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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.
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.
September 13, 2003 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
MTA officials Friday defended a bus driver who refused to pick up students at a bus stop near Taft High School moments before a drive-by shooting occurred there, saying he was authorized to keep going if he felt it wasn't safe to stop. The driver told supervisors that, as he was approaching the stop at Ventura Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue, he saw about 20 to 30 students standing in the street, pushing and shoving one another.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Krikorian
Last week I sent a text message to a friend. A Hollywood business meeting I had high hopes for had been suddenly "postponed. " "Everybody canceled except me," I texted. She texted back, "Haha. " What's so funny about it, I wondered? Where's the haha in my disappointment? My text was more sad than funny; her text steamed me. Dismissed twice . "Haha" and its partner, "LOL," are texting's go-to replies, a vaguely complimentary, vaguely condescending way to acknowledge a text has been received.
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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