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May 21, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Warning: Music may be hazardous to your health. It's not just your hearing that's at risk, according to a study out Monday in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics. Teens and young adults who listen to digital music players with ear buds are almost twice as likely as non-listeners to smoke pot, the study says. And those who attend concerts or frequent dance clubs are nearly six times as likely as homebodies to go on a binge-drinking bender. These findings are based on survey results collected from 944 low-income students at two vocational schools in the Netherlands.
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February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The jury in the murder trial of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, has reached verdicts on four charges but said on Saturday it could not agree on the top count of first-degree murder. The jury, which is in the fourth day of weighing Dunn's fate, announced its status in a note to  Judge Russell L. Healey late Saturday afternoon. The judge read the jury the so-called dynamite charge, urging them to return to their deliberations and try to resolve their differences.
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February 11, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Michael Dunn, on trial in the killing of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud music, on Tuesday recounted their fatal confrontation, testifying that before shooting he saw a barrel of a gun and feared for his life. Dunn, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jordan Davis , 17, at a Jacksonville, Fla. convenience store in November 2012. Dunn has also pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder for firing at three of Davis' friends.
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February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A jury in Florida returned a split verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, accused of killing an unarmed teenager in a dispute over loud music - a decision that will put the software engineer in prison for the rest of his life but leaves unanswered lingering questions about race, guns and self-defense law. In its fourth day of deliberation Saturday, the jury convicted Dunn, 47, of four charges. But the jury, which included two African American women, one Latino man, an Asian American woman and eight white people, couldn't reach a decision on the charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Davis, who would have celebrated his 19th birthday Sunday.
NEWS
January 10, 1999 | Associated Press
It's a condition you don't want your next-door neighbor to have. Lending weight to the suspicions of generations of disgruntled neighbors, roommates and parents, a group of researchers at Northeastern University have published a study suggesting some people might have addictions to loud music. "One of the hallmarks of addictions is continued use, despite physical harm. These people couldn't stop listening," said Mary Florentine, one of the authors of the study published Dec.
NEWS
February 20, 1994 | IRIS YOKOI
The owner of an electronics store in the Broadway area has been slapped with criminal charges for playing loud music through speakers placed on the sidewalk last year, a common promotional technique along the shopping strip. Fred Lahijaniha, owner of Elegant Electronics Inc. at 218 1/2 W. 5th St., is scheduled to appear Thursday in Los Angeles Municipal Court for arraignment on one count of disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1986 | Bill Billiter
A fight by two half-brothers, allegedly over loud music from a radio, resulted in one of them being stabbed, police said Sunday. The altercation occurred at 8:45 p.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 2200 block of Placentia Avenue, where the two men reside, officers said. The stabbing victim, Rosenda R. Delasachez, 24, was playing a radio in the garage. His half-brother, Francisco Ramirez Aguilar, 35, argued that the music was too loud, and a fight ensued, investigators said.
MAGAZINE
November 3, 1985 | JACK SMITH
We have a woman who comes in every Saturday morning to clean our house. My wife works and can't keep up herself. I called our treasure the Pearl at first, when I couldn't remember her name, and it stuck. She is a Pearl--not only because of the luster of her complexion and personality but because she is precious. She works hard and fast, and she is cheerful, though she tells me she has plenty of problems. She has two children of school age whom she is raising by herself.
MAGAZINE
June 21, 1987 | Jack Smith
Speaking of deprovements--so-called improvements thatzactually make things worse--high on my list is the amplification of sound. It has its purposes. In its most minute application, it helps the hearing-impaired to hear. In great open spaces, it can bring a speaker's voice to the multitudes--assuming that they really want to hear what he or she says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The tinted windows at Cafe Miss Cutie in Garden Grove are a giveaway that this isn't your ordinary coffeehouse. At about 20 tables, men play cards and smoke, tossing cigarette butts onto the wood floor seconds before lighting up again. High-pitched pop music pulsates as waitresses dressed in sexy lingerie — and sometimes less — deliver the brew the customers crave: Vietnamese coffee, strong and sweet, in a small glass topped with whipped cream. The cafe is one of about 20 in this Orange County city, which includes part of Little Saigon, one of the largest Vietnamese American enclaves in the U.S. It also is among those raided in March by more than 150 federal and local law enforcement officials, exposing an underbelly of what police say includes nudity, gambling and prostitution.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A jury has found Michael Dunn, the Florida man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, guilty of four charges, but the jury was unable to reach a decision on the top count, first-degree murder. Dunn, who is white, fired 10 shots into an SUV, killing Jordan Davis, 17, who was black. The shooting in a convenience store parking lot in Jacksonville erupted after Dunn asked the teenagers in the vehicle to turn down their music. Dunn was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into a vehicle in the Nov. 23, 2012, shooting.
