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February 21, 2010
When Kenneth Hartman was 19, he came across a drifter in a Long Beach park and, for no particular reason, beat him to death. For that 1980 murder, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There, Hartman proved himself to be the kind of aggressive, violent man society is relieved to have behind bars. He was big and pumped iron to get bigger; he did drugs; he got thrown into solitary; he fought, brutalized and stabbed his enemies. It's hard to say what's more remarkable: that he eventually turned away from all that, or that he is able to write about it with such clarity and grace.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2009 | Richard Winton
A notorious Los Angeles street gang has expanded its criminal enterprises into the night life world, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department and federal agents said the 18th Street gang operated underground after-hours bars, using them as bases for various criminal enterprises. Authorities said the locations have been connected to homicides, drug trafficking and gambling.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Few aerospace employees had it as good as William Grayson Hunter. He was paid simultaneously to work full time at two aerospace firms but rarely went to work, instead spending his days at bars, amusement parks and movie theaters, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. One of his employers, Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, paid $2.5 million last week to settle Justice Department allegations that the company defrauded the Air Force for several years by billing for Hunter's time when it knew he was rarely at work, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
We've been checking out the many energy and snack bars on the market, and it seems there are plenty of choices for people who need or want to avoid gluten. Some of them announce it on the front of the label; others require closer reading of the nutrition information. For people who don't eat gluten by choice, there are lots of bars that don't include wheat, rye or barley as an ingredient but warn the bars are made in facilities that might house those products. That's important information for people with celiac disease -- even a small bit of gluten can make them sick.
WORLD
October 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of Bolivians fed up with underage drinking and crime stormed a neighborhood of bars and brothels in the impoverished El Alto slum outside La Paz, setting beds, televisions and chairs on fire and destroying as many as 50 establishments. Vigilantes have stormed the district three days running, complaining that it is a haven for criminals and that the bars there serve minors. They want local authorities to shut them down.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Ted Rall
A bill proposed by a California state legislator would extend last call to 4 a.m. in some California cities. Do we really need two extra hours of drinking?  ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The 'feminist housewife' vs. Beyonce Fuming over the assault weapons ban's failure Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
NEWS
July 10, 1987 | Associated Press
Fourteen counties and two cities in Anhui and Guizhou provinces have been opened to foreigners, bringing the number of such areas in China to 452.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1998
Re "'Assembly Moves to Lift Smoking Ban," Jan. 29: I can't believe it! What have we got in Sacramento? A bunch of wimps? I just do not understand the stance that they have taken on smoking in bars. I have waited years to go see some of the greatest jazz musicians, but the smoking in most of the places they play has precluded that. Now that I have the opportunity, they are going to lift the ban. I certainly hope that the state Senate has more sense than the Assembly. Nonsmokers outnumber smokers almost 3 to 1--that's a pretty big deficit when it comes to election time.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Several gay bars in West Hollywood have begun removing Stoli Vodka--made from Russian ingredients--from their shelves to protest recent anti-gay laws in Russia. “Come on down and drink something other than Russian vodka!” said Brian Rand, an accountant at Eleven Bar & Nightclub, a gay bar on Santa Monica Boulevard. Eleven stopped selling Stoli and all Russian vodka products Wednesday night, Rand said, with the enthusiastic support of its customers. In a statement on its Facebook page , Revolver Video Bar, also on Santa Monica Boulevard, announced Thursday that it, too, would boycott all Stoli products “effective immediately.” “Revolver Video Bar could not support any brand associated with Russia at a time when the Russian government is implementing its anti-gay law that bans gay 'propaganda,'” the bar said in its Facebook statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
To be a football fan in Los Angeles is by necessity to root for someone other than your hometown team. So wandering tribes of sunburned Bostonians and homesick New Yorkers need to find a friendly place to party this Super Bowl weekend, when the Giants play the Patriots in a rematch of their 2008 Super Bowl. No dog in this fight? Then any old watering hole will do. But if you want to re-create the bluster of your favorite Northeastern pigskin rivalry, a select number of spots across the Southland have you covered.
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