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July 30, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A veteran Los Angeles police officer pleaded no contest to sexually molesting one girl and attempting to molest a second after luring them to his home, authorities said Tuesday. Miguel Angel Schiappapietra Jr., 28, pleaded no contest in a downtown courtroom to two felonies--one count of a lewd act on a child under 14 years of age and one count of an attempted lewd act on a child under 14 years of age. The officer is due back in court Sept. 6  and is expected to be sentenced by Judge Michael Abzug to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.
January 8, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A retired Los Angeles County Fire Department captain pleaded no contest to child sex abuse charges, authorities said Wednesday evening. E dward John Cervantes, 62, of Whittier, was charged with committing a lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said. He entered his plea during an arraignment Wednesday at the Pomona courthouse. Cervantes was arrested Sept. 19 after the victim told authorities she had been repeatedly molested when she was in the fifth and sixth grades.
May 23, 1985
Three Californians are among the 36 pianists representing 18 countries who are performing in the seventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Tex. The contestants--including Thomas Otten, 24, of Daly City, Calif.; Diane Hidy, 26, of Pasadena and Susan Savage, 29, of Los Angeles--drew numbers to determine the order of play. American pianist Ingrid Jacoby, 26, of London, England, drew No. 1.
March 10, 2011
A round-up of entertainment news stories for Thursday. Mel Gibson (remember him?) is expected to plead no contest to domestic violence charges and avoid jail time. ( Los Angeles Times ) Julie Taymor is out of the troubled "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," but the Broadway show will go on. ( Los Angeles Times ) Spider-Man's first comic book appearance sold for $1.1 million -- or about 1/65th of the budget of his new musical ( New York Daily News ) Julianne Moore has landed the plum role of Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change.
March 5, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Got a wine you think loves oysters? The West Coast's premier bivalve/beverage dating service, the 19th annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition is gearing up and they're looking for entries. As it has for the last 18 years, the competition will be held in three cities -- Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle -- with wine professionals and journalists in each city judging the wines for how well they pair with raw oysters. March 22 is the deadline for wine entries and the winners will be announced April 29. It's always an interesting lineup, because it seems usually the best oyster wines are also the most simply made.
December 16, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Psychedelic. Spooky. Hairy. Gorgeous. The winners of the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition have just been announced, and they are awesome. You can see the top 10 winning images in the gallery above. Taking first place is the freaky and fascinating Day-Glo image of the humped bladderwort, a floating carnivorous plant that thrives on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. In the winning image above, you are not looking at the entire plant, but rather its microscopic trap, where it digests its prey.  The humped bladderwort (best name for anything ever)
March 17, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Kanye West received two years' probation and was ordered to take anger management classes Monday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery on a paparazzo last summer at Los Angeles International Airport. The 36-year-old rapper was not in court Monday but entered his plea via attorney Blair Berk. West had pleaded not guilty in November to the misdemeanor charges of criminal battery and attempted grand theft in connection with the July 19 scuffle. The grand theft charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. Each of the counts carried a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jimmy Fallon has learned a valuable lesson in Week Two of his "Tonight Show" run: Never ever challenge Paul Rudd to a lip sync contest unless you're prepared to go all out. On Tuesday night's show, Rudd and Fallon had "Tonight's" first such contest. The rules were simple: two songs were selected. Neither competitor knew what the other picked. And the winner was the person who lip synced the best. As a guest on the show, Rudd had the honor of going first, and his selection was Tina Turner's "You Better Be Good to Me. " Rudd gave an impressive showing, but Fallon would not be outdone.
February 25, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
When California pushed back its presidential primary to June to save money, the declarations came swiftly: The state's 5 million GOP voters would be bystanders to a race that was widely expected to be decided long before then. It was a variation on a complaint made for decades — behemoth California left with no voice while pipsqueak states have all the fun. But now, as the Republican contest to take on President Obama has slogged on far longer than most expected, there is at least an outside chance that California could have a decisive role when voters head to the polls June 5. And the presidential field is starting to notice.
November 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
RUSSIA A vodka-drinking competition in the southern Russian town of Volgodonsk ended in tragedy when the winner died and several runners-up were hospitalized. A prosecutor said the man who organized the contest was charged with manslaughter.
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