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Michael Krikorian

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001
Congratulations to Times reporter Michael Krikorian for his outstanding article, "Coming Face to Face With Sudden Death Tragedy on the Streets of L.A." (Jan. 27). The sudden deaths of Judith Lopez and her 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice, and the major injuries suffered by 6-year-old daughter Jamie at Parthenia and Tampa, were truly tragic. Witnesses like Krikorian and Sylvia Vasquez usually arrive before our police officers and firefighters, and we thank them for their efforts to help the victims.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2003 | Joel Rubin, Daren Briscoe and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
An 86-year-old man drove his car the length of the Santa Monica Farmers' Market early Wednesday afternoon, apparently reaching freeway speeds as he plowed through a crowd of terrified summer shoppers, killing at least nine people, including a 3-year-old girl. More than 50 people were hospitalized, 15 of them with critical injuries, after George Russell Weller of Santa Monica sped for 2 1/2 blocks through a market renowned as one of the region's culinary treasures.
OPINION
January 10, 2004
High homicide rates are the norm worldwide in societies where courts and cops fail to resolve conflicts, according to scholars interviewed by Times reporters Jill Leovy and Doug Smith. To Los Angeles' disgrace, that holds true in South L.A., where the well-grounded fear of retribution from criminals far outweighs faith in cops to do anything about crime. So witnesses remain silent and killers remain free. Young people join gangs to protect themselves and settle scores. South L.A.
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