August 21, 2003 |
The chief of Vivendi Universal rap label Murder Inc. agreed to enter a drug-diversion program in Oakland after his arrest last week on a charge of drug possession. Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, whose label is the target of a federal money-laundering probe, was arrested Friday at the Oakland Coliseum during a concert by R&B star R. Kelly. Lorenzo was charged with misdemeanor drug possession after guards backstage discovered one Ecstasy pill and four Viagra tablets in his wallet during a security check.
August 13, 2003 |
An associate of Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, the former drug lord whose ties with Vivendi Universal Inc.'s Murder Inc. label are under federal investigation, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in New York. Jon Ragin, a convicted drug trafficker, quietly negotiated a plea bargain last week with U.S. authorities in Brooklyn.
February 4, 1992
Watch out in the bullring, but outside it, Madrid seems to be pretty safe. Berlin is another story. Still, the murder rate in major European cities pales by comparison to Los Angeles. (Murders per 100,000 people) Madrid: 0.6 Rome: 1.2 Athens: 1.9 Lisbon: 1.9 Paris: 2.4 London: 2.5 Budapest, Hungary: 4.1 Warsaw: 4.3 Berlin: 6.7 Los Angeles: 12.4 Source: Cities, Life in the World's 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas, November, 1990.
July 8, 1985 |
President Reagan today branded Iran, Libya, North Korea, Cuba and Nicaragua as partners in a terrorist network "now engaged in acts of war" against the United States, and declared that America "has the right to defend itself." "The American people are not--I repeat, not--going to tolerate intimidation, terror and outright acts of war against this nation and its people," Reagan said.
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June 20, 1997 |
The mob-style rub-out of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel 50 years ago today at the Beverly Hills mansion of his street-wise, auburn-haired mistress has endured as one of Los Angeles' most romanticized murder mysteries.
June 30, 2003 |
Who is the real Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo? To federal investigators, he is pure trouble. They contend that Lorenzo opened the door of his legitimate business -- the Vivendi Universal-funded Murder Inc. record label -- to a convicted street criminal, Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. McGriff, they say, used the company to launder cash from illegal drug sales. Lorenzo, in his first public discussion of those claims, tells a much different story. He describes himself as a loyal friend who did nothing worse than help the financially strapped ex-con go straight, and fulfill a dream, by producing a low-budget action film called "Crime Partners."