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August 7, 2010 | Sandy Banks
There was applause this week when President Obama signed legislation cutting the federal penalties for possession of crack cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 is an overdue correction of a 20-year-old legal distinction that tended to punish blacks more severely than whites by mandating longer prison terms for crack cocaine violations than for those involving powder cocaine. African Americans account for more than 80% of federal crack cocaine convictions; whites and Latinos make up the majority — more than 70% — of those convicted in cases involving powder cocaine.
April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that the Justice Department will announce new clemency criteria aimed at freeing potentially thousands of prisoners convicted of using crack cocaine. To prepare for the expected flood of petitions, the Justice Department is planning to assign dozens of new lawyers to its small pardon attorney's office, Holder said. Holder made the announcement in his weekly video message , a relatively new feature apparently designed to get the attorney general additional news exposure.
April 12, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Rick Santorum may be out of the GOP presidential race, but Democratic strategist and talking-head Hilary Rosen has given him a consolation prize. Rosen's now-notorious crack that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life" offers seeming vindication for Santorum's argument that liberals and feminists are engaged in a misogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect. The quote is from Santorum's book, "It Takes a Family," in which he also assails parents (read women)
April 20, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
For almost a month, Kansas Citians lived through what amounted to a horror movie without an ending. According to the narrative described in court documents, it would take cutting-edge and occasionally controversial law enforcement technology, including license-plate readers, to put an end to the horror show. The story of this very 21st century hunt began playing out on the tangle of freeways just south of Kansas City, Mo., where, starting in March, one driver after another reported being shot at by a mystery gunman - nobody they knew, for reasons nobody could fathom.
April 14, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
If you see Kevin Prince crack a smile on the field for no apparent reason, you might have a pretty good idea which teammate is behind it. He's Joseph Fauria, UCLA's 6-foot-7 tight end and resident good humor man. "He's always trying to make somebody laugh," Prince said of the sophomore transfer from Notre Dame. "We've got inside jokes going back to high school." The former Encino Crespi High teammates also have a history of big plays dating to their freshman year in the San Fernando Valley, when Prince would lob passes into the end zone and his towering teammate would grab them over considerably smaller defensive backs.
June 18, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The words “North Carolina State” have to make a UCLA fan cringe. The Bruins met the Wolfpack in the 1974 Final Four. John Wooden had seven consecutive NCAA championships. He didn't win an eighth straight. It could work out better today. The Bruins won't have to face David Thompson today. They will be dealing with pitcher Logan Jernigan in the College World Series at 5 p.m. PDT. Coach Elliott Avent hemmed and hawed before naming a starter. The Wolfpacks' rotation thins out considerably after Carlos Rodon, who threw eight shutout innings against North Carolina Sunday.
November 22, 1992
Only two months ago I walked out of Sherman Oaks Fashion Square into the parking lot to witness a young woman getting her face slapped. It was evident by the clothes, car, etc., that neither she nor the two guys she was with belonged in this area. What were they doing there? Who knows, but I doubt they were shopping. Now I read that a man was held up at gunpoint in that very same parking lot for the purpose of stealing his car. "Teen-Age Gunman Hijacks, Crashes Car" (Times Valley Edition, Nov. 13)
March 19, 2000 | Renee Vogel
With airlines cracking down on the size of carry-ons, more passengers are checking their bags. And the rough treatment that luggage receives from baggage handlers and airport carousels has hard-sided suitcases making a comeback. Atlantic's new Hardside Travel Vault is state of the art. It's made of the same scratch-resistant, all-weather material used on the bottoms of downhill skis. Durable in-line skate wheels make it easy to maneuver.
August 16, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
We knew the courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung would be epic, but who could have guessed it would be so entertaining? On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wondered aloud if one of Apple's lawyers was smoking crack. The judge was not concerned about his health, but rather frustrated over Apple's submission of a 75-page briefing that outlined more than 20 additional witnesses Apple planned to call in the four hours it had left before the jury.  "I mean come on. Seventy-five pages!
