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August 25, 1997 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Asserting that domestic violence is "seriously underreported," the Justice Department released a study Sunday that found that a quarter of a million people were treated for injuries inflicted by an intimate partner in 1994--four times more than previously estimated.
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July 20, 1997 | MARLENE CIMONS and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton announced Saturday that 10 cities, including Los Angeles, will be added to a computer system that helps authorities pursue illegal gun traffickers by tracing guns sold to juveniles. Clinton said the program, which currently involves 17 cities, including Salinas and Inglewood, has tracked 37,000 guns used in crimes and that many of them were linked to gun-selling rings and dishonest gun dealers.
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June 29, 1997 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 6, 1997 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 2, 1997 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 14, 1997 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 14, 1997 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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May 11, 1997 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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