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TRAVEL
June 18, 1989
Having been to Rio five times in the last three years, I found the Rio de Janeiro crime article ("Flurry of Crimes Has Many Tourists Calling Rio Anything but Marvelous," June 4) interesting. While all sources quoted offer valid explanations, I offer my own opinion. The fact is that crime against tourists of all countries, as well as crimes against fellow Brazilians, will continue as long as the economy is poor and the government does not take measures to protect tourists in the areas of Copacabana and Ipanema.
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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?
WORLD
September 21, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Rather than concentrate on the execution of the crime, this week's DVDs focus on what comes afterward: first the trial, then, for the unlucky, time behind bars. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, 1959's “Anatomy of a Murder” is one of the great American courtroom dramas. Directed by Otto Preminger, it features Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer defending Ben Gazzara against a murder charge brought by George C. Scott's hard-driving prosecutor. Archetypes don't get more archetypal than this, with a great Duke Ellington score thrown in for good measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
With the first quarter of 2013 in the books, crime in Los Angeles has so far continued its decade-long decline, according to statistics released Friday. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the early but notable improvement at a press conference that served as a swan song for the mayor, who will leave office this summer after being termed out. Throughout what is widely considered an otherwise uneven eight years in office, the steady drop in crime is a triumph that Villaraigosa has repeatedly touted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather
With two-thirds of 2013 in the books and statistics continuing to fall, Los Angeles is on track to see its 11th consecutive year of declining crime , Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday. Beck told reporters that, given the numbers, he was "fairly confident" the city would see another year of decreasing crime. But the chief said officials were keeping their eye on another milestone. If the numbers hold, Beck said, the city could end the year with under 100,000 "Part 1" crimes -- which include murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary and theft -- for the first time since the early 1950s.
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