LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance.
The nine former officials, illustrating a likely clash between the states and the federal government if marijuana use was allowed for fun, said in a letter dated Friday that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law.
(Reuters) – The FBI said on Friday it will consider investigating police in the city of Anaheim, following several high profile shootings by officers that have led to protests and civil unrest in the southern California city.
The announcement came the same day Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said he had met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI. Tait has publicly called for a federal review of an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed, suspected gang member.
(Reuters) – The mayor of Anaheim called on Monday for a state and federal review of a police officer’s fatal shooting of an apparently unarmed man, an incident that sparked angry demonstrations in the Southern California city over the weekend.
After Saturday’s shooting, a crowd of about 100 people gathered near the scene that evening and angrily confronted police. Officers fired pepper spray and a police dog attacked at least one person. Police say the dog got loose by accident.
PALM SPRINGS, California (Reuters) – Forty-four years after American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos electrified the Mexico City Olympics with their heads-bowed, arms-raised civil rights protest, they have no regrets about their controversial gesture.
They were rebuked as unpatriotic and for using the Olympic platform to make a political statement, but both men say their stand was for human rights.
PALM SPRINGS, California, July 21 (Reuters) – Forty-four
years after American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos
electrified the Mexico City Olympics with their heads-bowed,
arms-raised civil rights protest, they have no regrets about
their controversial gesture.
They were rebuked as unpatriotic and for using the Olympic
platform to make a political statement, but both men say their
stand was for human rights.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police opened the gates to a revived Los Angeles City Hall Park Center on Thursday for the first time since November when a tent city of Occupy demonstrators turned it into a sandlot before they were evicted.
But sign-waving protesters were barred from the $1 million project while local politicians and city workers held a press conference in the park.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles has sued U.S. Bancorp, accusing a unit of the fifth-largest U.S. commercial bank of becoming one of the city’s biggest slumlords and blighting the city by allowing hundreds of foreclosed homes to fall into disrepair.
Monday’s civil lawsuit by the office of Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich alleges that U.S. Bank NA has taken title to more than 1,500 foreclosed residential properties in the city in its role as trustee for various mortgage-backed securities trusts.
(Reuters) – The artist who painted a post-mortem halo over Joe Paterno’s head on a mural featuring the late Penn State football coach erased it on Saturday following a report that found Paterno helped cover up child sex abuse by a former assistant coach.
Michael Pilato said he removed the halo on the outdoor mural in State College, Pennsylvania, home of the main Pennsylvania State University campus, and also painted a blue ribbon for child abuse awareness on Paterno’s suit.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Philippine immigrant filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking a legal right to stay in the United States based on her same-sex marriage to an American.
The suit seeks to win for gays and lesbians the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples. The group that helped file the suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called it the first proposed class action of its kind.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County voters will decide in November whether to require porn actors to use condoms during film shoots, in a ballot measure that marks a new front for an AIDS group that has long targeted the adult entertainment industry.
The ballot initiative is the latest salvo against the industry, after the city of Los Angeles passed a similar requirement in January that has yet to be enforced.