July 25th, 2006

Chris Keeley

One veteran I.R.S. estate tax lawyer called the job cuts a back-door way for the White House to repe

White House Slashes Number of IRS Lawyers Auditing the Super Rich
In economic news, the New York Times has revealed that the federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service who audit tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans. The cuts are specifically focused on estate tax lawyers -- those who audit the taxes of the wealthy when they transfer their fortunes to their children and others. One veteran I.R.S. estate tax lawyer called the job cuts a back-door way for the White House to repeal the estate tax – even though the Bush administration doesn’t have the support of Congress.
In other news from Capitol Hill, the Senate is expected to vote today on a bill that would make it illegal for anyone to accompany a young woman across state lines for an abortion without notifying her parents. The bill is called the Child Custody Protection Act. Under the bill a grandparent, clergy member or relative could face criminal charges for helping a young woman get an abortion.
And in Ireland, five Catholic peace activists have been acquitted for damaging a U.S. fighter plane on its way to Iraq. The activists, known as the Pit Stop Ploughshares, entered into Shannon Airport three years ago and used household hammers to damage a U.S. Navy logistics plane. The activists faced up to 10 years in prison. Shannon airport has been the center of anti-war protests in Ireland. On average over a thousand U.S. troops pass through the airport each day.

Senate to Vote on Controversial Abortion Bill

5 Ploughshares Anti-War Activists Acquitted in Ireland

Chris Keeley


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Chris Keeley

The Avenues gang — named for the avenues that cross Figueroa Street — has a long and murderous histo

Like Eastside gangs, the Avenues are linked to the Mexican Mafia prison gang, known on the street as Eme after the Spanish word for the letter M. Law enforcement officials fear gang hate crimes could become more common as violence between the Mexican Mafia and Aryan Brotherhood spreads to the streets outside.

The Avenues gang — named for the avenues that cross Figueroa Street — has a long and murderous history going back at least to the 1950s, when it was linked to many shootouts and killings.

At one point, prosecutors displayed photos of their gangbanging days on a screen above their heads. Three sported large tattoos of the gang's mascot — a bullet-pierced skull with a fedora and a fur collar. Martinez apparently grew his hair to mask a tattoo on his head that says "43 Kills for Thrills."

The others are Alejandro "Bird" Martinez; Porfirio "Dreamer" Avila; Gilbert "Lucky" Saldana; and Merced "Shadow" Cambero Jr., who is a fugitive. Saldana and Avila are already serving state prison sentences of life without the possibility of parole for murder — Avila for Bowser's killing, Saldana for an unrelated case. Martinez was arrested in 2004 on the charges in this case. Cazares is in custody on a parole violation.

In the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, the four defendants, their floor shackles hidden behind a desk, have eschewed the gang look. Dressed in ties and sweaters, they peruse legal documents over reading glasses and confer with their attorneys, sharing laughs with legal aides. 

Chris Keeley

Greenberg said that the children who attended the show's opening were delighted to see themselves on

Jill Greenberg's photo technique has Internet bloggers up in arms


STEAL a toddler's lollipop and he's bound to start bawling, was photographer Jill Greenberg's thinking. So that's just what Greenberg did to elicit tears from the 27 or so 2- and 3-year-olds featured in her latest exhibition, "End Times," recently at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.

Jill Greenberg: 'End Times'
Chris Keeley

Their names were Eppolito and Caracappa — and they killed, he said, for cash.

Mr. Caracappa’s criminal conspiracy had not ended in Brooklyn with gangland murders in the early 1990’s, but had continued with a drug deal in Nevada just last year.

Ex-Detectives May Go Free in Mob Case

When Louis J. Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa appear in court today to ask a judge for bail, a pair of questions will be buzzing in the air.

The first is fairly simple: Will these two retired detectives, defendants in the so-called Mafia Cops corruption case, actually go free?

The second is more complex: How is it possible that — after an indictment, a monthlong federal trial, a jury verdict that determined they had murdered for the mob and life sentences for both — there is even a chance that they could be released?

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the Italian Agency for Public Health in Rome, found little to suggest that 12-step programs reduced

A.A. has helped a lot of people,” Dr. Nunes said. “There are a lot of satisfied customers. On the basis of that, we have to take it seriously.”

The researchers, led by Marica Ferri of the Italian Agency for Public Health in Rome, found little to suggest that 12-step programs reduced the severity of addiction any more than any other intervention. And no data showed that 12-step interventions were any more — or any less — successful in increasing the number of people who stayed in treatment or reducing the number who relapsed after being sober.


Review Sees No Advantage in 12-Step Programs

When Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs are examined in controlled studies, a new review reports, scientists find no proof that they are superior to any other intervention in reducing alcohol dependence or alcohol-related problems.

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