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November 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Jamaican authorities have seized 3,300 warheads and a missile-making machine at the port of Kingston and sought help from international police in tracking the shipper, Jamaican media reported Friday. The unauthorized arms shipment was discovered Thursday afternoon in a police and customs operation carried out at a berth of Kingston Wharves, the RJR News site reported. A high-level investigation has been launched, and Jamaican police have asked for assistance from international law enforcement, the news service said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By August Brown
Vybz Kartel, the popular Jamaican dancehall artist, has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in the murder of an associate, according to the BBC .  The 38-year-old singer, born Adidja Palmer, is one of the biggest stars in Jamaican music. American audiences know him from his vocals on Major Lazer's club hit "Pon De Floor," which Beyoncé sampled for "Run the World (Girls). " Palmer and three other men were sentenced after being convicted of the 2011 murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams in a dispute over missing firearms.
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SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - The Jamaican bobsled team won't reach the podium here unless nearly everyone else gets lost on the way to the track Sunday. But if there were a competition for the most popular team in the Caucasus Mountains, they'd be a lock for gold. Making their first Olympic appearance since 2002, the Jamaican bobsled team has enjoyed rock-star status here. Giddy volunteers clap when they walk by, reporters line up for interviews and fellow Olympians continually ask them to pose for pictures.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - The Jamaican bobsled team won't reach the podium here unless nearly everyone else gets lost on the way to the track Sunday. But if there were a competition for the most popular team in the Caucasus Mountains, they'd be a lock for gold. Making their first Olympic appearance since 2002, the Jamaican bobsled team has enjoyed rock-star status here. Giddy volunteers clap when they walk by, reporters line up for interviews and fellow Olympians continually ask them to pose for pictures.
WORLD
June 22, 2010 | By Rasbert Turner and Chris Kraul, Special to The Times
Ending a monthlong search that cost 76 people their lives, Jamaican authorities on Tuesday captured Christopher "Dudus" Coke, 42, an alleged trafficker in guns and drugs who is also wanted in the United States. Acting on a tip, police captured Coke in St. Catherine Parish on the outskirts of Kingston. He was dressed like a woman and wearing a wig, police said. Coke was in the company of the Rev. Al Miller, who earlier had mediated the surrender of Coke's brother Leighton to police.
SPORTS
February 5, 2010 | By David Wharton
Seven days before the opening ceremony and George Fitch already detects something missing from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Namely, fun. The last time the world's grandest sporting event touched down on Canadian soil -- at Calgary in 1988 -- Fitch assembled the Jamaican bobsled team, a hobbin', bobbin', T-shirt-sellin' crew that became an overnight sensation and, in time, a Disney movie. "People really liked us," Fitch said. "They saw this was good, this was what the Games were all about."
WORLD
May 27, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
The death toll in clashes in the Jamaican capital climbed past 50 on Wednesday as the government struggled to regain shaky control of slums where a reputed drug lord is headquartered. The man, a hero in some parts of the Caribbean island but wanted for extradition by the U.S., remained a fugitive and may have escaped the offensive launched to capture him. On a fourth day of smoldering urban violence, Kingston continued under a state of emergency, many streets deserted and gunfire erupting sporadically.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2009 | Terence McArdle
Trevor Rhone, a leading Caribbean playwright and screenwriter who co-wrote the 1972 film "The Harder They Come," which helped introduce reggae music and urban Jamaican culture to international audiences, died Sept. 15 at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, after a heart attack. He was 69. "The Harder They Come" starred reggae performer Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring singer who becomes a hero to the poor after killing a police officer. The film, co-written with director Perry Henzell, was drawn from the story of a Jamaican criminal killed by police in 1948.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2002
Stephanie Black's documentary "Life and Debt," opening a one-week engagement Friday at the Nuart in West L.A., looks at the effect of globalization on Jamaican workers, including a dairy farmer, left.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The trial of Jamaican singer-actress Grace Jones, 37, who has been charged with cocaine possession, is scheduled to start today after two witnesses failed to show up at the hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday in Kingston. Police have said an undisclosed amount of cocaine was found in Jones' handbag, wrapped in Jamaican two-dollar notes, during a search in April of the home of her husband, singer and songwriter Chris Stanley.
