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October 5, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
First Amendment activists and a member of Congress said this week that the FBI may have stepped out of line with a letter accusing a Compton rap group of encouraging "violence against and disrespect" for law enforcement officers. "The FBI should stay out of the business of censorship," said Rep. Don Edwards (D-San Jose), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on civil and constitutional rights, when informed of an Aug.
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December 12, 2009 | By Ruben Vives
The corner of Rosecrans and Bradfield avenues in Compton might not have the fanciest decorations or the tallest Christmas tree. But for passing motorists, it's a holiday scene they won't soon forget. Lined along the street are rows of Christmas trees in a rainbow of colors -- yellow, pink, orange, blue, red, white and, yes, green. Standing outside Compton Nursery on Friday, owner Gonzalo Gonzalez, 54, said the tradition of coloring evergreens began about seven years ago when a customer made an unusual request.
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March 31, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
For years Compton has struggled against a lousy reputation. Its name has been invoked by rappers as a euphemism for violence, rebellion and poverty. "It's the home of the jackers and the crack. (Compton!) Yeah, that's the name of my hometown," sang the rapper The Game. But these days, Compton is starting to look almost suburban. Since last year, Staples, Target, Best Buy and Starbucks, among other national retail chains, have opened stores in the city.
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January 27, 2009 | Seema Mehta
LaShawnda Henderson graduated from college last spring, and this winter she's right back where she started -- sleeping in her childhood home in Compton, eating her mother's cooking every night and returning every day to her elementary school, three blocks away. Henderson is a new teacher at her old school, Dickison Elementary, one of 13 Teach For America members in Compton, the first new contingent in the city since the district stopped hiring them five years ago.
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July 2, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A fugitive twice portrayed on "America's Most Wanted" was arrested in a casino in connection with two killings and drug- and tax-related crimes, the U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday. Clarence "Rusty" Tomlin, 55, had been a fugitive for 14 years when he was arrested by local and federal officers at the Crystal Palace Casino, where he was registered under an alias, authorities said. Tomlin was wanted in the 1992 killing of his girlfriend and the 1989 killing of a San Jose real estate agent.
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November 8, 2004 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
A 13-year-old girl driving her mother's car on a joyride lost control and collided with another vehicle in Compton, killing three young passengers, authorities said Sunday. In a city where residents are familiar with violence, the Saturday evening crash left the families of the dead children struggling to make sense of the accident. They asked why a 13-year-old who some neighbors said they had seen driving on other occasions was allegedly behind the wheel of a car.
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September 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Thursday afternoon in Compton after he pointed a handgun at the officer and his partner, authorities said. It was the fourth fatal officer-involved shooting in the Los Angeles area since Sunday. Authorities identified the victim as Craig Hill, 27, of Compton. The shooting took place shortly after noon near Aranbe Avenue and West Maple Street. The deputies said Hill fled when he spotted them.
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January 27, 1998 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An apparent drug-related robbery escalated into a bloody shooting rampage that took the lives of four men--three employees and the owner of a Compton carwash, police said Monday. "The intent of the perpetrators was a drug rip-off that went awry," Compton Police Chief Hourie Taylor told reporters Monday. Compton police are looking for two robbers who they believe got angry during a holdup and began firing at the four men inside the Wheel's N Stuff carwash, 1400 Sportsman Drive.
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January 30, 1989 | ROBERT WELKOS and GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writers
A 2-year-old Compton boy who was killed Saturday night by semiautomatic weapon fire was described by neighbors Sunday as a playful, "all-American kid." The boy, Philip Fisher, was fatally wounded in the head when one of two men in a passing car fired an assault rifle at a crowd of people. Four people were wounded in what police called a gang-related attack, including a teen-ager who was on a life-support system Sunday at a hospital.
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October 29, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies used to brace for trouble each time they pulled into a cluster of apartment buildings on South Grandee Avenue near the Compton airport. It's a cul-de-sac where they could be easily cornered by gang members But on a recent Friday night, deputies Jose Sandoval and Larry Waldie spotted only a few teenage girls who didn't appear to be causing trouble. There were no gang members in sight.
