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July 8, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
A female janitor cleaning a bathroom at Dockweiler State Beach was punched and kicked in the face by several suspects, police said Monday evening. The attack occurred around 4:30 p.m. when she was punched in the face and fell to the ground, police said. Another man and at least one woman held the victim down while she was struck in the face again by the first assailant, according to initial reports received by the Los Angeles Police Department. The attackers fled, and the woman was taken to a local hospital.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Christy Khoshaba
“Helium,” the story of a terminally ill boy who is bored with the idea of heaven until he meets a janitor who concocts an alternative blimp-laden version of the afterlife, won the Oscar for live-action short film Sunday night.  The fanciful Danish charmer stars Casper Crump as the kindhearted janitor and Pelle Falk Krusbaek as the boy with a fascination for hot-air balloons. Clocking in at less than 23 minutes, the comforting tale effortlessly blends computer-generated images with live-action, a feat not easy to achieve, particularly with the budget of a short.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Michael Finnegan
The person who will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is not a judge or another politician but a 13-year-old girl who first met him nine years ago. Kenia Castillo, an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Magnet Middle School, said she was 4 when she encountered Garcetti outside City Hall at a Justice For Janitors rally. She attended that event with her mother, a janitor, and more recently volunteered for his mayoral campaign. Although she doesn't remember much from that first meeting, the Westlake resident said she is excited to be taking part in Sunday's ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The 15 short films nominated for Oscars each year, five in each category - live action, animation and documentary - usually feel completely untethered to their longer siblings. But this year, the shorts, like the longs, are a serious, substantial bunch, with a great many international contenders among them. Oh, a little cheek slips in here and there. In "Get a Horse," director Lauren MacMullan takes a satirical swipe at the animation form itself by waging a 3-D-versus-2-D, color-versus-black-and-white debate with a little help from Mickey Mouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1996
A would-be robber killed a janitor early Monday at a Paramount market, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. Super A Foods is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the man who entered the market on Downey Avenue shortly before 4 a.m., sheriff's spokesman Matt Rodriguez said. The manager and janitor Cesar Cruz, 30, were getting money for the intruder when he shot Cruz and fled, Rodriguez said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Justin Bieber has gone from wee pop star to wee-wee punk, getting caught on video urinating into an unsuspecting janitor's mop bucket. Yeah, gross. In the video (see it here , via TMZ ) shot earlier this year in New York City, the Biebs and his pals are allegedly exiting a night club the back way, through a restaurant kitchen, when the 19-year-old feels the call of nature and decides to relieve himself in what a friend calls the "quickest restroom we could find" - a working person's yellow bucket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1989 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, Times Staff Writer
A legal claim has been filed against the San Diego Unified School District on behalf of a woman who alleges that her 6-year-old daughter was sexually molested by a janitor at the elementary school the girl attended. The claim, filed May 9 by attorney John Clifton Elstead of Pleasanton in Alameda County, is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school district. The mother's name is not listed in the claim. A criminal investigation by the San Diego Police Department is continuing, Lt. Kraig Kessler said.
