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March 5, 2009 |
A Torrance gang member pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting a 6-year-old boy as the child's family drove through a Harbor Gateway neighborhood last year, prosecutors said. Ernesto Murillo, 26, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a firearm and one count of shooting at an occupied vehicle in connection with the April 29 shooting, said Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lonergan. Murillo also admitted to all gun and gang allegations. Prosecutors said Laverya Elzy was shot in the head.
February 13, 2009 |
Two judges charged with taking more than $2 million in kickbacks to send young offenders to privately run detention centers pleaded guilty to fraud. Prosecutors allege that Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care and a sister company, possibly tainting the convictions of thousands of youths. The judges pleaded guilty in federal court in Scranton to honest-services fraud and tax fraud.
February 7, 2009 |
A man who died in prison while serving time for a rape he didn't commit was cleared Friday by a judge who called the state's first posthumous DNA exoneration "the saddest case" he'd ever seen. State District Judge Charles Baird ordered Timothy Cole's record expunged. Cole was convicted of raping a Texas Tech University student in Lubbock in 1985 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He died in 1999 at age 39 from asthma complications.
February 2, 2009 |
Pfizer. Saks. Microsoft. The layoff announcements just keep on coming. And they're going to keep on coming throughout the year if the U.S. economy continues its alarming and ever-deepening spiral into the abyss. More than 2.5 million Americans lost their jobs in 2008.
November 9, 2008
Re "Race, post race," Opinion, Nov. 5 Whatever would I, an over-65 white male supporter of Barack Obama, do without Shelby Steele? Where would I be without his uncanny ability to elucidate my hidden motivations from the vantage point of his ivory tower? I thought I voted for the 44th president of the United States because he is a man eminently qualified for the job. Wrong. I did it to assuage the original guilt passed on to me from a racist past. Charles Hoffman Encinitas -- Steele points out the conundrum that when the younger generation supports Obama for his "post-racialism, they unwittingly embrace race as their primary motivation."
November 9, 2008 |
At first I thought it was just one of those obsessive-compulsive fits that periodically make me want everything to be stacked, put in order or just plain cleared away. But it didn't take me long to realize that it was going to take more than coordinating colors or getting new hangers to come to terms with the heaping mass of stuff in my closet.
October 10, 2008 |
Donnie Wahlberg, of the recently reunited boy band juggernaut New Kids on the Block, had some unexpected words of defiance toward the end of his group's sold-out show at Staples Center on Wednesday. "You know what people are saying now; it's the same thing they said 20 years ago," Wahlberg said. "They said you were too young to know what good music was, too young to have good taste. They said we were just five crazy guys from Boston. Well, who's crazy now?" Wahlberg might have had a point.
September 17, 2008 |
Julius and ethel Rosenberg were executed 55 years ago, on June 19, 1953. But last week, they were back in the headlines when Morton Sobell, the co-defendant in their famous espionage trial, finally admitted that he and his friend, Julius, had both been Soviet agents. It was a stunning admission; Sobell, now 91 years old, had adamantly maintained his innocence for more than half a century. After his comments were published, even the Rosenbergs' children, Robert and Michael Meeropol, were left with little hope to hang on to -- and this week, in comments unlike any they've made previously, the brothers acknowledged having reached the difficult conclusion that their father was, indeed, a spy. "I don't have any reason to doubt Morty," Michael Meeropol told Sam Roberts of the New York Times.
September 14, 2008 |
Beck's rented recording studio is a tiny, vault-like cell set in the core of a Fairfax-area office building. It's one of the last vestiges of a hotbed of musical production in the 1960s and '70s -- the headquarters of the ABC-Dunhill record label, where some seven studios hummed around the clock, turning out records by such hit makers as the Mamas and the Papas, Steppenwolf, Steely Dan, Dusty Springfield, Three Dog Night and more. That history, and its burial in waves of redevelopment, has a real immediacy these days for Beck, a Los Angeles native whose music always has reflected the psychic and geographic contours of his hometown, a place where he's suddenly feeling like a stranger.