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SF lawyer claims she was fired for investigating suspected payment scam

Former San Francisco Chief Trial Deputy Joanne HoeperShoey Sindel San Francisco city officials steered millions in public funds to a handful of plumbing companies for unneeded repairs of private sewer lines, a former top lawyer in the city attorney’s office alleges. When the lawyer began to investigate what she suspected was a long-running illegal payment […]

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UCLA responds

On April 11, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh responded to CIR’s report. Dear Mr. Katches and Mr. Salladay: It is regrettable that your April 8th story about “luxury” expenses continues to misrepresent the realities of fundraising at UCLA. Travel is increasingly important to securing the funding necessary to further our public, educational mission. […]

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Calif. Sen. Leland Yee’s collision course of political ambition and debt

California Sen. Leland Yee leaves the federal courthouse in San Francisco after posting bail. He is accused of political corruption and gun trafficking.Ben Margot/AP The sun was shining on a brisk January day when Leland Yee took a seat at an undisclosed San Francisco coffee shop. Across from him sat a Cosa Nostra crime boss. […]

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VA cites drop in opiate prescriptions, but some skeptical of progress

Veteran Justin Minyard said he became addicted to opiates prescribed by the VA.ABC News U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs senior officials told a panel of skeptical House lawmakers today that the VA has reduced the number of veterans receiving opiates by more than 20,000 since October in response to congressional pressure and media scrutiny. “The […]