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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
The air of compelling melancholy that hangs over all of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic policiers is especially inescapable while watching his 1972 "Un Flic. " This was the last film the director finished before dying of a heart attack at age 55, and it has many of the traits that have made him a favorite for fans of crime films in general and the French variety in particular. Melville had a celebrated cameo in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless," playing the literary celebrity interviewed by Jean Seberg who says his ambition is "to become immortal and die," a state his 13 films, including such gems as "Le Samuraï," "Army of Shadows" and "Bob le Flambeur," have enabled him to achieve.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | By Anh Do
Hemet police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old man in what may have been a theft-related crime, authorities said.  Officers arriving at the scene in the 2800 block of Fruitvale Avenue on Saturday evening found the victim sprawled on the ground inside a garage, suffering from a single gunshot wound, said Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart. Authorities rushed to the neighborhood after the Riverside County coroner's office learned of the shooting about 8:15 p.m. Paramedics transported the victim to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.
NATIONAL
June 26, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed suit Tuesday against the city of Flagstaff, accusing municipal leaders of unconstitutionally driving beggars off the streets and criminalizing peaceful panhandling in public places. “Begging is not a crime,” Arizona ACLU Legal Director Dan Pochoda said in a statement. “To appease local business interests, Flagstaff has sacrificed the fundamental rights of individuals and is throwing people in jail for simply for asking for a dollar or two for food.” The complaint challenges a policy adopted by the city six years ago to remove people from downtown areas by jailing them early in the day on suspicion of “loitering to beg.” City officials have used a state statute that makes it a crime to beg in all public spaces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990 | LISA MASCARO and GREG HERNANDEZ
Angry testimony and pointed questions were directed at the police chief Wednesday night as about 350 residents gathered at a church hall to ask him what his department is doing to rid the Anna Drive area of crime. "In recent months, I don't know how many times BBs have been shot at us and how many bottles and used condoms have littered our field," said Alice Christiansen, a teacher at St. Anthony Claret School, where the meeting was held.
OPINION
July 30, 2003
Re "More People in Prison Despite Drop in Crime," July 28: A better headline for this story would be: Imprisoning More Criminals Causes Drop in Crime. Marshall Buck Los Angeles
NEWS
March 17, 1987 | From Reuters
Sex offenses increased by 24% last year as overall crime rose 7% in England and Wales, according to official figures released Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2010 | By Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Serious gang-related crime has tumbled 40% over the last three years in the troubled neighborhoods surrounding the sites of Summer Night Lights, Los Angeles' park program designed to curb violence, newly assembled police data show. This was the third summer that City Hall has run Summer Night Lights, offering recreational activities, mentoring and counseling programs, meals and other services at parks and public housing complexes. Launched in the summer of 2008, Summer Night Lights expanded to 24 sites this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1995
For the second quarter in a row, crime is down in Long Beach from 1994 levels. For the first six months of this year, crime dropped by 8.1%, Mayor Beverly O'Neill announced Tuesday, with the most violent category of crime--including murder, rape, robbery and assault--falling by 11.1%. Incidents of auto theft showed the biggest drop, falling by 27%.
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