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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A one-day gun buyback event in Los Angeles on Wednesday gathered 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons and two rocket launchers, officials said. The total was nearly 400 more weapons than were collected in a similar buyback earlier this year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the collection at two locations was so successful that the city ran out of money for supermarket gift cards and got a private donation through the city controller to bolster the pot. The gun buyback was moved up from its usual Mother's Day date in response to the massacre Dec. 14 that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 students, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
As cars snaked through a series of orange cones in a Compton parking lot, five shopping carts slowly filled with rifles and assault weapons. Nearby, plastic produce crates overflowed with handguns, spare gun parts and ammunition magazines. The weapons and accessories came from a gun buyback program held Monday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the agency's first such effort since 2009. Deputies sweated under unseasonably warm temperatures as they lifted weapons out of car trunks and truck beds and chalked the weapons' value on each windshield.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2010 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
When 14-year-old Bethany Mota gets back from the mall, she eagerly models her latest finds for friends and family. And for tens of thousands more on YouTube. The rising high school sophomore from Los Banos, Calif., is a "hauler," a term for tech-savvy young fashionistas who show off their purchases, or hauls, in homemade videos that they post online. Bethany started hauling about a year ago and now has more than 48,000 YouTube subscribers who tune in to watch her show off her favorite back-to-school outfits ("you don't want to wear heels and stuff, obviously")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former security guard at a Lakers practice facility pleaded no contest Friday to stealing three of the team's championship rings and hundreds of dollars of gift cards, the L.A. County district attorney's office said. Mejía Eddie Monterroso, 23, entered his plea to grand theft of personal property and was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years' probation. He was also ordered to pay almost $14,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said Monterroso stole the property while he worked the night shift between Oct. 24 and Dec. 5, 2013.
OPINION
December 29, 2004
The longest lines at the mall during last week's pre-Christmas shopping crunch didn't feature people hauling merchandise but rather waiting to exchange one form of currency -- American dollars -- for another -- those nifty store cards. Some malls even set up kiosks where you could get cards redeemable for everything from manicures to meals. Once considered the cop-out gift of a lazy shopper, gift cards moved ahead of clothing this year as the most popular present.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Like most U.S. retailers, Apple is offering its customers Black Friday deals, but customers might want to skip them. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is offering customers store gift cards with their purchases. The value of the gift card varies depending on the product customers buy. Users who purchase any Mac computer will receive a $150 gift card while customers who purchase an iPad Air will receive a $75 gift card. For those who get an iPad 2, an iPad mini or an iPod Touch, Apple will throw in a $50 gift card.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted on charges that the Democrat accepted illegal gifts as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the poor that she allegedly used for a holiday shopping spree. A grand jury indicted Dixon on 12 counts, including four of perjury and two of theft over $500. She was also charged with theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office. State prosecutors, who have been investigating City Hall corruption for nearly three years, said Dixon received holiday gift cards that were to be distributed to needy families, but which she used instead to buy an Xbox, PlayStation 2, camcorder, clothes and other merchandise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A gun buyback event held over the weekend in East Los Angeles yielded 152 weapons, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said this week. The cache of weapons exchanged for gift cards to Target or Ralphs included several assault rifles as well as handguns, shotguns and standard riles, the department said. The event was held Saturday at Belvedere Park, one of several such sessions that encourage residents to turn in guns, no questions asked, in exchange for gift cards or in some cases cash.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The latest federal statistics that measure the performance of the nation's airlines offered some good news for passengers and some bad. First the good news: In 2011, the airlines set records for the lowest rate of lost or mishandled baggage and the lowest rate of passengers bumped from overbooked flights. In 2011, the Transportation Department received 3.39 reports of mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers, the lowest rate since the agency began keeping track of lost bag reports in 1988.
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