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March 2, 2001
Saddam Hussein: a tale of two Bushes. RODNEY D. SUTHERLAND Pomona
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April 2, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Robert L. Brosio, a retired federal prosecutor who supervised high-profile cases that included those against bank swindler Charles Keating Jr. and Los Angeles police officers who were involved in the beating of Rodney King, has died. He was 77. Brosio, who for 28 years led the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, had a massive pulmonary embolism in February, his daughter Serena Brosio said. He died Friday at a Pasadena hospital. While he seldom argued cases in court himself, Brosio was in charge of more than 100 prosecutors and set a standard of "ramrod integrity," said Nora Manella, an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
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October 19, 2008
Thank you for the article on Rodney King ["For Rodney King, it's AA to VH1," by Greg Braxton, Oct. 12]. Having had a spiritual awakening he is now going to be on a "reality" show. I guess if you can't be in reality you can at least act on TV in a reality show. My point is that the AA sponsor who suggested he break his anonymity and go public is not within the traditions of AA. But I guess it's OK for Rodney to blame anybody else rather than take responsibility. Just please don't make him out to be a hero for getting sober.
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October 3, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Like Walt Whitman, Roger Guenveur Smith contains multitudes. In various past one-man shows he has portrayed Huey P. Newton, baseball brawling immortals Juan Marichal and John Roseboro and dozens of others, while probing the great American themes of identity, individuality, ethnicity, class and power. His latest solo endeavor, "Rodney King," with an original sound design by Marc Anthony Thompson and lighting by Jose Lopez, is playing through Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of RADAR L.A., International Festival of Contemporary Theater.
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June 27, 1998 | RICHARD T. COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until he was 4 years old, Ricardo Blackett lived in "the projects," one more unnoticed mustard seed fallen upon the hard, cracked pavement of urban poverty. His father, an auto mechanic from Barbados, was seldom around. His mother worked in a hospital kitchen, struggling to raise seven children. Even when she managed to move her family into what she called "my shack," a tiny, aging row house on Baltimore's predominantly black West Side, she made only $18,000 a year.
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October 15, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
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October 28, 1992 | BRIDGET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I know you heard it before, but it works," Dinah Shore said in response to the laughter that greeted her telling of an old joke. It was that sort of an evening: The old jokes still seemed funny, the old melodies still sounded romantic and everyone was happy to admit just how long they'd all known each other. Shore was emcee Friday night as the Society of Singers honored Tony Martin with its third "Ella Lifetime Achievement Award."
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October 4, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Police Officer Henry J. Cousine--a police ring on his finger, an LAPD tattoo on his leg and battle scars on his body--says the officers accused of beating Rodney G. King swung their batons like "little girls." Then he ticks off some of his own episodes of violence during a decade as a beat cop: three fights and three shootings. "You get in my face, I'm going to fight back," Cousine said. "You swing at me, I'm going to knock you off your feet. And you pull a gun, I'll kill you."
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July 25, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ian Thorpe of Australia powered to his second world record in three days Tuesday in the World Championships at Fukuoka, Japan. Michael Phelps of the U.S. also smashed a world record, breaking his mark in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:54.58. Thorpe's two records are his 10th and 11th in individual long-course events. He won three Olympic gold medals at Sydney, Australia, last year and already has three world titles at Fukuoka.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1996
Re "After Mixed Verdict, King Looks to the Future," July 12: So Rodney King wants to take singing lessons, perfect his surfing, go skiing and practice tai chi. How nice! Meanwhile, an enormous population of law-abiding people work hard to pay their debts, keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, their car insurance paid up and are lucky to afford a couple of movies each month. Am I wrong to feel bitter because neither I nor any member of my family is in any trouble with the law, cannot sue the city, and therefore must continue struggling while being considered responsible citizens?
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September 25, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The three solo performance pieces being presented on separate bills at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - Luis Alfaro's "St. Jude," Roger Guenveur Smith's "Rodney King," and Trieu Tran's "Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam" - haven't much in common stylistically. And why should they? They're the product of different sensibilities in a theatrical form dedicated to celebrating radical individuality. But taken together these DouglasPlus offerings, which are part of the Radar L.A. festival, present a portrait of an America made up of insiders and outsiders.
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July 9, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The FBI has released the file from its early 1990s investigation into LAPD conduct during Rodney King's beating and arrest. The file consists almost entirely of press clippings from newspapers such as The Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Pasadena Star-News. Memos in the file also indicate that FBI agents used a third-party monitoring service that archived and sold clips of major television and radio shows for research purposes. The FBI recently posted the files in part as a response to a Freedom of Information Act request by MuckRock , a nonprofit group that helps the public submit public records requests.
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June 27, 2013 | By David Ng
The new season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre will feature four main productions, including a world-premiere musical and Irish actor Barry McGovern in a piece dedicated to Samuel Beckett.  In addition, the 2013-14 season, announced Thursday by Center Theatre Group, will showcase solo pieces by actor Roger Guenveur Smith about Rodney King plus a new work by Luis Alfaro. "The Black Suits" (Oct. 27 to Nov. 24) is a new musical written by Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock about four young men growing up on Long Island and the garage band they form.
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June 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Longtime musical compadres Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell bring their first full-blown duet project, “Old Yellow Moon,” to the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, where they'll be just a hop, skip and a jump from the hills of Coldwater Canyon where they first spent quality time together while both were aspiring country rock musicians plying the clubs of L.A. “Old Yellow Moon” not only brings the two respected singers and songwriters together for...
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March 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles airport police officer who was fired last May has won his job back after a civil service proceeding concluded that his termination for alleged assault with a deadly weapon was based on overwhelming inconsistencies, weak evidence and erroneous statements. The city's Board of Civil Service Commissioners decided Feb. 28 that Officer Rodney J. Rouzan, a 12-year veteran of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, should be returned to duty without any loss of pay or benefits.
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March 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
There's close to 40 years' worth of symmetry on "Old Yellow Moon," the new album from longtime friends and country-rock trailblazers Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Though it's taken until now for them to make their first full album as duet partners, the singers started out as a couple of unknowns who came together in the vibrant music scene of 1970s Los Angeles. "At one point it was just me and Rodney - two lead singers and two rhythm guitar players - sitting on the floor working up things like 'Sweet Dreams' and all these country songs, waiting for the band to show up," Harris, 65, said recently over lunch in Los Angeles with Crowell.
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February 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The phrase “and friends” rises to a whole new level when it's attached to the names of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, who turned their joint appearance Saturday night at the Troubadour into an all-star Grammy Awards eve celebration of the overlapping worlds of Americana music, traditional folk and progressive country. “We're going to win a Grammy just for this night,” Crowell said with a broad smile midway through the show at which he and longtime friend and connoisseur of great songwriting, Harris, were joined by Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, the Zac Brown Band, J.D. Souther, Damien Rice, Joan Osborne, Shannon McNally, John Fullbright and Shawn Camp.
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January 31, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Rodney Harrison, the former all-pro safety for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, said he's scared for his future after sustaining numerous concussions during his playing days.  "I'm scared to death,"  Harrison said in an interview with NBC's Bob Costas. "I have four kids, I have a beautiful wife and I'm scared to death what might happen to me 10 or 15 years from now. " Harrison estimates that he suffered at least 20 concussions during his 15-year NFL career.
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