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March 23, 1986 | JON MATSUMOTO
"SONGS FROM THE FILM," Tommy Keene. Geffen. Keene's rock-anchored folk-pop basically falls into the Marshall Crenshaw category, and the Baltimore-bred singer has conjured up a handful of attractive, heart-on-your-sleeve tunes on his debut LP. With its jangly guitars and spruced-up drum and bass sound, the yearning "Places That Are Gone" is one of the better entries from the current glut of small-town boy nostalgia pieces.
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November 1, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The two candidates vying to head the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation as Los Angeles County's next district attorney are in many ways a study in opposites. Alan Jackson, 47, assistant head of the district attorney's major crimes unit, is a white, male Republican and a Texas-raised Air Force veteran who once dreamed of being a fighter pilot. He has a penchant for sports cars and a flair for the limelight. Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, 55, is a Democrat and would be the first woman and first African American to hold the office.
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May 29, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of business and community groups is launching a campaign to attract business and investment to the Crenshaw district, starting with a report that showcases Crenshaw as an area that is underserved by retailers and other businesses compared to the average income and education levels of its residents.
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October 23, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Earl Prince Sr. sees beauty in bars and bolts, and works at welding to keep himself young. The 88-year-old Crenshaw district resident has been crafting wrought-iron window bars, security doors, fences and gates for almost three decades — providing protection for his neighbors while trying not to uglify their homes. "It's a passion," said Prince, a strapping, jovial man with a face nearly free of wrinkles. "When I finish a job and it looks good, I really get a charge out of it. " And he has become a neighborhood celeb of sorts, and he doesn't want to quit.
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October 20, 1994
A teen-age boy was shot to death after an argument broke out during a pickup basketball game at the Rancho Cienega Sports Center in the Crenshaw district Wednesday afternoon, police said. The youth, who was not identified, was shot three times in the torso and once in the leg, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Paramedics rushed the victim to the UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No suspects had been arrested.
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May 30, 1992
A group of community and business leaders from the Crenshaw area have announced plans to form a "Rebuild Crenshaw" committee, which they said could work in conjunction with the Rebuild L.A. task force headed by Peter Ueberroth. "One of the deep frustrations that sparked the riots was the lack of community control over its economic destiny," said Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, whose staff will work with the committee.
NEWS
September 28, 1986
At least two people were killed and two others were seriously wounded Saturday night in a shooting in the Crenshaw District, police said. One person was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 2600 block of south Longwood Avenue, authorities said. Paramedics transported three other shooting victims to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center about 8:35 p.m., said Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells.
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October 3, 1992 | DON SNOWDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I personally feel this was our Soweto," said filmmaker Ben Caldwell of the uprising after the verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating. "I call it a revolution because it's of the mind and spirit and it's lifted the kind of 20th-Century apartheid off the American black people. They called the Soweto uprising a riot, too, and I think that this really was that type of a change."
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June 20, 1996 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The smoky smell of a barbecue wafted through the air Wednesday in Leimert Park in the Crenshaw district, signaling to the community the start of the Juneteenth celebration. "It's emancipation day!" said Emmett Cash III, the coordinator of a giant picnic that attracted thousands of community residents. "June 19 is a very special day." Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas belatedly received the news that the North had won the Civil War, giving them their freedom.
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July 1, 1995 | ERIN AUBRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers turned their trademark cartwheels, the Batmobile made a guest appearance and two of the city's most prominent ministers bestowed abundant blessings on the newly opened Magic Theatres at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Friday. But the hero's welcome was saved for Earvin (Magic) Johnson, the basketball-star-turned-entrepreneur who was on hand to officially open the doors of his 12-screen movie complex.
