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March 14, 2014 | Kate Mather
Of all the mourners who filled the 3,500-seat cathedral Thursday -- including hundreds of police officers, a host of city officials, the governor -- it was the people sitting in the front row at Officer Nicholas Lee's funeral who mattered the most. One by one, those who eulogized the Los Angeles police officer turned their attention to his wife and two daughters. Lee was a dedicated cop, they said. But above all else, he was a family man. "That's what I'm most proud of," said Capt.
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NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Two weeks ago, Walter Williams, 78, was pronounced dead at his home in Lexington, Miss. A  day later, he seemingly came back to life, a situation that officials quickly dubbed a miracle. Williams, father of 11, grandfather of 15, and great-grandfather of six, is now dead again and this time, seemingly for eternity. “They came and got him again around 4:15 a.m.,” Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told TV station WAPT. “I think he's gone this time.” Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard, who had originally pronounced Williams dead, said he died at his home in Lexington around 1 a.m. Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge has rejected a civil rights lawsuit filed by a man arrested on suspicion of violating the city's anti-nudity ordinance for wearing a "gladiator-type black leather loinclo th " at an LGBT Pride activity. William X. Walters argued that he was targeted because he is gay while police allow women to wear even more revealing thongs at local beaches and at the annual Over-the-Line tournament at Fiesta Island. Though evidence showed that Walters may be the only person ever arrested for violating the ordinance without being entirely naked, that does not prove that he was targeted because he is gay, the judge ruled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Judge Henry J. Hall was blunt when he addressed Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee in court Friday, calling his 2011 attack on a homeless man both "horrendous" and "fairly merciless. " Lee, 49, was convicted last year of beating Ronald Bolding with a tire iron  while Bolding was panhandling along an East Hollywood street. Hall handed Lee the maximum sentence of seven years in prison Friday, despite his attorney's request that he be evaluated for possible probation. "What this case boils down to at the end of the day, is nothing more or nothing less than a savage attack on a defenseless person," Hall said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron, an attack a Los Angeles judge declared "fairly merciless" and "horrendous. " Dressed in an orange, jail-issued jump suit, Young Lee stared straight ahead as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall handed down the maximum penalty the 49-year-old faced. A jury in November convicted Lee - who helped found Pinkberry in 2005 but is no longer involved with the company - of assault.
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March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A man who robbed and shot to death nine people, including Buddhist monks and family members, in an Arizona temple was sentenced to 239 years in prison Friday, Maricopa County court officials said. Johnathan Doody, 39, had been convicted of carrying out what remains the deadliest mass murder in Arizona history. A temple abbot, five monks, an apprentice monk, a nun and her nephew were gunned down in the Phoenix-area Wat Promkunaram temple in 1991. Doody and a friend, Alex Garcia, walked into the temple in October 1991 armed with a shotgun and rifle and robbed the templegoers.
HEALTH
March 14, 2014 | By Emily Dwass
Television producer and writer Jason Katims is known for tackling emotional stories. Even his new NBC comedy, "About a Boy," deals with bullying and depression. But family challenges are most apparent in his dramas, especially "Parenthood," finishing its fifth season on NBC, for which Katims sometimes draws on his own experiences. On "Parenthood," the character Max Braverman (played by Max Burkholder) is a child struggling with the autism spectrum disorder Asperger's syndrome. As the father of a son with this developmental disorder, what has it been like to tell that story?
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March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 14-year-old Manhattan Beach girl who went missing over the weekend was found in San Diego after police released photos of the man she was last seen with. Leah Kritzer was found around 5:45 p.m. Thursday after someone called the San Diego Police Department to say that the missing girl was at her home.   San Diego authorities determined that Kritzer was with a 24-year-old man who told them that he drove to Manhattan Beach on Sunday after meeting the girl through an online dating website, where she had allegedly posed as a 19-year-old woman.
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March 13, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Police in Northern California arrested an 18-year-old Fairfield man Thursday who they say bit off his infant son's nose after becoming frustrated with the baby's incessant crying. The month-old boy was taken to Oakland Children's Hospital, where doctors determined that the baby also suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage.  The child is in stable condition, said Troy Oviatt of the Fairfield Major Crimes Unit. Police were called to child's home early Thursday by the baby's hysterical 17-year-old mother, who reported that the baby was bleeding from the nose, Oviatt said. Doctors said about a third of the infant's nose had been severed.
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