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December 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County sheriff's transit deputies cleared a Metro bus of passengers one-by-one Wednesday morning in Historic South-Central L.A. after a person reported seeing a man with a gun on board, authorities said. The report of an armed man was relayed by a passenger to a dispatcher for transit deputies about 7:06 a.m. near the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said. Transit deputies stopped the bus at Broadway and removed all 60 passengers safely.
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed. The telephone survey of 1,011 people, conducted on behalf of the Reason Foundation, follows the fatal shooting last month of Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. Nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats favor arming TSA agents, the survey found.
December 15, 2013 | By David P. Barash
On Dec. 1, 1948 - 65 years ago this month - Jose Figueres, then president of Costa Rica, made a fiery and eloquent speech, after which he took a sledgehammer and bashed a hole in a huge stone wall at the nation's military headquarters, Cuartel Bellavista. Its imposing towers and massive gates had loomed over the capital city of San Jose since 1917, the country's premier symbol of military power and the home of the "Tico" military establishment. Figueres was not just being a showman; he was announcing something truly extraordinary: Henceforth, Costa Rica would take the almost unheard-of step of renouncing its military.
December 11, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels would be pleased to sign Matt Garza and Raul Ibanez and call it a winter. Garza would join Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson atop the starting rotation, followed by youngsters Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs . Ibanez would replace the departed Mark Trumbo at designated hitter. By Wednesday, the day after they traded Trumbo, the Angels had discussed the parameters of a deal with Ibanez. The Angels are uncertain whether they can afford Garza.
December 5, 2013
Re "Hanford cleanup project raising doubts," Nov. 30 Thank you for the detailed history of the attempt to contain toxic radioactive sludge, a by-product of our Faustian bargain. Nuclear weapons give us enormous destructive power at the expense of our environment, including drinkable water and land to live and grow crops on. We, the taxpayers, are paying billions of dollars to Bechtel National, a corporation whose "34 instances of serious safety and engineering errors" have still not led to its removal from this project.
December 2, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
NEW YORK - The mess at ground zero has been a collaborative production. The delays, backbiting, design compromises and massive cost overruns that have marked the rebuilding process at the World Trade Center site are the sorry collective work of politicians angling for higher office, architects turning Sept. 11 cynically to their advantage and city, state and federal bureaucrats working at cross purposes for years on end. But if you had to pick a leading villain in this decade-long black comedy, it would probably be developer Larry Silverstein.
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Ari Bloomekatz
An armed man who was shot dead by police earlier in the week after a confrontation at his home was identified by Los Angeles County coroner officials as a 72-year-old from Granada Hills. Robert Gillon was shot Monday night after threatening officers with a rifle following a brief standoff, police said. LAPD officers were responding to reports of shots fired in the 12700 block of Woodley Avenue at 10:20 p.m. Gillon refused to leave his house when police arrived. About an hour later, Gillon, armed with a rifle and a handgun, exited out a rear door and "threatened the officers with the rifle," said Los Angeles police Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz.
November 25, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Oh, that a smartphone was smart enough to remain handy but not cumbersome. The ArmPocket has your back - well, actually your arm - and this cellphone armband has welcome features missing from some similar products. Whatever your phone brand or size, whether in a case (even a large case) or not, there's an ArmPocket model that should work. Your phone slides into the front of a padded transparent touch-control window inside a larger zippered compartment. No need to worry about a screen protector out in the elements; the pocket is water resistant.
November 25, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It was "Friday Night Lights" in Corona, high school football center stage. The joy of anticipation bubbled over. Teenage players couldn't wait. Parents and friends were in the stands. The communities that embrace Corona Santiago High and Upland High were bundled up and full-throated. This was a quarterfinal game in the Southern Section Inland Division playoffs. Winning meant advancing to another game, more joyful anticipation, more pats on the back and maybe even longer looks from college scouts.
November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A 35-year-old man was shot dead by Riverside County sheriff's deputies early Sunday after firing a rifle during a domestic dispute, according to a sheriff's news release . At 1:17 a.m., a woman reported that she was in a house in French Valley with two young children and a man who had fired his rifle at least once. While on the phone with the woman, a dispatcher heard several gunshots, the news release said. Neighbors also began calling to report gunfire. When deputies arrived, the man, Otavis Hall, refused to speak to them.
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