April 13, 2012
'Scenes of a Crime' No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Music Hall, Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 |
The robbers allegedly broke into a car, took what they wanted and drove away. So they very well might have gotten away with the crime -- had it not been for pesky pocket dialing. Fresno residents Carson Rinehart and Nathan Teklemariam, both 20 years old, were talking about their plan as they prepared to rob a vehicle on May 9, Fresno police officials said. About 11:30 p.m., a 911 dispatcher got a call from a cellphone, and after listening for about a minute, realized that the people on the other end planned to commit a crime, Fresno police Sgt. Jaime Rios said.
July 23, 2012 |
As the political debate over gun control heats up in the aftermath of the mass killing in Aurora, Colo. , here are three important trends to keep in mind: Criminal violence in America has dropped to levels not seen in more than a generation, the percentage of Americans owning guns is down and public support for gun control measures has plummeted as well. Do fewer Americans own guns now because crime has dropped so much? Or has crime dropped in part because fewer Americans own guns?
April 12, 2012 |
If you watch "Scenes of a Crime" - and you very much should - be prepared to be outraged. A cool documentary that makes the blood boil, it examines how people can be psychologically manipulated into confessing. Not only to crimes they may not have committed but, even worse, to crimes that may never have happened. Hard to sit through but even harder to turn away from, "Scenes" won the grand jury award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The movie manages, through intense focus on one particular case, to make points that resonate throughout our entire criminal justice system.
August 7, 2012
Re "7 shot dead at Sikh temple," Aug. 6 The question seems to be if the latest massacre in Wisconsin was a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism. It was both. Does giving it some kind of label, grouping identification or classification really change the tragic outcome? When some maniac sets out to kill someone, you can't call it anything but hate. It's time to break this epidemic of violence. Yet it continues as we all just watch without trying to stop it. Complacency is the enemy in this war. Frances Terrell Lippman Sherman Oaks The Times' Aug. 6 front page tells it all. Next to this article is the headline hailing the latest Mars landing.
August 8, 2012 |
“I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.” --John Peel I have skills. Navigating around Siberia is evidently not one of them. Today we drove from the eastern Kazakhstani city of Karaganda to somewhere in Siberia. I say somewhere because I currently have no idea where we are. And this, my friends, is entirely my fault. During our long trip from Britain, Steve has been the designated navigator. There is very good reason for this. He trained to be a scientist (now he is a cameraman)
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March 10, 2014 |
A 19-year-old charged with fatally shooting his parents and critically injuring his 8-year-old brother while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano home had long planned to “kill the people that loved him the most,” an Orange County prosecutor said Monday. Dressed in a jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Ashton Sachs appeared in court briefly Monday, and told the judge he could not afford to hire an attorney. A public defender was appointed and his arraignment was postponed to April 4. Sachs is accused of entering his family home on Feb. 9 and shooting his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, and then shooting his 8-year-old brother, who survived but is now paralyzed.
August 25, 2012 |
SALT LAKE CITY - By his own admission, Dave Montgomery was a functioning drunk who hated himself. Not that many years ago he might guzzle 30 Rolling Rocks to mask the memory of a hit-and-run life that included two divorces and a precious daughter who died in childbirth. After he quit boozing, his very existence bored him. Then one night in 2006 the suburban tattoo artist typed into a computer search the words he now says have made all the difference: "real-life superheroes. " Since then, he's joined a world of masked crusaders, morphing from flawed human to a fantastic creation straight out of his imagination.
September 21, 2013 |
BEIJING -- A 16-year-old schoolboy has been arrested under a controversial new Chinese crime of spreading rumors over the Internet. The boy, identified only by his surname, Yang, was detained at his junior high school in northwestern China's Gansu province Tuesday and charged with inciting disputes, as part of a crackdown implemented this month. The teenager's crime involved Internet posts in which he questioned whether police were properly investigating the death of a man who fell from an upper floor of a karaoke club.