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December 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A crackdown on jaywalking has stirred up a fierce debate over when you can and cannot cross the street in Los Angeles. A Downtown News story last week reported that Los Angeles police officers have been ticketing jaywalkers in the city's historic core and the financial district. Penalties range from a hefty $190 to an even heftier $250. "We're heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they're impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths," Lt. Lydia Leos told the newspaper.
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BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Chinese government crackdown on “lewd and pornographic” content has ensnared Internet giant Sina.com, with authorities saying Thursday that inappropriate articles and videos were found on the portal and that the company would be stripped of its online publication and video licenses. The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said tips from the public led to the discovery of 20 articles and four videos on the site that violated regulations. "Some of these articles were as long as 500-plus chapters and clocked millions of clicks ... imperiling social morals and seriously harming minors' physical and mental health," the statement said.
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SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- For the Olympic Summer of Love, the IOC insists on an official form of protection. Kidding aside, you know the Games are creeping to an end when these stories start to pop up in the second week. News gets a little slower, a little sillier. For instance, there was a TV crew doing a piece on the chair massage station in the Main Press Center. But back to the controversy. The Guardian newspaper detailed the story of unofficial condoms ending up in the Olympic Village.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Ukrainian police sympathetic to pro-Russia separatists occupying government buildings helped thwart a threatened crackdown Monday, undermining the government's credibility and encouraging the gunmen to grab more facilities. Ukraine's Interior Ministry said in a statement that it planned to replace 12,000 officers in the besieged east, blaming disloyal police for the failure of what it termed an anti-terrorism operation. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had issued an ultimatum Sunday to gunmen holding government facilities in Donetsk, Luhansk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other cities, telling them to lay down their arms by early Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1999
Re "Police Write 330 Tickets in Street-Race Crackdown," June 10. It's about time the crackdown occurred. Both juveniles and adults attend the street races and show a blatant disregard for public and personal safety when they conduct the races. One young man quoted in The Times made one comment that proves he does not recognize the danger in street racing, [saying that] there was little harm in it. I can recall numerous accounts in which someone was seriously injured at the street races due to a traffic accident.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - The federal government has filed charges against a California hedge-fund analyst and a former tech executive in its continuing crackdown on insider trading on Wall Street. Federal prosecutors accused Matthew Teeple, 41, of San Clemente, with passing along illicit information he allegedly received from David Riley, a former chief information officer at Foundry Networks Inc. Riley, 47, lives in San Jose. Teeple, an analyst for a firm that provided information to a San Francisco-based hedge fund, allegedly passed along the illicit information in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2010 | By Scott Kraft, Los Angeles Times
The grass in Pocket Park is trimmed and fragrant, the jungle gym and swings freshly painted. It's the kind of place where parents exhausted after a day in the lettuce fields can let their children run free. But when dusk settled on that urban sanctuary one evening in March, the only people around were a few tattooed gang members wearing the signature blue of the Sureños . A car full of young men wearing the red colors of the rival Norteños drove past on East Laurel Drive, and a passenger fired a single shot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Actress Halle Berry is coming back to Sacramento on Tuesday morning, and she's bringing some additional Hollywood firepower with her. Joined by actress Jennifer Garner, the Academy Award winner is expected to make another appearance before a legislative committee, testifying in favor of proposed legislation that would limit the paparazzi 's ability to photograph the children of celebrities. The bill, Senate Bill 606 by Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles), would change the legal definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 150 people were arrested and 25 weapons were seized in a three-week operation against gang violence in Pomona, authorities said Tuesday. The weapons confiscated during "Operation Triple Beam" included assault rifles and handguns, the Pomona Police Department said. Officers working with the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested 165 people, some of them wanted on warrants for violent felonies, according to police. The crackdown focused on several locations in the city about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Paul Richter
MOSCOW - Vowing that the Russian takeover of Crimea would not be repeated elsewhere in the east of his country, Ukraine's interim president gave separatists until Monday to lay down their arms and surrender government buildings they have seized or face a crackdown by military forces. Those separatists who don't fire on security forces and who surrender their weapons will not be prosecuted, President Oleksandr Turchynov said Sunday. "The Council of National Security and Defense has decided to carry out a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with the use of armed forces of Ukraine," Turchynov said in a televised address Sunday afternoon.
OPINION
April 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nine months after Egypt's armed forces overthrew the country's democratically elected president, the leader of that coup has announced that he will seek the presidency in elections next month. But even if army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi receives an overwhelming mandate from voters, he won't be able to restore prosperity and stability to the country if the government continues to repress and imprison political opponents. The United States should use its limited but real influence with Egypt to press Sisi to abandon his siege mentality and open a dialogue with opposition groups.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The addition of airline bag fees several years ago created another travel annoyance: people who cram all of their travel necessities into carry-on bags to avoid the fees. United Airlines recently began a crackdown on those passengers. And it seems that many fliers agree with United. Nearly half of recent fliers who were questioned said they support United's crackdown, according to an online survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by the London-based research company YouGov.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
United Airlines, the nation's third largest carrier, has begun a crackdown on passengers who drag oversized bags into the cabin. And the airline is doing this to win points with passengers. After all, the Chicago-based carrier was recently ranked 8th among the nation's top ten carriers in a survey of about 24,000 people in the U.S. The survey by Satmetrix, a cloud-based software company, named  Southwest Airlines as the top-rated carrier. The crackdown on oversized bags is an effort to address what United says is one of the biggest gripes among its passengers: The overhead bins are so overstuffed with carry-on bags that the boarding process is often bogged down as fliers try to find space for their luggage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson and Richard Winton
For four years, thousands of cyclists have come to Los Angeles for the biggest underground bicycle race in the country, a 4 a.m. sprint along the empty L.A. Marathon route that turns darkened streets into a rushing whir of gears and blinking lights. This year, however, the city has clamped down. Officials threatened to fine or arrest the organizer, Don Ward, if he holds the ride. Ward announced Tuesday night he was canceling the event, telling riders on Facebook that the city informed him he did not have proper permits.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
The civil unrest that has gripped Venezuela this month has swept up one of the country's key cultural figures -- Gustavo Dudamel, the renowned conductor and music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There have been calls in recent days for Dudamel to speak out against Venezuela's hard-line President Nicolas Maduro for cracking down on political dissenters who have taken to the streets in protest of the country's worsening economic and social conditions.
WORLD
February 20, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Police have made nearly 200 arrests and seized millions of dollars worth of timber in an international crackdown on illegal logging in the Americas, Interpol announced this week. The vast operation took place from September through November in a dozen countries across Central and South America, including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Venezuela, the international organization said Tuesday. It billed “Operation Lead” as its first international action against illegal logging, which is believed to net $30 billion to $100 billion annually.
WORLD
March 22, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
Protesters marched in the southern Syrian city of Dara on Tuesday, pressing their demands for political freedoms for a fifth day despite a security crackdown. Some witnesses said the protesters numbered in the hundreds; others said thousands took part. But it was clear that the country's burgeoning protest movement of the last week was the largest of President Bashar Assad's 11-year-rule. Tuesday's demonstration once again stopped short of calling for Assad's ouster, pushing instead for the release of jailed political dissidents and an end to the secret police organization, which is headed in Dara by the president's cousin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
WORLD
February 24, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovich on Monday and warned the international community that the country needs $35 billion in aid to avert default. Yanukovich slipped out of Kiev on Friday after signing a European Union-brokered agreement that ended bloody confrontation between police and opposition demonstrators by calling for an interim, multiparty government and early elections to replace the effectively deposed head of state.
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