WORLD
November 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Jamaican authorities have seized 3,300 warheads and a missile-making machine at the port of Kingston and sought help from international police in tracking the shipper, Jamaican media reported Friday. The unauthorized arms shipment was discovered Thursday afternoon in a police and customs operation carried out at a berth of Kingston Wharves, the RJR News site reported. A high-level investigation has been launched, and Jamaican police have asked for assistance from international law enforcement, the news service said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2013 | By August Brown
If any Pop & Hiss readers were wondering where your intrepid dance music writer was the last week, I'm thrilled to say that the short answer is this: a Jamaican vegan trap-music bar with a "Cool Runnings" theme and a fake beach that abuts the Berlin Wall in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Sure, Berghain's just down the street. But for what it's worth, I'm siding with YAAM as my favorite nightclub in Berlin, which is the best nightclub city on Earth right now.  I was over there visiting an ex-patriated old friend and full-time Berliner musician.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
At least four women died when a boat capsized early Wednesday off the coast of South Florida, U.S. Coast Guard officials said, in the latest example of the recent tragedies worldwide of illegally transporting people from poorer to wealthier nations. Eleven survivors were rescued after the boat carrying mainly Haitian and Jamaican nationals turned over, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque told the Los Angeles Times. One of those aboard the recreational vessel was injured, she said.
SPORTS
October 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
Sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown can resume competing immediately after Jamaican sports authorities resolved her doping case with only a public warning. Five months ago, Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic. While under suspension, she missed Jamaica's national championships and could not compete in the recent world championships. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Assn. said in a statement Wednesday that its disciplinary committee "recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | By David Wharton
Duplicate tests have confirmed that five Jamaican athletes -- including marquee sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson -- were caught with banned substances in their systems. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said the athletes' second samples were tested at a Montreal lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Associated Press reported. The test results made headlines in August when Powell and Simpson withdrew from the world track and field championships in Moscow.
SPORTS
August 17, 2013 | Wire reports
Usain Bolt almost worked up more of a sweat dancing Saturday than he did in dashing to the 200-meter title at the world track and field championships in Moscow. Bolt, who had tired legs and an aching foot, clocked 19.66 seconds despite easing up about 60 meters to go. He hopped and skipped to the reggae sounds of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," much to the thrill of the crowd. In the women's 400 relay, Russia beat the United States, which was without the injured Allyson Felix , by 0.22 seconds.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1990 | DON SNOWDEN
This 100-minute documentary of the late reggae kingpin is a fairly standard blend of interviews--with Marley himself, the late Peter Tosh, Island label chief Chris Blackwell and others--behind-the-scenes clips and some brilliant performance footage from a 1973 British television show featuring the original Wailers line-up. But the tape really excels in tying together the strands of Jamaican social and cultural life that became embodied in Marley's music. The perspective adamantly, and rightly, remains on Marley the home-grown product of Jamaican culture, not the international crossover phenomenon.
WORLD
April 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A disoriented young man with a gun forced his way past security and barged onto a jetliner headed for Cuba, taking the crew hostage, firing a bullet that grazed the co-pilot's face and demanding to be flown off the island, witnesses and police said. After eight hours of negotiations, Jamaican soldiers stormed the plane and arrested the man without further injury, but authorities were deeply embarrassed about the security breach at the airport in Montego Bay, a major Caribbean tourist hub. The gunman was identified as Stephen Fray, a 20-year-old Jamaican who police said was "mentally challenged."
SPORTS
July 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
Italian police raided the hotel where Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were staying after news broke that the Jamaican sprinters had tested positive for banned substances. The rooms of the athletes and their Canadian physical trainer, Christopher Xuereb, were searched and drugs were confiscated, authorities told Sky Sports . The raid took place Monday morning at a hotel in northeast Italy. No arrests were made and it was not known if the confiscated drugs were illegal or banned.
SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
Call it "Black Sunday" for the sport of track and field. Hours after news broke that American sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance, two marquee Jamaican athletes acknowledged that they, too, had failed drug tests. Asafa Powell, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Summer Games, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, expressed dismay at the results. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement sent to The Times.
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