LOS ANGELES, May 8 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned for life from the National Basketball Association after a tape of his racist comments became public, claimed in a new recording he was not a bigot, according to an online report on Thursday.
The new recording came as Sterling’s wife expressed interest in holding on to the Clippers, the Los Angeles Times reported, even as league officials worked to force a sale of the team.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A southern California city aims to fight back at bullies by making it a crime to pick on others, in a measure that would protect not only school children but anyone up to age 25 who is targeted for harassment.
City leaders in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles, are poised to become among the first municipalities in the nation to make bullying a crime by treating it as an infraction or a misdemeanor, which are offenses less serious than a felony.
LOS ANGELES, April 26 (Reuters) – NBA officials are
reviewing an audio recording posted online of Los Angeles
Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly telling his girlfriend
not to post photographs of herself with black people and not to
bring African-Americans to Clippers games, a league spokesman
said on Saturday.
Celebrity news site TMZ.com published the 10-minute
recording on its website late on Friday, describing it as a
taped conversation between Sterling and a model who goes by the
name V. Stiviano.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson who in 1975 tried to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford told a mental health examiner in a decades-old taped interview that an “X” she carved in her forehead was meant to set her apart from “the system.”
The Sacramento Bee won a release of the tape from a federal judge and posted portions of the recording involving now-65-year-old Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme on its website late on Wednesday.
(Reuters) – A Somali immigrant whose 15-year-old son survived a flight from California to Hawaii stowed away amid freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels in the wheel well of a jet said in a radio interview that he thanks God his son is alive.
The 15-year-old boy from the San Francisco Bay area city of Santa Clara, who ran away from home and sneaked into Mineta San Jose International Airport to creep into a Boeing 767 that took off on Sunday, is one of a fraction of stowaways to walk away alive from such a treacherous trip.
(Reuters) – A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet’s cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said.
The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose name has not been released, is one of a fraction of stowaways to survive such a treacherous trip.
April 22 (Reuters) – A teenage boy who stowed away on a
flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived
wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on
Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the
Pacific, a Hawaii official said.
The teenager, whose name has not been released, is “resting
comfortably” at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld,
spokeswoman of the state’s Department of Human Services, said in
(Reuters) – A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said.
The teenager, whose name has not been released, is “resting comfortably” at a hospital in Hawaii, spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of state’s Department of Human Services said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city administrator of Bell, California, who came to represent local government corruption when news surfaced of his annual salary of nearly $800,000, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, officials said.
An apologetic Robert Rizzo, 60, who pleaded guilty last year to 69 state criminal counts – from perjury to misappropriation of public funds – also was ordered to pay $8.8 million in restitution to the city, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
(Reuters) – Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.
The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis.