December 15, 1992 |
You won't find Kapone savoring the taste or aroma of his beverage of choice. The young gang member from the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts offers a simple explanation for his loyalty to malt liquor, in particular Olde English 800: "It does the job the fastest." Kapone, a lanky 23-year-old who sells drugs for a living, started drinking when he was 10. To him, beer tastes like water. Even some malt liquors no longer give him a kick.
April 22, 1992 |
A state appeals court on Tuesday upheld Superior Court Judge Joyce A. Karlin's controversial sentence of probation for a Korean-born grocer convicted of killing a black girl--a ruling that carries fresh political implications for both the embattled judge and Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner. In a 26-page opinion, the 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected claims by Reiner that the sentence given grocer Soon Ja Du was illegal and that Karlin had abused her discretion in issuing it.
June 26, 1988
It happened about a year ago on 103rd Street in Watts outside an attractive government-subsidized housing project. A bunch of the neighborhood kids began junior high. That's where you see the innocence fade. That's when a 12-year-old begins to watch the incredibly mature 14-year-olds from the block with awe, and one day at school, in front of everybody, one of them greets him: "Hey, my li'l homeboy," and he's hooked.
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March 19, 1991 |
A security camera videotape that recorded the weekend shooting of a 15-year-old girl by a south Los Angeles grocer shows that the girl was not attempting to steal a bottle of orange juice, as the grocer apparently believed, police revealed Monday. Police called a press conference to try to quell rumors that the shooting was racially motivated and that police were doing little about it.
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January 3, 1991 |
Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell, confirming that he will not seek reelection to the City Hall post he has held for 17 years, explained Wednesday that he is bowing out in order to spend more time with his family. "Work at City Hall has been the priority in my life for half of it--almost 27 years of appointed and elected service, from 1964 to date," Farrell, 54, told a packed news conference at City Hall. "I want to now give the priority of my time to my family."
July 22, 1988
The Black Education Commission, one of six advisory groups to the Los Angeles City Board of Education, has announced its new officers for the 1988-'89 school year. The new officers are Margaret Swain, chairman; Carolyn Monroe, first vice-chairman; Freddie St. Cyr, second vice-chairman; Eddie Mae Williams, recording secretary; and Sandra Miller, assistant recording secretary.
April 10, 1991 |
Sandy Tufts works in downtown Los Angeles, but she gave up her lunch hour Tuesday to drive across town to her home in the Crenshaw area so she could vote for Mary Lee Gray for City Council. Tufts, who is black, said these are tough times for African-Americans in Los Angeles, and she wanted to register her outrage. Gray was one of five black candidates running in the largely white 6th District against Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, who is white.
January 26, 1992 |
"Here," she says, and hands me the photograph. "This one gives you the idea." The photograph shows a night scene from sometime in the 1940s. A group of black men and women are celebrating along Central Avenue in Los Angeles. The same Central Avenue that we know now, if at all, for drive-bys, empty storefronts, and quick, furtive movements of pedestrians. The scene in the '40s photograph is different.
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September 22, 1987 |
In a reversal of historic trends, a study shows blacks are leaving Los Angeles in increasing numbers and are moving out of the state or to other metropolitan areas such as Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Describing what is in effect "black flight," James H. Johnson, associate professor of geography at UCLA, said U.S. Census data shows a steady "migration reversal" of blacks in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, with about 73,000 leaving between 1975 and 1980. Johnson and Dr.
June 4, 1999 |
Despite a rash of racially explosive episodes in recent years, blacks in Los Angeles voice overwhelming satisfaction with their local police, according to a survey released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department. In fact, although the survey of a dozen cities around the country found that blacks are less likely than whites to be satisfied with the police, the racial divide is smaller in Los Angeles than the average for all the cities.