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March 13, 1993 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cynthia Hayes looks at her tiny, charred dining room and talks of moving her family out of Hawaiian Gardens. She wants to get away from the memory of a firebomb that crashed through the window on March 6, the ugly racial slurs painted on the wall outside. She fears for her children. But her mother, her boyfriend, even her Latino neighbors urge her not to run from the bigots.
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September 24, 2000 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a familiar pattern. A community devastated by a tragedy--a hate crime or a murder--pulls together, determined to prevent a repeat. But busy schedules and short memories intervene. Often within a few weeks, life-as-usual resumes. Glendale's story may prove to be different. Four months after a local teenager was killed in an incident laced with ethnic tension, community leaders held a meeting to address gang issues, family conflict and ethnic bias.
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May 6, 1991 | FRANK CLIFFORD and ANNE C. ROARK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles County documented in the 1990 Census is a metropolis in motion, a place where dramatic population shifts are breaking down old strongholds of racial and ethnic separatism but perhaps laying the foundation for new ones. The traditional boundaries have blurred in a variety of ways. An expanding Latino population has begun to overtake black majorities in Watts and other areas of South-Central Los Angeles, while challenging Anglo dominance of several San Fernando Valley communities.
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June 25, 2000 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The women are remarkably similar. Two opinionated 19-year-old college students, lifelong residents of Glendale with dark, flowing hair and bright eyes. Both are from close-knit immigrant families, both fiercely loyal to their protective, nurturing communities. In a different time and place, they might be best friends. But they don't know one another and, if they did, they would be unlikely to become close: Lorena Aguirre is Mexican American, and Takuhi H. Fidanian is Armenian American.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1989 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
Jason and Yolanda fell in love last February. He was an 18-year-old high school dropout and former neo-Nazi "skinhead" working the counter at a fast-food outlet in La Verne. Then Yolanda walked in, a pretty girl of just 15 with a frizzy mane of teased hair looking for part-time work, something to distance her from the street gang that, despite her protests, still considered her one of its own. Jason trained her to ring up sales and take food orders from customers. One month later they were living together with Yolanda's mother in a humble house by the railroad tracks that pass through this San Gabriel Valley city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2000 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Memories of racist terror linger among the African Americans who remain in this small town, even though nearly three years have passed since the last black man was slain in public. Black residents say they still don't dare to walk the streets at night. They remember the two men shot point-blank. They remember the young man beaten to death with a baseball bat by a mob in the supermarket parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1992 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the temporary segregation of prisoners at a racially tense county jail ending this week, white inmates say they fear that a spate of attacks by blacks touched off by the not-guilty verdicts in the Rodney King beating case will start again. Whites represent less than 13% of the nearly 10,000 inmates housed at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho near Castaic, where the worst jail rioting in the county broke out a few hours after the not-guilty verdicts were announced.
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April 10, 1990 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It first came to Alex Beanum during his campaign for the Cerritos City Council 12 years ago, when he figured he knocked on at least half the doors in this quiet enclave of stucco tract homes. As he trudged through neighborhoods that looked like a bland, cookie-cutter version of middle-class suburbia, it suddenly hit him: whoosh . . . the smell of curry. Next house: the sizzling aroma of soy sauce and peanut oil.
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March 24, 1999 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
He is still proud of his tattoo. The somber image of Death's hooded skull and scythe tattooed onto the inside of the deputy's left ankle in 1989 initiated him into a select fraternity called the Grim Reapers. Then a street cop at the Lennox station, this deputy has risen to a key position in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department--along with other members of his "club."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1990 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state agency has accused Los Angeles County of denying a promotion to a veteran Latino employee because he had complained about discrimination in the Parks Department. In a civil rights complaint filed last week, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing accused the county Parks and Recreation Department of "discriminatory retaliation" against employee William De La Garza "because he opposed practices forbidden by the Fair Employment and Housing Act."
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May 23, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Increased supervision. More Mexican food. Better vocational training. A sweat lodge for inmates to purify themselves. These were some of the ideas proposed Monday at a community meeting held to address the racial tensions and ongoing violence at the sprawling Pitchess Detention Center near Castaic. It was the first event of its kind, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and it represented a new approach to solving problems behind bars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More Mexican food, a sweat lodge and better vocational training were among the ideas proposed Monday at a community meeting to address racial tension and violence at the Pitchess Detention Center near Castaic. It was the first event of its kind, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and it represented a new approach to solving problems behind bars.
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May 7, 2000 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Memories of racist terror linger among the African Americans who remain in this small town, even though nearly three years have passed since the last black man was slain in public. Black residents say they still don't dare to walk the streets at night. They remember the two men shot point-blank. They remember the young man beaten to death with a baseball bat by a mob in the supermarket parking lot.
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May 4, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six men have been charged in the severe beating of an inmate during last week's racially charged riots at the Pitchess Detention Center near Castaic, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday. In the first criminal charges to arise from three days of chaos that left more than 80 inmates injured, authorities said the six Latino inmates attacked a 21-year-old black prisoner April 26, slamming his head into a concrete floor and cracking his skull.
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February 22, 2000 | PETER Y. HONG and SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The tales rang true because they seemed so familiar. Racist thugs in Palmdale and Lancaster scrawled swastikas on a synagogue, pummeled an African American teenager walking home from school and shot a black man strolling near his home. The news reports last month were the latest in a barrage of sensational stories that in recent years have cast the Antelope Valley as a hate crime hotbed. But this time the hysteria was short-lived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As police continued to investigate last week's deadly altercation at Juniper Intermediate School, community members called Monday for the immediate expulsion of the 14-year-old student involved in the fight. Thirteen-year-old Stephan Corson died Friday after a fistfight with another eighth-grader as school let out for the weekend. Although the cause of the fight remained under investigation, Palmdale School District Supt.
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May 3, 1992 | ROXANA KOPETMAN and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
If his killers had known of his anger at the system, or that he shared their outrage at the Rodney G. King verdict, maybe, just maybe, Matt Haines of Long Beach might not have been murdered when the rioting in that city turned its streets into battlefields. But the white 32-year-old mechanic never had a chance to talk with his murderers. Or to tell them where he was headed--to the home of a black friend who could not start her van.
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January 31, 1992 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year before Rodney G. King, there was Oliver R. Beasley. The 27-year-old Nation of Islam member, slain by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after a traffic stop erupted into a melee, came to symbolize the brutality many blacks say they suffer at the hands of law enforcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1999 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN and KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 17-year-old student was shot and seriously wounded at San Fernando High School on Thursday, capping a violent afternoon in the Valley that began with a lunchtime ethnic disturbance at Grant High School in Valley Glen. The senior at San Fernando High was shot about 2:40 p.m. just outside the school's child-care center, authorities said. The teen was taken by ambulance to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was in serious condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What happened to Milton Walker Jr. is plain enough: Two days after Thanksgiving 1995, the 43-year-old homeless man died in a vacant lot, his skull crushed by repeated blows. To know who killed him and why, prosecutors say, is to delve into a world of bigotry and savagery and self-loathing, to peer into the small lives of a vicious group of young white supremacists at the peak of a hate-fueled crime rampage in the High Desert.
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