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Monday, May 13, 2002
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Critic of district attorney candidate better get fax straight

http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2002/May-13-Mon-2002/news/18675223.html

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O.C. Grand Jury Begins In-Depth Look at District Attorney's Office
* Probe: The watchdog panel appears focused on allegations that have dogged the department. One official dismisses it as a 'routine audit.'

By STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER

The Orange County Grand Jury has opened a wide-ranging examination of the district attorney's office, which has been mired in internal strife and various allegations of wrongdoing and conflicts of interest for more than one year.more

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Department of Justice sealJOHN S. GORDON
United States Attorney
Central District of California



Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Officer
(213) 894-6947
thom.mrozek@usdoj.gov

December 12, 2001

FORMER LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO PRISON
IN FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CASE INVOLVING FALSE ARREST

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11/1/01
By JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER

Orange County businessman George Argyros, who headed a $30-million fund-raising effort in California last year for President Bush, is expected to be approved by a Senate committee today in his quest to be ambassador to Spain.

Argyros will join six others diplomatic post seekers before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The nominations also must be accepted by the full Senate.more

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The following letter was forwarded by a subscriber. It is contained in a memo from recently retired Col. David Hackworth, the most highly decorated US serviceman in the Viet Nam war.

 
KNOWING YOUR ENEMY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO WAR.
 


CLASSMATES:

Many of you are probably not aware that I was one of the last American citizens to have spent a great deal of time in Afghanistan.  I was first there in 1993, providing relief and assistance to refugees along the Tajik border, and in this capacity have traveled all along the border region between the two countries. more

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The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 25, 2001

President: FBI Needs Tools to Track Down Terrorists
Remarks by the President to Employees at the Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI Headquarters

     Listen to the President's Remarks

Washington, D.C.

2:37 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all.  Thanks.  It's been my honor to come over to thank everybody for their hard work.  I know there's a lot of folks here at the FBI who are working long hours. more

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O.J. case figure rebounds
Former L.A. detective Fuhrman succeeds as author and radio host

Copyright 2001 The Detroit News, Inc.
The Detroit News...09/06/2001


Chad Dundas; Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Of all the people who got mauled by the O.J. Simpson trial, Mark Fuhrman probably came out in the worst shape of all. more

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Horseshoe Owner Misled Reporters About Financial Condition


On January 10, 2001, the Las Vegas Tribune headline read "Downtown Horseshoe may be in financial trouble." The exclusive story described how the downtown Las Vegas gambling hall was experiencing financial difficulty and not paying its dues to the Fremont Street Experience, LLC, or rent to its landlords for over a year.more

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Footing the Bill
Kate Silver, Las Vegas Weekly
August 27, 2001

When in doubt, cut it out.

That's what 33-year-old Paul Morgan decided years ago, after numerous surgeries, indescribable pain and feet that just won't work like they should. So he's started a Web site (www.cutoffmyfeet.com), he's building a guillotine, and, if all goes as planned, hundreds of people will pay $19.99 to watch the Web-cast as he amputates his own ambulators on Halloween. more!!!!

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8/28/01
Two government watchdogs Monday asked the county grand jury to investigate two members of the District Attorney's Office on allegations of using their posts for political activities.

Shirley Grindleof Orange and William Mitchell of Coto de Caza allege a "pattern of unethical and possibly unlawful conduct" by Donald Blankenship, who is chief of the DA's Bureau of Investigation, and Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner. more

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Rep. Royce contributes to the Donate a Phone collection box in his Fullerton Office. The phones will be collected and reprogramed to give domestic violence victims a helpline during emergencies.

FULLERTON -- Today, as a part of the "Donate-A-Phone" program, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA-39) announced that more than 120 used cell phones have been donated and collected in his office. The phones will be re-programmed to give domestic violence victims instant access to call for help in an emergency. Royce's Fullerton congressional district office located at 305 North Harbor Boulevard, Suite 300 is an official collection site for these phones. more

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National Archives Announces Request For Qualified Candidates to Test Feasibility of Recovering Audio from the Nixon "18 ½ Minute Gap" Tape
8/8/01

College Park, MD. . . Today, the National Archives and Records Administration published a "Request for Information" in the Commerce Business Daily requesting expressions of interest in participating in a project to assess the feasibility of attempting to recover erased audio program material from an 18.5 minute segment of the original "Nixon White House tape" 342.more

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Saturday, July 14, 2001
LA Times Home Edition
Section: California  Page: B-3

 
Gas Prices, Tourism Boost Red Line Ridership
More new riders tried the subway in June and liked it, the MTA says. The record 11% monthly jump follows an 8% rise in May.
By: ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and RICHARD FAUSSET
LA TIMES STAFF WRITERS

Spurred by high gas prices and tourism, monthly ridership on the Red Line subway posted its biggest month-over-month gain since it began service in 1993, according to figures released Friday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Average weekday boardings on the 17.4-mile line, which runs from North Hollywood through Hollywood and Mid-City to Union Station, hit 150,025 in June, jumping by 15,350, or about 11%, from May, agency officials said. more

