Robert Rizzo, the city administrator who oversaw an era of corruption and graft in one of Los Angeles County?s poorest cities, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison.
After the battering ram splintered his door and he was handcuffed and taken into custody, Oscar Hernandez ignored his attorney's advice and confessed that he and other Bell council members had paid themselves huge salaries for sitting on boards that often never met.
Inside an air-conditioned hangar in the Sonoran Desert, a man in a red and black kilt sat in the shadow of a Supermarine Spitfire and painted.
The Obama administration is facing a liberal revolt in the Senate over two high-priority judicial nominations, potentially jeopardizing its push to shape the federal judiciary in advance of the midterm congressional election. The disputes, which involve hot-button issues including abortion, the Confederate flag and drones, could come to a head as early as Tuesday. On one side, the White House is standing behind deals with Republican senators that were designed to allow several nominations to move forward. On the other side are some liberal groups, including the ACLU and NARAL Pro-Choice America, which find themselves for the first time in open conflict with the Obama administration...