May 24, 2013 |
Question: Our cooperative homeowners association has an election for two of seven board members next month. As members we all received ballots recently, which we are instructed can be voted by mail (appropriate envelopes for secret ballot were enclosed) or handed in at the annual meeting. I mailed my ballot, with a vote for a candidate who then announced that he is withdrawing his candidacy. In light of that, I would like to re-vote. The board says that it is probably illegal and not practical to pull my original ballot and give me a new one. Is this fair or correct?
May 8, 2013 |
If the dead could speak, they probably wouldn't have been heard over the burst of virtual shouting and howling Walt Disney Co. drew for attempting to trademark "Dia de los Muertos" -- a bid it has since dropped. The company filed 10 applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “Dia de los Muertos,” including applications pertaining to toys, cereals and jewelry. The May 1 filings came in anticipation of an untitled movie about the Mexican holiday, known in English as Day of the Dead.
April 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's comeback try encountered severe turbulence Wednesday when the National Republican Congressional Committee withdrew its financial support less than three weeks before a special election for his former House seat. The action by the GOP's campaign arm came one day after a damaging allegation by Sanford's ex-wife came to light. It accused him of a pattern of trespassing at her house in violation of their 2010 divorce decree. “ Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections,” said Andrea Bozek, NRCC communications director, in a statement.
April 13, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The judge in the murder retrial of Hosni Mubarak abruptly withdrew from the case Saturday, sending the matter to another court and delaying the deposed president's fate over the actions of his police and army during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Wheeled into the defendant's cage on a stretcher, Mubarak looked more robust than in past court sessions. He smiled and waved to supporters on hand at the trial for complicity in the killing of more than 850 protesters, a case that has become an irritating sideshow to the nation's troubled democratic transition and deepening economic turmoil.
April 3, 2013 |
TERRELL, Texas -- A federal prosecutor has withdrawn from a sweeping racketeering case against a white supremacist gang for "security reasons," a defense attorney told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Atty. Jay Hileman announced his withdrawal from a racketeering case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on Tuesday in an email to defense lawyers, Houston attorney Richard O. Ely II told The Times. Investigators have scrutinized the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas in recent days after two Kaufman County prosecutors were killed in attacks that followed their office's assistance in a major federal indictment against 34 alleged leaders and members of the gang in November.
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March 30, 2013 |
A second major donor to the $1.1-million Christopher Dorner reward has withdrawn its pledge. Directors of the 64,000-member Peace Officers Research Assn. of California voted overwhelmingly to withdraw the association's $50,000 commitment, said Ron Cottingham, the union's president. The move comes on the heels of a similar decision this week by elected officials in Riverside, who opted to take back the city's $100,000 pledge to the Dorner reward. Riverside's action generated criticism.
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March 26, 2013 |
The city of Riverside became the first entity to publicly rescind its reward offer for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, saying its $100,000 bounty won't be paid out because there was no arrest and conviction. The Riverside City Council passed a resolution during the 10-day rampage attributed to Dorner offering $100,000 for information leading to his "arrest and conviction," according to Riverside city spokeswoman Cindie Perry. But "because the conditions were not met, there will not be a payment of a reward by the city," Perry wrote in an email Monday night.
March 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The United Nations said Monday that it is temporarily withdrawing some of its international staff from Syria because of deteriorating security conditions, especially in the capital, Damascus, where rebel mortar attacks have escalated in recent days. Central Damascus came under heavy mortar fire Sunday and some shells fell on the grounds of the hotel housing U.N. personnel, Martin Nesirky, a spokesman for the world body, told reporters in New York. The shells damaged several cars, including one U.N. vehicle, the spokesman said.
March 22, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Flights from snow-covered Russia to sunny Cyprus may be packed, but these days many of the passengers are bank account owners looking to pull their money out of the financially crippled island, not vacationers. Russians own about a third of the $88 billion in deposits in Cyprus, which on Friday was operating under a European Central Bank warning to come up with $7.5 billion by Monday to qualify for a financial bailout. The financial mess has spooked many Russians - one proposal called for levies of up to 10% on bank deposits - at a time when Cyprus hopes Moscow will come through with financial assistance to help keep the country from falling into default.
March 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Former New York state attorney Caitlin Halligan, President Obama's choice for the U.S. Court of Appeals here, withdrew her name Friday, defeated by the Republican minority in the Senate. Halligan's withdrawal is the latest example of how the GOP has employed the filibuster rule not only to block major legislation, but routine presidential appointments as well. The D.C. Circuit decides significant challenges to federal regulations, including those on environmental protection and worker's rights.