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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Young, charismatic Carlos Aguirre used his status as a party host and key contributor to a family business in Wilmington to prey on dates, girls he met, his underage niece and her friends. After 90 minutes of deliberation, a Long Beach jury this week convicted Aguirre, 25, on 10 counts of rape in attacks on one niece and two of her friends. Jurors also found him guilty of a child pornography charge and a drug charge. Aguirre's attorney argued that the victims' testimony was inconsistent and that the girls continued to associate with Aguirre.
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BUSINESS
April 29, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Leland Yee didn't intend to become the frontman for the crusade against video game violence. But a law written by the Democratic state senator who represents San Francisco and San Mateo has ended up as the national test case for whether and how the government can regulate video games. The law would ban the sale of video games deemed "ultra violent" to children under 18. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by the state of California of a lower court's decision in 2007 to overturn Yee's law, which was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 but is not in effect because of an injunction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
State regulators voted unanimously Thursday to create an advisory committee to consider increasing regulation of California's porn industry, including mandating the use of condoms and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Guy Prescott, director of safety for Operating Engineers Local Union #3 and one of six members of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health's standards board, said he had planned to vote against the measure but changed his mind after hearing from performers and others in the porn industry.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A federal judge in Los Angeles has issued an emergency order freezing the assets of a company that allegedly bilked retirees in California and Illinois out of $20 million, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, the SEC accused USA Retirement Management Services executives of promising to invest in "Turkish Eurobonds" but instead sending investor money to friends and relatives in Turkey and spending some of it on luxury cars and Web-based pornography.
WORLD
August 28, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
The photograph is a testament to human suffering, so sad you can't look at it twice. Or it's shocking pornography. In Zambia, that's a matter of very contentious debate. A woman lies on the ground in the image, midway through delivering a baby. The infant, born feet first, is dead from suffocation, the head not yet out of the womb. The photograph was one of three taken in June by the woman's husband outside a hospital in Lusaka, the capital, during a prolonged nurses strike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2009 | Tony Perry
A 21-year-old Marine diagnosed with autism and bipolar disorder pleaded guilty Monday to desertion, possession of child pornography and fraudulent enlistment and received a three-year suspended sentence and a bad-conduct discharge. A plea bargain approved by Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert calls for Pvt. Joshua Fry to serve one year in the brig with credit for the 359 days already served while he was awaiting court-martial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
A prominent AIDS advocacy group filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday alleging that county public health officials have failed to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the pornographic film industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Kimi Yoshino
As prominent AIDS advocates called Thursday for Los Angeles County officials to require condoms on porn sets or shut down production, more questions arose about why the Public Health Department has not investigated 18 HIV cases reported in the last five years by the clinic that serves the adult film industry. "L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
Tired of waiting for a response from the San Fernando Valley-based health clinic where an adult film actress recently tested positive for HIV, state health and safety investigators Wednesday performed a surprise inspection of the medical offices and this week will issue subpoenas demanding access to patient records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2009 | Scott Glover
A 29-year-old El Monte man has been charged with violating federal child pornography laws after disclosing on his application to become a California Highway Patrol officer that he had viewed illegal pornography on the Internet, authorities said. CHP officials, working in conjunction with the FBI on a multiagency task force, immediately launched an investigation of Christian Hernandez after he made the disclosure while applying to the agency in October, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
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