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June 19, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles school officials have for years aggressively searched students to keep weapons off campuses. But now they are running into legal opposition from civil libertarians, teachers and students who say the security measures violate pupils' privacy rights. A federal lawsuit to be filed by the American Civil Liberties Union today accuses the Los Angeles Unified School District of violating constitutional protections by searching students without reasonable suspicion.
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BUSINESS
June 15, 2001 | Jeff Leeds
A judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming Los Angeles officials improperly tossed out House of Blues' bid for the contract to run the city-owned Greek Theatre, representatives on both sides said. House of Blues said the L.A. Recreation and Parks Commission erred by ignoring an analysis that found its bid superior to one submitted by rival concert promoter Nederlander Organization. The commission voted Feb. 21 to throw out both bids and start over.
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June 9, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Charging that the city of Los Angeles has stonewalled in turning over documents important to secession studies, proponents of Harbor area cityhood filed a lawsuit Friday to force the release of the records. The Harbor Study Foundation filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking an order to force Mayor Richard Riordan and other city officials to turn over the records, including business tax data, legal descriptions of the city's port, and revenue reports on gas and oil pipelines.
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June 5, 2001 | HANG NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Los Angeles Police Department and two officers in the controversial shooting of an actor who allegedly pointed a replica pistol at one of them during a Halloween party last year, attorneys said Monday. The lawsuit filed by Tina Lee-Vogt, the sister of victim Anthony Dwain Lee, charges that the Benedict Canyon shooting was unjustified and an excessive response. "This shooting should have never happened," attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
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April 26, 2001
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved paying $2.6 million to the family of a man who was fatally shot by police on New Year's Eve 1999. According to council members who voted in favor of the settlement, members of the LAPD's now-defunct gunfire suppression detail had mistakenly thought Terry Taylor, 35, was armed when they confronted him--and then shot him--in his backyard 2 1/2 years ago. "This was a bad shooting," said one city official. "It was in the best interest to settle it.
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April 25, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys man whose leg was crushed against a light post in an accident involving a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car was awarded $1.25 million Tuesday. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the settlement for Isaac Zamora, 28, a gardener from Mexico. "It's an extremely reasonable settlement, given the circumstances of the case," said Todd Macaluso, Zamora's attorney. "This was a hard-working kid who used to be very active and now has to cope with losing a limb."
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March 27, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no denying Sanford Diamond can be excitable. High blood pressure can do that to you, he says. So can the frustration of trying to communicate with a world you cannot hear. But even after the deaf and diabetic 72-year-old was handcuffed, brought to the ground, allegedly roughed up and finally cut loose by Los Angeles police, all he really wanted from the city was an apology and $5,850 for a new set of teeth, he says.
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March 27, 2001
The family of Holocaust survivor Leon Praport, who died last month in the crash of the Angels Flight funicular, filed a wide-ranging lawsuit Monday alleging that the city of Los Angeles allowed a "dangerous condition" to exist on public property, creating a "substantial risk of injury" when the downtown railway was in operation. Praport, 83, was killed and his wife, Lola, was one of seven injured when a mechanical failure caused the railway's two cars to collide.
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March 24, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sylmar man who was mauled by two pit bull terriers last year sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday for releasing the animals after earlier attacks on neighborhood animals. Attorney Jeff Zinder said the city knew the dogs were dangerous before they attacked his client, Acension Cervantes, 41, in February 2000. Zinder said the city should not have returned the dogs to their owners after earlier impoundments for vicious behavior.
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March 24, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sylmar man who was mauled by two pit bull terriers last year sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday for releasing the dogs after earlier attacks on neighborhood animals. Attorney Jeff Zinder said the city knew the dogs were dangerous before they attacked his client, Acension Cervantes, 41, in February 2000. "They were returned to their owners despite the fact that the dogs had exhibited vicious and dangerous propensities," Zinder said.
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