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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2005 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
The recent baseball bat beatings of two homeless men while they slept on downtown Los Angeles sidewalks has spurred police and advocates to look for better ways to safeguard the city's homeless. Los Angeles police believe the two 19-year-old suspects may have committed similar assaults downtown. Investigators are searching through crime reports and past complaints to determine if other attacks fit the pattern, Det. Elizabeth Avila said.
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NEWS
December 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
The first two firefighters headed into the burning warehouse to search for homeless people who might be inside. Minutes later, a voice crackled over the radio: "Mayday! Mayday! We're running out of air." Four other firefighters disappeared into the smoke in an attempt to rescue their colleagues. None returned. The six Worcester firefighters are believed to have perished in the five-story conflagration that continued to burn Saturday morning. "It's three weeks before Christmas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2004 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Protesters in Westwood on Tuesday petitioned Borders bookstore and other retailers to stop carrying the notorious "Bumfights" videos, arguing that the controversial films incite violence and hate crimes against homeless people. At a rally at the Borders on Westwood Boulevard, actor Mike Farrell and Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness activists said the videos amounted to hate speech that exploits homeless people while earning producers millions of dollars.
NEWS
December 2, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their joy could hardly be contained as they sat around the conference table talking to their attorneys last August. More than 30 homeless people had taken on the Santa Ana Police Department for arresting them on petty charges in a series of controversial Civic Center sweeps--and they had won. Now they were going to receive roughly $11,000 each, and the two dozen or so who gathered that day had big plans for the money. Some hoped to spend it on permanent shelter so they could look for work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1993 | SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As temperatures drop and a winter rain begins, Randy Stanley seeks shelter from the cold in an all-night movie theater. Wendell Darby crawls down next to a heating vent in the underbelly of a plush downtown hotel. John M., recovering from a long bout of pneumonia, reinforces his shack with extra layers of cardboard and blankets--the bare necessities of life on the streets. Every winter tests the survival skills of Los Angeles' poor and homeless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Marie Everhart, 75, sitting beneath a tree outside City Hall, worries about what will happen to people like her, people who are homeless in the place that calls itself America's Finest City. "It's going to be bad, awful bad. There are bad things that happen on the streets, especially to women," said Everhart, a widow who said she has been harassed and robbed repeatedly while living on the streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1998 | MICHELLE RUSHLO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Prescott's town square is like a step back in time. Ringed by historic saloons and businesses such as a soda fountain and a burger shop, its centerpiece is a courthouse with a built-in clock and a sidewalk timeline of Arizona history--noting such events as Prescott being named territorial capital. More and more, however, a trip downtown also includes an encounter with one or more of Prescott's growing number of homeless people, something few people here could have imagined until recently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Over the last six months, more than 250 homeless people have pitched tents near the Ontario airport, creating a burgeoning shantytown that sprawls across vacant lots and spills into side streets. They call it Tent City, and for many it's a welcome refuge from the cars, bridges and offramps they usually inhabit. "This place is the best thing they could do for us," said Teresa Pacheco, 48, of Upland. "It's got food, water and there is an outhouse." For others, it's a nightmare. "I hate it here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1994 | SUSAN WOODWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal officials are re-evaluating whether surplus Navy property in San Pedro is suitable for a homeless shelter because it is near tanks holding millions of gallons of airplane fuel. The site on Taper Avenue does not meet federal standards for homeless dwellings because two fuel tanks are too close to the buildings, said Louis Misko, director of the Navy's base closures division.
OPINION
August 25, 1991 | Maxene Johnston, Maxene Johnston is president and chief executive officer of the Weingart Center
A businesman in Central City East recently told a group of his peers about the homeless who used to stay in his parking lot overnight. They asked permission to stay because they were afraid of the Skid Row Slasher and felt more secure if they could be together. "For years they would come every night," he said. "Up to 30, or 40, or 50 of them. They built fires and cooked their food, and they stayed in our lot. And that's fine.
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