September 8, 2013 |
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged labor leaders Sunday to prepare for an uphill battle as they seek to strengthen the labor movement, beat back "powerful interests" and enact financial reform. Warren made a speech at the quadrennial convention of the AFL-CIO, which kicked off Sunday in Los Angeles. The labor federation's convention has brought together traditional union groups with new, progressive allies such as the Sierra Club and the NAACP. Warren, the freshman senator and newest member of the Senate Banking Committee, voiced her support for the labor movement, which has seen its political power wane in recent years as union membership has dropped. Photos: Jobs with the longest and shortest workdays "In every fight to build opportunity in this country ... in every fight for working families, we have been on the front lines because our agenda is America's agenda," Warren said. "But let's be clear, we have always had to run uphill," she said.
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August 9, 2013 |
Eileen Garnreiter wanted to break up with her boyfriend. She complained to her family that he was controlling. She had doubts he'd be able to provide for her and their 5-week-old daughter. She griped that he made her iron his socks and scolded her if he didn't like what she was wearing in public. By Jan. 7, 2011, she'd had enough. She canceled plans to go to a Lakers game with a friend to tell her boyfriend that their relationship was over. Hours later, the 22-year-old lay dead on the kitchen floor of the couple's Lawndale apartment, with a black eye and 16 stab wounds - three to the neck.
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August 7, 2013 |
An Iraq war veteran, who fatally stabbed his girlfriend after she threatened to end their relationship and leave with their 5-week-old daughter, is falsely claiming to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in an attempt to escape a murder conviction, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. "PTSD is very real, it's just not in this case," Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Frank Dunnick said during closing arguments in Tymarc Warren's murder trial. "Ultimately, there was nothing to suggest that anything about his military experience had any effect on his mental state.
August 4, 2013 |
Marion Dougherty came to New York from Pennsylvania in 1944 with dreams of becoming a theater set designer. While waiting for her big break, she worked for $45 a week designing windows at Bergdorf Goodman. But Dougherty's break came in a different form a few years later when a friend working at the NBC live anthology series "Kraft Television Theater" asked her to become a casting assistant on the show. In time, Dougherty would transform - and in many ways invent - the role of casting director that made her a legend in New York and Hollywood.
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July 31, 2013
Berthold Beitz Industrialist honored for saving Jews during WWII Berthold Beitz, 99, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of postwar West Germany's leading industrialists, died Tuesday. Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, where he was the honorary chairman of the supervisory board, announced his death but gave no further details. Beitz and his wife, Else, were honored by Germany's main Jewish group in 2000 for saving hundreds of Jewish workers at an oil field he managed in occupied Poland from deportation to Nazi death camps.
July 31, 2013 |
The egregiously light wrist-slap that federal regulators gave to JPMorgan Chase & Co. over its $125-million rip-off of California consumers has drawn the attention of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass). The first-term senator, who has already made a mark in Washington for her no-nonsense questioning of financial regulators, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to justify its settlement -- a $410-million penalty that includes no criminal referrals, even though FERC identified three energy traders and a top JPMorgan executive whose fingerprints were all over the scheme.