CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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.
July 31, 1994 |
In the morning's mail there is a manila envelope with Mark's return address in Berkeley. I heft the parcel: just a few pages. As usual I go through all the other things first--the bills, a weekly solicitation for an environmental cause, a magazine from the college sorority of which I was briefly a member. Skimming this silly publication, habitually tossed in the trash immediately upon receipt, briefly delays the moment I will finally pick up the envelope and open it.
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.
August 10, 2003 |
Twenty-five years ago, an underground cauldron of chemical soup bubbled into backyards and basements from an abandoned canal. Some 800 families were evacuated, 300 homes demolished. The discovery ignited fears of cancer and birth defects, gave rise to the Superfund law that governs environmental cleanups, and forever linked one name to toxic disasters: Love Canal. Today, parts of Love Canal are thriving. Pristine houses sit behind manicured lawns and pots of bright red geraniums.