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The Lakers should have sensed there would be trouble, what with the never-ending string of Orlando Magic billboards dotting Interstate 4, the litany of pro-Magic banners hanging from too many buildings to count, and the impossibly long Superman cape draped over part of Amway Arena. This definitely wasn't Los Angeles anymore, and these certainly weren't the Lakers who looked so confident in the first two games of the NBA Finals. Orlando ripped through their defense, shooting a Finals-record 62.
April 22, 2009 | Henry Chu
Thousands of people were held against their will. Pleading didn't work, neither did shouts or tears. Penned in for hours, some were forced to urinate in public. Others phoned spouses and bosses in mounting frustration as police ignored their requests to be allowed to leave.
January 18, 2009 | Josh Meyer
As the multitudes arrive for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, the most high-tech security bubble ever created is in place to protect the incoming president from any foreseeable act of God, nature or man. But authorities say they still dread the "X factor" -- intangibles that they cannot control and that could upend their most carefully laid plans by panicking the immense crowd.
April 27, 2008 | Joel Rubin and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
On a warm morning earlier this month, about 600 Los Angeles police officers gathered in the empty parking lot at Dodger Stadium for some high-stakes role playing. Most pretended to be protesters -- standing in for the ones expected to converge on downtown Los Angeles on Thursday as part of May Day immigration rallies planned across the country.
April 6, 2008 | Chris Lee, Chris Lee is a Times staff writer. Contact him at
No one ever faulted veteran concert promoter Paul Tollett for not thinking big. The Goldenvoice president's early concert bookings helped such alterna-rock stars as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt catapult from the underground to the top of the charts. The soft-spoken Ohio native founded indie music's foremost annual event: the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which this month will draw an estimated 180,000 fans.
May 29, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
One day before LAPD Chief William J. Bratton is scheduled to deliver his report on the May Day MacArthur Park melee, the police union Monday offered up its own recommendations for new crowd-control training for officers and commanders.
November 26, 2006 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
I will probably never visit Prague in the Czech Republic. Though I once spent a month in India, I didn't tour the Taj Mahal. And it would take a live sighting of Shakespeare to make me return to Stratford-upon-Avon in England. That's because I don't like crowds, the trash they leave, tour-bus fumes, full parking lots, long lines.
October 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Boston Red Sox fan celebrating her team's victory over the New York Yankees was killed after one of the police officers called in to control the boisterous crowd shot her in the eye with what was designed to be a nonlethal projectile. Fifteen other people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries in Boston's Kenmore Square neighborhood after thousands of baseball fans spilled onto the streets near Fenway Park.
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