June 29, 1997 |
As heists go, this was a piece of surgery. Four robbers came armed with .357 Magnums, a pair of walkie-talkies, two vehicles and a simple plan: A two-man operations team would enter the store as the last customer left, minutes before closing. They would obtain details of the alarm system, order the store owner and his clerk to stick their noses into the carpet, duct-tape their wrists, then radio an all-clear to the command team outside. It went like quartz clockwork.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1997 |
With crime rates in Los Angeles and other cities plummeting, many analysts say at least part of the reason lies with with demographic trends: The population is aging and the ranks of crime-prone juveniles and young adults have been dropping for more than a decade. "Age is a critical concern," said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, who has long argued the connection between age and crime rates.
June 6, 1997 |
Top officials of the Clinton administration announced an initiative Thursday to crack down on crime and drug use in the nation's public housing projects. Addressing several hundred police, prosecutors and public housing residents at the White House, Vice President Al Gore said $250 million would be provided to help residents in 13 target cities combat "the scourge of crime and drugs" in their housing complexes.
June 2, 1997 |
Violent crime in the United States dropped by 7% in 1996, the fifth straight annual decline and the largest on record since the government began keeping track 35 years ago, the FBI said Sunday. The reduction in the number of crimes reported to police across the nation was led by a record 11% drop in the number of murders. The positive direction was evident in an even steeper 16.5% decline in the number of murders reported in Los Angeles.
May 14, 1997 |
They're back: End affirmative action. Punish flag desecration. Halt funding for the arts. Bring back prayer in the schools. Like tulips in springtime, these divisive social issues are popping up all over Capitol Hill. But when the "culture war" resumes in full force in Congress, do not be misled by the angry rhetoric from either side. In fact, many lawmakers are hardly unhappy over the resurgence of such controversies.
May 14, 1997 |
The chief government investigator of the beleaguered FBI crime laboratory sought to assure Congress Tuesday that the facility is "a good lab" that ultimately "will be made far better." Despite his critical findings a month ago, Michael R. Bromwich, the Justice Department's inspector general, told a House subcommittee that numerous reforms he suggested should "help the FBI laboratory move into the next century as an outstanding and world-leading forensic laboratory."
May 11, 1997 |
President Clinton on Saturday harshly denounced the juvenile-crime measure approved by the Republican-controlled House last week, saying the bill "ignores . . . what works" in discouraging young people from committing violence. "The plain evidence of what is working right now to save our children is nowhere apparent in this bill," Clinton said in his weekly radio address.
April 14, 1997 |
The Justice Department reported new evidence Sunday of a continuing decline in violent crime, but the figures showed urban black victims experienced less of a decline than other groups. In its annual survey of violent-crime victims, the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics said the national rate for rape, robbery, assault and other violent crimes fell by an overall 12.4% between 1994 and 1995.
February 7, 1997 |
American youngsters are 12 times more likely to die by gunfire than their counterparts in the rest of the industrialized world, and those deaths are part of an overall surge in murders and suicides among the nation's youth, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Our children are getting killed or killing themselves at higher rates than any other country," said Dr. Etienne Krug, a CDC medical epidemiologist.