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May 2, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks now, Tony Everfield has been planning a June vacation with his three children to Disneyland. But after watching two nights of rioting across Los Angeles on the television, Everfield was racked Friday by second thoughts. "I don't want my kids involved in seeing the violence," said the Oakland chef. "Los Angeles was a beautiful city. It just looks awful from what I've seen on the news. It will frighten the hell out of you.
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April 29, 2002 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The passage of time has smoothed some of the edges that the 1992 Los Angeles riots carved into citizens' psyches. During the decade that has passed since the city endured three days of looting and burning and 54 deaths, residents gradually have come to view their city more positively, a Los Angeles Times poll has found.
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NEWS
August 30, 1992 | FRANK CLIFFORD and RICH CONNELL and STEPHEN BRAUN and Andrea Ford, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
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April 26, 2002 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing in front of his splendid Victorian above Tacoma's Commencement Bay, Jeff Stvrtecky speaks of his years spent in the middle of Los Angeles as if recalling a long-ago, passionate relationship that just couldn't last. "There was a time when I loved L.A. so much . . . the culture, the fun, the sun. . . . I couldn't imagine being anywhere else," he said as the midmorning sun burned away the Puget Sound fog. "But you go through stages in life, and other things become more important."
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May 13, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
At the intersection of Florence and Normandie, where television cameras caught the violent early moments of the Los Angeles riots, the 8-Trey Gangster Crips have established their stronghold. From this corner, where trucker Reginald O. Denny was brutally beaten, the loose affiliation of about 350 gang members claims an impoverished territory that runs roughly from Gage Avenue on the North to Manchester Avenue on the South and from Van Ness Avenue on the West to Vermont Avenue on the East.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ and HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a rare display of unity, representatives of more than two dozen Latino activist groups and social service organizations will join in a Latino Unity Forum today with the aim of developing a program for political empowerment in post-riot Los Angeles. Organizers hope that the forum will lead to the creation of a Latino Federation that will unite the divergent elements of a community that includes fourth-generation Mexican-Americans and recently arrived Salvadoran immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Long regarded as a leading laboratory of urban policing techniques, the Los Angeles Police Department also has been a school for scandal. And in an era in which the department is still grappling with how best to implement the reforms proposed by the Christopher Commission, it is helpful to recall the persistence and solubility of past problems. Four decades before the furor over the videotaped beating of Rodney G.
NEWS
May 2, 1992 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the shadow of a flaming mini-mall near the corner of 5th and Western, behind a barricade of luxury sedans and battered grocery trucks, they built Firebase Koreatown. Richard Rhee, owner of the supermarket on the corner, had watched as roving bands of looters ransacked and burned Korean-owned businesses on virtually every block. But here, it would be different. "Burn this down after 33 years?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Timothy Goldman was thinking nonstop about the verdicts in the Rodney G. King case last Wednesday when he gathered up his new video camera and headed for the intersection where rioting is said to have started. The 32-year-old amateur photographer's dramatic footage taken at Florence and Normandie avenues caught Los Angeles police officers apparently fleeing in the face of an angry crowd, which then attacked and beat passing motorists, looted stores and set fires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Lee Minikus, it was just another arrest. On Aug. 11, 1965, the California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a 21-year-old Watts man whom he suspected of drunk driving and took him into custody. Minikus had no inkling that it would spark one of the worst urban upheavals in U.S. history. "That was all there was to it," said the now-retired officer, sitting in the living room of his Laguna Niguel home. "It was just a normal, routine traffic stop."
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April 22, 2002 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bobby Green is sitting on his couch in suburban Rialto, talking about the night 10 years ago that he saved a man's life, a moment that made him a hero to most and a traitor to others. Back then, in the first hours of the Los Angeles riots, Green was sitting on another couch, this one in South-Central Los Angeles. He was watching a black man on live TV smash a brick, then another brick, into the head of a white truck driver, who lay writhing on the pavement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2000 | KENNETH REICH and JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles police fired rubber bullets Sunday into a crowd of people demonstrating against police brutality near the LAPD's downtown headquarters, breaking up an unauthorized splinter group of marchers who threw bottles, vandalized bus stops and yelled obscenities.
NEWS
August 15, 2000 | TINA DAUNT and CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While President Clinton addressed the nation Monday night from the Democratic National Convention, violence flared in the streets outside, as a few hundred protesters clashed with an extraordinarily forceful Los Angeles Police Department. The melee broke out at the conclusion of a performance that local authorities had been dreading since it was announced.
SPORTS
August 9, 2000 | Associated Press
Laker star Shaquille O'Neal's check for $42,893 to buy a new Los Angeles police patrol car was formally accepted by the city's Police Commission on Tuesday. O'Neal sent the check two days after leading the Lakers to the NBA championship in June to replace one of two police cars burned when a downtown fan celebration turned to vandalism. The Lakers organization also sent a check for the same amount last week to pay for another replacement vehicle, team spokesman John Black said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2000 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks before the destructive melee that erupted after the Lakers won the NBA championship, top Los Angeles Police Department brass issued a "victory operation plan" calling for a restrained police response to any outbursts by fans. Officers were told they should "minimize enforcement action" after establishing contact with the crowd and attempting to persuade demonstrators to follow police orders.
NEWS
June 20, 2000 | CARLA HALL and JOHNATHAN BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A whoop of joy erupted across Southern California Monday night as the Lakers secured the NBA championship, but the elation was quickly marred by violence. Outside the Staples Center, crowds torched two police cars and another vehicle, set bonfires and burned T-shirts and posters moments after the Lakers' 116-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.
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July 8, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty-five years ago, Marlen E. Neumann set out to heal a riot-torn city. Alongside seven other members of a state commission appointed to investigate the causes of the 1965 Watts riots, Neumann spent more than three months walking the scorched earth of the district--interviewing residents, scrutinizing conditions, gauging the anger that for six days had rocked Los Angeles. "That community needed answers," said Neumann, the sole woman appointed to the riot commission.
NEWS
May 6, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Orange County was unscathed by the rioting that consumed parts of Los Angeles last week, county business leaders visiting here said they are concerned that a tourism backlash may strike hard at Southern California, sapping what many thought would be a profitable summer.
NEWS
June 20, 2000 | CARLA HALL and JOHNATHON BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A whoop of joy erupted throughout Los Angeles Monday night as the Lakers secured the NBA championship, but the elation was soon marred by violence. Outside Staples Center, crowds torched or destroyed a more than a half dozen cars, including at least two police cars, ignited bonfires and burned T-shirts and posters moments after the Lakers' 116-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the NBA finals, their first championship in 12 years.
NEWS
April 29, 2000 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years after hundreds of Korean Americans lost their life savings in the fire and fury of the Los Angeles riots, a growing number of merchants are returning to South-Central and nearby areas, scenes of some of the worst firebombings and lootings. Memories and scars of the riots' devastation still linger, the images of those nightmarish days indelibly etched in the Korean American psyche in the term sa-ee-gu, meaning 4/29--or April 29, the start of the riots.
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