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May 26, 2007 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants the state to track scores of violent gang parolees the way it does sex offenders, monitoring them with ankle devices and maintaining a statewide database that records their movements. On Friday, the governor proposed extending a pilot program -- used to monitor 20 gang members in San Bernardino -- to Los Angeles, Sacramento and Fresno as part of what he called a comprehensive strategy to combat gang violence.
May 17, 2007 | John Fritze, Baltimore Sun
Large swaths of Baltimore could be declared emergency areas subject to heightened police enforcement -- including a lockdown of streets -- under a city councilman's proposal that aims to slow the city's climbing homicide count.
May 3, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's anti-gang plan contains flaws that may jeopardize its ability to keep young people out of trouble, a consultant hired by the city warned Wednesday. The critical comments were made by Connie Rice, director of Advancement Project Los Angeles. The organization, which was paid $593,000 to study the city's gang prevention and intervention programs, found in a recent report that they were ineffective, lacking focus and badly coordinated.
April 25, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo urged the City Council on Tuesday to resist budget cuts that he says would affect gang-prevention programs his office runs in schools. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's budget calls for a 1.5% cut in the city attorney's $96.4-million budget. "Now is not the time to unilaterally disarm in the fight to keep our kids and our campuses safe," Delgadillo wrote. The mayor's press office replied: "The city attorney's argument is completely false and misleading.
April 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuela launched an unmanned zeppelin to patrol Caracas, its capital, seeking to fight crime in one of Latin America's most dangerous cities. "It is a necessity," said vendor Pedro Marin when asked about the 49-foot helium airship, the first of three remote-controlled craft to be deployed, looming over his stall. Some others saw the deployment as a waste of money or an invasion of privacy.
April 19, 2007 | George Skelton
The deadliest weapon being sold in gun shops these days is not the old .44 magnum revolver immortalized by Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry." Definitely not. Nor is it even the 9-millimeter Glock semiautomatic used by the mass murderer at Virginia Tech. The most lethal weapon is a bullet. It's true, guns don't kill people. Bullets do. Deny ammunition to a handgun, and it becomes about as lethal as a tack hammer.
March 24, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
Two months into Los Angeles' much-touted gang crackdown, authorities appears to be making solid strides in South L.A. while struggling in the San Fernando Valley, according to an analysis of crime reports and arrest numbers. The crackdown by the Los Angeles Police Department has resulted in more than 820 arrests, including the jailing of dozens of so-called shot callers or gang leaders, and a reversal of last year's increase in gang violence in much of the city. Citywide, gang crime is down 6.
March 15, 2007 | Adam Schreck, Times Staff Writer
Senior Homeland Security officials told a Senate panel Wednesday that they were having a hard time employing enough interpreters and analysts to counter domestic terrorist threats and that they needed to do more to reach out to American Arabs and Muslims. They also warned that some American Muslims were at risk of becoming radicalized and might try to execute homegrown terrorist attacks of the sort carried out on London subways and buses in 2005.
March 11, 2007 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Responding to a surge in graffiti, L.A. County prosecutors, Caltrans and the CHP are teaming up to target what officials say has become the prime canvas for taggers: freeways. Prosecutors have lowered the amount of monetary damages that must be committed by a tagger to warrant felony charges, saying the change will make it easier to prosecute vandals.
February 10, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
An international summit on transnational gangs wrapped up in Universal City on Friday with an agreement between U.S. and Latin American law enforcement leaders to begin crafting four initiatives, including one to improve intelligence sharing on criminals who move back and forth over borders.
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