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August 15, 1994 | TOM RAGAN
A computer wizard from a local company that specializes in security systems has helped police find a man they are questioning in connection with two murders in Orlando, Fla. Mark Alan Ford, an imaging system specialist for the North American Video Corp., helped Orlando detectives reconstruct the identity of the man, whose face was partially obscured by the time and date superimposed on videotape recorded by an automated teller machine security camera.
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged vessel and recovered more than a dozen bodies. Government officials reported that divers had retrieved the bodies by breaking a window on the vessel, but it was unclear whether they had gained entry to the ship. In a sign that hope had run out for the survival of any of the 256 listed as missing, officials asked relatives of those aboard to provide DNA samples to expedite the identification of bodies.
December 21, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
The passenger who died in a car crash in Sylmar early Sunday has been identified as a 20-year-old man from the Van Nuys area, police said Monday. Arturo Martinez was killed and three other men were critically injured when their 1993 Ford Thunderbird veered out of control on Polk Street near San Fernando Road. The injured victims were Gustavo Jacinto, 21; Alejandro Alcarez, 22; and Eduardo Lopez, 20, all from the Van Nuys area.
February 10, 2014 | Angel Jennings
At the Sunday drum circle at Leimert Park, the hypnotic beat of African drums breathes life into the neighborhood. Artists showcase their work. Vendors hawk clothes, soap and incense. It almost feels like nothing has changed in the 20 years since this was the vibrant heart of the African American arts and culture scene in Los Angeles. On other days, though, Leimert Park Village is a ghost town of broken windows and vacant storefronts. In its heyday, the neighborhood was something of a West Coast Harlem dotted with jazz cafes, performance spaces and art galleries, and it was the community's gathering spot after the 1992 riots.
April 9, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
A drowning victim found Tuesday afternoon in Newport Harbor has been identified as a Newport Beach man, the Orange County coroner's office said Wednesday. Daniel James Blasy, 21, was discovered in the water near a dock behind 2270 Newport Blvd., authorities said. Investigators say there are no signs of foul play, and they are continuing to investigate how he ended up in the harbor. A police spokesman said the man may have been fishing from the dock.
July 8, 1998
Re "Impact of Proposed Golf Course Under Study," July 4. Why is it that Joy Meade is never referred to in your newspaper as Linda Parks' campaign manager and the organizer of the recalls against Judy Lazar and Andy Fox, yet Jill Lederer, who has not been Fox's campaign manager since 1994 and who has done many other things in the community, is always referred to as Fox's campaign manager and the leader of the recall against Elois Zeanah? Do Joy Meade, Linda Parks or Elois Zeanah hold some special privilege the public doesn't know about or are you just trying to make an unlevel playing field for those who have the guts to be honest?
July 10, 1993
A jury recently decided against Los Angeles County and awarded $4.4 million to Gordon Robert Hall, who in 1978, at age 16, was wrongfully convicted of murder on the basis of eyewitness identification. Bill Pellman, senior assistant counsel for the county, who tried the case, is quoted as saying, "If you can't rely upon eyewitnesses, who can you rely upon?" ("Man Wrongfully Convicted Wins $4.4 Million in Suit," June 26). I was the identification expert who testified in this case, and in more than 300 other eyewitness cases over the last 20 years.
October 20, 2013 | By David Zucchino
RALEIGH, N.C. - Roy Cooper is in a very lonely place. He's a Democratic state attorney general surrounded by conservative Republicans who control North Carolina state government. Now those Republicans have put Cooper in an awkward spot. He has publicly condemned GOP-sponsored laws on voter identification and gay marriage, yet must defend those same laws in court. Further complicating matters, Cooper plans to run for governor in 2016. That has prompted Republican charges that he's more interested in being governor than upholding North Carolina's laws.
July 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
An FBI audio expert, who played a key role helping the defense during pretrial hearings, testified Monday at the George Zimmerman murder trial that there was no way to definitively identify whose voice is heard screaming on a recorded emergency telephone call. Hirotaka Nakasone took the stand on Monday morning  as a prosecution witness to explain the screams heard on a 911 call on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, when Zimmerman and an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, had a deadly confrontation in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder, has said he shot Martin, 17, to death in self-defense when the teenager attacked him. GRAPHIC: Who's who in the Trayvon Martin case Nakasone was called to establish the effectiveness of a voice identification by someone who is familiar with the sounds being examined.
May 20, 2013 | By Meg Waite Clayton
In the uproar about making the morning-after contraceptive known as Plan B available to our daughters, there has been no similar outcry about condoms and our sons. Anyone of any age can walk into a drugstore - as well as most grocery and big-box stores - and buy condoms. If you want to remain anonymous, you can pay cash; no ID is required. If you're too embarrassed to face the checkout clerk, use the self-check aisle or, for $17.97, get a box of 100 - flavored or with "added sensations," even - delivered to your door in a plain brown box. President Obama has suggested that restrictions on making Plan B available to younger girls are justifiable because we can't be confident that a younger girl in a drugstore "should be able - alongside bubble gum or batteries … to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect.
November 7, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
In the wake of last week's shooting on campus, USC on Tuesday announced heightened security measures that will restrict late-night entrance to the university and require identification checks for all visitors between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. In addition, outside promoters will be banned from working on USC social events at campus facilities or on nearby Fraternity Row, according to USC President C. L. Max Nikias. The shooting, in which four people were wounded — none of them USC students — occurred outside a Halloween party promoted by a non-USC firm that invited people from across the city.
September 17, 2012 | By Barry C. Scheck and Karen A. Newirth
Nearly 300 American men and women wrongly convicted of crimes have been exonerated by DNA testing. And in the bulk of those cases - almost 75% - the convictions were based in part on faulty eyewitness identifications. Witnesses are often asked to identify suspects from photo lineups, which are typically conducted by the officers investigating a crime. But numerous scientific studies on memory and identification have demonstrated that witnesses can be influenced, intentionally or not, by the person conducting a lineup.
September 10, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials are considering a plan to turn the library card into a form of identification that the city's large illegal immigrant population could use to open bank accounts and access an array of city services. The City Council last month voted unanimously to study the plan, which would have Los Angeles join the growing number of cities across the nation that offer various forms of identification to undocumented workers and others who cannot get driver's licenses because of their immigration status.
September 5, 2012 | Ken Dilanian and Salvador Rodriguez
A hacker group's claim that it obtained from an FBI laptop a file with more than 12 million identification numbers for Apple iPhones, iPads and other devices has set off widespread speculation about why a federal agency would possess such information. But the FBI disputed the allegation Tuesday, saying that "at this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data. " If the FBI's denials prove correct, the agency may have been the victim of a clever hoax by the group known as AntiSec that spurred thousands of headlines around the Web and left readers wondering how and why the FBI could have gotten access to Apple customer records.
August 30, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - For the second time this week, a federal court here has blocked a Texas election law as discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act. A three-judge federal court said Texas may not enforce its strict voter identification law, ruling it would discriminate against poor and minority voters and have the effect of barring them from voting. The judges said the new law would require tens of thousands of registered Texas voters who are poor and do not drive cars to travel to a state motor vehicle office to obtain the required state photo ID card.
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