's first statewide school voucher program open to all children, not just those from low- or middle-income families. The voucher program would have granted $500 to $3,000, depending on family income, for each child sent to private school. The measure was approved by the Legislature in February, but opponents gathered enough signatures to force a referendum.
August 24, 2007 |
The American Medical Assn., seeking to influence the healthcare debate in the 2008 election, kicked off a three-year, multimillion-dollar ad campaign at a news conference Thursday to promote its plan to provide health coverage for the estimated 45 million people in America who lack insurance. "There's a misconception about who the uninsured are," said Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen, the AMA's president-elect. "One in seven people are uninsured . . .