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July 23, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
If it weren't hard enough looking after 2,000 earthquake victims crammed into a sweltering schoolyard, Jean Robert Charles now has to worry about rapists. Charles is the de facto mayor of a tent settlement that fills a school and a soccer field in the gang-plagued Matisan section of the Haitian capital. A recent series of rapes has created fear in his camp and others nearby, adding crime and safety to the long list of anxieties facing residents displaced by the Jan. 12 earthquake.
August 17, 2012 | Sandy Banks
The Mustangs will take to the field for the final time this fall. The sports program at the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center is being disbanded - "suspended," officials call it - so the 50-year-old facility in the Malibu Hills can be leveled and rebuilt. The remake has been in the works for years; it's one of the oldest, most decrepit of the county's 14 rural juvenile camps, with a gym yellow-tagged since the Northridge earthquake and a pitted, patchy playing field. But it is also the only camp with a sports program , one that made a national name for itself six years ago in the movie "Gridiron Gang.
September 25, 2005
ONE of the wonderful things about traveling is that it tends to open up one's mind to change and new ideas. Too bad Charles Jones ["A WWII View of Internment Camps," Letters, Sept. 11] seems to be so stuck in a WWII time warp that he can't acknowledge the grievous harm done to Japanese Americans by the internment or acknowledge the heroism of the servicemen who proved that Americans of Japanese ancestry were just as loyal as any other Americans. DANIEL M. MAYEDA Culver City
July 15, 2012 | By Allyn Gaestel, Los Angeles Times
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Facing the crumpled remnants of the national palace, an expansive plaza is punctuated by trees, benches and statues of Haitian heroes. Students read in the shade, women gossip, children play soccer. This serene picture in Port-au-Prince's central square might seem ordinary, but it is not. After a massive earthquake devastated Haiti's capital on Jan. 12, 2010, about 5,000 displaced people took shelter on the square, turning it into a crowded and dangerous new neighborhood.
April 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Bosnian Muslim experts have exhumed the remains of 19 bodies, believed to be those of Muslims and Croats who had been held in Serbian camps, from a pit in western Bosnia-Herzegovina, an official said. The Muslim Commission for Missing Persons said the panel suspects that the victims were Muslims and Croats from the Kamenica and Prekaja camps who were held by Serbs during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. The 24-foot-deep pit is near the town of Drvar, about 100 miles west of Sarajevo, the capital.
August 29, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles park officials spent $2 million to operate two campgrounds that have been closed for more than 10 years, according to an audit released Wednesday by City Controller Wendy Greuel. Camp Valcrest in the Angeles National Forest and Camp Radford in the San Bernardino Mountains have been closed for the last 13 and 20 years, respectively, because necessary repairs were deferred. But the city Department of Recreation and Parks has paid $2 million for caretakers to live at the camps since they closed and nearly $100,000 for water to be trucked to Camp Valcrest, the audit states.
August 9, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
The county's Probation Department received a $30,000 federal grant this week aimed at helping develop a "boot camp" for teen-age offenders that would serve as an alternative to prison. Backers said the camps are more effective than traditional detention in preventing young criminals from becoming repeat offenders. The camps stress physical labor, teamwork, drug counseling and education. "The boot camp would provide structure and a supportive environment," said Chris Rizzuto, of the U.S.
September 21, 2002
To quote from "Long-Term Mission Likely at Guantanamo Bay Prison" (Sept. 13), "As that crucial work continues, [Navy Capt. Bob] Buehn said he now wonders whether history eventually will remember Guantanamo Bay not as a unique U.S. military base in a communist country, but rather as something more akin to the Nuremberg stockade and trials after World War II." No. History will remember it as it was--a concentration camp where people were held without charges and interrogated for months on end, a concentration camp more akin to the Nazi concentration camps.
July 19, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
Dwindling donations to the Salvation Army's summer camp fund, attributed to the many disasters that have ravaged California, are endangering the opportunities for underprivileged youths to participate in a six-day outing in Malibu Canyon. "We are down 29% from last year, in terms of sponsorship," said Beverly Ventriss, director of communications for the Salvation Army. For the last 40 years, the Salvation Army has sponsored Mt.
November 29, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Reacting to a move by the San Diego County Health Department to destroy a large camp for migrant workers near the trendy La Costa resort, city housing officials Monday began processing low-cost housing applications from camp residents. Valle Verde is one of several migrant camps in San Diego's North County that have come under increased scrutiny as development has moved closer to the once-isolated encampments.
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