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August 11, 2010 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
"It's time to go. " During the late stages of an honored career that spanned more than six decades, KTLA-TV Channel 5 newsman Stan Chambers rarely considered those words in regards to stepping away from the job and station he loved. He was continually energized by covering news all around Southern California and having a front-row seat to some of the most memorable events in Los Angeles history. Plus, he was having too much fun. But Wednesday, the seemingly tireless 87-year-old Chambers, who covered numerous floods, fires, earthquakes and other catastrophes, will tell his beloved colleagues, friends and viewers that he is leaving the only TV station he's ever worked at, closing a chapter on a resume that began in 1947 and logged more than 22,000 stories.
April 11, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
Barely three months after their release from Russian prison, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova sit outside a Santa Monica hotel, smoking cigarettes, insisting that their group Pussy Riot is not a band. "People sometimes think we are a musical group and think we can do a performance," Tolokonnikova, 24, says with a smile, leaning forward. Alekhina, 25, nods between drags, and adds, "But it's not true. We're another thing. " Still, the noise from a notorious one-song performance of "A Punk Prayer" inside Moscow's Orthodox Christian cathedral in 2012 was potent and outrageous enough to land the pair a nearly two-year prison stay in the Gulag for what prosecutors called "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.
April 20, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Madison Richardson had no clue that Los Angeles was burning. On April 29, 1992, the head and neck surgeon was touring the Griffith Park Equestrian Center with polo-playing friends from India. A colleague paged him. Could Richardson rush to Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood to help care for a young truck driver who was near death after a beating? Oh, and, by the way, had Richardson been watching TV? No? Then find one and turn it on. What Richardson saw reminded him instantly of the chaos he witnessed during the Watts riots in 1965 and the Washington, D.C., riots in 1968.
April 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Fewer than 10% of the more than 400 citations and arrests made during a massive party-turned-riot in Isla Vista over the weekend were tied to students at nearby UC Santa Barbara, authorities said, reinforcing arguments from locals that outsiders were mostly responsible for the mayhem. According to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, 130 people were arrested Saturday night during "Deltopia," an annual, unsanctioned row of parties in Isla Vista next to the university.
January 18, 2011 | Jim Newton
The Los Angeles Police Department let down this city in varied and profound ways during the early 1990s. Officers beat Rodney G. King into submission, confirming the public's worst suspicions about a brutal and racist LAPD. Police failed to intervene as truck driver Reginald Denny was attacked by a band of thugs at the intersection of Florence and Normandie. And the riots that followed, which began while the department's chief attended a fundraiser to defeat police reform, broke what was left of civic self-confidence.
May 2, 2012 | By Ernest Hardy and August Brown, Los Angeles Times
In 1985, Los Angeles rapper Toddy Tee released what could be considered West Coast hip-hop's opening salvo against police brutality in black neighborhoods. The electro-grooved "Batterram," named for the battering ram that then-LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates used to smash into homes of suspected drug dealers, was a hit on local radio station KDAY-AM. The track went on to become a protest anthem in minority neighborhoods around the city where the device was often deployed against homes that were later proved drug-free: "You're mistakin' my pad for a rockhouse / Well, I know to you we all look the same / But I'm not the one slingin' caine / I work nine to five and ain't a damn thing changed …" rapped Toddy Tee. The L.A. riots of 1992 arrived with its soundtrack in place.
May 3, 2012
Here are some of the other 23 victims of unsolved homicides related to the L.A. riots. Click for an interactive map of the riots deaths to learn more about all of the incidents: Howard Epstein , 45, was shot and killed April 30, 1992, near Slauson and 7th avenues in Hyde Park. Epstein, who had flown from his Northern California home to check on his South Los Angeles metal manufacturing business, was struck in the head by a bullet apparently fired from a pickup truck that had pulled alongside his car. His car careened into a liquor store parking lot, where a crowd quickly gathered.
May 12, 1992
The rioting that followed the verdicts in the Rodney King beating case has set off an intense debate about the problems of urban America. To explain the causes and effects, The Times is publishing a five-section series. Today's section recalls the emotional images.
May 16, 1992
As a young Jewish teen-age girl, I don't come face to face with anti-Semitism very often. One cannot identify me as a Jew by just looking at me. Unlike a black teen-age girl, I guess I'm lucky. The other day at a fast-food restaurant a man made a racist slur to the young girl behind the counter. He blamed her for the riots in Los Angeles because of the color of her skin. I honestly believed that my generation was far beyond the ideals of old men like the one at the restaurant. But as I listened to kids at school after the "civil unrest," I couldn't believe what I heard.
