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March 27, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
About 100 protesters gathered outside a liquor store at 39th Street and Western Avenue in Los Angeles on Thursday and called on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to help revoke its permit to sell alcohol. Chanting, "We're fired up and can't take no more!" the demonstrators said Century Liquor, which is across the street from Martin Luther King Jr. Park and a new Los Angeles Library branch, undermines attempts to revitalize the hard-pressed community by contributing to the area's high crime rate.
January 1, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu
Police shot and killed a man during a confrontation outside a liquor store Monday afternoon. The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. in front of the Seven Gold Liquor Store in the 500 block of Whittier Boulevard, near Walnut, said police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp. She said officers had received a call that the man was near the intersection and carrying a weapon. Police are withholding the man's name until his relatives are notified, Knapp said. Before the shooting, officers had been searching for him as part of a vandalism investigation.
December 21, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
A suicide bomber edged his way into a crowd of Iraqi officials and U.S. forces gathered for a meeting north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing as many as 12 people, including an American soldier. It was one of three attacks nationwide that shattered what had been the peaceful start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which began Wednesday for Sunni Muslims. Shiites begin celebrating the four-day holiday today.
November 3, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen and Said Rifai, Times Staff Writers
It's Thursday night, the end of the Iraqi workweek, and Fami Ameen is scrambling in his crowded Assassin's Gate liquor store as customers clamor for everything from beer and whiskey to ouzo and arak, the popular local alcohol. Call Ameen an unexpected beneficiary of the "surge." For decades, Iraq had a reputation as a modern, secular society that liked to drink and knew how to party, from wild hotel discotheques to genteel members-only social clubs.
August 28, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
It was a graphic killing caught on videotape. In the shadow of the glittering, revitalized Hollywood Boulevard, a gunman entered a liquor store, grabbing one clerk as he demanded money. The gunman then fatally shot the clerk in the head and wounded another employee. A month later, LAPD detectives made an arrest in the slaying of Pulod Davlatnazarov, thanks to some unusual tactics.
August 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Newport Beach man has been charged with killing a liquor store clerk after trying to steal a magazine from his store, authorities said Tuesday. If convicted, Weston S. Kruger, 28, could face life in prison without parole. According to prosecutors, Kruger entered the Sportsman Liquor Store in the 2600 block of Newport Boulevard to buy cigarettes on Saturday. As he left, clerk Hao Huynh, 46, saw an allegedly stolen magazine under his T-shirt and followed him outside.
June 3, 2007 | Debbie Hummel, Associated Press
If potential home buyers indicate they enjoy a nip now and then, real estate agent Dana Blackburn knows what to do. "All my drinking clients, I try to get them to live on the west side," she said as she left the lone liquor store in St. George. There's a supply problem facing those who imbibe in this city of 126,000, where spectacular red rock scenery, sunny weather and affordable proximity to Las Vegas have contributed to a population boom. St.
May 16, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
At the urging of a nonprofit health organization, Santa Ana officials are considering a proposal to limit liquor licenses in poor neighborhoods. Although the number of businesses licensed to sell liquor in Santa Ana has dropped in the last decade, residents and community activists say impoverished neighborhoods are still swamped with bars and with stores selling alcohol.
February 4, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A man and teenager were shot by a cashier after they allegedly tried to rob a liquor store, police said Saturday. The two, a 16-year- old boy and Keyhn Kenneth Rivers, 19, were hospitalized but were expected to survive, said Lt. John Romero of the Los Angeles Police Department. Both were booked Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder. The cashier, who was also a licensed security guard, was not shot despite an exchange of gunfire. Police were searching for a third suspect in the robbery.
February 4, 2007 | Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writer
Elizabeth McClellan remembers walking past the liquor stores that dotted her South Los Angeles neighborhood, where addicts smoked crack cocaine and drank alcoholic beverages wrapped in brown paper bags. She and her neighbors began organizing with the help of a then-newly formed advisory group called the Empowerment Congress. Eventually, they were able to reduce the number of area liquor stores and crimes.
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