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May 17, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was bloody after their encounter and had head wounds, according to the latest evidence released in the racially-charged case. Officials late Thursday afternoon released a massive cache of documents, photographs and investigative reports on the Feb. 26 confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin, a fateful meeting that left Martin dead and Zimmerman eventually facing second-degree murder charges.
April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
July 13, 2003
Re "Intelligent Funding of Homeland Security," letter, July 7: As Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach) accurately pointed out in his response to your on-target July 1 editorial "Heed This Prophet," high-risk cities receive a pittance per capita for homeland security in relation to no-threat states, such as Montana or Wyoming: $1.9 billion has already been funneled through the unfair funding formula, with another $1.9 billion ready to go. This problem...
April 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Avril Lavigne has answered critics who've labeled her new "Hello Kitty" video as racist. It appears Ms. Lavigne begs to disagree. "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…," she tweeted Wednesday, "…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan. The tune, co-written with hubby Chad Kroger of Nickelback, is heavy on references to Japan's " kawaii " culture, which encompasses all things cute.
December 15, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
The first hints of what was unfolding at Sandy Hook Elementary School came as bursts of static across police radios. In a series of calls placed to dispatchers in Newtown, Conn., first responders to a 911 call pieced together shreds of information about a gunman inside the elementary school. Law enforcement and families would soon learn that the gunman, later identified by sources as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people, including 20 schoolchildren. Then he shot himself.
July 30, 2008
Re "Shining the badge," editorial, July 26 As a volunteer professional service responder (PSR) for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, I can say that your depiction of the civilian volunteers as unhelpful is without merit. About 400 PSRs donated nearly 16,000 hours of time to the department and to the communities in Orange County last year, with some of us donating hundreds of hours per year. This past winter, two lost hikers were found because these "civilian volunteers, few of whom actually helped the department," left their families at 8 p.m. to spend the next 18 hours searching for them.
April 18, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
In the moments after an explosion tore through a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, dispatchers pleaded for help for downed firefighters, summoning assistance from nearby agencies and directing fire trucks, haz-mat units and other responders to scenes of destruction throughout the town. “Y'all have anybody available, I am requesting you. They have firefighters down,” says a woman early on. “Firefighters down. Again, there has been an explosion, there are firefighters down.” A responder calls from a home for senior citizens, describing it as “institutionally damaged.” “We have many people down,” he said.
September 3, 1997 | From Associated Press
The mystery surrounding Dale Earnhardt's health problems at the Southern 500 took a new twist Tuesday when a close aide said the driver twice nodded off at the wheel before the race. The revelation by Don Hawk, president of Dale Earnhardt Inc., came as Earnhardt underwent more hospital tests in an attempt to determine what happened at the start of Sunday's race in Darlington, S.C.
September 1, 2010
On Sunday, The Times made public a database of "value-added" ratings for about 6,000 Los Angeles Unified School District teachers. Rankings from "least effective" to "most effective" were assigned to teachers based on an analysis of whether they consistently raised or lowered their students' scores on standardized tests. Teachers were allowed to review their scores in advance and post comments if they wished. We have excerpted some teachers' responses below. Their full comments and those of other teachers can be found on our searchable database at projects.
January 20, 1991
The Times asked the nine candidates in Tuesday's election for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to answer several questions on pressing issues facing the county and the 1st District. The following are their responses, which have been edited for space. One candidate, Louis Chitty III, declined to respond. TAXES: Should a license tax on businesses in unincorporated communities be levied that would raise $16.6 million for mental health and health programs?
April 23, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of orchestrating the Ukraine crisis for geopolitical gain and warned that Russia will "certainly respond" if its interests in Ukraine are attacked. In an interview with state-run Russia Today television, Lavrov linked Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Kiev on Tuesday to the Ukrainian government's resumption of efforts to oust pro-Russia gunmen holding police stations and government buildings in a dozen towns and cities in eastern Ukraine.