NEWS
April 27, 1989
A former Glendale elementary school janitor charged with molesting two third-graders was sentenced in Glendale Municipal Court this week to 36 months probation. Under terms of the probation, Ralph M. Camden, 66, is prohibited from being near children out of the presence of another adult or guardian. He is also required to undergo psychiatric counseling, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeanne Behling said. Camden pleaded no contest in February to two counts of engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
A janitor at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center in Willowbrook has been charged with felony commercial burglary for allegedly selling 14 boxes of patient records to a recycling center, authorities said Thursday. The boxes contained computer printouts of about 30,000 patient names, addresses, phone numbers and medical record numbers — not private medical information, according to William T Fujioka, L.A. County's chief executive. Robert Sanders, 55, was arrested Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan
Josef D'Heygers was a 41-year-old Belgian shoemaker who spoke no English when he came to the United States in 1956 and began working as a janitor at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. The Catholic high school literally became home to D'Heygers, who initially slept on a bed in an unused restroom before moving into a converted nurse's infirmary. He later moved into a mobile home near the faculty cafeteria that eventually was replaced by a more modern one. By the time an apartment was built for him above the new Campus Ministry Center in 2000, the unassuming D'Heygers had long become as much a fixture at Mater Dei as the statue of Mary in the grotto in the center of campus.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
After serving eight years in prison and facing decades more behind bars, Ryan Ferguson is about to become a free man. Missouri Atty. Gen. Chris Koster announced Tuesday that he would not pursue another trial against Ferguson, whose 2005 murder conviction was thrown out by a state appeals court last week in a ruling that blasted local prosecutors for withholding evidence and said Ferguson didn't get a fair trial. "After studying the appellate court's opinion in [Ferguson's appeal]
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Justin Bieber has gone from wee pop star to wee-wee punk, getting caught on video urinating into an unsuspecting janitor's mop bucket. Yeah, gross. In the video (see it here , via TMZ ) shot earlier this year in New York City, the Biebs and his pals are allegedly exiting a night club the back way, through a restaurant kitchen, when the 19-year-old feels the call of nature and decides to relieve himself in what a friend calls the "quickest restroom we could find" - a working person's yellow bucket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
A female janitor cleaning a bathroom at Dockweiler State Beach was punched and kicked in the face by several suspects, police said Monday evening. The attack occurred around 4:30 p.m. when she was punched in the face and fell to the ground, police said. Another man and at least one woman held the victim down while she was struck in the face again by the first assailant, according to initial reports received by the Los Angeles Police Department. The attackers fled, and the woman was taken to a local hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Michael Finnegan
The person who will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is not a judge or another politician but a 13-year-old girl who first met him nine years ago. Kenia Castillo, an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Magnet Middle School, said she was 4 when she encountered Garcetti outside City Hall at a Justice For Janitors rally. She attended that event with her mother, a janitor, and more recently volunteered for his mayoral campaign. Although she doesn't remember much from that first meeting, the Westlake resident said she is excited to be taking part in Sunday's ceremony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By William Nottingham
The party is on in Grand Park now that Eric Garcetti has taken the oath of office as the first elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles. At 42, he is also the youngest in more than a century. With musical groups about to perform on the park stage and food trucks lining the sidewalks, the free festivities will continue until 10 p.m. In his speech, Garcetti called L.A. "a place where you can't be pessimistic even if you want to be" and pledged to keep crime in check, boost education and meet with Fortune 500 executives to find new ways to create jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is taking his power-to-the-people pitch to Sunday's inauguration festivities, planning an event that includes Steampunk carnival games, multi-culti music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. Hollywood, a major backer of Garcetti's campaign, will also be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. For the most part, though, Garcetti has planned a ceremony with little pomp followed by a free public party in downtown's Grand Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 42-year-old bank janitor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of taking $16,000 that was mistakenly left on a counter at Union Bank in Moorpark. Investigators questioned the bank's cleaning crew, then searched Alejandro Ortega's home, where they recovered about $14,000 in cash, police said.
NEWS
February 3, 1993 | JON D. MARKMAN and ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A janitor who apparently was agitated over the late payment of a $150 check doused a bookkeeper with a flammable liquid Tuesday, then calmly walked away as flames engulfed her, police said. The bookkeeper, Karen LaBorde, 42, of Orange, died shortly before 5 p.m. at UCI Medical Center, about nine hours after sustaining burns over 95% of her body, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
Jurors said overwhelming evidence against a 16-year-old girl charged with killing her mother and stepfather left them with little choice but to find her guilty Friday of first degree-murder. Several members of the Compton jury said they were unconvinced by Cynthia Alvarez's testimony this week that she was helpless to stop her parents from being killed by her boyfriend. The jurors, who declined to give their names, said notes that Alvarez wrote to her boyfriend while he was hiding inside her Compton home shortly before the October 2011 killings showed she played an active role in the crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A group of Republican state lawmakers Wednesday proposed allowing school districts to spend education funds to train teachers, administrators and janitors in gun use. Responding to last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the lawmakers said arming school personnel would help protect campuses against violent intruders. "The idea is to create essentially an invisible line of defense around our kids," said Assemblyman and tea party adherent Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino.
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