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March 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - The headline news on state-run Chinese Channel 13 was juicy: A mining tycoon and 35 others had been charged with running a mafia-style enterprise in Sichuan province, gunning down enemies in the street, bribing people and operating an illegal casino. But viewers didn't have to just listen to police or prosecutors describe the evidence against the three dozen suspects: CCTV aired extensive clips of many of them, dressed in blue jailhouse jackets, admitting their misdeeds.
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NEWS
August 17, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
I openly admit that I am one of those people who is confused by how to manage my 401(k). Friends and family have tried to help. Financial self-help guides have become a perennial gift each Christmas. Last year, for example, I received a copy of “401(k) for Dummies” as a stocking stuffer. Turns I'm not alone. As The Times' reported Friday, a new survey by Charles Schwab finds that of the 1,000-plus people interviewed, “nearly half (46%) don't feel they know what their best investment options are and one-third (34%)
NATIONAL
February 16, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A Pennsylvania teenager accused of killing a man she met on Craigslist has confessed to the slaying -- and to killing more than 20 other people after joining a satanic cult at age 13, according to an interview she gave to a local newspaper. The information in the interview could not be corroborated on Sunday. Miranda Barbour, 19, reportedly had been married only three weeks when she and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, stabbed and strangled Troy LaFerrara, 42, after meeting up with him on Nov. 11, according to police in Sunbury, Pa. Both Miranda and Elytte Barbour, who wed in North Carolina, were arrested a month later in Pennsylvania.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2009 | Kevin Thomas
In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles scorched screens across America with "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," a surreal odyssey in which Van Peebles played a pimp on the lam after becoming involved in the killing of a brutal cop, emerging as a symbol of defiance of mythic proportions. It became a landmark film in the flowering of black independent cinema. Now, at a vigorous and sly-as-ever 77, Van Peebles returns to the screen with "Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy Footed Mutha," another surreal odyssey about a black man surviving countless misadventures, arriving at the conclusion that it has taken him 40 years to reach the age of 21. Ideally, "Confessions" should be screening along with "Sweetback" and will be best appreciated by those able to see it as a companion film.
OPINION
August 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It has been five years since a commission made up of prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and others presented its startling report detailing holes in California's criminal justice system and making recommendations on how to mend them. One of the biggest problems the experts found was dozens of false confessions - assertions by people under interrogation that they had committed crimes when in fact they had not. The same panel reported that some jurisdictions, including some California counties and cities, had successfully responded to the surprisingly common phenomenon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
WORLD
March 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - The headline news on state-run Chinese Channel 13 was juicy: A mining tycoon and 35 others had been charged with running a mafia-style enterprise in Sichuan province, gunning down enemies in the street, bribing people and operating an illegal casino. But viewers didn't have to just listen to police or prosecutors describe the evidence against the three dozen suspects: CCTV aired extensive clips of many of them, dressed in blue jailhouse jackets, admitting their misdeeds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1991
If you couple the beating of King with the court decision to condone coerced confessions, you can begin to see how the government's "success" in the Persian Gulf will translate into an equivalent domestic policy of overwhelming force. Wake up and smell the coffee, America. It is being brewed in a political sewer and it has that rich aroma of fascism. MICHAEL YEOMANS, Goleta
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1999 | Religion News Service
A Tacoma, Wash., pastor cannot be forced to testify about a murder confession because doing so would violate the sanctity of the confessional, the Washington state Supreme Court has ruled. At issue in the case was whether a state law that guarantees the confidentiality of religious confessions covers only confessions between a penitent and clergy in a religion with a recognized confession rite, or whether it extends to other religions as well.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Author Jackie Collins still has the steam engine chugging. Her newest novel, "Lucky: Confessions of a Wild Child," released last week, is a prequel to the Lucky Santangelo books and centers on the treasured heroine during her formative teen years - the book has already landed a film deal with Amber Entertainment. The 76-year-old scribe talks about finally getting into character and staying clued-up. For the record: In the Sunday Conversation feature in the Calendar section, the title of author Jackie Collins' latest novel was given as "Lucky: Confessions of a Wild Child.