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ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
A&E announced on Thursday that its long-running reality show "Intervention" was coming to an end after eight years and 13 seasons on the air. The show's final five episodes will begin airing June 13. They are being touted as some of the most intense and gripping of the series. The series, which followed people with substance abuse issues or other mental or physical problems, documented the eventual family intervention to help them with their recovery. In a statement, David McKillop, executive vice president of programming for A&E Network and BIO Channel, tallied up the good the show has done for people over the years, saying, "We're honored to have been a part of the 243 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, leading to the 156 individuals that are currently sober to this day. " Among the people filmed for the final episodes is a 29-year-old Chicagoan named Jessica who had been squatting in an abandoned house and injecting heroin, a habit she picked up from her father.
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NEWS
August 15, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighteen hours after Orange County honor student Stuart Tay disappeared, the case was broken--not by police, but by a private investigator hired by Tay's family. His parents had called the Orange police when their son did not return home after running an errand on New Year's Eve in 1992. But the department could not spare officers for a missing person's search without evidence of foul play. So the family hired Lee Roberts, a Santa Ana investigator, who put seven people on the case.
NEWS
April 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
Investigators for both sides in an alleged rape at the Kennedy estate are roaming nightclubs trying to assemble a portrait of the woman who says she was attacked. Private investigators hired by the Kennedy family and police detectives have been talking with acquaintances of the woman, employees at her favorite nightclubs and those who were with her the night before the alleged assault. More than 100 people have been interviewed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council member warned LAPD officials Thursday that they must ban officers from moonlighting as private investigators, or he will push the council to do so. "We need to ban all outside work as private investigators. We need to ban officers working for private investigators," Councilman Jack Weiss said at a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Thursday evening, viewers of "NBC Nightly News" got a familiar face they haven't seen much of in recent months. Ann Curry, the ousted former co-host of "Today," was the fill-in anchor for Brian Williams . Curry has been largely absent from TV screens since she was fired from her "Today" gig last summer. Though she chose to remain employed by NBC News after the ouster, she's only reported on a handful of stories. Though she was a regular fill-in anchor on "Nightly News" during her time on "Today," Thursday was the first time she's been there since her tearful "Today" departure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1995 | AL MARTINEZ
Don Crutchfield is seated in an office surrounded by boxing pictures, talking about himself. It is something he does well, for even though he has the stocky build of a street fighter, it is accompanied by the smooth, persuasive delivery of a press agent. He is telling me he is private investigator to the stars and rattles off the names of celebrities like items on a grocery list: Sinatra, Brando, Lewis, Garland, Bronson, Rickles, pickles, bread, milk, salami. . . .
NEWS
June 29, 1990 | JOEL SAPPELL and ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"Never treat a war like a skirmish. Treat all skirmishes like wars." --L. Ron Hubbard The Church of Scientology does not turn the other cheek. Ministers mingle with private detectives. "Sacred scriptures" counsel the virtues of combativeness. Parishioners double as paralegals for litigious church attorneys. Consider the passage that a prominent Scientology minister selected from the religion's scriptures, authored by the late L.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
As the former prosecutors and ex-FBI agents at Kroll Associates see it, they are sort of the Rolls-Royce of private investigators. In a business sometimes sullied by questionable tactics and indiscretion, Kroll prides itself on keeping its hands clean and mouth shut while digging into the background and activities of a corporate raider, prospective business partner or errant executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed by allegations of financial improprieties in the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, interim administrator Jerry Scharlin said Wednesday he had hired a private detective firm to investigate agency operations. The private investigators' work has been turned over to the city controller's office, and helped spark a more detailed audit of agency land transactions now underway, Scharlin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Tossing a legal hand grenade into an already-contentious case, celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano on Friday demanded and won the right to act as his own lawyer in his upcoming trial on wiretapping and racketeering charges. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer tried to talk Pellicano out of his plan, but he would not relent. "I urge you to let me appoint counsel for you," Fischer implored in federal court in downtown Los Angeles. "You're very kind, your honor, but no, thank you," Pellicano said.
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