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March 28, 1993 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A contemporary depiction of the Virgen de Guadalupe, a respected symbol among Latinos, will adorn billboards for the next month in areas where gang turf wars have heated up. The billboards will display a painting of the Virgen, in a brilliant-green veil and an expression of anguish, holding a slain gang member. The depiction is similar to Michelangelo's "Pieta," in which the Virgin Mary holds a slain Jesus in her lap.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Eddie Reyes was just a 12-year-old in the school lunch line when Daniel Diaz shook his hand, introduced himself and asked Reyes about God. Twenty years after the pair first met, Diaz was still reaching out to young people. His ability to connect with youths took the longtime friends to the corner of Park and Mayfair avenues in Pomona on Nov. 11, where police say Diaz was shot to death by a lone gunman on foot. Diaz's killing - just hours after about 200 people gathered for an anti-violence rally at Ganesha High School in Pomona - was the latest in what police and community leaders are calling the worst year of violence in the city's recent history.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
"Gangs, Cops & Drugs" solidifies this city's reputation as America's Beirut. It's a dispiriting survey of homeboys and dead boys on the streets of Los Angeles, where routine arbitrary killings and duels of "heavy weapons to the death," Tom Brokaw notes, have turned some neighborhoods into nightmarish war zones of terror.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
When battling street gangs across Los Angeles County, sheriff's deputies rely too heavily on suppression and not enough on gang intervention, according to a study released Monday. By not doing more to connect with the communities they police, the report found, sheriff's deputies are missing an opportunity to gain the public's trust. However, the report - put out by Merrick Bobb, special counsel to the county Board of Supervisors - acknowledged that crime rates inside sheriff's jurisdictions have fallen dramatically, and comparably to the areas patrolled by the LAPD, which more commonly uses gang interventionists.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | MICHELE FUETSCH, Times Staff Writer
"Hey, Sleep!" Red Mason yelled out the window of the unmarked police car as it rounded the corner onto Rose Avenue, a narrow street lined with big trees and small houses that range from neatly kept to ravaged. "He's already been served," said Mason, who sat in the front passenger's seat. Edward (Red) Mason is a 19-year veteran of the Compton Police Department's gang unit. Sleep is an "O.G.," shorthand for original gang member, in this case the Santana Block Crips, who control a narrow stretch of neighborhood squeezed between Santa Fe Avenue and the Southern Pacific railroad tracks that cut Compton in two. Special Attention Mason, Patrolman Mark Anderson and two officers in the car behind them were serving special-delivery notices on the Santanas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1988 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
Donald Shepherd stood on the front lawn of his family's Southwest Los Angeles home Wednesday morning showing his bandaged gunshot wound to neighborhood friends and wondering when, and how, the Denver Lane Bloods might strike again. In a gang-related killing the night before, a drive-by shooter took the life of Shepherd's grandmother, Alma Lee Washington, when one of six shots went astray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2005 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies working to end a deadly racial gang war in an unincorporated neighborhood just north of Watts have made 230 felony arrests and seized 130 weapons since April, Sheriff Lee Baca announced Friday. The law enforcement push was made possible by a 57-member task force assembled to saturate a 3 1/2 -square-mile area between Florence Avenue and Firestone Boulevard where gang shootings had left more than 40 people dead and 200 wounded during an 18-month period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of life's harshest lessons came early one February morning for dozens of children on their way to Felton Elementary School in Lennox. A block from the school, the youngsters found a dead man lying in the street. It was Carlos Bacab, 35, the father of two children who attend the school. Bacab had been stabbed to death after leaving his apartment to smoke a cigarette.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1991 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As of Tuesday, this year's body count in the longtime war on the streets of the northeast San Fernando Valley was nine, mostly casualties of rivalries among established Chicano gangs and Central American and Mexican-born newcomers, according to gang experts. The nine gang-related homicides in 3 1/2 months in the area patrolled by the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division, surpasses that area's total of eight for all of 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
When battling street gangs across Los Angeles County, sheriff's deputies rely too heavily on suppression and not enough on gang intervention, according to a study released Monday. By not doing more to connect with the communities they police, the report found, sheriff's deputies are missing an opportunity to gain the public's trust. However, the report - put out by Merrick Bobb, special counsel to the county Board of Supervisors - acknowledged that crime rates inside sheriff's jurisdictions have fallen dramatically, and comparably to the areas patrolled by the LAPD, which more commonly uses gang interventionists.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Ricky (Sheldon Shepherd), the hero of Storm Saulter's ambitious coming-of-age drama "Better Mus' Come," is a man for all seasons. Gangster, community leader, part-time poet, full-time dad, Ricky negotiates the dangerous complexities of the culture of violence inflaming Jamaica in the late '70s, uncertain what path he should take. "You cannot fight the righteous battle with weapons of war," Ricky is told, though, given the political unrest and poverty of his country, the words are easier to say than practice.
