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April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in finding the gunman responsible for the fatal shooting of a delivery truck driver in South L.A., authorities said. Police responded to the 4700 block of South Flower Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday and discovered Pedro Antonio Rodriguez bleeding inside the cab of his delivery truck, authorities said. The truck was parked “askew at the curb,” an LAPD statement said. An investigation revealed that Rodriguez had also been the victim of a robbery, according to the statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"What's my motivation?" is a standard laugh line satirizing the acting profession, a livelihood in which it's not always clear why one is doing what one needs to do. At the moment, Daniel Beaty and Keith David may be the two American actors least likely to say it. They are playing (and singing) the role of Paul Robeson in two separate plays on two separate Los Angeles stages. Their shared motivation is telling a story that is the ultimate retort to the idea that there's an unbridgeable gap between being a performer and living a serious life.
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April 19, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 26-year-old San Diego man was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide after two passengers in his Nissan Sentra were killed in a high-speed crash. Mario Alberto Castaneda Carranza was driving at 70 mph on Interstate 8 near Lakeside in eastern San Diego County when he apparently lost control of his car at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The 1997 vehicle crashed through a chain-link fence and smashed into a concrete culvert.
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April 19, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Metro Red Line service was delayed late Friday when a man jumped in front of a train in what officials called a suicide attempt. A witness at the Hollywood/Western Station said the man was dragged 20 yards but survived. He had a large gash on his head and was taken to a hospital. Train service was delayed more than 30 minutes.   ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego metrodesk@latimes.com      
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Mikhail Baryshnikov's earliest experience in the theater began when he was a child of just 4 or 5 in present-day Latvia, then a part of the Soviet Union. His mother, a Russian speaker unfamiliar with the local tongue, would drag along her young son to play interpreter. Now, after a career in dance, film and television, he's performing the title role in "Man in a Case," a multimedia adaptation of two short stories by Anton Chekhov running April 24 through May 10 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
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April 19, 2014 | By Colleen Mastony
The nurses on the 20th floor were the first to see them. "Oh my goodness," declared Colleen Forrester, 29, a nurse dressed in green scrubs, who pointed to the windows. Other nurses came to look and laughed. Were the children strong enough to come see? Soon, parents and nurses were leading kids out of their rooms. The children were small and frail-looking. Most were undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious disorders. But on this cold April morning, they had a precious moment of distraction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus sobbed in court Friday as he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. At one point, sheriff's deputies had to calm Brandon Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table. He was convicted in February on four counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting, the first on the campus in decades. Four people were shot and injured. Nearly 50 friends and family members sat behind Spencer as he tried to compose himself and ask the judge for a second chance.
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April 18, 2014 | Times Staff Reports
Police have a man in custody in connection with a threat to start shooting at the Los Angeles Times Building. The man, believed to be in his 20s, is not an employee of The Times but works for Vxi Global Solutions, which rents office space in the building. According to witnesses, the man, who has not been identified, said he had been depressed, didn't mind killing someone and said he didn't want to go to jail. He reportedly handed one person a bag of bullets. Employees throughout the building were placed on lockdown.
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April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A man authorities dubbed the “family annihilator” for allegedly bludgeoning his mother, wife and three sons to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago may be living in Southern California, FBI officials said. William Bradford Bishop Jr., 77, hasn't been seen since the day after authorities say he killed his family in Maryland in March 1976. After driving to rural North Carolina, where he allegedly burned and buried the bodies, Bishop bought a pair of sneakers in Jacksonville, N.C., and disappeared, the FBI said in a news release.
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April 18, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A standoff with Whittier police that lasted more than 12 hours ended early Friday morning after a man surrendered and his alleged hostage was freed unharmed from inside an apartment. The incident concluded peacefully about 4:22 a.m., Whittier Police Officer Brad White told KTLA . Police were called to the complex in the 7900 block of Bright Avenue about 4 p.m., officials said. When officers arrived, White said, they saw windows being broken out of the complex and a conflict between a man and a woman inside.
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