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September 17, 1995
I read with joy your wonderful article on Leon Watkins, the hard-working, South-Central-based volunteer and current Executive Director of Los Angeles Cities in Schools (Sept. 4). I joined LACS as a mentor to a fifth-grade student earlier this year. My first meeting with Watkins came at a time when he was interested in reaching out to younger children, via a mentor program. It became clear that both he and LACS had a positive agenda toward guiding children while they are young. With Watkins' support, I worked with a boy from Watts.
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OPINION
September 17, 1995
I read with joy your wonderful article on Leon Watkins, the hard-working, South-Central-based volunteer and current Executive Director of Los Angeles Cities in Schools (Sept. 4). I joined LACS as a mentor to a fifth-grade student earlier this year. My first meeting with Watkins came at a time when he was interested in reaching out to younger children, via a mentor program. It became clear that both he and LACS had a positive agenda toward guiding children while they are young. With Watkins' support, I worked with a boy from Watts.
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September 4, 1995 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Evelyn Watkins remembers the call like some rude midnight awakening: It was their banker on the phone, and he wasn't happy. She and her husband, Leon, had fallen an entire year behind in the mortgage on their South-Central home. And now, the couple and their four children had just two weeks--14 days--to vacate the tiny dream home they had owned for more than 14 years.
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September 4, 1995 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Evelyn Watkins remembers the call like some rude midnight awakening: It was their banker on the phone, and he wasn't happy. She and her husband, Leon, had fallen an entire year behind in the mortgage on their South-Central home. And now, the couple and their four children had just two weeks--14 days--to vacate the tiny dream home they had owned for more than 14 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1995
Markham Middle School in Watts celebrated the opening of a state-of-the-art fitness center on its campus Tuesday that students and their families will be able to use. The Body By Jake Fitness Center is the first of its kind in the Los Angeles Unified School District and is part of the Cities in Schools program, a nationwide nonprofit organization that brings together private and public resources to help at-risk youth.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Los Angeles area law enforcement officials are uncomfortable with some of the gangbanger sentiments expressed by N.W.A, but don't view the rap group as a threat. "It's not very welcome," said Lt. Joe Flores, adjutant to the Compton chief of police. "But it's a fad and I don't think it's going to have an adverse effect on the community. . . ."
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February 5, 1991 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
The Los Angeles city clerk's office has announced that the following 26 candidates have filed a declaration of intention to run in the April 9 special election--which will coincide with the regular city election--because of the death last December of Councilman Gilbert W. Lindsay. Candidates have until Feb. 6 to collect a minimum of 1,000 signatures of registered voters in their district or pay a $300 filing fee and collect 500 signatures. Descriptions are the candidates' own.
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March 15, 1986 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
Two men armed with semiautomatic machine guns burst into a Huntington Beach apartment Friday, tied up the occupant and assaulted a visitor before a policeman arrived and captured one of the intruders. Police said a second gunman apparently slipped out before a SWAT team surrounded the apartment--probably while the first officer at the scene wrestled with the suspect at the apartment as they tumbled out the front door.
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October 10, 1986 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
"The things I do make me a star, You can be too if you know who you are. Just put your mind to it, you'll go real far Like the pedal to the metal when you're driving a car." --Run-D.M.C. A Hawthorne teen-ager, her voice edged with lingering bitterness, called to protest the senselessness of her brother's recent death during gang violence. Another young woman from East Los Angeles shocked listeners with her tale of a neighbor who sends her 10-year-old daughter out to sell drugs.
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June 3, 1986 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County agency devoted to curbing street gang violence has established a telephone hot line for South-Central Los Angeles residents in an effort to more quickly refer them to organizations that deal with social problems associated with gang membership. The "helpline" will be staffed by parent-volunteers, whose presence is expected to encourage South-Central families and gang members to call, organizers said. Steve D.
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March 14, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
In the fall of 1986, a 17-year-old youth who called himself Do-Man--"because," an acquaintance recalled, "he said he was a man who does things"--drafted a peace treaty in a heartfelt attempt to stop gang killings in his South-Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Lee Johnson received a moment's fame for his effort, but little more. Today, the killing continues unabated, and Johnson's body lies in a funeral home, his mother unable to pay for his funeral.
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August 8, 1988 | BETTINA BOXALL, Times Staff Writer
The broad sweep of Ross Johnson's alley fence has proved irresistible to the Five-Duce Hoover Crips gang. They'd come back with their spray cans and their graffiti as soon as Johnson erased the wall with a new coat of paint. Sunday, Johnson had the pleasure of standing by while a band of Hoover Crips obliterated their graffiti on his property and nearby buildings.
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