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October 16, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "Underemployed," which commences Tuesday on MTV, the youth network, five pretty people face life after college. Shockingly, it is not what they expected. The series, which is set in the lovely - and this season, much-used - city of Chicago, comes from Craig Wright, who created the ABC one-percenter soap "Dirty Sexy Money. " It begins as a tightly knit clutch of graduating seniors imagine success in their chosen fields; then it jumps ahead ever so slightly to see where time has taken them.
October 9, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to a minimum of 30 years in prison, meaning he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars in a child sex-abuse scandal that roiled the nation and the shook the sports powerhouse. The sentence of 30 years to 60 years in prison was far less than the 400 years that Judge John Cleland could have imposed, but it means that Sandusky would be almost 100 years old before he has any chance of being released.
July 25, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
One of the five defendants in what officials called an anarchist plot to blow up a bridge in Ohio pleaded guilty  Wednesday and agreed to testify against the other defendants, according to a federal official. Anthony Hayne, 35, pleaded guilty to three charges in U.S. District Court, said Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office, in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. In exchange for the guilty plea, Hayne agreed to testify against the others facing a variety of charges in connection with the plan to blow up a bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, south of downtown Cleveland, said Tobin, speaking for the office headed by U.S. Atty.
June 27, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A former Westminster police detective may face life in prison after a San Bernardino County jury Tuesday rejected his defense that he was in an antidepressant-induced blackout, and legally insane, when he kidnapped and raped a waitress. Anthony Orban testified that he had no memory of the 2010 attack and blamed his psychotic break on a powerful dose of the popular antidepressant Zoloft, which he said had triggered hallucinations and suicidal and homicidal fantasies in the days before the abduction.
June 13, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County jury Wednesday rejected a controversial "Zoloft" defense presented by a former Westminster police detective accused of kidnapping and raping a waitress in 2010, finding the defendant guilty of all eight charges. Anthony Nicholas Orban's attorney acknowledged from the outset that his client attacked the woman, but argued that the former detective was rendered mentally "unconscious" by a powerful dose of the prescription antidepressant and was not responsible for his actions.
May 17, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO —Two members of a Mexican organized crime group that terrorized border communities were found guilty Wednesday of taking part in the strangling deaths of two men whose bodies were later dissolved in lye and dumped at a ranch outside San Diego. The mens' ruthless tactics were the trademark of a gang that broke off from the drug cartel waging war in Tijuana nearly a decade ago, according to prosecutors. The Palillos, or Toothpicks, came to the San Diego area in 2003 after splitting from the notorious Arellano Felix drug cartel.
March 14, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
The International Criminal Court in The Hague on Wednesday found former Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of using children as soldiers, the first verdict in the panel's 10-year history. He could face life imprisonment. After a three-year trial, the court convicted Lubanga of recruiting boys and girls younger than 15 as soldiers during a civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. Although his militia was accused of massacres, rapes, torture and ethnic killings by human rights activists and witnesses, the court charged him only with the recruitment and use of children to fight.
March 6, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors in the murder trial of former LAPD Det. Stephanie Lazarus made their closing argument Monday, and Lazarus' attorney delivered much of his, leaving jurors to mull over conflicting interpretations of testimony and evidence on which the detective's fate hinges. Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Nunez led the jury steadily through what he called "the overwhelming evidence of guilt" against Lazarus, who is on trial in the 1986 beating and shooting death of Sherri Rasmussen, the wife of a man Lazarus had dated.
January 5, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Richard Winton and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood arson suspect Harry Burkhart terrorized Los Angeles residents with a four-day rampage over New Year's weekend because he was "motivated by his rage against Americans," prosecutors alleged in court papers filed Wednesday. Burkhart appeared in court briefly to be arraigned on 37 felony counts of arson that could send him to prison for life. He looked disheveled and distracted as jail authorities have him under suicide watch. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Upinder S. Kalra set bail at $2.85 million and agreed to postpone arraignment until Jan. 24 at the request of Burkhart's public defender.
December 11, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum stood back to back in front of a purple backdrop Sunday morning, the Lakers' 7-footers clutching basketballs and smiling as cameras clicked during media day. There was someone missing from the picture. Lamar Odom is on his way to Dallas after being traded to the Mavericks the previous day, leaving Gasol and Bynum as the Lakers' big men of the moment. "That definitely affects us negatively, obviously," Bynum said. "We had the best front line, I'd say, between me, [Odom]
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