June 2, 1992
As we face the most significant crisis in Los Angeles history, I must correct the mistaken impression being deliberately fostered by a few self-interested members of the police union--who are opposed to the Christopher Commission reform and Charter Amendment F--that my comments somehow contributed to the riots. Some who lack the facts fostered this same irrational assumption. Let me set the record straight. Several times during the evening of April 29, as the riots broke out, I appealed for calm.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
One of the officers hit by flying rocks, bottles and bricks at a raucous spring-break party near UC Santa Barbara over the weekend sustained extensive injuries as he and other law enforcement personnel tried to break up the melee, authorities said. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told KTLA that the university police officer was struck in the head by a backpack containing large bottles of alcohol while responding to the spring-break party, dubbed "Deltopia," about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Isla Vista.
April 7, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
There could be more arrests in the wake of a riot that broke out over the weekend in a party town next to UC Santa Barbara thanks to newly installed surveillance cameras, officials said. In an interview with NewsChannel 3 , Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said his department plans to prosecute those involved in the Saturday night riot that injured several officers and dozens of others and hopes the cameras can turn up more evidence against those involved. The cameras have been a point of tension with Isla Vista residents, reported the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara's student paper.
April 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joe Serna
SANTA BARBARA--Student leaders at UC Santa Barbara say the out-of-control spring break party that resulted in dozens of people getting injured overnight Saturday during a confrontation with authorities was a "wake up call" for change. In a statement issued after the "Deltopia" party in Isla Vista devolved into a riot in which at least 100 people were arrested, student association President Jonathan Abboud and Vice President Kyley Scarlet said locals -- many of them UC Santa Barbara students -- had no one to blame but themselves.
March 28, 2014 | By Jon Christensen
When people say that Los Angeles is hard to read, as they often do, they're usually not talking about books. They're talking about the city itself or rather the megalopolis, made up of dozens of cities. It is this sprawling, tangled, confusing, seemingly homogenous but in fact diverse, mixed-up urban and suburban landscape that people describe as illegible. Edward Soja, a geographer at UCLA, has spent much of his long career trying to read Los Angeles. Along the way, he developed innovative and sometimes controversial theories of urbanization and became a founder of a dynamic "L.A.
March 11, 2014 | By Bob Pool
About 200 prisoners were involved in a riot Tuesday at Calapatria State Prison that injured seven inmates, officials of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. The disturbance at the Imperial County prison began about 10:15 a.m. in the maximum-security Level IL yard at Facility B. Guards from other parts of the prison rushed to the scene and fired warning shots, rounds of pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber bullets. They quelled the disturbance in about eight minutes, prison spokesman Lt. Everardo Silva said.
July 29, 2013 | By Alicia Lopez and Anthony Clark Carpio
The Huntington Beach Police Department on Monday released the names of seven people arrested in the downtown riots Sunday night, though additional arrests are likely as police comb through photos and videos shot during the disturbance. The violence erupted Sunday evening after the U.S. Open of Surfing, a two-week contest. As the crowd left the beach and moved up Main Street, some people began tipping over portable trash cans, fights broke out, a stop sign was used to smash the window of a bicycle shop and looters grabbed merchandise from stores.
February 20, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
The Russian punk band Pussy Riot released a new video Thursday featuring footage from its run-in the previous day with a whip-wielding Cossack militia that is helping to patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympics. Since they arrived in the Black Sea resort on Sunday, members of the group have been detained several times . Some were also thrown to the ground and whipped when militia members stopped them from performing under an Olympic sign on Wednesday. The group has called for a boycott of the Games to protest President Vladimir Putin's human rights record.  “The Olympics has turned the police state into a total police state and the authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventive arrests,” band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said at a news conference Thursday in Sochi, according to Reuters news agency.
February 19, 2014 | By August Brown
Mere days after police detained them in Sochi, Russia,   Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot were attacked by whip-wielding Cossacks in the same city on Wednesday, according to reports. According to the Guardian and other outlets, members of the punk activist group had assembled in their iconic bright balaclavas in an area about 20 miles from the site of the Winter Olympics. As they prepared to play a new song, "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland," they were surrounded by plainclothes security officers and uniformed Cossacks, who were enlisted as an informal security force during the Sochi Games.
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