April 26, 2002 |
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."
April 23, 2002 |
A decade after the Los Angeles riots, increasing but still uneven signs of economic rebirth are scattered throughout South-Central Los Angeles. On a corner once home to a rundown strip mall and a shuttered industrial plant, residents pack a spotless Starbucks coffee shop to socialize over $3 lattes.
April 22, 2002 |
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.
April 28, 2001 |
Anna Deavere Smith--writer, actress, chronicler of living events--is in a convertible, driving the mostly healed streets of Los Angeles. She is seeking remnants of the riots, set off nine years ago by the acquittals of the police officers who came upon Rodney G. King one fateful night.
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December 31, 2000
After the Los Angeles Lakers brought home the National Basketball Assn. title in June, 250,000 people filled downtown streets for a mostly peaceful and joyful parade and celebration. Among those celebrating was Mayor Richard Riordan, who proclaimed: "They are the first champions of the 21st century, the start of a great dynasty." During the parade, the Lakers and their families rode on four double-decker buses, waving to cheering fans.
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October 23, 2000 |
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.