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July 6, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Sonny Barger is not a religious man. But riding motorcycles is "as good a religion as any and probably better than most," says the Hells Angels icon. Meditative and transcendent, motorcycling focuses the mind, he says, and requires devotion. At 71, Barger has spent six decades riding bikes and 53 years as a member of the country's best-known outlaw motorcycle club. Now he's spreading the gospel of two wheels with his sixth book, "Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling, How to Ride the Right Way — for Life," co-written with Darwin Holmstrom.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A leader of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies, including solicitation of murder. Stephen Sanders, 44, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, solicitation to commit murder and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court by Judge Robert O'Neill. San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said Sanders had planned "to have witnesses and law enforcement officers killed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A leader of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies, including solicitation of murder. Stephen Sanders, 44, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, solicitation to commit murder and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court by Judge Robert O'Neill. San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said Sanders had planned "to have witnesses and law enforcement officers killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A drug trafficker working for organized crime in New York kept millions of dollars and dozens of kilograms of cocaine in his homes in Beverly Hills, prosecutors said Thursday. Alessandro Taloni pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn, N.Y., federal court Thursday morning to trafficking cocaine for the Rizzuto crime family of the Italian mafia. Taloni has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship and two homes in Beverly Hills, federal prosecutors said. In a sweeping indictment returned in April, prosecutors accused Taloni and four other men of operating an elaborate cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy trafficking operation for the last 10 years involving the Rizutto and Bonanno crime families, the Hells Angels, the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and Native Americans from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2001
Re "City Sees Hells Angels Arrests as a Godsend," Feb. 26. Let's quit glorifying the Hells Angels. I hope that George Christie's latest escapade with the law will forever place the Hells Angels where they belong: in prison. As one of the 99% of motorcyclists who are law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, I cringe every time I hear their name. The "one percenters," as they enjoy being called, contribute nothing to motorcycling and give every one of us a bad name. We renounce them 100%!
NATIONAL
June 8, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Federal authorities and police in North and South Carolina have arrested 20 alleged members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on drug, weapons and money-laundering charges. The 16 men and four women, allegedly members of a Hells Angels affiliate called the Rock Hell City Nomads based in York County, S.C., sold drugs, ran prostitution rings and committed arsons, according to authorities. They also sold weapons they knew would be used in crimes, U.S. Atty. Bill Nettles in Columbia, S.C., said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1998
"Beware the Ides of March!" Julius Caesar failed to heed that prophetic warning and died on March 15--so did a little of our freedom down on Ventura's Main Street. The Hells Angels rode into town like an outlaw gang and were met by a massive posse of local, county and national lawmen. I thought I was watching "High Noon" but Gary Cooper was nowhere in sight. And nowhere on Main Street could an Angel or any other rider on two wheels tie up his or her mount because of the posting of dozens of "No Motorcycle Parking--Tow-Away Zone" signs, which went up in the early-morning hours like some poisonous loco weed.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2006 | From Reuters
A federal grand jury indicted five current and former members of the Hells Angels biker gang on racketeering charges, saying the group's leader in Washington state ordered associates to commit murder and various other crimes, according to court documents released Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1997
This past May the Ventura County Gull Wings Children's Museum went public with its need for financial help from the community if it was to keep its doors open. I thank all the private citizens, as well as the service organizations that responded. The museum was encouraged by this show of support, but unfortunately we were still in need of funds. I had read about the Hells Angels helping children in need, and with Gull Wings executive board approval, contacted George Christie, president of the Ventura Chapter of the Hells Angels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1997
In your Sept. 9 edition, you published a quote from Simi Valley City Councilwoman Sandi Webb. In referring to the actions taken by the Simi Valley Police Department toward the participants of a Poker Run sponsored by the Hells Angels motorcycle club, she stated, "I don't think we were overreacting at all . . . apparently we had a lot of complaints . . . so we beefed up patrols." She was further identified as a member of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) of California. As a deputy state director of ABATE, I must state that ABATE of California does not share or support her opinion.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