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July 22, 2011 | Hector Tobar
Dressed smartly in an Oxford shirt and jeans, a PowerPoint presentation on the screen behind him, Damien Goodmon was standing with two feet firmly in South L.A. But he was asking his audience to think, for a moment, as if they were somewhere else. "Let's be honest," he said to a group of about 50 activists and neighborhood residents gathered in a Crenshaw Boulevard meeting room. "What we're doing here is kind of foreign to South L.A. " Goodmon and his Crenshaw Subway Coalition are in a fight with the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over exactly how the new Crenshaw light-rail line will proceed through South L.A. on its way to Los Angeles International Airport.
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October 16, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles won a major federal loan Friday that will speed construction ? perhaps by as much as 10 years ? of a light-rail transit line from the Crenshaw district to a station near Los Angeles International Airport. Work is expected to begin late next year and finish no later than 2018, about a decade ahead of schedule, said Art Leahy, chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The $546-million loan is the first federal commitment to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's so-called 30/10 initiative, which seeks to speed completion of a dozen transit projects proposed by the MTA, including the Westside subway extension.
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September 2, 2009 | Gerrick D. Kennedy
Crenshaw Boulevard has long been known as main street for southwest Los Angeles, home to religious institutions and block after block of shops, including the landmark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall. The car has always been king on Crenshaw -- so much so that police over the years have cracked down on weekend cruising that many consider a rite of passage. But now, city officials want to make Crenshaw more pedestrian friendly as well, and in the process draw more customers to the boulevard.
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October 8, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Marlton Square, a long-troubled cornerstone redevelopment project for the Crenshaw area, has suffered another setback after a partner ended its agreement to build a new shopping center on the property, city officials have acknowledged.
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April 19, 2005 | Noam N. Levey and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Returning to the cradle of his political career, Mayor James K. Hahn went to the Crenshaw district on Monday to reemphasize his crime-fighting record and fight for his job in his last major public address before the May 17 mayoral election. "Four years ago, I said, 'Let's get to work,' " Hahn said, using his annual State of the City address to lay out the city's progress since he issued that challenge in 2001. "Our work has paid off. We're revolutionizing this city."
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March 13, 2005 | Carla Hall and Jason Felch, Times Staff Writers
It was opening weekend of the campaign for the mayoral runoff, and both Mayor James K. Hahn and opponent Antonio Villaraigosa descended on the Crenshaw business district Saturday, courting African American voters who may be key to their fates at the polls in 10 weeks. At the noon hour, Los Angeles City Councilman Villaraigosa chatted with barbers and their customers, played some pool and wrestled up a chili turkey dog.
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April 16, 1992 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Karen Grisgby Bates is a Los Angeles writer and frequent contributor to The Times. and
A stranger could be forgiven if, when he drove past the newly opened Lucky grocery store in the Crenshaw district last week, he thought people were lined up for something bigger than groceries. Groceries ordinarily do not make you stand for up to an hour to buy them nor wait to be admitted through the doors in small groups. (It was if you were going to view treasures of ancient Egypt instead of flank steak.
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December 19, 1992 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 85-year-old man was killed and two people were injured in a fire that broke out in a high-rise retirement home in the Crenshaw district. The fire at the Good Shepherd Manor, 4411 South 11th Ave., started about 10:05 p.m. Thursday in a third-floor unit and spread to the fourth floor of the 12-story building, forcing scores of tenants to flee to the roof for safety, fire officials said.
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March 20, 2004
An explosion in an underground vault Friday knocked out power to about 23,000 homes and businesses in the Crenshaw district. The blast occurred shortly after 8 a.m. in the 3700 block of Crenshaw Boulevard, the Department of Water and Power said. No one was injured, but two circuits were affected. The cause of the failure wasn't known. By 9:15 a.m., electrical service had been restored to about 10,000 customers. At 9 p.m.
MAGAZINE
February 29, 2004 | MARK EHRMAN
When Tavis Smiley's Los Angeles-based PBS talk show debuted in January, public television had never broadcast a national talk show from these shores. Of course, his NPR radio program (still running on KPCC-FM) was also a West Coast public broadcasting first.
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