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August 5, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three Lancaster men convicted in last year's takeover robbery of an Antelope Valley credit union were sentenced in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday to lengthy prison terms. U.S. District Judge William D. Keller sentenced James Douglas Pridgen, 43, to slightly more than 33 years in prison. David Daniel Thomas Wilkerson, 20, was sentenced to 10 years, 3 months and Darrell Lane McClain, 20, was sentenced to 7 1/2 years, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Arif Alikhan.
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August 13, 1999 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills woman prominent in the Thai community was convicted Thursday on federal charges of involuntary servitude, harboring illegal immigrants and using their signatures to fraudulently obtain credit cards. Supawan Veerapol, 53, was taken away in handcuffs after the jury found her guilty on 11 of 13 criminal charges involving her treatment of Thai immigrants who worked at her home and at two restaurants she operated in the San Fernando Valley.
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June 21, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted a Russian computer whiz for allegedly hacking into the systems of three Southern California credit card processing firms and then offering to stop his activities if the companies hired him as a "security consultant." The charges cap a yearlong probe by the FBI, which eventually arrested 20-year-old Alexey V. Ivanov in a sting operation in which undercover agents posing as e-commerce tycoons lured him to Seattle for a "job interview" and then arrested him.
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September 22, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 20-year-old hacker gained control over sensitive NASA computer systems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and at Stanford University, then used them to penetrate other government and university systems, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
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July 15, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's chief counsel, Thomas Saenz, has been tapped to become president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the organization announced Tuesday. Saenz has been one of Villaraigosa's closest advisors since taking the post in August 2005, recently serving as the mayor's lead representative in negotiations with city labor unions over salary and benefit concessions to help close the city's $530-million budget gap.
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November 16, 2007 | Greg Krikorian and Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writers
As Los Angeles police shelved a plan to map Muslim enclaves in the city, law enforcement officials and terrorism experts on Thursday questioned whether the department's mishandling of the project had cost it a potentially useful tool in identifying extremists. "Certainly they have clipped off an opportunity to get closer to their potential targets," said Ken Piernick, a retired senior counter-terrorism official with the FBI.
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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.
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September 22, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 20-year-old hacker gained control over sensitive NASA computer systems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and at Stanford University, and used them to penetrate other government and university systems, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
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November 19, 2008 | STEVE LOPEZ
Memo to Mayor Villaraigosa and L.A. County supervisors: Missed you folks at Tuesday's hours-long Los Angeles Police Commission hearing about the crackdown on skid row crime and whether it's helping or making matters worse. Yeah, I know you had your own obligations. But years of inaction or halfhearted efforts by you folks helped create the mess. And since you're the ones with the power to do something, I took some notes for you.
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March 23, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa travels to Washington on Monday to lobby for federal money, he won't be in any danger of feeling lonely: He's packing a gaggle of aides. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and Councilwoman Pam O'Connor will make the trip, too -- but with just one city staff member between them. Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle is traveling solo.
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