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Cheer, cheer from old Notre Dame? Not likely. A year ago, UCLA made off with defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes, who had originally signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame. This year, the Bruins landed defensive end Matt Dickerson, who had committed to Notre Dame last summer. The common link? UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure. McClure developed a relationship with Vanderdoes during the recruiting process, and was there waiting when Vanderdoes was released from his letter of intent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former teacher charged with multiple counts of sex abuse after one of her accusers went public in a YouTube video confessed to detectives that she molested the former student, court records show. Riverside police Det. Roberta Hopewell, in seeking an arrest warrant for Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, stated that the former Alhambra High School assistant principal "admitted to having a sexual relationship" with the teenager when she taught in Riverside County. The detective said Cardosa initially stated the girl was 15 or 16 but later acknowledged she may have been as young as 14, according to a copy of the arrest warrant obtained by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, This post has been updated. See the note within for details
A former teacher arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex abuse after one of her accusers went public in a YouTube video confessed to detectives that she molested the former student, court records show. Riverside police Det. Roberta Hopewell, in seeking an arrest warrant for Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, stated that the former Alhambra assistant principal "admitted to having a sexual relationship" with the teenager when she taught in Riverside County. The detective said Cardosa initially stated the girl was 15 or 16 but later acknowledged she may have been as young as 14, according to a copy of the arrest warrant obtained by The Times.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
A jury in Phoenix on Thursday convicted a man charged in the 1991 killings of nine people, including six Buddhist monks, bringing an end to a bizarre decades-long case that involved multiple trials and evidence of overzealous police interview tactics. Johnathan A. Doody sat impassively in Maricopa County Superior Court as a clerk read guilty verdicts in a robbery gone bad nearly a quarter-century ago: nine counts of first-degree murder, nine counts of armed robbery and single counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A Texas man is likely to be released from custody Tuesday, nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned for two murders that he and his supporters say he did not commit. Daniel Villegas' case has galvanized support among hundreds of people in El Paso - including two men who survived the shooting and the foreman of the jury that convicted him - and has drawn national attention to the number of suspects who falsely confess to crimes. Villegas, now 36, has been serving a life prison term since a jury convicted him in 1995 of killing Robert England, 18, and Armando Lazo, 17. An appellate court vacated the conviction in December, and on Monday, District Judge Sam Medrano set a bond hearing for Tuesday.
NEWS
April 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The public execution of 22 people for their roles in the massacres of 1994 has led to a flood of confessions from genocide suspects hoping to avoid the death sentence, justice officials said. The executions in the capital, Kigali, and four provincial towns on Friday were the first public punishment for the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives. "Since . . . these executions, we have registered many applications for confession," a senior official at the prosecutor's office in Kigali
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Three weekends ago, I went to traffic school. Again. It was the real kind, not the online version. There was a teacher, printed forms to fill out, a multiple choice test to take at the end. I needed a pen. I'm on Facebook. I tweet. I text - not, however, while driving, which is a violation of section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code. I buy e-books, although not exclusively. I use opentable.com to make restaurant reservations. I watch the Google Doodles change with the seasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Oh dear. Nigella Lawson, a star of ABC's competitive cooking show, “The Taste,” was forced to admit in a London court Wednesday that she has used cocaine and pot. The confession came during the fraud trial of two sisters who worked in Lawson's household for years. Elisabetta Grillo, 41, and her sister Francesca, 35, are accused of helping themselves to more than $1 million of Lawson's money to live a life of luxury that was patterned, apparently, on that of their oblivious mistress.
WORLD
November 29, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- North Korea said Saturday the 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Palo Alto it detained last month was held because of “hostile acts” against the Communist regime during the war and during his 10-day trip as a tourist. Pyongyang's official news agency also published what it said was a letter of apology from the retiree, Merrill Newman, and added that the North Koreans had accepted his apology -- implying that he might soon be released. The statements said Newman had directed anti-Communist guerrillas during the 1950-53 war and had asked his North Korean guides during his October trip for help getting in touch with any survivors or their families still living in North Korea.
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