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April 9, 1992 | JOHN JOHNSON and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A convicted wife abuser held his former girlfriend and her ex-husband hostage for several hours before killing the woman and fleeing to a North Hollywood motel, where he was shot to death Wednesday by SWAT officers, Los Angeles police said. Jeffrey Wade May, 40, was killed at a motel after officers evacuated surrounding houses and tried without success to talk May into surrendering, police said. The dead woman was identified as May's former girlfriend, Margaret Leithe, 34, of North Hollywood.
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October 24, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A platoon of Marines sat in a hot classroom waiting for the lecture to begin, fidgeting and gabbing, with a few resting their heads on their desks. When Los Angeles Police Det. Ralph Morten introduced himself that warm August day, the Iraq-bound Marines barely acknowledged him. But that changed in an instant when the burly cop told them that if they wanted to increase their chances of returning home alive, they had better listen up.
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June 1, 2002 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles law enforcement officials have quietly begun preparing for possible suicide bomber attacks, laying plans to confront a threat that experts say could be psychologically devastating. A detective from the LAPD bomb squad and two Los Angeles County sheriff's experts in explosives and arson visited Israel in late April for 10 days of training from the Israeli national police.
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April 9, 1992 | JOHN JOHNSON and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A convicted wife abuser held his former girlfriend and her ex-husband hostage for several hours before killing the woman and fleeing to a North Hollywood motel where he was shot to death by a SWAT team Wednesday, Los Angeles police said. Jeffrey Wade May, 40, who was on parole on a burglary conviction, was killed at the motel after officers evacuated it and surrounding houses and tried without success to talk May into surrendering, police said.
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September 6, 1990 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The truck was on fire," recalled Los Angeles Police Officer Derald Wimmer. "There was smoke. Underneath it were two squashed cars. We asked if everybody was all right and that's when we heard the lady screaming, 'Somebody help me! Somebody help me!' "She was stuck inside one of the cars." The quick action taken by Wimmer and Officer Bruce DeLong that morning in April, 1988--both of them were off duty and driving the Riverside Freeway through Corona--spanned but 10, maybe 15 seconds.
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July 24, 1998 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
When Henrik Ibsen wrote "An Enemy of the People" in 1882, the world had yet to experience Nazi collaborators, American tobacco companies that enhance the addictive properties of cigarettes, and French doctors who knowingly sell HIV-contaminated blood. But in some ways the world is exactly the same as it was then: Human beings will sell anything, including their souls. And so "An Enemy of the People" remains enduringly relevant.
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