GSA executive behind bash no longer with the agency

The General Services Administration executive who was responsible for an $823,000 conference in Las Vegas is no longer with the agency.

GSA spokesman Adam Elkington’s statement late Thursday did not make clear whether Jeffrey Neely was fired or resigned from the agency that is in charge of federal buildings and supplies.

In April, Neely was placed on administrative leave from his job as buildings commissioner for the Pacific Rim region. The agency inspector general’s report on waste and abuse at the Las Vegas conference in 2010 sparked hearings by several congressional committees and left lawmakers vowing to clean up the agency.

The scandal led to the resignation of GSA Administrator Martha Johnson, the firing of two top aides and the placing of nine others on administrative leave.


Unabomber uses Red Book to update Harvard profile

As the Harvard Class of 1962 prepared to gather this week, many alumni updated their profiles — no doubt proud to share their accomplishments of the last 50 years.

Theodore Kaczynski did so as well. But many say the man dubbed the Unabomber was mocking his former Harvard University classmates, as well as those he injured or killed and their survivors.

The Harvard Alumni Association said it regretted allowing Kaczynski to use its so-called Red Book to update his profile. There, Kaczynski listed his occupation as “prisoner” and included among his awards: “Eight life sentences, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1998.”

Some classmates were offended. “I thought, ‘Have you no shame?”‘ Bob Bennett, now a Northwestern University law professor, told The Boston Herald.


Police chief calls on officers to search for son’s iPhone

A California police chief is once again under scrutiny, this time for using 10 officers to search for his teenage son’s stolen iPhone.

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan told the Oakland Tribune that no preferential treatment was given when officers searched for the phone that has a tracking device and was taken from a school locker in January. It was not found.

Meehan came under scrutiny two months earlier after ordering a sergeant to go to a reporter’s home to ask for changes to an online story about a community meeting where people criticized the speed of a police response to an elderly man’s beating death.


Well-known senior citizen struck and killed by another

Even at 101 years old, Otto Jensen showed little sign of slowing down. The former boxer from Denmark still ran a photography studio and often was seen crossing the busy street in front to get to a senior center he frequented.

On Tuesday night, while traversing four-lane Olive Avenue, Jensen was struck and killed by a car driven by 91-year-old Mary Beaumont. She was not hurt.

The accident shook Burbank, the Southern California city where Jensen was a well-known and beloved figure and Beaumont is an active volunteer.

— From news service reports