CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1989 |
Florida police have captured a man who allegedly robbed a Chicago jewelry store earlier this month with Michael Douglas Taylor, the mastermind of one of Orange County's largest jailbreaks. Taylor, 35, led five Orange County Jail inmates on an escape Nov. 20 by rappelling from the top of the four-story building in downtown Santa Ana. Four of the inmates were captured or turned themselves in; Taylor is still a fugitive.
November 13, 2004 |
Vanuatu, a tiny cluster of Pacific islands, doesn't tend to capture a major slice of the world's attention. The sun-soaked chain is perhaps best known for its tourist trade and its 15 minutes of fame as the backdrop for a "Survivor" series on television. In recent days, however, it has become a belle of the cross-strait ball as China and Taiwan open their checkbooks and compete for its loyalty. Taiwanese Foreign Minister Mark Chen and Vanuatu's prime minister, Serge Vohor, announced Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993 |
Torrance residents, left jittery by a series of high-profile killings, had cause to relax a bit this week with the capture of an Oregon man in a brutal home invasion and slaying of a local data processor. The arrest of Randy Eugene Garcia, 22, in Oregon seemed to allay some of the fear that has swept parts of Torrance since the killing of Joseph Raymond Finzel last weekend.
July 3, 1994 |
Angry at Colombia's elimination from the World Cup soccer tournament, gunmen Saturday shot and killed Andres Escobar, the player who accidentally scored a goal against his own side in a match with the United States and helped seal the team's fate, police said. Escobar, 27, was shot to death outside a restaurant in Medellin barely 48 hours after returning home from Los Angeles, where Colombia fell 2-1 to the United States on June 22. The unidentified gunmen confronted Escobar around 3 a.m.
February 16, 2001 |
Clad in fatigues and a beret, the Chechen commander laughs, kicks one prostrate Russian soldier, waves a pistol in the air, then steps up to a kneeling soldier and shoots him in the head. Salautdin Temirbulatov, 41, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison Thursday on evidence created by his own men: an April 1996 videotape of him executing the soldier, Sergei Mitryayev.
August 30, 1992 |
Every man has his price. What's yours? --Jimmy Hoffa If Danny DeVito were a rubber band, he'd be ready to snap. For two days, the director has been trying to shoot a complicated sequence in "Hoffa," which stars Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Hoffa, dark prince of the American labor movement. Nothing is going right. The sound is garbled. Extras knock over chairs. A flock of pigeons flies across the sound stage's cavernous rafters, making a racket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 |
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
February 22, 2011 |
Heading into Sunday's Academy Awards, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is undoubtedly the most buzzed-about film in the documentary feature category. But the uncomfortable question persists: Is it real? The movie is anchored by two of the least reliable narrators in memory: Banksy, the anonymous British street artist; and Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French émigré to Los Angeles whose obsessive filming happens to capture the world of high-concept graffiti. In alternating interviews, the two recount the rise of anti-establishment vandals into the upper echelons of the art world, where their work quickly became commodified.
January 16, 1993 |
"Telling Secrets," featuring Ken Olin as a dogged detective and Cybill Shepherd as a coolly venomous femme fatale , fails to justify its two-night length and squanders its suspense with a dizzying array of subplots (at 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday on ABC, Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42). "Although fictionalized, the drama is based on a true story," reports an opening credit roll in what is almost de rigueur in network movieland. No matter.
December 4, 1998 |
After a week of searching through swampy, bug-swarming river bottoms, law officers hunting death row inmate Martin E. Gurule finally found their man Thursday--dead, beneath a bridge over the Trinity River near Huntsville, with tantalizing hints about how he'd made his way over the prison's two razor-wired security fences. The body of Gurule, 29, was swathed in cardboard and two sets of heavy underwear, according to officials.