February 12, 1996 |
While China is making veiled threats about boycotting the Summer Olympics because of the possibility of Taiwanese leaders attending the Games in Atlanta, it has a potentially more damaging situation at home. Two Chinese swim coaches working in Thailand said the country has adopted the East German drug program, the first public acknowledgment of widespread doping in a country that won 12 of 16 gold medals in women's swimming at the 1994 World Championships in Rome.
August 30, 1992 |
QUESTION: My friend recently signed a rental agreement she thought was month to month, but in fact is a one-year lease. Because she does not speak English, the landlord spoke with her in Spanish. The landlord showed the unit to my friend, asked her to sign a rental agreement that was written in English, and had her pay a deposit. My friend feels that the landlord misled her, and wants to terminate her tenancy with a 30-day notice. What can she do?
October 4, 1992 |
Los Angeles Police Officer Henry J. Cousine--a police ring on his finger, an LAPD tattoo on his leg and battle scars on his body--says the officers accused of beating Rodney G. King swung their batons like "little girls." Then he ticks off some of his own episodes of violence during a decade as a beat cop: three fights and three shootings. "You get in my face, I'm going to fight back," Cousine said. "You swing at me, I'm going to knock you off your feet. And you pull a gun, I'll kill you."
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April 30, 1998 |
Even Hank Cousine admits that he's not the sort of fellow you would expect to find suing the Los Angeles Police Department for excessive force. On the other hand, having been labeled as one of the department's 44 "problem" officers by the Christopher Commission several years ago, perhaps he is something of an expert on the topic. "I've never been on this side of the table before," Cousine said in an interview this week, noting the irony in his status as victim and plaintiff.
July 24, 1996 |
An Internal Revenue Service ruling, vindicating a municipal bond market whistle-blower, means that the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and more than 100 local agencies nationwide will have to pay the federal government as much as $2.5 billion within a year or risk even more dire consequences.
February 16, 1992 |
From the eager anticipation and lively conversations emanating from the crowd in Anaheim's Marriott Hotel ballroom, it seemed like a rock star was en route. But when a side door opened, controversial TV real estate investment adviser Tom Vu bounded toward the podium. "Hi! You ready to make big money?" Vu, 34, asked as the crowd of about 1,000 people leapt to their feet in applause. "Motivating folks is in my blood. You wanna be rich don't you? Well if you make no money with me, you a loser!"
March 13, 1995 |
Tonight, four days after the 50th anniversary of Anne Frank's death--memorialized around the world last week by public readings of her eloquent diaries--South Coast Repertory weighs in with its own Holocaust commentary: a NewSCRipts presentation of Peter Sagal's "Denial." The Harvard-educated writer, 30, believes that the SCR Mainstage reading of his new play could not come at a better time or in a more appropriate place.
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June 8, 1995 |
Sasha Mitchell, a Westlake actor and kick boxer who stars in the television sitcom "Step by Step," pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assaulting his wife and endangering his young stepdaughter. Wearing an earring and a fashionable blue suit, the 27-year-old defendant was scheduled for trial Monday in Ventura County Municipal Court on one misdemeanor count of spousal abuse.
May 24, 1990 |
A Corona del Mar podiatrist is struggling to get his foot in the door at a prestigious medical building complex in Newport Beach, complaining that the landlord is discriminating against his profession. Ivar Roth, 36, describes himself as "very conservative" and said he fits right into the traditional Newport Beach physician community. "I follow the rules," he said. "I don't make trouble."
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September 20, 1995
An alleged Mexican Mafia gang member indicted on federal racketeering charges has been arrested after spending five months as a fugitive. Sammy (Negro) Villalba, 28, was arrested Monday at the Fireside Inn in Buena Park by members of the Gangster Apprehension Team, a task force of FBI agents and local police that targeted the Mexican Mafia during a two-year investigation, authorities said.