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Scandal-ridden officials become outcasts in Bell, California

Scandal-ridden officials become outcasts in Bell, California

There was a time in this modest blue-collar community when Mayor Oscar Hernandez was all but hailed as a superhero, the big friendly guy who said hello to everybody when he wasn’t busy greeting them at his venerable corner grocery store. Those days ended abruptly last July after it was disclosed that Hernandez was presiding […]

Ethics-challenged Waters still popular on home turf

Ethics-challenged Waters still popular on home turf

Congressional ethics charges have tarnished Maxine Waters’ reputation in Washington. But in the struggling, mostly Hispanic and black neighborhoods she represents, residents still hold the 10-term Democratic congresswoman in high esteem. “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t even be in school,” Carol Jones, 51, said after finishing classes for the day at the Maxine […]

The case against Maxine Waters

The case against Maxine Waters

The House ethics committee on Monday announced three counts of alleged ethics violations against California Democrat Maxine Waters, including a charge that she requested federal help for a bank where her husband owned stock and had served on its board. Waters, a 10-term representative from Los Angeles, has denied any wrongdoing and had urged the […]

Mel Gibson beat up girlfriend

Mel Gibson beat up girlfriend

Mel Gibson was heard allegedly acknowledging he hit the mother of his 8-month-old daughter in a recording released Monday by a celebrity news website. The eight-minute recording posted by RadarOnline.com was purportedly a phone argument between Gibson and then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. A voice sounding distinctively like the Academy Award-winner was heard telling Grigorieva that she […]

Oil spill taking a psychological toll

Oil spill taking a psychological toll

BMWUD2CYBUQM The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he’s still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father’s suicide in the storm’s aftermath. The relentless spill is bringing back feelings that are far too familiar to Robin and […]

Tea Party vows payback over health care reform

Tea Party vows payback over health care reform

If you thought Tea Party activists were mad before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Instead of being discouraged by passage of health care reform, tea party activists across the country say the defeat is a rallying cry that makes them more focused than ever on voting out any lawmaker who supported the measure. “We’re not […]