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For Immediate Release
Washington D.C. FBI National Press Office
Friday, July 13, 2001
Tijuana Policeman Arrested for Drug Smuggling; Port Runner Arrested With Variety of Drugs more

 

For Immediate Release
May 23, 2001
Washington D.C. FBI National Press Office

Internet Fraud Investigation "Operation Cyber Loss"

The FBI and Department of Justice are joined by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) today to announce that criminal charges have been brought against approximately 90 individuals and companies as part of a nationwide series of investigations into Internet fraud, code named "Operation Cyber Loss," initiated by the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC).more

 

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Rackauckas Takes Heat in Computer Case
By STUART PFEIFER, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 3, 2001


The D.A. has not asked for a state probe of allegations that a deputy used an office computer for political purposes. more

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Another controversy with political overtones lands on Rackauckas' desk.

May 2, 2001

By CHRIS REED
The Orange County Register

Orange County Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner is being investigated for allegedly using his county computer last year to work on his failed campaign for an Orange City Council seat, Supervisor Todd Spitzer confirmed Tuesday. more

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D.A. Turns Over Argyros Case to State Atty. Gen. 
By STUART PFEIFER, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The businessman, who gave to Rackauckas' campaign, owns a firm accused of cheating on security deposits. more

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April 28, 2001 By BILL RAMS and ANDREW BLUTH
The Orange County Register


Attorney Tony Rackauckas removed his office from a multimillion-dollar consumer-fraud investigation into a company owned by a political ally amid concerns about fairness.more

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Bush offer of ambassadorship could come today- Businessman has been El Toro's chief booster.

By JEAN O. PASCO, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
4/25/2001


Wealthy Orange County businessman George Argyros' appointment as U.S. ambassador to Spain is imminent and could come from the White House as early as today, sources told The Times. more

 

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O.C. prosecutor is criticized on Web site for handling of canine attack. He says favors weren't shown and downplays incident.
by Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
4/21/2001


Few people expected political fallout last year when Cody, a golden retriever, bit Goldie, a greyhound, on a Newport Beach sidewalk.

That was before a dogfight started in the Orange County district attorney's office.

Now a Web site dedicated to criticizing Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has posted internal memos about the dog attack, implying political strings were pulled in the case. The site includes a letter from the county Republican party leader seeking charges against Cody's owner. more

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President Bush proclaims national
crime victims' rights week. Read the official memo

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The O.C. multimillionaire has longtime ties to Bush and the GOP
3/29/2001

By MARTIN WISCKOL
The Orange County Register

Newport Beach developer George Argyros, one of the state's top Republican fund-raisers, is likely to be named ambassador to Spain by President George W. Bush.more

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Argyros in Line to Be Ambassador
March 28, 2001
By JEAN O. PASCO, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

O.C. businessman and Republican fund-raiser is being screened by the State Department, sources say.more

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DNA SOLVES CRIMES
(Press release by California Attorney General's Office)
3/22/2001

READ IT!

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Renter Alleges Top Landlord Systematically Cheats Clients
By STUART PFEIFER, RICHARD MAROSI
Times Staff Writers
Thursday, March 15, 2001

Class action on deposits comes after D.A. ordered office's consumer suit against donor withdrawn. Attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit against one of Orange County's largest apartment building owners, charging that the company unfairly retained security deposits for unnecessary cleanups and repairs. more

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Ex-Deputy Wins Harassment Suit
By Richard Marosi and Jack Leonard
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

A jury on Friday awarded $200,000 in damages to a former Orange County sheriff's deputy who alleged that department supervisors sexually harassed her during her 12-year career. more
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The Next Step To Officer Survival
by Officer Brian Drees (North Chicago PD)
FROM www.PoliceOne.com
02/28/2001

When most officers think of officer survival, we think of cover and concealment, keeping a reaction gap, marksmanship, back up, etc. more

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Investigators Let Admitted Hit Man Keep $3,000 Fee
by Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
3/6/2002

Orange County district attorney investigators watched the admitted killer of a strip-club owner collect $3,000 for the hit last year, then let him keep the money while he was working for them undercover, an investigator testified Monday. more
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BAD NEWS FOR BALTIMORE PD
3/6/2002

Michael Timothy Snow, 36, of Baltimore, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to a total of 14 years imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. more

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A MESSAGE FROM THE SOLIDARITY WEBSITE

Within months after District Attorney Tony Rackauckas was sworn in, some of us began to have grave concerns about how his administration would operate. more

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Politics and the D.A.
Los Angeles Times - Orange County Edition - Editorial - Sunday, February 25, 2001

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas came into office with a reputation as a good judge, promising to institute such reforms as an end to his predecessor's ban on plea bargaining. But now, two years on the job, he seems to be walking a fine line... more

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DEATH BEHIND BARS

Once again video plays an important part in a jail problem. In June 1998, Gilbert Garcia was arrested by Garden Grove PD on a warrant issued for a prior drunk driving case. He was transported to the Orange County Jail by officers who have stated that he was not in any physical distress, yet later that day he died of a head injury. More...

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