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Two and a half weeks ago, Eric Fuller, an Altadena gang member, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for murdering a rival's pregnant girlfriend and her unborn fetus. In the nights that followed, northwest Pasadena and Altadena were rocked by a series of drive-by and walk-up shootings, mostly aimed at gang bangers and police. Three young men died. A man and teen-age girl were injured. Three Pasadena police officers were shot at but none was hurt.
June 25, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security officers opened fire on protesters Friday, leaving as many as 20 dead, as people poured into the streets across the nation in defiance of President Bashar Assad and his promise of limited reform, according to opposition activists. Meanwhile, the European Union slapped fresh sanctions on Syria and its principal regional ally, Iran, which has been accused of collaborating in the crackdown against protesters. Friday's anti-government marches, some tied to Friday prayers, reportedly were some of the largest in the 3-month-old protest movement that has convulsed the strategically situated Arab nation.
October 31, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
Brush passes. Dead drops. Secret electronic messages. All under the watchful eye of the FBI. Documents released Monday, including photos, videos and papers, offered new details about the FBI's decade-long investigation into a ring of Russian sleeper agents who, U.S. officials say, were trying to burrow their way into American society to learn secrets from people in power. The investigation was code-named Operation Ghost Stories because six of the 10 agents had assumed the identities of dead people.
March 4, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
We were just settling in the other evening for some utterly inoffensive television viewing (reruns of "The Big Bang Theory," if memory serves) when our living room was invaded by a zombie. Yes, it was Audrey Hepburn, dead these 21 years, digitally dug up from the grave and  reanimated to shill for Dove chocolates . You may already have seen this commercial, which began running on Oscars night and is now moving into wider rotation. (Check it out at the bottom of this post.)  Dove and the commercial producers are inordinately proud of their achievement.
October 9, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
The stylists at Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica were doing about two Brazilian Blowouts a day after the hair-smoothing product first came on the market six years ago. The $350 that Fred Segal Salon charged per treatment was a small price to pay for women with unruly curls, who raved about the Blowout's miraculous power to tame frizz and straighten waves for months at a time. "It was a great product. That's why it was so popular," said Fred Segal Salon owner Matthew Preece, who ran fans during the four-hour treatments and encouraged his stylists to wear masks to avoid breathing fumes.
July 9, 2006 | Brian Alexander, Brian Alexander is a contributing editor at Glamour and writes for MSNBC, Outside and others. He is the author of "Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion."
I have traveled to the Palm Springs Life Extension Institute in search of Dr. Edmund Chein. Instead I find Tiffany Caranci. Tiffany is 20 years old and looks exactly how you might expect a 20-year-old named Tiffany to look: platform heels, low-slung skirt, hair streaked blond and black. She's brazenly sexy, and so very young. I am a man and not very young.
October 10, 2004 | Ben Dobbin, Associated Press Writer
Fifteen years after Salva Dut fled in terror into the African wilderness, losing all contact with his family, a sketchy communique from a cousin reached him in his home in faraway America. "I've found your father," the e-mail read. The father, Mawien Dut, had shown up seriously ill at a United Nations hospital deep in a Sudanese jungle. His stomach was riddled with parasites, the result of drinking contaminated water.
Night after night, as the late dinner crowd gathered inside Paragary's Bar and Oven, Gary Condit took a seat at a corner table reserved for him and his political rat pack and watched the college girls and secretaries sidle up one by one. It was the late 1980s, and Condit and his "Gang of Five" were rising stars of the state capital, a swaggering band of young Democratic lawmakers so sure of themselves that they were trying to wrest the reins of power from Speaker Willie Brown himself.
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that an evangelical preacher had conned an heiress out of nearly $500,000 and ordered him to repay the money plus $250,000 in punitive damages. Mel Tari, 48, of Dana Point, an evangelist and author of several Christian books, must repay Christine Kline, 41, of Denver for the small fortune she signed over to him. Kline, who had inherited Capital Printing Co.
January 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Medical ethicists are criticizing the unnamed facility that agreed to keep the body of 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator after transferring her from an Oakland hospital, saying it will only delay the inevitable while potentially causing long-term financial and emotional harm to her family. Jahi's case has been widely criticized by medical experts who have emphasized that people who are declared brain-dead are no longer alive. At least three neurologists confirmed Jahi was unable to breathe on her own, had no blood flow to her brain and had no sign of electrical activity three days after she  underwent surgery Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula at Children's Hospital Oakland and went into cardiac arrest, causing extensive hemorrhaging in her brain.
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