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June 16, 2009 |
A former Cedars-Sinai Medical Center employee was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty Monday to stealing patient information to defraud insurance firms of $354,000. The hospital had sent letters in December to more than 1,000 patients, warning them that their information had been found during a search of the home of James Allen Wilson, who worked in the billing department from 2003 to 2007.
December 1, 1985 |
Jose (Dreamer) Gonzales was trapped on enemy turf. The Halloween night brawl between two rival Long Beach street gangs had run its brutal course, but Gonzales was stranded when his friends piled into their beat-up cars and screeched away. Frantically trying to escape, Gonzales scampered down an alley. It was a mistake; half a dozen toughs from the rival gang cornered the 20-year-old. They swarmed over him, landing blows with fists, two-by-fours and a shovel.
September 8, 2004 |
While the United States tries to persuade the Arab world to embrace democracy, ethnic equality and women's rights, at home we're set to pick a chief executive via an electoral college system that was designed in part to cater to slavery and to accommodate the disfranchisement of women. As we all were reminded in 2000, the presidential candidate with the most popular votes nationwide does not necessarily win.
March 1, 1997 |
Three Hartford police officers were arrested on charges stemming from the videotaped pistol-whipping of a motorist and an alleged cover-up attempt. A camera inside a police cruiser caught 10 seconds of the Feb. 14 beating outside the police station in suburban Bloomfield, which followed a 3-mile chase from adjacent Hartford. The officers said they chased 37-year-old James Wilson because they thought he was a fugitive who had attacked a police officer in a separate incident.
June 12, 1986 |
Janitor-turned-Long Beach Councilman James Wilson, who resigned last month after being sentenced to three years in prison for accepting bribes from fireworks king W. Patrick Moriarty, died today. Wilson, 58, free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction, was taken by rescue squad to St. Mary Medical Center in full arrest from an apparent heart attack.
April 20, 2006 |
AT A MEETING of the world's top cops in San Francisco today, the first topic on the agenda will be whether the "broken windows" theory on which Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton has built his career is, in fact, an effective crime-fighting technique. The theory was first articulated by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in the Atlantic magazine in 1982.