March 14, 2013 |
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.
October 19, 2009 |
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")
July 13, 2009 |
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 |
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.
January 6, 2009 |
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 |
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.