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.
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September 4, 2001 |
Scores of fans angry at being shut out of an overcrowded free concert in Hollywood on Monday broke through barricades and rushed the stage, throwing rocks and bottles and damaging cars and equipment before they were dispersed by police. No one was seriously hurt, but at least six arrests were made after the disturbance at the scene of the aborted concert by the band System of a Down, said Deputy Chief David Kalish of the Los Angeles Police Department.
June 20, 2001 |
On the dirty, crowded sidewalk in front of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts building in downtown L.A., Isabel Barajas marched back and forth in hunger and silence for four straight days this spring. Lawyers, judges and jurors streamed in and out of the dull gray building. Few took notice of the 48-year-old widow dressed in black and waving placards, on a hunger strike to demand justice for a son imprisoned for a 1992 murder she believes he did not commit.
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.