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December 5, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Chong is a Times staff writer
The Ferraras had filled their motor home chest-deep with boxes of zip-up hoodies, underwear and eagle-emblazoned blankets -- a rolling trove of gifts intended for U.S. troops abroad. But when Linda Ferrara checked on the RV, parked outside the family's bakery in Compton this weekend, she found a lot of empty boxes. A heartfelt note thanking the troops for their service was ripped into confetti. Ferrara, whose son Matthew Ferrara was killed in Afghanistan, burst into tears.
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May 19, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant is in stable condition after his sport-utility vehicle was hit by a drunk driver in Compton. The crash occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday as the sergeant was responding to a call about a stolen vehicle. He was at the intersection of Compton Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue with his emergency lights and siren on. He had the right of way when he was hit, said sheriff's Sgt. Raul Regalado. The 25-year-old man who allegedly hit the sergeant's vehicle was treated at a hospital, released and then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, police said.
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May 3, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
The boys from Compton practiced all year for this field trip to Beverly Hills. They walked off their charter buses Friday and down the red carpet rolled out for them at Lawry's The Prime Rib. Through the double doors they marveled at the murals and tapestries in the massive dining room. Seven of the George Washington Carver Elementary School students instinctively headed for table 46, once reserved for no less a celebrity than Denzel Washington.
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March 31, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
For years Compton has struggled against a lousy reputation. Its name has been invoked by rappers as a euphemism for violence, rebellion and poverty. "It's the home of the jackers and the crack. (Compton!) Yeah, that's the name of my hometown," sang the rapper The Game. But these days, Compton is starting to look almost suburban. Since last year, Staples, Target, Best Buy and Starbucks, among other national retail chains, have opened stores in the city.
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January 24, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to further curb criminal activities, Compton has asked a judge to ban individuals identified as members of the Mob Piru street gang -- including rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight -- from congregating in a northeast neighborhood. Using a strategy employed by other crime-ridden communities, the court order would be the first gang injunction in a city with a long history of battling street gangs.
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December 23, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
A 44-year-old man and a boy, whose age was not known, were killed in separate shootings in Compton on Saturday afternoon, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. Deputy Hugo Macias said the man, identified as Clifford Ingram, was shot at 12:46 p.m. as he drove through the intersection of 130th Street and North Grandee Avenue. The boy, whose name was not immediately released, was shot at 3:28 p.m. on the 1200 block of North Santa Fe Avenue. Both were declared dead at hospitals.
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October 4, 2006 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
The shrine at 134th Place and Slater Street in Compton started as a cluster of candles between two traffic cones placed over the bloodstains. By noon Tuesday it had expanded to include flowers, a bright red balloon, a baseball cap and a basketball scrawled with goodbyes. Mourners came in clusters to pay respects at the site where Derrick Kellum and his 10-year-old son, Octavus, were gunned down late Monday while sitting in a car. Kellum's other son, 7-year-old Derrick Kellum Jr.
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December 25, 1997 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some come simply to get a glimpse of the big boss, emphasis on big. That might happen a couple of times a day, a supervisor says, usually teenagers under the guise of seeking employment. "Middle-aged people too, now that I think about it," Cynthia Atterberry adds, laughing. They come to Compton, to a side street filled with low-rise warehouses and other industrial buildings, to see Shaquille O'Neal.
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December 17, 2007 | Kenneth R. Weiss
About 300 rifles, shotguns and handguns were collected from residents in exchange for $100 gift cards in a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department program to get guns off the street in this city with a high number of homicides, officials said. "We ran out of gift cards, it was so successful," sheriff's Deputy Tim Tellez said of the program that ended Sunday. The Sheriff's Department offered cards to Target, Best Buy, Home Depot and Ralphs in exchange for any working firearm.
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October 29, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies used to brace for trouble each time they pulled into a cluster of apartment buildings on South Grandee Avenue near the Compton airport. It's a cul-de-sac where they could be easily cornered by gang members But on a recent Friday night, deputies Jose Sandoval and Larry Waldie spotted only a few teenage girls who didn't appear to be causing trouble. There were no gang members in sight.
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