September 5, 2012 |
Still dealing with the aftermath of a hazing scandal involving its prestigious marching band, Florida A&M University has found itself involved in another hazing-related controversy, this time involving the Torque Dance Team. The university received an anonymous report from a parent that the all-female dance group had engaged in off-campus hazing activities over the Labor Day weekend, the school said in a statement. The incident allegedly involved alcohol consumption and running up hills, but the school gave no other details.
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September 3, 2012 |
Josh Garcia got his first police citation in sixth grade for spray-painting graffiti at his middle school. Then came four more tickets for truancy and violating curfew. The worst was at Roosevelt High in Boyle Heights, where he got caught with brass knuckles and was sentenced to weekend detention in Central Juvenile Hall - a scary experience, he said. By senior year, Garcia had had so many run-ins with the law and fallen so far behind in school that he failed to pass the high school exit exam or earn enough credits to graduate.
June 29, 2012 |
The Transportation Security Administration is firing eight federal air marshals for drinking on the job, and suspending six more for failing to report the incident. The 14 marshals, who work out of the New York field office, were notified Friday and asked to turn in their weapons and credentials, TSA officials said. One probationary employee was terminated immediately. The rest can appeal. Federal air marshals are armed, nonuniformed officers who fly on commercial flights to protect travelers.
June 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama says he has "zero tolerance" for leaks of classified information and that his administration investigates every such instance. He stopped short of saying there is a specific investigation underway into the source of recent news stories about U.S. drone strikes against terrorists and cyber-attacks on Iran's nuclear program. But Obama said that leaks of classified information about national security matters make life harder for him and put American civilians and military in harm's way, and that his administration tries to make sure that sources of such leaks "suffer consequences" for their actions.
May 26, 2012
Re "HP to shed 27,000 workers," Business, May 24 Hewlett-PackardChief Executive Meg Whitman observes that layoffs "adversely affect people's lives, but in this case [are] absolutely critical for the long-term health of the company. " The goal of business is to make a profit. If you can make money by hiring people, you hire people. If you can't, you fire people. Mitt Romney's background as a venture capitalist is consistent with this reality. A businessman is not in business to be a "job creator," and it is dishonest to suggest otherwise.
May 26, 2012
Re "L.A. OKs ban on plastic bags at checkout," May 24 It's troubling to see the Los Angeles City Council regulate commerce under the guise of protecting the environment. Not only is it affecting business in a negative way with its plastic-bag ban, but it is also imposing a fee on the consumer by mandating a charge on paper bags for them to complete their purchase. The only ones who will benefit economically from this ban will be the makers of reusable bags, many of which are located overseas in countries such as China.