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June 3, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A machete-wielding porn performer went on a rampage at a Van Nuys production facility, killing one of his former co-stars and badly wounding two other men, Los Angeles police investigators said Wednesday. Police said the assailant, porn actor Stephen Clancy Hill, was last seen driving a blue Toyota RAV4. The attack was reported around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at Ultima DVD Inc., a video distribution business where Hill did production work and apparently lived, police said. Police said they are investigating whether Hill was angry with his colleagues after learning that he was being fired and evicted.
April 1, 2010 | Hector Tobar
Back in the day, most of us in L.A. still cut our own lawns and weeded our own gardens. Come springtime, we rolled out the mowers, cranked up the edgers, raked up the grass -- and at the end we inspected our yards and pronounced ourselves satisfied. It was a ritual that celebrated California sunshine and our good fortune to live in a place where just about anyone can make things grow. Then an army of cheap labor showed up and many of us started hiring companies with names like "Garcia Landscaping" to do these things for us. Our neighborhoods became buzzing assembly lines as squads of Spanish-speaking men with leaf blowers began moving speedily from one yard to the next.
March 8, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon
The attacks came in the night, as the villagers slept. Hundreds of Muslim herdsmen armed with guns and machetes swooped down on three Christian villages outside Jos in central Nigeria, killing more than 120 people early Sunday, according to witnesses. There were contradictory reports on the casualties. Some said more than 120 were killed, while others put the number at about 200. The massacre in volatile Plateau state -- long beset with ethnic-religious violence -- was apparently a revenge attack.
September 24, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
It isn't easy making a movie in the Dominican Republic. When Michael Mann tried shooting part of "Miami Vice" there in 2005, a gunfight broke out near the film set, prompting costar Jamie Foxx to leave the country and forcing the film to relocate to Miami. The filmmakers who made "La Soga," which recently earned several standing ovations at the Toronto International Film Festival, managed to finish their movie without anyone being killed, though they do have colorful stories, which include hiring a machete fighter to handle security.
August 14, 2009 | Edmund Sanders
For decades, Scottish geologist and gem dealer Campbell Bridges navigated the risks that came with mining precious stones in Africa. At his camp deep in the Kenyan bush, he spent nights in a treehouse to stay safe from wild animals. He used a python to stand guard over his cache of colored gems and more than once chased away marauders attempting to poach from his caves. But Bridges' life and adventurous career ended abruptly this week when his truck was ambushed in southeastern Kenya by a mob armed with spears, machetes, and bows and arrows.
March 16, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Sheriff's deputies shot a man Sunday after he threatened them with a machete and a baseball bat, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Ernesto Castaneda, 22, died at a hospital, Sheriff's Deputy Byron Ward said. Deputies were called at 11 a.m. to the 3500 block of Temple City Boulevard by Castaneda's father, who reported that his son was under the influence of drugs and armed with a machete, Ward said. When the deputies arrived, they found Castaneda in a nearby backyard wielding the machete, as well as a baseball bat. They ordered him to drop the weapons, but he refused and moved toward them, Ward said.
February 21, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A 31-year-old man was killed Tuesday in a drive-by shooting as he stood holding a machete in front of a pay telephone in Montecito Heights, authorities said. The man was acting strange shortly before the 4:40 p.m. shooting, repeating in Spanish, "I'm looking for death" and pacing in front of a phone in the 3600 block of Pasadena Avenue, police said. The man had beaten the receiver against the console until it broke. Los Angeles police later recovered a second machete from behind the phone.
August 15, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
California Highway Patrol officers fatally shot a man armed with a machete on the connector ramp from the eastbound Interstate 10 to the northbound Interstate 5 during Tuesday's evening rush hour. Officials closed the ramp to investigate, causing a dual SigAlert and a massive traffic backup on the eastbound 10 that was expected to last well into the night. CHP Sgt. Mark Garrett said two officers encountered the unidentified man shortly after 4:30 p.m.
May 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Armed gangs left a path of devastation across East Timor's capital Saturday, sending thousands of people fleeing and deepening a crisis that foreign intervention troops have so far been unable to quell. The violence is raising concerns that the world's youngest nation is plunging into a civil war, seven years after its traumatic break from 24 years of repressive occupation by the regional giant, Indonesia.
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