October 20, 1999 |
A new TV commercial from the National Rifle Assn. has angered some minority lawmakers because of its portrayal of blacks and Latinos in a series of mug shots. The commercial, which asks Congress not to create more federal gun laws until current ones are enforced more aggressively, started airing Oct. 11. It shows dozens of mug shots of criminals prosecuted in Ohio. While there are many whites in the mug shots, a large percentage are minorities. One Latino lawmaker, Rep. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.
December 8, 2000 |
Prosecutors dropped charges Thursday against 32 people arrested during last summer's Republican National Convention after police failed to link the suspects to any crimes. Four state troopers infiltrated a warehouse that was a staging area for protests during the convention. During a raid on Aug. 2, police arrested 75 people, all for misdemeanors, but the cases have fallen apart. Charges may be dropped against 30 more people next week. The remainder accepted plea agreements earlier.
June 2, 2001
Reading Saturday's letters about Vince Carter's graduation and horse racing, you'd think that Diane Pucin was T.J. Simers in drag. Wait a minute? Is that why the Times stopped printing mug shots with the columns? Greg Paull San Diego
August 21, 2003 |
Tampa police have scrapped their controversial security camera system that scanned city streets for criminals, citing its failure over two years to recognize anyone wanted by authorities. The system was intended to recognize the facial characteristics of felons, sexual predators and runaway children by matching passersby with a database of 30,000 mug shots.
April 23, 2013 |
Sharon Osbourne set most of the record straight Tuesday on "The Talk," bringing up her recent marital struggles with husband Ozzy Osbourne and declaring in no uncertain terms that they are not getting divorced. “Everybody knows he's been struggling with this [substance abuse] his entire life and I never knew that he was using prescription drugs. I knew he was drinking occasionally, but I didn't realize to the extent. It's our business - we're dealing with it; we're not getting divorced.
July 26, 2002 |
The city of Denver's cable channel unveiled a new program featuring the mug shots of men convicted of soliciting prostitutes. "Johns-TV," part of a crackdown on prostitution, debuted with 11 men. "If you choose to risk catching a sexually transmitted disease, you now also choose to take the risk of having your picture appear on TV for the whole world to see," said Denver Mayor Wellington Webb.
June 7, 2013 |
Eva Longoria may have ended her marriage with Tony Parker, but that doesn't mean she's ended her relationship with the San Antonio Spurs. Now an innocuous tweet from the "Desperate Housewives" alum has her followers questioning their current relationship while gossip mills rehash their tumultuous split. It even got a reaction from ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale. "Go Spurs Go! I say Spurs in 5!!!!" the actress and longtime Spurs fan tweeted following the team's win and Parker's 21-point scoring game Thursday night during Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
April 5, 2013 |
Wesley Snipes has been released from prison and transferred into a house-arrest situation. The "Blade" and "White Men Can't Jump" actor got out of the federal pen on Tuesday, TMZ reported , after serving the bulk of a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001, during which time he earned $40 million. Snipes was convicted in 2008 in Florida, but fought his sentence vigorously right up until the week or so before he went behind bars in Pennsylvania on Dec. 9, 2010.