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December 3, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Several times a week, a group of investors gathers in Norwalk to bid on homes that have been foreclosed. The midmorning auction outside the Los Angeles County Superior Court building is a high-stakes, but usually low-key affair. On Friday, bidders sat in the sun in lawn chairs, and the auctioneer looked relaxed in a pair of baggy sweat pants. But just as the auction was getting started, a commotion erupted from across the lawn. It was a group of protesters, marching with posters and howling an angry chant.
November 19, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The balloons strung around the courthouse may have distracted other kids, but not Hector Arellano. The 11-year-old showed up at the Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court — shoes polished, hair styled and with one of his best tie and sweater vest combos — ready for business. "I'm here to see the judge so I can be adopted," he said smiling, standing just a few feet from his soon-to-be mom and dad, Susan and Clay Nichols, and his new big sister, Jessica. Photos: Adoption Day On Friday the Monterey Park county building that handles case after case of child abuse and neglect transformed into a place of celebration as more than 100 foster children were officially adopted as part of National Adoption Day. The event, held nationwide for 11 years, encourages people to become adoptive parents.
November 8, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
It was a few minutes after 1 p.m. when the moment many had waited hours for finally arrived: The verdict was in, and Conrad Murray was guilty. They cheered, they cried, they embraced strangers like longtime friends. And, then, with perfect timing, a black Volkswagen Beetle cruised by, a Michael Jackson impersonator behind the wheel and "Billie Jean" blaring from the speakers. Candace Juleff was wearing a tank top bedazzled with the silhouette of the pop star, and she pulled her top off when she heard the news, waving it around in front of the TV news cameras, wearing only a sports bra. PHOTOS: The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray "Yes!
November 4, 2011 | By Richard Simon and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles -- A long-sought new federal courthouse for downtown Los Angeles, delayed for years by cost concerns and disputes over its size, could become an early casualty of the congressional drive to reduce the budget deficit. A bill by Rep. Jeff Denham, a Republican from California's Central Valley, would put the vacant courthouse site at 1st and Broadway up for sale for an estimated $25 million. His bill, which has cleared a House committee, has touched off a partisan fight within the state's congressional delegation and push-back from federal jurists.
September 8, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
A bomb blast outside India's Delhi High Court on Wednesday that killed 11 people and wounded more than 65 underscores anew the poor response by Indian security forces to the threat in their midst, analysts said. The explosion, labeled a terrorist attack by the government, was the deadliest to hit the Indian capital since 25 people were killed in a series of market blasts three years ago. It took place in the heart of the city within a few miles of Parliament and various government offices.
August 28, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Culver City architect Steven Ehrlich, 65, recently received the 2011 Maybeck Award for achievement in architecture from the American Institute of Architects California Council. The design principal of the 30-person firm Ehrlich Architects, he is also a visiting professor at USC and his work the subject of the recently published "Steven Ehrlich Houses" (Monacelli Press). Let's talk about multi cultural modernism, which is what you call your design philosophy. I would think it would be more relevant than ever as globalization continues apace.
July 26, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Florists in Norway's capital could scarcely keep pace with the demand Monday as throngs of mourners poured into the streets for a nationwide moment of silence and, later in the day, a massive vigil that drew tens of thousands of people. Long lines snaked past many florist storefronts as Norwegians waited to buy flowers for an expanding memorial site in central Oslo, where a carpet of bouquets, candles, flags and children's drawings has taken over a square outside the Oslo Domkirke cathedral, just blocks from the site of Friday's deadly bomb blast.
July 23, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California judicial leaders, responding to budget slashing by state lawmakers, voted Friday to approve cutbacks that will close some courthouses, reduce court hours, and delay civil trials, custody decisions and divorces in some counties. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, presiding over the meeting of top judicial policy makers, told the packed auditorium that the courts were in an "unprecedented crisis" and warned that no program would be spared scrutiny. The Judicial Council, the court's governing body, which consists primarily of judges and court officials appointed by the chief justice, approved cuts of $350 million from a statewide court budget of $1.5 billion.
July 15, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
For 18 months, the suspect in the shooting death of a teenager in a North Hollywood parking lot evaded police. Even after federal marshals hunted him down in Puerto Rico, Zareh Manjikian managed to bail out and flee again. He hopped a flight out of the island territory by using his older brother's ID and assuming his identity, authorities said. He flew to Philadelphia, then Las Vegas, eluding authorities who seemed to be hot on his trail but always a day or two late. The intercontinental manhunt led by the FBI came to an abrupt and surprising end Thursday when Manjikian, 23, voluntarily showed up at a Van Nuys courthouse, cleaned up and in a pressed shirt, his attorney in tow. He even gave an interview to a TV news reporter before making his way inside the courthouse, where a bailiff cuffed him and took him into custody.
June 7, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Booing and chanting "shame on you," a group of uniform-clad housekeepers jeered Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday as he entered a New York courthouse to plead not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel maid. As the former head of the International Monetary Fund emerged from a black van accompanied by his wife, Anne Sinclair, and two beefy security guards, he encountered the maids, who gave him a thumbs-down sign. The last time Strauss-Kahn was in court, he was granted a $6-million bail-and-bond package after agreeing to remain under house arrest.
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