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SCIENCE
June 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chinese claiming Confucius for an ancestor can now use a genetic test to prove a direct blood connection to the grandfather of Chinese social mores, a state newspaper said Friday. The test to determine a genetic link with the 5th century BC social philosopher will cost more than $125, according to the Shanghai Morning Post.
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NATIONAL
April 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The government plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement agency, a move intended to prevent violent crime but which also is raising concerns about privacy. Using authority granted by Congress, the government also plans to collect DNA samples from foreigners who are detained, whether they have been charged or not. The DNA would be collected through a cheek swab, Justice Department spokesman Erik Ablin said. Current practice limits DNA collection to convicted felons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2008 | Christopher Goffard
A former sheet-metal worker from Anaheim was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the 1985 rape and murder of an Anaheim woman, the Orange County district attorney's office said. An Orange County jury convicted 52-year-old Lynn Dean Johnson in June of murder with special circumstances in the death of Bridgett Lamon, 19, a restaurant hostess. Prosecutors said Johnson raped her, beat her to death with a hammer and dumped her body in a trash bin in eastern Anaheim. The case remained unsolved, prosecutors said, until improved DNA technology pointed investigators toward Johnson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A convicted burglar has been arrested on suspicion of raping 11 women in a series of attacks near the Long Beach Freeway after an El Monte police detective, acting on a hunch, obtained a sample of the man's DNA. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Friday identified 23-year-old Daniel Sanchez of East Los Angeles as the "710 Freeway Corridor Serial Rapist," whose alleged crime spree spanned more than two years, from Aug. 17, 2001, to last Oct. 30.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Calling it an unconstitutional and "vicious assault" on privacy, civil rights advocates sued in federal court Tuesday to stop the implementation of recently passed Proposition 69, which expands California's DNA database to include samples from people who are arrested on suspicion of committing a felony, but not necessarily convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A Michigan man has been arrested in the 1983 bludgeoning death of a guest at a Laguna Beach motel after investigators matched his DNA with samples found at the scene, authorities said Wednesday. When confronted by Laguna Beach police investigators, James Paul Snider, 48, confessed to killing Ronald Jay Murphy, a 22-year-old oilfield worker from Santa Maria, on Dec. 11, 1983, at a motel on North Coast Highway, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Whether the serial killer known as the Original Night Stalker is still alive, nobody knows. But 30 years after a couple died while housesitting in Goleta, investigators have confirmed through DNA testing what they long suspected: The man who killed them is the same one they believe responsible for a decades-long crime spree that started with dozens of rapes in Northern California and ended with as many as 10 slayings in Santa Barbara, Ventura and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2010 | Andrew Blankstein
An arrest warrant has been issued in the 1983 abduction and slaying of an 8-year-old Watts girl, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday. Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's cold-case homicide unit said prosecutors have filed murder charges against Luis Garcia Villalvazo, a Mexican citizen who is serving time in a Mexican jail for the unrelated killing of another girl. In March 1983, Victoria Denise Brown was walking home from Graham Street Elementary School in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles when a blue van pulled up next to her. The 8-year-old stopped to talk to someone in the van. Moments later, the van peeled away from the curb, and the girl had vanished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2003 | Andy Olsen, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff's detectives have arrested a man in connection with the rape and drowning of an Oxnard woman, whose body was found on a beach south of Mussel Shoals in 2001. Douglas Edward Dworak, 37, of Oak View was being held in Ventura County Jail on suspicion of rape and murder in the death of 18-year-old Crystal Hamilton. Dworak's arrest Tuesday came after a two-year investigation and DNA testing by the sheriff's Major Crimes Unit and deputies in Ojai, said Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court on Monday set aside its October ruling that overturned a requirement that federal inmates and parolees give blood samples for the FBI's forensic database. Without commenting on the merits, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it would reconsider its decision in which a three-judge panel ruled that requiring blood samples from thousands of federal convicts was an illegal invasion of privacy.
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