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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
From Los Angeles International Airport to Dodger Stadium , L.A. officials said they will be on heightened alert because of the Boston explosions. LAX officials said they are increasing patrols, beefing up checkpoints and using more bomb-sniffing dogs. "While there is no information to suggest that there is any nexus to the Los Angeles area, in an abundance of caution, Airport Police has increased its presence at LAX, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports by deploying bomb-detection canines, additional patrol officers and security personnel," L.A. World Airports said in a statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Halle Berry and her fiance, Olivier Martinez, got into a spat with paparazzi at LAX Airport on Monday night. Shutterbugs swarmed Berry, Martinez and her young daughter, Nahla, snapping photos of them as they made their way down the escalators and out of the terminal after a vacation in Hawaii. Berry shielded her face as Martinez carried Nahla. "Get away from the child, Jesus, what ... is wrong with you people ... that's a child here," Berry, 46, was heard shouting and cursing at the photographers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles airport police officer who was fired last May has won his job back after a civil service proceeding concluded that his termination for alleged assault with a deadly weapon was based on overwhelming inconsistencies, weak evidence and erroneous statements. The city's Board of Civil Service Commissioners decided Feb. 28 that Officer Rodney J. Rouzan, a 12-year veteran of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, should be returned to duty without any loss of pay or benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Former Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon has been named chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, officials said. The 34-year LAPD veteran, whose assignments included running South Bureau Operations and Detective Bureau, will now oversee the fourth-largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County, with more than 1,100 law enforcement, security and staff members. The agency is responsible for policing the Los Angeles International, L.A./Ontario International and Van Nuys airports, as well as the city of Los Angeles' Palmdale aviation property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Citing a $1.6-billion investment in security measures since 9/11, a study released Wednesday concludes that Los Angeles International Airport is much safer today but still needs to improve emergency management, the security of its facilities and the airport police force. The report, from a panel of experts created last year by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, leveled some of its strongest criticism at the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department. Panelists questioned the leadership of Chief George Centeno, cited a lack of accountability, and referred to continuing and disruptive tensions with the Los Angeles Police Department, which helps patrol LAX. The report broached the idea of creating a single airport police agency, a move the experts believe could improve operations and resolve many long-standing problems.
TRAVEL
September 30, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It's a Thursday evening, and the landing lights of incoming LAX flights glow like torches from Westchester to the San Gabriels. Torch one, 200 lives suspended in air. Torch two, 500. Torch three, 350 awaiting their return to loved ones, bosses, business meetings, auditions and, for many, the soul-saving comfort of their own pillows. This high-wire act is more than just symbolic of the seventh-busiest airport in the world. It speaks to the risks involved, the importance of procedure, the crushing, timed-to-the-minute routine.
TRAVEL
June 12, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Travelers usually try to get in and get out of Los Angeles International Airport as quickly as possible. Who wouldn't? But in their haste, here are 25 things they might have missed: Full-body scanners were deployed late last year after it was revealed that contraband items were slipping past Transportation Security Administration screeners. LAX has 22 of the big machines, each monitored by a worker in a separate room so the revealing images remain out of view. If a luggage scanner alarm goes off, a yellow bar on the monitor directs a TSA worker to the area in the luggage where the suspicious material is. Chocolate and cheese commonly trigger the machines, because the two foods have the same density as explosives.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was due in a Manhattan court Sunday to be arraigned on sexual assault charges. Strauss-Kahn was hauled off a flight about to leave JFK Airport for Paris on Saturday and arrested on allegations of attacking a maid at a luxury Times Square-area hotel, a New York police spokesman said. Strauss-Kahn, also an important figure in French politics, was taken to the Harlem headquarters of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit, which investigates rape and other sex crimes.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was hauled off a flight about to leave JFK airport for Paris on Saturday and arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a maid in a Times Square-area hotel, a police spokesman said. Strauss-Kahn, who is also an important figure in French politics, was taken to the Harlem headquarters of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit, which investigates rape and other sex crimes. He was charged with committing a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment in connection with a sexual assault on a chambermaid in the luxury suite of a midtown Manhattan hotel, said Paul Browne, deputy New York City police commissioner.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was hauled off a flight about to leave JFK airport for Paris on Saturday to be questioned about allegations he sexually assaulted a maid in a Times Square-area hotel, a police spokesman said. Update, Sunday 12:07 a.m.: IMF leader arrested and charged Strauss-Kahn, who is also an important figure in French politics, was taken to the Harlem headquarters of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit, which investigates rape and other sex crimes.
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