April 1, 2013
A series of cracks are veining through the historic Watts Towers, a recurring problem that's forcing engineers to rethink how they repair the sculpture. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the towers and the problems facing it with Times reporter Angel Jennings. The towers have been deteriorating for years, prompting quick patch jobs that did little long-term good. A worker with binoculars would spot a crack, panic and rush to seal it over with cement and other materials. But the cracks always came back.
April 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman has announced plans to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley last week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
April 18, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake shook a wide area of Mexico on Friday, terrifying residents and sending many fleeing into the streets. There were no initial reports of serious injuries or major damage in the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred about 9:30 a.m., had a preliminary magnitude of 7.2, which would make it one of the stronger temblors registered in Mexico City in several years. It was 14 miles deep and was felt in nine of Mexico's 31 states, in addition to the capital, according to the agency, with the epicenter in the coastal state of Guerrero about 200 miles southwest of the capital.
April 8, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- Ukrainian riot police on Tuesday cleared a regional administration building and public square in the eastern city of Kharkiv of hundreds of pro-Russia protesters, detaining scores in the process, officials said. “Seventy criminals were taken into custody during the operation,” Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, told the parliament in televised remarks Tuesday morning. In response, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a stern warning against the use of force on pro-Russia protesters in eastern Ukraine and alleged the direct involvement of private U.S. military experts.
April 7, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A concrete support for a Metro Gold Line bridge that spans the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles has "visible cracks" and will be repaired, transportation officials told The Times on Monday. The damage is cosmetic and does not put Gold Line passengers at risk, said Bryan Pennington, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's executive director of engineering and construction. He added that drivers on the 101 Freeway and any nearby pedestrians do not need to worry about falling debris.
April 1, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before thinking of a good April Fools' Day joke. The Skinny: I don't want to hear any spoilers about the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother. " Although I haven't watched the show in maybe five years I've decided to catch up, so be considerate! Today's roundup includes some tough new FCC rules for local broadcasters. Also, the spec-script market heats up and "How I Met Your Mother" says goodbye. Daily Dose: Viacom, owner of cable channels MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is still negotiating a new deal with National Cable Television Cooperative, which represents small cable operators.
March 31, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission approved new rules Monday that will greatly reduce and potentially bring to an end the popular practice of business partnerships between competing local television stations. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said such partnerships have been abused by many broadcasters who have used so-called joint sales agreements to get around the regulatory agency's rules limiting the number of television stations a broadcaster can own. The new guidelines are seen as a blow to several big broadcasters including Sinclair Broadcast Group and Nexstar Broadcasting, two of the nation's largest owners of local television stations.
October 9, 2009 | John Hoeffel
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Thursday he will prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries for over-the-counter sales, targeting a practice that has become commonplace under an initiative approved by California voters more than a decade ago. "The vast, vast, vast majority, about 100%, of dispensaries in Los Angeles County and the city are operating illegally, they are dealing marijuana illegally, according to our theory," he...
September 25, 1986 | Associated Press
Supplies of the potent cocaine derivative crack are plentiful in a dozen major U.S. cities, but use of the drug is not as widespread as is generally believed, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday. In a study based on reports from its offices around the country, the drug agency said crack is "readily available" in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New York, Newark, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis.
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
An Iranian man parks his car in a guest spot behind his apartment. He heads inside the building and comes back out about an hour later to walk the dog. Across the street, parked in a rental car, private investigator Sam Nassrouie tucks away his surveillance gear - a camera pen and a hidden tape recorder that looks like an MP3 player - and retrieves his cellphone. "Your husband doesn't seem to be cheating on you," Nassrouie reassures his client, an Iranian woman, over the phone.
March 28, 2014 | By David Zucchino
MONCURE, N.C. -- Regulators in North Carolina cited Duke Energy on Friday for a crack in an earthen dam holding back coal ash slurry at a retired coal-burning plant, where the utility was cited March 20 for illegally dumping coal ash waste into the Cape Fear River. The "notice of deficiency" is the latest allegation against Duke Energy, which was responsible for a massive coal ash spill Feb. 2 that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated with coal ash sludge in North Carolina and Virginia -- the third-largest such spill in U.S. history.
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