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October 1, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A videotape played Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom showed that Latasha Harlins had turned away from a scuffle with a Korean grocer when the black teen-ager was shot in the back of the head. "This is not television. This is not the movies. This is real life," Deputy District Attorney Roxane Carvajal had warned the jury. "You will see Latasha being killed. She will die in front of your eyes."
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October 8, 2000 | SUE FOX
One man was stabbed to death and two others suffered minor injuries during a fight early Saturday morning, police said. Patrol officers responded at 12:53 a.m. to a fight in the 4100 block of Fulton Avenue, said Det. Richard Yep of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division. They found blood spattered near the scene, but there was no one in sight.
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January 30, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now and then, when a dark mood strikes, Kevin Toshima returns to the Westwood Village street where his older sister was killed and tries to envision the last moments of one of Los Angeles' most famous innocent bystanders. He thinks about how Karen never saw the young South L.A. gunman who fired twice into a crowd of Saturday night strollers 10 years ago today while trying to shoot a rival gangster.
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May 12, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While Sunday's Million Mom Marches around the country are supposed to unify women behind gun control, cross-town debates in Los Angeles about ethnic differences and the event's location have resulted in two local demonstrations, one in Westwood and one downtown. Of the more than 65 cities in the nation holding Million Mom events, Los Angeles will be the only one fielding two such demonstrations on the same day, according to planners in Washington.
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December 21, 1997 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Long regarded as a leading laboratory of urban policing techniques, the Los Angeles Police Department also has been a school for scandal. And in an era in which the department is still grappling with how best to implement the reforms proposed by the Christopher Commission, it is helpful to recall the persistence and solubility of past problems. Four decades before the furor over the videotaped beating of Rodney G.
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November 16, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON and FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Saying it is not a time for revenge but for healing, a Superior Court judge Friday sentenced a Korean-born grocer convicted of killing a black teen-ager to five years' probation. The sentence, which included a fine, community service and suspended jail time, immediately drew angry cries of protest from friends and relatives of Latasha Harlins, the 15-year-old girl killed in a dispute over a bottle of orange juice at a grocery store owned by the family of Soon Ja Du.
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August 19, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Lee Minikus, it was just another arrest. On Aug. 11, 1965, the California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a 21-year-old Watts man whom he suspected of drunk driving and took him into custody. Minikus had no inkling that it would spark one of the worst urban upheavals in U.S. history. "That was all there was to it," said the now-retired officer, sitting in the living room of his Laguna Niguel home. "It was just a normal, routine traffic stop."
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July 8, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty-five years ago, Marlen E. Neumann set out to heal a riot-torn city. Alongside seven other members of a state commission appointed to investigate the causes of the 1965 Watts riots, Neumann spent more than three months walking the scorched earth of the district--interviewing residents, scrutinizing conditions, gauging the anger that for six days had rocked Los Angeles. "That community needed answers," said Neumann, the sole woman appointed to the riot commission.
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September 14, 1992 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Half an hour before Reginald Denny drove his truck into the now-famous intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues, Mark Rosenberg pedaled his bicycle along a residential street in Venice--and into a chillingly similar reign of terror. Much as Denny was pulled from his truck, the 33-year-old Rosenberg was pulled off his bike, then beaten unconscious by a group of young black men.
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December 26, 1993 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After decades of operating in separate worlds, black and Latino gangs have begun to clash over turf and drugs, sparking a series of violent interracial battles that authorities say signals an ominous turn in the region's gang warfare. In communities from Venice to Riverside, gangs that once coexisted peacefully--sometimes even allying themselves to fend off outsiders--have become rivals in a power struggle that is linked to racial conflicts inside the jails and prisons, officials say.
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February 11, 2000 | JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Banners with words and images confronting stereotypes and promoting diversity and respect were unveiled Thursday morning outside Grant High School, where ethnic tensions erupted in violence last year and students signed a "peace treaty" in January.
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February 11, 2000 | JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Banners with words and images confronting stereotypes and promoting diversity and respect were unveiled Thursday morning outside Grant High School, where ethnic tensions erupted in violence last year and a "peace treaty" was signed by students in January.
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January 17, 2000 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a Highland Park fire station, the dialogue on race jumped off with a problem posed by an elderly white man who felt his Latino neighbors were not friendly. Bob Corwin said he took them avocados from his tree, even gave them fancy candy from the store, but nothing helped. "They don't open up to me," he said. "When I walk up, they are like turtles going back in their shell." That was more than Dora Palacio, another longtime resident, could take. "You don't have to buy them candy, just say hi!"
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January 14, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students at Grant High School in the San Fernando Valley put their commitment to racial harmony in writing Thursday, formally signing a peace treaty before an audience of classmates, administrators and politicians. On hand to encourage them were Rep. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills) and Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante.
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January 13, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
According to Grant High School's clique etiquette, Andy, Hala, Edgar and Erik should not be socializing. Andy Jassick, a white 16-year-old with shaggy hair and an oversized "South Park" T-shirt, hangs with a crowd known as the wrestlers. Hala Shamas, 16, of Syrian descent, wears a blue DKNY shirt and stylish butterfly clips in her hair and belongs to "the Versace crowd." Edgar Keroglyan, 16, has a tattoo on his finger and "kicks it" with his fellow Armenian friends on the north end of campus.
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January 13, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
According to Grant High School's clique etiquette, Andy, Hala, Edgar and Erik should not be socializing. Andy Jassick, a white 16-year-old with shaggy hair and an oversized "South Park" T-shirt, hangs with a crowd known as the wrestlers. Hala Shamas, 16, of Syrian descent, wears a blue DKNY shirt and butterfly clips in her hair and belongs to "the Versace crowd." Edgar Keroglyan, 16, has a tattoo on his finger and "kicks it" with his fellow Armenian friends on the north end of campus.
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October 12, 1991 | ANDREA FORD and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a case that underscored long-standing racial and ethnic tensions, a Korean-born grocer was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Friday in the shooting death of a 15-year-old black girl the merchant had accused of stealing a $1.79 bottle of orange juice. Soon Ja Du sat quietly, head bowed, in a packed and tense courtroom as the jury delivered its guilty verdict.
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April 22, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court on Tuesday upheld Superior Court Judge Joyce A. Karlin's controversial sentence of probation for a Korean-born grocer convicted of killing a black girl--a ruling that carries fresh political implications for both the embattled judge and Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner. In a 26-page opinion, the 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected claims by Reiner that the sentence given grocer Soon Ja Du was illegal and that Karlin had abused her discretion in issuing it.
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December 28, 1999 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every day for the past 100 years, babies have been born in Los Angeles. They never stopped coming--not even during the worst of times. Dr. Sakaye Shigekawa, 86, delivered nearly 20,000 of them. She remembers the ones who arrived kicking and screaming into the barbed wire confines of a detention camp. She remembers those born at downtown's Japanese Hospital, built for Japanese Americans when other hospitals would not accept them.
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October 30, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first thing that hits you is the voice. That deep, raspy voice flowing from the nave of the church at the corner of 28th Street and Stanford Avenue, slipping through the morning shadows of South-Central Los Angeles. The voice drowns out the barks of those two dogs fighting on the red steps outside, mutes the motor of a passing car and silences stray curses coming from the street.
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