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OPINION
September 9, 2010 | By John L. Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani
There is the world of neoconservative columnists such as The Times' Jonah Goldberg, who in an Aug. 24 column asserted that the anti-Muslim backlash is mainly a myth. Then there is the world where the rest of us live. Anyone who is witnessing the debates over the proposal to build an Islamic center in New York City has watched an unraveling of emotions across America. Muslims in America — numbering between 4 million and 7 million — have been chastised for not being sufficiently sorry for the acts of 19 hijackers on that terrible day in September 2001, or sensitive enough to the victims' families.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will select a new police chief at a time when crime is declining and the city is enjoying a prolonged respite from racial strife, sparing him from the political perils that bloodied the three previous mayors facing similiar appointments. Even the potential gift of a controversy-free selection process, however, does little to diminish the pressure on Villaraigosa to name a successor capable of measuring up to William J. Bratton. The outgoing police chief is largely credited with transforming the LAPD into a more effective and accountable agency that has salved decades of animosity with minorities in Los Angeles.
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July 15, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
The number of slayings in Los Angeles in the first half of 2009 is down nearly a third compared with the same period last year, the Los Angeles Police Department reported Tuesday. The homicide figures, 137 between Jan. 1 and June 30 compared with 197 for the same period in 2008, reflect half a decade of declines in violent and property crime that have continued despite double-digit unemployment in Los Angeles. Violent crime, including aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery, fell by nearly 6% in the first half of 2009 compared with the same period last year.
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June 2, 2009 | Richard Winton and Doug Smith
The vast majority of large cities across California saw declines in both violent and property crimes last year -- though there were several communities that bucked the trend. Of the 65 cities with more than 100,000 residents, 45 saw drops in violent crime, while 52 cities had fewer property crimes when factoring in population changes in 2008, a Times analysis of FBI preliminary crime statistics for 2008 shows.
OPINION
May 25, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
The economy is a wreck, and crime is down. Does that mean hard times and lawbreaking aren't linked? Two weeks ago, L.A. crime statistics came out for the misery-filled first 4 1/2 months of 2009, and they were, to me, a weird ray of sunshine. Nationally, crime has been up in some places and down in others. But overall? Dramatically down. And here in Los Angeles, the drop is particularly stunning.
SCIENCE
October 21, 2008 | Denise Gellene and Gellene is a Times staff writer.
After falling for more than a decade, the U.S. suicide rate has climbed steadily since 1999, driven by an alarming increase among middle-age adults, researchers said Monday. A new six-year analysis in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the U.S. suicide rate rose to 11 per 100,000 people in 2005, from 10.5 per 100,000 in 1999, an increase of just under 5%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Even as gang-related homicides have been dropping in the last several years, the proportion of such killings in which race was a factor has increased, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Wednesday. Sheriff's homicide investigators reported that race "played a role" in 16% of the 207 gang-related killings in 2005, rising to 19% of 133 gang slayings last year, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
OPINION
May 31, 2008
A new study on lead pollution and crime indicates that even relatively low exposure can affect a child for life. It also starkly shows that, in the big-picture world of environmental hazards, we live in a very small world indeed, in which all of us suffer collateral damage. The researchers found that regardless of socioeconomic or other factors, children exposed to lead developed smaller brains, particularly in the areas that regulate attention, impulse control and decision-making.
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April 18, 2008 | Eric Bailey
Researchers at UC Davis have concluded that medical marijuana can help blunt nerve pain stemming from a variety of causes. The study of 38 patients experiencing neuropathic pain from diabetes, spinal injury, multiple sclerosis and other conditions found they could reduce pain for up to five hours by smoking marijuana. Psychoactive side-effects were "minimal and well-tolerated," according to the study, published online in the Journal of Pain. But the UC Davis scientists did express caution about potential cognitive effects, because patients sometimes scored lower on tests of memory and problem solving.
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