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November 18, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Alex Calderwood, a co-founder of the idiosyncratic Ace Hotel chain where hip patrons mingle amid reclaimed furnishings, died Thursday in London. He was 47. Calderwood's company announced his death on its website but gave no further details. The company's statement called him "our teacher, mentor, guru and most importantly our dear friend. " The Ace - a name chosen, Calderwood told interviewers, because it represents both the high and the low in a deck of cards - draws tourists in Seattle, Portland, Ore., New York, Palm Springs and London.
November 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Hawthorne allegedly drew a handgun during a spousal abuse call, police said Wednesday night. Officers arrived at the scene in the 13900 block of Cerise Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. and were told by witnesses that a man had barricaded himself inside a storage room, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The officers "established communication" with the man to take him into custody, according to sheriff's officials.
November 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A man sought in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon was shot by Los Angeles police in Pacoima on Monday afternoon, officials said. The suspect was shot in the arm about 2:30 p.m. near Borden Avenue and Paxton Street, LAPD Sgt. Robert Ginther said. Details about the man's condition or the circumstances leading up to the shooting were not immediately known. Ginther said officers were "looking" for the suspect and "came across him. " ALSO: Suspect in fatal Hollywood party bus shooting identified For World War II veteran, daily flag-raising is a sacred duty Sanctuary and Meatball's biggest fan tiff over bear's copyrighted name Twitter: @katemather | Google+
November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities detailed a large cache of guns, explosives and other weapons found Thursday night at the Riverside County home of an alleged arms dealer. Acting on a tip they received over the summer, state agents served a search warrant at the Eastvale home of Victor Christian Robles in the 6400 block of Pimlico Place, according to the state attorney general's office. Authorities said they confiscated: 36.4 grams of C-4 explosive, eight M228 grenade fuses, one igniter time-blasting fuse, one machine gun, one Uzi, one short-barrel shotgun, two Browning M-1919 .30-caliber, one AT4 rocket launcher tube, 40 assault rifles, 68 rifles and 101 handguns.
November 7, 2013 | By Brian Michael Jenkins
The recent shooting at Los Angeles International Airport has raised questions about how airport security can be improved, specifically, whether Transportation Security Administration airport screeners should be armed. In part, this reflects the natural tendency to examine every terrible event with a view of how to prevent its recurrence. But it also reflects the desire of Americans to create a risk-free society. From this perspective, a shooting with casualties like the one at LAX can only be the result of a failure of security, which therefore must be increased.
November 6, 2013
Re "Union urges armed TSA agents," Nov. 5 Rather than confronting the real problem - the easy availability and ubiquitous presence of guns in our society - arming some Transportation Security Administration agents would be yet another step toward a quasi-militarized society. It was not long ago that the representatives of the arms merchants were calling for armed teachers in our classrooms. The widespread availability of guns has begun to limit the freedom of law-abiding citizens to go about their daily lives.
November 6, 2013 | By The Times Editorial Board
When new Police Chief Cecil Smith arrived in Sanford, Fla., in April, he suspended the city's neighborhood watch program - the one under whose auspices George Zimmerman had patrolled the streets until he fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Now Smith is restarting the program, but the police department says it will exercise more control over volunteers, including doing background checks and asking them not to carry guns. "We just don't see the need for anybody to be armed," Smith told the Associated Press.
November 6, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
For scientists building devices that would allow the paralyzed to interact with their environment (as well as those wishing to understand the workings of the brain), it's important to understand that using two virtual arms is a more complex proposition than using each arm separately and multiplying by two. But with a little help and a lot of technology, a new study shows, even a monkey can be taught to do it. The latest account of a brain-machine interface that could give a quadriplegic two good hands was published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine . The article describes a process by which two monkeys were taught to move two arms on a computer terminal in front of them, using only their thoughts.
November 6, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck and Veronica Rocha
Armed bandits wearing disguises robbed Citibank branches in Costa Mesa and Glendale on Tuesday, authorities said. In the Costa Mesa robbery, a man wearing a wig and glasses pulled out a handgun at about 9 a.m., pointed it at a teller and demanded that she fill a bag with money, police said in a news release. He then forced a second teller to do the same. It was the second robbery at the  Citibank  location in the 2700 block of Harbor Boulevard in less than a month, the Daily Pilot reported . The robber then demanded that workers open the bank's vault and produce large bills, according to a bank employee who asked not to be named, citing uncertainty about Citibank's policy.
November 4, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Dan Weikel
LAX police and the federal Transportation Security Administration are reviewing protocols in the wake of the shooting Friday that left a TSA agent dead and several other people wounded. At a news conference over the weekend, TSA Administrator John Pistole said his agency's review will include the question of whether its agents should be armed (they are not presently). “We will look at what our policies and procedures are and what provides the best possible security," he said. A review is also planned at LAX. Experts have long said that lobbies, ticketing counters, baggage claim areas and sidewalks of the nine terminals at Los Angeles International Airport are easily accessible to attackers intent on bringing firearms or bombs into the airport's public areas.
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