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December 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments Thursday against two dozen members and associates of a Pasadena-based gang that worked with the Sinaloa cartel to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexico, officials said. Dubbed Operation Rosebud, the 18-month investigation targeted members of Varrio Pasadena Rifa, a multi-generational gang known to sell drugs in the city with operations in the Antelope Valley and Kern County, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a news conference Thursday.
December 10, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Nineteen alleged members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang, including a high-ranking leader, were arrested Tuesday after a two-year investigation, authorities said. The investigation targeted “leadership, shot-callers and decision-makers” in MS-13 connected to its overseer, the Mexican Mafia, said Timothy Delaney, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles FBI criminal division. Authorities allege Thomas “Big Boy” Rodriguez, 35, of Los Angeles, is one of those top-ranking members; he was arrested Tuesday on federal charges tied to methamphetamine distribution.
November 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
On a day when the president of the International Olympic Committee urged sports officials throughout Europe to join in a crackdown on doping, the IOC offered details about its retesting of 350 samples saved from the 2006 Turin Winter Games. The retests will make use of more sophisticated techniques than were available seven years ago and will focus on athletes and events most at risk for doping, Dr. Richard Budgett, the IOC's medical director, told the Associated Press. IOC President Thomas Bach told a general assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Rome that greater scrutiny was crucial.
October 26, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - An Egyptian judge Saturday threw out a legal complaint against Nobel laureate and prominent former diplomat Mohamed El Baradei, who had been accused of breaching the public trust for quitting as vice president to protest a violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The case had illustrated the extreme sensitivities surrounding any criticism of the army and the country's military-backed government in the wake of the July overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and a subsequent bloody dispersal of his followers.
October 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Saudi authorities warned Wednesday that police will respond to a planned "Day of Female Driving" on Saturday by fully implementing laws against "actions that disturb social peace. " But organizers of the women's defiant road rally said they read the official statement from the Interior Ministry not to be directed at them but at conservative supporters of the ban on women drivers, who have called for their own public protest against the driving event. The statement issued by the Interior Ministry and carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said police "will implement regulations against all violators strictly.
October 21, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
For 90 minutes Monday, City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, accompanied by Los Angeles street services officials and a scrum of TV cameras, informed Hollywood tour bus operators that they can no longer sell tickets from sidewalk kiosks. The mood seemed to be one of disbelief. "I never thought this day would come," said "Melrose" Larry Green, who sells tickets for outside a T-shirt shop on Hollywood Boulevard. "We have to make a living, and this will make it tougher.
October 17, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Santa Monica's City Council has ordered a crackdown on yogis, trainers and other athletically inclined users of the city's parks because some residents believe there are too many of them. ALSO: Wilshire Boulevard is no place for cyclists Redskins: No harm, no foul, Mr. Costas Tea party backlash: Protest signs to cheer you up Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
October 6, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - If you want a full-time teaching job, but you're stuck in a temporary gig without health benefits, Luo Chunlei advises that you buy the school principal a box of mooncakes and follow up with an envelope of dough. Having an operation? Better slip the surgeon some cash. And don't forget the anesthesiologist. "I'm absolutely disgusted by it, but this is how our system works," said Luo, a 32-year-old math teacher turned activist who is campaigning against what he sees as Chinese society's pervasive culture of corruption.
October 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A crackdown on Greece's neo-fascist Golden Dawn party, including the arrest of six lawmakers, has set off a frenzied debate about whether Athens authorities are persecuting political opponents. Condemnation of the racist and nationalist ideology of the party has emanated from human rights advocates for years. Golden Dawn thugs on motorcycles are notorious for sweeping through immigrant neighborhoods to beat dark-skinned people with clubs and smash their market stalls. But it took the slaying of a white Greek rap musician to spur the government to investigate the group and charge its leaders with belonging to a criminal organization.
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