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February 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Florida jury weighing the fate of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, told officials Friday that it had hit a wall in its deliberations and then broken for the night. Deliberations were to resume Saturday morning. Jurors have deliberated for more than 181/2 hours since receiving the case Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, the jury asked the judge whether it could hand in a verdict on some charges even if it could not reach a unanimous agreement on one charge.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Jurors on Wednesday received the murder case of Michael Dunn, the Florida man accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loudly played music. The sequestered jury began its work by choosing a foreperson before beginning to consider the case. In the prosecution's closing argument Wednesday, Assistant State Atty. Erin Wolfson told jurors that Jordan Davis, 17, was unarmed when Dunn, 47, fired 10 shots at an SUV in which Davis was sitting. Wolfson said no witnesses saw any of the four teenagers in the vehicle with a weapon and that police searches turned up none.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Michael Dunn, on trial in the killing of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud music, on Tuesday recounted their fatal confrontation, testifying that before shooting he saw a barrel of a gun and feared for his life. Dunn, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jordan Davis , 17, at a Jacksonville, Fla. convenience store in November 2012. Dunn has also pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder for firing at three of Davis' friends.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Tevin Thompson told a rapt audience in a Jacksonville, Fla., courtroom about the fateful night over Thanksgiving break in 2012 when he and three friends were out on the town. They were in a Dodge Durango and had stopped for gum and cigarettes at a convenience store. A Volkswagen carrying Michael Dunn and his girlfriend pulled up close alongside the parked SUV. Dunn, 47 and white, asked the black teenagers in the SUV to turn down the loud music, Thompson, 19, testified Friday. Thompson said he turned down the volume but that fellow passenger Jordan Davis, 17, cursed and asked him to turn the music back up. "It was pretty loud," Thompson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Robert Lee Phillips didn't get along with his two adult stepdaughters, prosecutors say. They clashed over many things, including music. As a blues musician, he detested the loud and profane rap tunes they favored. The bad blood came to a head Labor Day weekend in 2006, prosecutors said. Sabrina Taylor, 30, and her sister, Charlotte Johnson, 33, invited friends over for Sabrina's birthday. The party ended in gunfire that left both sisters dead. Phillips is accused of killing them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1997 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The clock has long ago struck midnight on a summer Friday as Kyle Swanson and a cluster of friends sip sodas and swap jokes to the beat of pulsating music. Then, abruptly, Swanson shatters the familiar teenage tableau. He picks up a 10-pound ball, swings it back and through in expert pendulum form, and rolls a resounding strike. This is unmistakably a bowling alley--without a single pair of plaid pants to be found. This is Cosmic Bowling night at Matador Bowl in Northridge.
NEWS
July 29, 1987 | Jack Smith
This will not be the last word in the controversy over loud music, but I hope it will give a final balance to my inquiry into that phenomenon. Many readers have complained that the young people whose letters I recently quoted seemed to care only about their own gratification, with no consideration for others. (I said I didn't care about the loudness of rock as long as I didn't have to hear it; but I did care about the overamplification of other music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Shane Grady was jolted awake early Sunday when he heard gunfire on Devonshire Street. He said he dropped to the floor and looked out his window, but the slowing traffic blocked his view. Then came the police sirens and helicopter flying so low, another neighbor said, that it was "shaking the rooftop. " PHOTOS: Four killed in shooting at Northridge home Residents in the usually quiet Northridge neighborhood woke up to a shocking scene. Police said two men and two women were found shot dead outside a home in the 17400 block of Devonshire in the San Fernando Valley.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
AURORA, Colo. - Kaitlyn Fonzi, 20, had her hand on the doorknob of her upstairs neighbor's booby-trapped apartment here early last Friday, ready to complain about his blaring music. She had no idea how close she was to becoming one of the casualties in a massacre that left 12 dead and 58 injured. On Wednesday, Fonzi returned to the three-story brick apartment building with her boyfriend, Chris Rodriguez, 30, to see when they could come back. Many others in town were wondering the same thing - not only about the apartment building, but about the Century 16 theater, where police say James E. Holmes attacked moviegoers during the post-midnight premiere of the latest Batman installment,"The Dark Knight Rises.
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