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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's jailer has been sentenced to 2½ years in state prison accepting a $700 bribe and what prosecutors said was his role in smuggling cocaine behind bars. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Remington Orr, 25, was sentenced Tuesday and will serve his time in L.A. County jail.  Orr was convicted in April after pleading guilty to accepting a bribe and possession of a controlled substance in jail, both felonies.
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OPINION
October 21, 2007
Re "Dying prisoners may be given leniency," Oct. 15 Prisons are built to house people who are a threat to society, not to be houses of torture. The way the legal and prison systems treat dying prisoners is a crime against humanity. How can an old person in the end stages of cancer be a danger to me or anyone else? Criminals usually lack compassion and empathy, but does that justify the prison system's own lack of compassion? Ann Logan Gardena
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 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1997
Authorities Tuesday charged Michael Smith with more than two dozen felonies in connection with the robbery of a Northridge bar that ended in a wild shootout with undercover police officers that left three alleged robbers dead and a bystander wounded. The robbery of the ClassRoom bar led to the shooting near Corbin Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard last month by the Los Angeles Police Department's controversial Special Investigations Section.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 | By Amina Khan
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
NEWS
August 29, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
After a long night of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, the Assembly late Thursday gave new life to legislation that would permit smoking in bars and casinos past Jan. 1, when smoking in the establishments is set to become illegal. The legislation had been dormant until Assemblyman Edward Vincent (D-Inglewood) used a parliamentary procedure to amend an otherwise unrelated and minor Senate bill dealing with horse racing at county fairs.
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