April 18, 2014 | Times staff reports
Police were called to Los Angeles Times late Friday evening after someone made the report of a gunman in the building. UPDATE: Man in custody after shooting threat at L.A. Times building Multiple officers responded, and areas of the building were locked down. One woman reported that a co-worker had shown her a bag of bullets and said he was depressed. There were no confirmed reports of shots fired. No other details were immediately available. ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego
April 16, 2014 | By Alicia Banks and Kate Mather
At least 15 people, including six firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two firetrucks collided in Monterey Park, causing one to smash into a small restaurant. Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said no fatalities were reported. The injuries ranged from minor to at least one critical. The injured firefighters are equally split between Birrell's department and the Alhambra Fire Department. He said both agencies were responding to a house fire in Monterey Park when the collision occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Emerson avenues.
April 13, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The discovery of the Heartbleed bug, an online security flaw that's alarmingly widespread, was just the latest reminder of how vulnerable Internet users are to the mistakes made by others. In this case, a programming error in a supposedly secure Internet communications protocol allowed hackers to steal passwords, credit card details and other sensitive information from websites for up to two years before the problem was found. A new version that removed the bug quickly became available, but even if Internet users change their passwords and credit card numbers, their personal information will still be up for grabs until the websites they used for banking, shopping and services install the update.
April 11, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The week seemed to start off on a triumphant note for hot Silicon Valley start-up Dropbox. The company held a media event Wednesday to unveil a slew of new applications designed to demonstrate its expanding vision as it marches closer to an anticipated initial public offering. But the week is ending in controversy over this announcement: Dropbox added Condeelezza Rice to its board. "When looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint," co-founder Drew Houston wrote on the company's blog . "Dr. Rice has had an illustrious career as provost of Stanford University, board member of companies like Hewlett-Packard and Charles Schwab, and former United States secretary of State.
April 10, 2014 | By Joy Press
The fantasy of being a writer appeals to so many of us: sitting in a book-lined study crafting perfectly wrought sentences, which an illustrious publisher swiftly transforms into a bestselling book and an indelible literary legacy. Missing from that idealized image is - well, the reality. Most writers struggle and stumble at every stage. It's hard to start a manuscript and harder to finish it. Rejection is rampant. And finding a way to earn a living that allows time to write - that can be the toughest trick of all. The Times sent out a survey to authors participating in the Festival of Books with questions about their experience as writers and got more than 200 responses.
September 12, 1991 | J.A. CARBONETTI, The following is a statement released Wednesday by Mobil spokesman James A. Carbonetti in response to requests for comment on the draft document obtained by The Times: and
September 11, 1991 This brief was never made available to us, so we don't know what it says. But a brief is a lawyer's opening argument, not a court's conclusion. As such, it will contain biased and unverified information and statements. Most important is this: Whatever validity there may have been to the contents in the brief is history. Whatever it says about the refinery and its employees attempts to describe the past, not the present. The brief in question was prepared for the city.
October 5, 2003
The letter in Sunday Calendar on Sept. 21 in which Thomas Bliss comments on the article "Be Persistent, Not Pushy" added his adjective "proudly" to the comment I made about not returning phone calls from people whom I didn't know is completely inaccurate. Of course I don't and won't return calls and e-mails from people I don't know. I get literally 75 unsolicited calls and e-mails a day from unknown folks. Without a reference point or filter my entire day would be consumed with phone and e-mail tag. I have a large organization and others do the filtering.
April 10, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
A new report from the blue ribbon commission on Los Angeles County's safety net for abused and neglected children levels stinging criticism at the Board of Supervisors for what it calls a sluggish approach to reform, and declares that the system has fallen into a "state of emergency. " "Nothing short of a complete rethinking about how the county ensures safe and supportive care for abused and at-risk children will lead to the seamless and comprehensive child welfare system that the county has needed for decades," the 10-member commission wrote in a report it voted to approve Thursday afternoon.
April 1, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
In his first night on the air since a campaign to #CancelColbert erupted on Twitter Thursday night, Stephen Colbert spent nearly his entire show Monday night responding to charges of racial insensitivity.  For anyone who missed out on the brouhaha, it all began Thursday evening when "The Colbert Report's" Twitter account quoted a joke from a segment on Wednesday's episode of the show that mocked Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for...
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