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May 23, 2002 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deanna Maran's parents filed a wrongful death suit Wednesday against the owners of the Westside home where their daughter was fatally stabbed, as well as against the parents of the 17-year-old girl who authorities say killed her. Among those named in the complaint were Shelley R. and Barbara H. Hendler, the owners of the Thayer Avenue house where Maran was slain at a Saturday night party last November attended by a few dozen young people, mostly minors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar
A former patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused the hospital of negligence in a lawsuit filed Monday in which she said she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery. The woman alleged in the suit that the hospital failed to adequately respond to complaints of sexual assaults involving the same employee dating back more than a decade. In addition, the patient said Cedars-Sinai never interviewed her or made any effort to investigate after she reported the assault to the hospital June 13. Her lawsuit said she made several attempts to speak to someone at Cedars-Sinai before being told that the employee had been fired and that she could report the matter to police if she wanted further action taken.
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SCIENCE
February 19, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures -- on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis -- are likely to produce more crime. The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion. Between 2010 and 2099, climate change can be expected to cause an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft, the study published this week in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management says.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller and John Horn
Melvin Mar's entrée to Hollywood was far from glamorous. As an unpaid intern for "Platoon" producer Arnold Kopelson, Mar was responsible for fetching his boss' lunch of matzo ball soup every day. Mar calculated to the minute how long it would take to walk from the production company's Century City offices to the Stage Deli nearby, buy the soup and decant it into a bowl on Kopelson's desk, still piping hot, at precisely 1 p.m. Mar parlayed...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The second reported gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student in as many months has shocked authorities in charge of patrolling an area not unaccustomed to sexual assaults. "We do have sexual assaults that happen, but something like this ... is horrendous," said UCSB Police Sgt. Robert Romero, whose department patrols  Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated community next to campus where the attack took place. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover  estimated that more than 60% of Isla Vista's residents attend UCSB but the area swells on weekends with out-of-towners coming for parties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2003 | Jack Leonard, Jennifer Mena and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
A man wielding a samurai-style sword killed two people and wounded three others at an Irvine supermarket Sunday before his bloody rampage ended with a fatal volley of police gunfire. The deadly attack occurred about 9:35 a.m. inside the Albertsons at Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard, when Joseph Parker, a 30-year-old bagger known for erratic behavior, entered the market where he worked and began slashing employees and customers, witnesses said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | By Jason Felch
President Obama vowed Wednesday to combat sexual assault on college campuses, telling the estimated one in five women who are raped in college, “I have your back.” Flanked by senior members of his cabinet at a White House news conference, Obama signed a presidential memorandum establishing a task force to recommend policy changes within 90 days to protect college students, especially women, from sexual assault. Obama credited an “inspiring wave of student-led activism” that has cast a spotlight on the issue over the past year.
SPORTS
January 29, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former 49ers and Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris, who was arrested at a restaurant in Menlo Park on Aug. 21 after allegedly assaulting his ex-boyfriend was charged with felony abuse Monday, according to San Mateo County prosecutors. Harris pleaded not guilty. Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Karen Guidotti told the San Mateo Daily Journal that Harris and the alleged victim had been in a romantic relationship but were not involved at the time of the incident. Harris' attorney, Alin Cintean, told the newspaper the two "were previously involved.
SPORTS
February 2, 2010
A preliminary hearing for UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic and his roommate, Aleksandar Stanisic, was postponed Monday until March 15. Both are facing assault charges stemming from an altercation after an Oct. 24 concert at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood. Prosecutors have said the incident began when Stanisic argued with a man and his girlfriend during the show. Later, a confrontation occurred outside the theater in which prosecutors allege Dragovic rushed the man and pushed him into a glass case, which shattered, lacerating the man's Achilles' tendon.
NATIONAL
May 7, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted in unreported incidents last year - 35% more than in 2010 - a severe trend that senior officials warned could threaten recruiting and retention of women in uniform. President Obama, reacting to the startling figures Tuesday, said he had "no tolerance" for sexual crimes in the ranks and pledged to crack down on commanders who ignored the problem. Obama said he had spoken to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and ordered that officers "up and down the food chain" get the message.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Gale Holland
It was billed as a guided tour for downtown residents, church and business groups and elected officials to see skid row for themselves. As the group headed out on foot from L.A.'s Midnight Mission, it was confronted by demonstrators whistling, drumming and chanting: "You're not welcome here!" and "You're the problem!" That was in June 2011. A year later, Deborah Burton, a community organizer who was once homeless, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on two tour leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
She was driven to a dark road in the desert in the back of patrol car. The sheriff's deputy parked in a secluded spot in Palmdale and told her to walk to the front of the car. It was there, the woman said Friday in court, that the L.A. County deputy raped her and changed her life forever. "You essentially murdered a part of me and I'll never be able to get it back," the victim tearfully said as she stared at her attacker, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez. "A police officer is supposed to serve and protect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A serial rapist who admitted assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s and has been confined for nearly two decades because of his violent sexual tendencies could reside in an unincorporated area east of Palmdale after his release, state authorities announced Friday. A landlord has agreed to rent a single-family residence in a sparsely populated area in the 20000 block of East Avenue R to house Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, who served about 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting at least 40 women and has been held in mental institutions since his release.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - The elderly woman had stopped by the Jewish Community Center in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn and was shuffling away, leaning heavily on her walker, when a young man punched her in the head as he walked past, knocking her to the ground. When she returned to the center for help, the staff called for an ambulance, vigilant that this might have been another example of the "knockout game," a social media trend that had young people punching out random individuals on the street last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014
Torian White's football career at UCLA appears to be over. White, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in November, has not enrolled at UCLA for the spring quarter. The offensive tackle was suspended from the team after his arrest. The case is still being investigated, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. "All I can tell you is he is no longer with the team," Coach Jim Mora said. White started 14 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Anh Do
Police said they have a person of interest in custody in connection with separate assaults on five women that occurred on a single day in Garden Grove and Anaheim. The man was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park, said Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer. But authorities will not officially name a suspect in the assaults until victims positively identify him, Stauffer said Saturday. They did release a composite sketch of the suspect.
OPINION
April 9, 2002
I was shocked to read in your April 4 article, "Europe Sees a Tinderbox on Its Streets," that you characterized unprovoked assaults against Jews and their places of worship as proxy fighting. Your Orwellian use of language implies that somehow the Jews are to blame for these racist assaults. However, there are no European Jews fighting, no Jews burning mosques, only Muslims attacking and burning synagogues to demonstrate their true intentions and beliefs. David Victor Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Fullerton brothers were convicted Monday on charges of sexually assaulting two girls. The victims were 3 and 7 when they were repeatedly assaulted by the brothers between May 2010 and August 2011, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Eduardo Rodriguez, 36, and Cristobal Rodriguez, 38, sexually assaulted the victims together and separately, prosecutors said. The brothers also showed pornographic images to the girls. At the time, the brothers lived in a garage and assaulted the victims at a nearby location, according to prosecutors.
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