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October 18, 2003 | Lance Pugmire and Jose Cardenas, Times Staff Writers
Two Southern California soldiers were among the 10 American military personnel killed in Iraq since last weekend, according to authorities. Pfc. Jose Casanova, 23, of El Monte was killed in Baghdad on Sunday when an Iraqi trash truck rolled over and landed on top of his vehicle, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Casanova had been serving in Iraq since January as a member of the Army's 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, based at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Cpl. Sean R.
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February 14, 2003 | Steve Hymon and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Residents of a Claremont neighborhood became prisoners in their homes Thursday night when a flash flood poured from the San Gabriel Mountains and turned a riverbed into an 8-foot-deep rushing stream dragging cars and logs. All roads out of the community of 54 homes in Palmer Canyon were blocked by the moat of water. The flood of rain and mud roared into the foothill community about 6:44 p.m., said county fire dispatcher Anita Padgett. "They're trapped," Padgett said. However, by 8:15 p.m.
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December 7, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS and KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
From morning to evening on Thursday, friends and neighbors stopped by the family home of Frazier Park's fallen son, Brian Cody Prosser. Some left baskets of flowers. Up Lakewood Mountain Road, others paused at a convenience store to sign an American flag that will be presented to the family. "God bless you for your sacrifice. America is worth it," read one message. A day after learning that Prosser was one of three U.S.
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April 22, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities released a man late Friday who had set off security devices at Burbank Airport earlier in the day, causing a six-hour disruption that included the closing of one terminal, an FBI investigator said Saturday. Airport security officers detained the man, a Southwest airlines passenger bound for San Jose whose name was not released, after screening his computer with an X-ray machine.
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June 13, 2003 | Wendy Thermos and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
A man suspected of robbing more than 30 fast-food restaurants was shot to death outside an International House of Pancakes in Encino on Thursday when he pointed a revolver at undercover officers who had pursued him across the Valley, police said. The 30-year-old man had just tried to rob a nearby Taco Bell, and police in unmarked cars had followed him to the IHOP parking lot at Ventura Boulevard and Haskell Avenue at about 3 p.m., authorities said.
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June 9, 2002 | WENDY THERMOS and HOLLY WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Firefighters battled a 21,000-acre wildfire amid rising winds near Ojai on Saturday, while a well-placed backfire and strong marine layer apparently helped them get the best of another large blaze near Saugus.
OPINION
September 12, 2009
Re " 'Freeze! Put your hands up!' Oh sorry," Opinion, Sept. 9 I was attracted to the Op-Ed; it was a catchy title to be sure. Michael Krikorian's experience was unfortunate, although not uncommon. As a Los Angeles police officer for 35 years, I saw countless incidents in which the officers were provided inaccurate information by a caring, concerned and obviously frightened citizen. Krikorian had a chance to gain insight from this and pass it along to the citizens of Los Angeles.
NEWS
March 23, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There had been time for tears to dry, no time yet for wounds to heal. Santee Mayor Randy Voepel had returned to work Thursday for his first full day since the shooting at Santana High School two weeks ago. It was early afternoon when he got the telephone call. Another shooting. In neighboring El Cajon. At Granite Hills High School. "All I could do is turn on the radio and try not to cry," said Voepel, who calls himself a small-town, part-time mayor.
OPINION
December 9, 2012 | By Michael Krikorian
In 1985, I shot someone. It happened outside the Rustic Inn, a bar in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles near Compton, which was where I spent most of my free time back then. Moments before the shooting, I had been in a barroom brawl. My friend George and I were drinking Heinekens and taking sips off a half-pint of Seagram's VO we'd stashed atop a rickety wooden beam at the beer-only bar's side-porch entrance. Three guys walked in and began staring at us. George, a big guy quick to unleash his fists, asked them - in Comptonese - what they were looking at. It was on. I'm not a great brawler, but I'm a good friend, and I couldn't let George go one-on-three.
OPINION
April 23, 2013 | By Michael Krikorian
In 2001, I wrote a story for the Los Angeles Times about April 24, the annual Armenian Day of Remembrance, that had this lead: "The Armenian genocide. " That was it, the entire first paragraph. I was proud of it because it didn't say "the alleged genocide" or "what the Armenians consider a genocide. " It just called the 1915 massacre of a million Armenians what it was, even though the U.S. government - in deference to official Turkish denials and our air bases in Turkey - won't use the word.
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