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March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Street closures in downtown Los Angeles for the public funeral for an LAPD officer who was killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash was slowing the morning work commute. The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a 16-year department veteran, was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels , after which, a  procession will end at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Lee will be interred. To accommodate the funeral, officials closed Hill Street between Ord and 1st streets, Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Broadway, and the northbound side of Grand between 1st and Temple - slowing the morning work commute through downtown after they took effect at 6:30 a.m. PHOTOS: Fatal collision in Beverly Hills California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
April 30, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
LAPD officials this week revised upward the number of former officers seeking to have the department reexamine their firings in the wake of the Christopher Dorner saga to 69. On Sunday, The Times reported that dozens of fired LAPD cops had expressed a desire to take Chief Charlie Beck up on his offer to review the cases of officers who believed they had been fired unfairly. At the time, the union representing rank and file officers placed the number of former officers who had come forward at 40. Department officials did not respond to a request for their tally.
May 28, 1985 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
When Lewis Ellis signed up as a Los Angeles Police Department recruit last year, his 32-year-old son was surprised, not to mention his 14-year-old grandson. "They tried to talk me out of it," admitted Ellis, 53, a supervisor at the Southern California Rapid Transit District for 19 years. But Ellis figured his daily regimen of the last 25 years of 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups and five miles of running had prepared him physically for the job. And he thought the time was right.
September 7, 2008 | Frank Eltman, Associated Press
After high school senior Natalie Ciappa nearly died of a heroin overdose Memorial Day weekend, she promised her parents she had learned her lesson and was going clean. She got a job, met a guy and appeared to be getting better. She was even making her curfews again. But on the first night of summer, Natalie went to a party and never came home. Her parents called emergency rooms and the police, to no avail. They eventually learned where the party had been and headed there.
Director Kathryn Bigelow is a nifty visual stylist; she proved that with "Near Dark," her fearless vampire biker movie. Unfortunately, style needs a little substance to keep it from careening around looking empty, and the story of "Blue Steel" (citywide) is lofty, implausible twaddle that sinks whatever ideas Bigelow hoped to investigate.
August 13, 1988 | JOSEPH MENN, Times Staff Writer
The National City Police Officers Assn.--which says it's frustrated over inadequate staffing and dangerous equipment--began a work slowdown Friday night that includes responding to fewer calls for help. But National City Mayor George Waters, in a return salvo, declared that individual officers "will be held responsible for anything they do that hurts the community." He would not rule out firings as a last resort.
July 18, 1996
The announcement that a suspect was arrested in Houston Wednesday in last weekend's fatal shooting of a California Highway Patrol officer in Fullerton followed days of tragic and bizarre developments. Don J. Burt, the rookie cop slain during a traffic stop, was the first CHP officer killed on duty in Orange County since the 1960s. The shooting underlines the hazards that officers face even on routine assignments. The murder of an officer always generates a heated investigation.
July 25, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Fox--a limited network whose limits are ever widening--is using the summer in part to poke its nose into Wednesday nights. But the two short-run series it introduces tonight (on Channels 11 and 6) vividly illustrate the difference between first-run and original. The series are "Glory Days" (at 8 p.m.), a drama, and "Molloy" (at 9 p.m.), a half-hour comedy. New they are; original they aren't.
Terminal cancer patient Irv Krespi, who on Sunday completed an emotional, two-mile swim with his young daughter that captured national media attention, was arrested later that night on suspicion of spousal abuse, police said Tuesday. Krespi, 61, who arranged Sunday's swim from Balboa Pier to Newport Pier as a farewell present to 4-year-old Ariel Krespi, appeared on the syndicated "Hard Copy" television show, and ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Home" shows.
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