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L.A. pays millions as police and firefighter injury claims rise
L.A. pays millions as police and firefighter injury claims rise

Los Angeles Fire Capt. Daniel Costa liked to go all out on the racquetball court at the LAX fire station. A fellow firefighter described him as a "very competitive" player who "likes to win." Costa seemed in fine form after five spirited games in the fall of 2011. So his supervisor was skeptical when Costa, then 53, said he'd hurt his knee on the court and needed time off, according to a report by investigators for the city attorney's office. Costa was out on injury leave for a year, collecting his full salary, tax-free. In 2009, he took a nearly year-long paid leave after a run-in at the fire station with subordinates he described as...

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