WORLD
October 19, 2009 | Associated Press
At least 2,000 Brazilian police officers patrolled this coastal city Sunday as officials pledged to hold a violence-free 2016 Olympics despite bloody drug gang shootouts that left 14 people dead. An hours-long gun battle Saturday between rival gangs in one of the city's slums killed at least 12 people and injured six. A police helicopter was shot down and eight buses set on fire during the incident. Police said Sunday that they had killed two suspected drug traffickers in overnight clashes near the Morro dos Macacos ("Monkey Hill")
WORLD
July 13, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood and Tracy Wilkinson
In the baddest precinct of Mexico's most violent city, Jose Manuel Resendiz is the law. The army officer packs two pistols and a semiautomatic rifle as he patrols the Delicias district of Ciudad Juarez, the bullet-scarred border city that is the emblem of Mexico's drug-war mayhem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
On a street where gangsters have notoriously ruled for generations, Rosa Recinos lounged in a plastic chair on the sidewalk Saturday morning and soaked in the scene. "The children are laughing and playing outside," she said. "This is something you would have never seen here before." After nearly 30 years of living on Drew Street in Northeast Los Angeles, the 50-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, like many of her neighbors, has lived through it all on these two blocks.
WORLD
January 6, 2009 | Ashraf Khalil
His name rhymed with Al Capone and he came to a bad end behind the wheel of a rented white Volkswagen. Until the moment a bomb planted on his car exploded on a Tel Aviv street, mob boss Yaakov Alperon was living large. He and his Carmela Soprano-blond wife, Ahuva, were media darlings who even took part in a 2006 reality show in which a famous Israeli model moved in with their family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana police say three shootings in the city in the last week, two of them fatal, are not evidence of a gang war. "Our investigation indicates that these incidents are not related," Police Cpl. Jose Gonzalez said. "They just happened to fall in a week." However, police believe that the assaults are the result of gang activity. Crime in the city is lower than last year. There have been 15 gang-related homicides in Santa Ana this year, compared with 18 in 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1988
Jean Beavers' letter "The Reagans" (March 22) suggests we all might be missing out with a new President and First Lady who do not show the style, grace and enthusiasm for the stars as the Reagans do. Poppycock! I enjoy seeing show-biz people in the movies and on TV but not in the White House all the time. With all of us struggling to get our taxes prepared and paid on time, with the homeless trying to feed their families, gang wars, drive-by shootings and the war against AIDS, I am not impressed by Nancy Reagan's ability to slam dunk a basketball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1988
Why is it we never learn from history? What we are witnessing with the gang wars, and other civil disturbances can be attributed to the failure of our society to deal equitably with minority people. Slavery was the genesis and the residue of it; racism, separate schools, in fact separate societies perpetuate it. Unless and until this nation intelligently addresses this issue, the problem will exacerbate. We must provide a climate in our nation which instills a sense of pride and human dignity in all of our young people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2005 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies working to end a deadly racial gang war in an unincorporated neighborhood just north of Watts have made 230 felony arrests and seized 130 weapons since April, Sheriff Lee Baca announced Friday. The law enforcement push was made possible by a 57-member task force assembled to saturate a 3 1/2 -square-mile area between Florence Avenue and Firestone Boulevard where gang shootings had left more than 40 people dead and 200 wounded during an 18-month period.
OPINION
August 11, 2003
The Journal of the American Medical Assn. published a special issue this month on violence and human rights. Amid reports on the psychological effects of terrorist attacks on Israel and of land-mine injuries in Afghanistan is a study on treating post-traumatic stress disorder -- in East Los Angeles sixth-graders.
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