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January 2, 2011 | By Leah Ollman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To Allen Ginsberg, the photographs of Richard Nagler brought to mind the concentrated, evocative form of haiku. Both a poet and photographer himself, he called the images "picture poems. " Each of Nagler's images contains a single word on a sign, a T-shirt, gravestone or theater marquee, and a single human subject standing or passing nearby. "Love" hovers above a homeless man sheathed in a blanket. "Beef" is carved into the wooden pen separating a hefty steer from a comically robust shirtless man standing alongside.
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January 2, 2011 | By Leah Ollman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To Allen Ginsberg, the photographs of Richard Nagler brought to mind the concentrated, evocative form of haiku. Both a poet and photographer himself, he called the images "picture poems. " Each of Nagler's images contains a single word on a sign, a T-shirt, gravestone or theater marquee, and a single human subject standing or passing nearby. "Love" hovers above a homeless man sheathed in a blanket. "Beef" is carved into the wooden pen separating a hefty steer from a comically robust shirtless man standing alongside.
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July 2, 1999 | SARAH YANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Capt. Richard Word is sworn in today as Oakland's new police chief, here's what he has to look forward to: Mayor Jerry Brown wants a dramatic reduction in crime to fit his campaign promise of a revived Oakland; residents and business owners want to enhance community policing programs; and police officers want a leader who will better respond to their needs. Running a big city police department is daunting enough.
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July 2, 1999 | SARAH YANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Capt. Richard Word is sworn in today as Oakland's new police chief, here's what he has to look forward to: Mayor Jerry Brown wants a dramatic reduction in crime to fit his campaign promise of a revived Oakland; residents and business owners want to enhance community policing programs; and police officers want a leader who will better respond to their needs. Running a big city police department is daunting enough.
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May 2, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Police Chief Richard Word defended his department's aggressive policing Thursday as he testified in the trial of former officers accused of kidnapping and beating suspects and lying to cover their alleged crimes. Word said his efforts to target street-level drug dealing did not condone the behavior of the now-fired officers known as "The Riders." He said officers should know the difference between proactive police work and violating civil rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police Chief Richard Word has started a new violence reduction plan to target some of Oakland's high-crime neighborhoods. The objective of the plan, known as Project SAFE, for Supplemental and Focused Enforcement, is to reduce street-level violence "through coordinated and sustained actions" by Oakland police, outside agencies and community resources, Word said. The plan will cost about $307,000 every three months, including overtime and new equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Members of the Oakland City Council have agreed to open an inquiry into the Police Department's decision to fire wooden dowels, rubber "stinger" grenades and other nonlethal weapons at antiwar protesters April 7. During the clash, at least a dozen demonstrators who were blocking the entrance to a shipping company at the Port of Oakland were injured, along with six longshoremen standing nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city Police Department often fails to take internal investigations seriously and allows accused officers to go unpunished, according to a report prepared by experts overseeing the agency under a $10.5-million settlement in the Riders scandal. Police Chief Richard Word said he agreed with most of the report's findings, adding that a full-time officer has been assigned to track each internal affairs probe as it progresses.
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January 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
An Oakland police officer has been suspended for apparently kicking a suspect whom other officers had restrained on the ground. The Friday morning incident occurred after a car chase that continued on foot. It was filmed by a KNTV news helicopter. The officer, whose name has not been released, scuffled with the man in a backyard, but the suspect won the fight and continued to run, according to Oakland Police Chief Richard Word. Other officers subdued the man soon after.
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September 12, 1993
The Times did a great service in discussing rent credits ("American Grounds Its Renovation of LAX Terminal," Aug. 27). I hope the Los Angeles County departments will follow the lead of the City of Los Angeles in evaluating rent credits. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation leased public parkland in Bonelli Regional County Park to Raging Waters Group Inc. for its water theme amusement park, but gave the firm a $1 million rent credit to build two of the rides.
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December 3, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His words delivered in a soft-spoken dirge, Jervis Muwwakkil says he can appreciate the pain that Rodney King's parents must have felt. His son Jamil Wheatfall, 36, the fourth of 11 children, was also beaten by a phalanx of police officers after a high-speed car chase. The unarmed bank robbery suspect was bashed repeatedly with a baton and overwhelmed by officers after he resisted arrest in April.
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July 26, 2004 | Donna Horowitz, Special to The Times
The recent beating death of a homeless Oakland man by a group of youths has surprised and angered many people in this community, prompting outreach workers to warn transients in encampments here of possible danger. Even in a city known for its high homicide rate -- the homeless death brought the number to 44 this year -- the callousness of the crime caught community leaders and some police off guard. "It's unbelievably vicious," said Oakland Police Chief Richard Word. "It's hard to explain."
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