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July 18, 2007 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County is expected to get about 10% less in federal antiterrorism grants than it did last year when the Department of Homeland Security announces funding today for the metropolitan areas most at risk for an attack. Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michael Downing said Tuesday that the county -- home of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, the biggest port complex in the nation and a potential target -- will get $72.6 million in 2007, compared with $80.6 million in 2006.
July 18, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
U.S. and Iraqi officials Tuesday announced a ban on truck traffic into Kirkuk and proposed digging a trench around the northern city, where a series of bombs killed at least 76 people a day earlier. The idea of encircling the city with a trench underscored fears that the violence in Baghdad and neighboring Diyala province will overtake the once-peaceful north as increased U.S. troop levels drive insurgents from the capital.
June 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Justice Department said Friday that San Bernardino is one of the cities where teams of federal agents are being dispatched to combat violent crime. The others are Mesa, Ariz.; Orlando, Fla.; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The announcement comes as the FBI prepares to release new numbers next week showing that violent crime continues to rise nationally.
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.
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