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July 23, 2012 | By David Lauter
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?
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
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.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Peering into her microscope at a tiny glass shard, Cal State L.A. graduate student Nancy Kedzierski tried to detect subtle shapes, textures and colors that might reveal its origin. Was it from the windshield of a car, a beer bottle, the window of a house? The answer could be crucial if the glass was evidence in a criminal case; it could help establish how and where a murder was committed. The same could be true for all 40 or so hair strands, food particles, pieces of soil, seeds, pills and other materials - some vacuumed from the teacher's carpet for the class project.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Valerie saw the recent reports about a fatal crash in Southern California involving a wrong-way driver, and she got to thinking about car insurance. Specifically, if a crime is committed as part of an accident, does your insurer still cover things? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions It's a fair question. Auto coverage is predicated on your being a lawful and safe driver -- at least as much as possible. So if you total your car or, God forbid, harm someone while, say, driving drunk or on the wrong side of the road, what are your insurer's obligations?
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