September 21, 2013 |
BEIJING -- A 16-year-old schoolboy has been arrested under a controversial new Chinese crime of spreading rumors over the Internet. The boy, identified only by his surname, Yang, was detained at his junior high school in northwestern China's Gansu province Tuesday and charged with inciting disputes, as part of a crackdown implemented this month. The teenager's crime involved Internet posts in which he questioned whether police were properly investigating the death of a man who fell from an upper floor of a karaoke club.
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August 19, 2013 |
At 2:45 a.m. on a Sunday earlier this month, residents awoke to screaming. "Wait! Wait! Wait!" Then the gunshots were fired: pop pop pop. Screeching tires trailed off into the distance as 29-year-old Angel Bravo became Pomona's 19th homicide victim in 2013. So far all the victims have died of gunshot wounds. Bravo's killing on a street lined by apartments filled with young families was the latest in a string of shootings that has frightened the neighborhood. "It's been OK, but suddenly now, Pomona's getting hot again," said one resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
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August 7, 2011 |
As a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, Jeremy Henwood deployed to one of the most dangerous regions in Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters use roadside bombs and snipers to kill or maim as many American troops as possible. Dozens of Marines were killed and hundreds were wounded, some grievously, during his tour. But Henwood, 36, returned home in May without a scratch and was proud of his yearlong deployment. He was equally pleased to get back to the San Diego Police Department, which assigned him to patrol in City Heights, an up-and-coming blue-collar neighborhood that, like much of San Diego, is enjoying a sharp decrease in crime.
October 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Chowchilla, Calif. -- A woman who killed, dismembered and cooked her husband was deemed a risk to society and denied parole Wednesday in a lengthy and at times emotional hearing. Omaima Nelson, 43, a former nanny commonly compared to the fictional cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter at the time of the murder in 1991, held that she was a changed woman, eager to live the "good life God meant. " But first came the recounting of Nelson's earlier life: by her account, the victim of almost unimaginable abuse as a child in Egypt.
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November 28, 2012 |
From a prison cell outside California, an inmate known as "Evil" was making himself known on Ventura County's streets. Martin Madrigal, 39, was squeezing drug profits from street gangs for the prison-based Mexican Mafia, according to a grand jury indictment released Tuesday. He was so feared that rival gangs cooperated on extortion schemes, drug deals and violent crimes, according to law enforcement officials. The 35-count indictment portrays Madrigal as a powerful figure representing an efficient and merciless organization that law enforcement officials believe has been operating for decades, largely from behind bars, calling shots among street gangs.
July 8, 2011 |
In telling the story of Deborah Peagler, a battered woman who spent 26 years in prison, filmmaker Yoav Potash has not dug up an obscure case of injustice. Thanks in part to his years-in-the-making documentary, the California inmate's struggles were well documented in the news media, and the legal crusade to overturn her first-degree murder conviction received ardent support. "Crime After Crime" brings nothing particularly cinematic to that story — one of horrendous personal abuse, prosecutorial misconduct and seesawing hope and despair.