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WORLD
April 11, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
When the government came for his land, Doan Van Vuon fought back --  first with the law, then with a shotgun. The fish farmer used rifles and explosives to battle police and soldiers seizing his converted swampland, injuring several officers in the clash. His resistance made him a hero to dispossessed peasants fed up with losing property in Vietnam, where the government can confiscate farms and give little in return. Street protests erupted in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City over his case.
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BUSINESS
March 8, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: When I moved into my apartment building about two years ago, I had a job as a physical therapy assistant. About three months ago, however, I had a bad bicycle accident, and now I can't work. Currently, my main source of income is disability insurance from my employer and state disability benefits. When the apartment manager saw me around the apartment complex during the day, she asked me whether I was still working. I explained to her that I was on disability. She seemed concerned about this and about a week later served me with a 60-day notice terminating my tenancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Low-income tenants fighting eviction will be disproportionately harmed by a Los Angeles County Superior Court plan to cut costs by reducing the number of courts handling landlord disputes, legal advocates for the poor say. The number of courthouses hearing such cases will be reduced from 26 to five throughout the county under a plan expected to be implemented by the end of June. Some people will have to travel up to 32 miles to litigate their cases, court officials said. For some, the trips could take several hours using public transportation and include transfers on multiple trains and buses, said Neal Dudovitz, executive director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.
WORLD
January 12, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian activists were evicted Sunday from a tent village they had set up Friday on a large plot of land east of Jerusalem that Israel has designated as the site of a new settlement. Israeli police raided the site known as E-1 after the Israeli government told the Supreme Court that evacuating the activists was a top national security matter. The court Friday had delayed eviction proceedings, giving the government six days to explain why it would want to remove the protesters.
WORLD
December 29, 2012 | By John Hannon, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - The men who barged through Shen Jianzhong's door probably thought it was a routine assignment: Break in and beat Shen's family into submission. Forced evictions to make way for real estate development are an everyday occurrence in China, and the family may have seemed no different from any in that situation. It was only after they forced open the door, threw Shen's wife to the ground and began to beat her that they learned the 38-year-old Shen and his 18-year-old son are kung fu masters.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
The pace of foreclosures in California is the lowest in five years, and lenders are doing more to modify troubled home loans than ever before. But in South Gate, where Ana Casas Wilson lives with her husband, James, and her mother, Rebecca, the complex legacy of the subprime lending boom lingers and the harsh lessons for lenders and borrowers remain fresh. Casas Wilson, 50, now nearly bedridden with terminal breast cancer and cerebral palsy, has lived in the 86-year-old house for 40 years, but the Wilsons haven't made a mortgage payment since July 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun and Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Awakened by the sound of gunshots, Fanny Paiz opened her window and looked across the dark Inglewood street to a nightmare scene of bloodied neighbors and a house in flames. "I heard a man yelling," Paiz said. "Then I saw a lady run out into the street with a child in her arms. She was bleeding. She was standing in the middle of the street with the child, whose face was covered in blood. She fell down, screaming, 'He's shooting me. He's shooting me.' " Three other shooting victims were in the house, all members of the same family who police say were attacked before dawn Saturday by a rampaging neighbor who was being evicted.
WORLD
October 12, 2012 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Forced evictions of poor and working-class people from their homes and property are accelerating in China, leading to violent disturbances and deaths, a report released Thursday by Amnesty International asserts. The human rights group said it had collected reports on more than 40 cases from January 2009 to January 2012 in which people resisting relocation by local governments had set themselves on fire, a sharp rise from previous years. Forced evictions are a well-documented issue in China.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I own a home that I am using as a rental investment property. This home has a large backyard with a patio. During these recent summer months, I noticed that in addition to the tenant on my lease, there is another fellow sleeping on a lounge chair in the backyard. My tenant says this guy is his guest, and that he will be staying there the entire summer. I am not happy with this arrangement. Is there is any action I can take to remove "Mr. Outdoors"? Answer: First, check your rental agreement.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A county constable was serving an eviction order when he was killed Monday, prompting a shootout in which the suspected gunman and an unidentified man also died, according to local police. A police officer and a 55-year-old woman were shot and wounded, and two other police officers also suffered non-life-threatening injuries while responding to reports of the initial shooting, according to College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum. He was shot by officers who responded to a 911 call of shots fired at a home in a leafy neighborhood near the Texas A&M University campus shortly after noon, McCollum said at a late afternoon press conference.
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