During 50 years of performing, the Rolling Stones have done some peach gigs: They've stood before Hells Angels at Altamont, sold out Wembley Stadium and Madison Square Garden, gigged the Palladium in Hollywood, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for "The T.A.M.I. Show" and countless rounds at the Forum. Until Saturday night, though, the band had never played Echo Park.   In a surprise gig described early in the set by Stones singer/dancer/showman Mick Jagger as “the first show of our North American tour,” the band played the Echoplex, a basement club with a capacity of 650. In the crowd were friends, family and a few hundred lucky, patient fans who'd won a ticket lottery earlier in the day.  I am a very fortunate Rolling Stones fan, and watched from a peach spot just in front of the sound board as the London band, currently celebrating 50 years as a unit, performed 60 minutes' worth of classic material that focused on their work from the late 1960s through the early '80s, including “Love in Vain,” “Street Fighting Man,” “Respectable” and “Miss You.”   PHOTOS: The Rolling Stones at the Echoplex They did so on an extended stage that cut the Echoplex's dance floor by half, so the Stones gig felt even smaller than those who know the venue might expect.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
There's been no shortage of posthumous Jimi Hendrix releases since the groundbreaking electric guitarist, singer and songwriter died at age 27 in 1970: Only three Hendrix albums charted during his lifetime, while more than three dozen released after his death have made it to the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Still, the appearance this week of three Hendrix albums constitutes something noteworthy. First up is “People, Hell and Angels,” a collection of a dozen previously unreleased studio tracks recorded in 1968 and 1969, sessions culled under the direction of the guitarist's sister, Janie Hendrix, who administers his estate, and producer-engineer Eddie Kramer, who worked closely with Hendrix in those final years of his life.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Federal authorities and police in North and South Carolina have arrested 20 alleged members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on drug, weapons and money-laundering charges. The 16 men and four women, allegedly members of a Hells Angels affiliate called the Rock Hell City Nomads based in York County, S.C., sold drugs, ran prostitution rings and committed arsons, according to authorities. They also sold weapons they knew would be used in crimes, U.S. Atty. Bill Nettles in Columbia, S.C., said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Stephen Kinzey used his experience riding his Harley-Davidson to teach about motion and physiology. He researched the effects of video games on the health of children. And he chatted with his students about being a father and a devoted Catholic. That was Stephen Kinzey, tenured kinesiology professor at Cal State San Bernardino. But police said they know of another Stephen Kinzey, one who calls himself Skinz. This is the person who wore leathers and ran the local Devils Diciples motorcycle gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Authorities arrested 10 members of the Vagos motorcycle gang suspected of drug trafficking and a rash of violence during a series of raids early Thursday across Southern California, a crackdown that comes less than two weeks after a Vagos member allegedly killed a rival Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino. The arrests were the result of an 18-month investigation led by state investigators into one of the most "violent criminal" motorcycle gangs in the nation, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The fatal shooting of a California Hells Angels leader during a casino melee with a rival gang Friday night has prompted the mayor of Sparks, Nev., to declare a state of emergency and cancel an annual motorcycle event, authorities said. "The safety and security of the public is our No. 1 priority," Mayor Geno Martini said in a statement Saturday. No suspects have been arrested in the fatal shooting of Jeffrey Pettigrew, 51, president of the San Jose Chapter of the Hells Angels, and the shootings of two members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club during the brawl at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort, authorities said.
MAGAZINE
October 1, 2006 | Colin Westerbeck
A platinum-palladium print of Penn's image will be included in the fall auction preview at Christie's Beverly Hills Oct. 3-6. * Conde Nast, the parent company of Vogue, still provides a full-time studio for Irving Penn because the fashion magazine publishes new work by him regularly. Now approaching his 90th birthday, Penn has photographed for Vogue continuously since 1943. This longevity is the result of an equilibrium Penn has maintained throughout his career.
WORLD
March 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in the Netherlands is not a criminal organization, judges ruled in rejecting prosecutors' attempts to have the group outlawed. The decision is a major setback for efforts by the public prosecutor's office to have Hells Angels clubs banned nationwide amid allegations that they are heavily involved in organized crime. The Harlingen Hells Angels chapter was the first prosecutors tried to have outlawed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge has rejected a bid by prosecutors to seize the Mongols motorcycle gang's name and trademarked logo of a ponytailed man riding a chopper, according to a ruling made public Thursday. Prosecutors sought to strip the notorious gang of its name and logo as part of a sweeping criminal indictment three years ago that accused 79 Mongols members from six states of murder, assault, drug trafficking and robbery. Prosecutors asked the judge to bar Mongol members from using, distributing or wearing the name and logo, arguing that they were very closely associated with the gang and that removing them would prevent the Mongols from operating.
SPORTS
April 8, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
History has done a number (50) on the Angels and all their incarnations: Los Angeles, California, Anaheim and LAA of A. It's been five decades since "The Cowboy," Gene Autry, saddled up to take on Indians (and others) in the American League. Lucky are those who have been tortured from the outset. You could pay for a psychiatrist's home on Maui rehashing the trials and tribulations since that inaugural "play ball!" on April 11, 1961. Babes weaned at the bosom of the 2002 World Series banner will never understand the astronomical anomaly of that San Francisco treat.
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