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WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala
TUNIS, Tunisia -- A Tunisian nationalist was shot to death at his home Thursday, the second assassination this year of an opposition figure in a country strained by the conflict between Islamist and secular political forces. Mohammed Brahmi, a member of Parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by gunmen on a motorbike, according to media reports. Brahmi served on the contentious panel that wrote Tunisia's proposed constitution. His death follows the assassination in February of Chokri Belaid, a passionate leftist and frequent critic of the country's dominant Islamist party, Nahda.
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WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala
TUNIS, Tunisia - A Tunisian opposition figure was shot to death at his home Thursday, igniting widespread protests after the second high-profile political assassination this year in a country strained by the conflict between Islamist and secular  forces. Mohammed Brahmi, a member of parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by men on a motorbike, according to news reports. Brahmi, an Arab nationalist,  served on the contentious panel that wrote Tunisia's proposed constitution.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala
TUNIS, Tunisia -- Thousands of protesters gathered in Tunisia's capital and other cities Thursday following the assassination of a top opposition politician, many of them chanting: “Down with the rule of Islamists.” The headquarters of Nahda, the dominant Islamist party, and the municipal building in Sidi Bouzid were set on fire. Civil rights groups called for an investigation into the killing and warned the nation's democratic transition was in danger. Mohammed Brahmi, a leading nationalist and member of Parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by gunmen on a motorbike, according to media reports.
WORLD
July 17, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT -- A prominent Syrian political analyst known for his staunch support of the government of President Bashar Assad was shot and killed early Wednesday at his home south of the Lebanese capital, authorities said. The commentator, Mohammad Darrar Jammo, 44, fell amid a hail of bullets in what officials suspect was a well-planned political assassination. The killing appeared to be the latest example of violence from the war raging in neighboring Syria spilling over into Lebanon.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
In “The Assassination of Leon Trotsky,” a world premiere at the Odyssey, Peter Lefcourt, a playwright and Emmy-winning television writer-producer, slips his chain. The play has been subtitled “A Comedy,” but it's clear that Lefcourt intends an out-and-out farce. But in farce, catastrophe gallops through a slammed boudoir door or five, catching its characters hilariously unawares. In “Trotsky,” the characters embrace chaos deliberately and without motivation, a soggy approach that considerably dampens the humor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Joel Rubin and Emily Foxhall
The shooting ambush of two undercover detectives outside the Wilshire Division station Tuesday morning “was a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people who protect this community,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. Police stations across Los Angeles beefed up security after the detectives were fired upon. The officers are in “good spirits” and have returned to duty after suffering only minor injuries, Beck said at the start of a weekly address to the police commission.
WORLD
June 22, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KARACHI, Pakistan - To members of Imran Khan's upstart Movement for Justice party, the assassination of one of their top officials last month here in the nation's largest city sent a blunt message: Welcome to Karachi, where power, armed thugs and turf wars combine to transform politics into blood sport. Zahra Shahid Hussain, who led the women's wing of the party in the southern province of Sindh, had just gotten out of her car in her driveway when two young men pulled up on a motorcycle, a senior Karachi police official said.
SCIENCE
June 18, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
Cool things are found in caves: stalagmites, Christian Bale , Goonies and now a new species of assassin bug that snipes spiders, according to a new study . The labyrinth bug, named for its cave habitat ( and not the David Bowie movie ), was formally described last week in the journal Zootaxa. These spindly killers use their spiny front legs to seize small insects and other prey, and then pierce their catch with a sword-like snout in order to suck up its juices.   The new species ( Phasmatocoris labyrinthicus )
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Of all the things I imagined Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher might choose for his directing debut, "Violet & Daisy," the story of two teenage assassins on the loose in New York City, was not on the list. Fletcher, who won the Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of Sapphire's searing novel "Precious," once again delves into the lives of teens in troubled situations in "Violet & Daisy. " But any other comparisons end there. Instead of the capacity of the human spirit to soar against impossible odds that defined "Precious," Fletcher, as both writer and director, is interested in the whys and wherefores of girls who blow giant pink bubble-gum bubbles that pop in sync with their gun blasts.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The spring and summer of 1968 were an agony for the United States, especially for young Americans and black Americans. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. In June, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, here in Los Angeles, in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel kitchen on Wilshire Boulevard. And in August, police in Chicago beat and gassed young people protesting the Vietnam War and the political system at the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday -- tonight -- is the 45th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.
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