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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | Elaine Woo and Eric Malnic, Malnic is a former Times staff writer.
Daryl F. Gates, the rookie cop who rose from driver for a legendary chief to become chief himself, leading the Los Angeles Police Department during a turbulent 14-year period that found him struggling to keep pace with a city undergoing dramatic racial and ethnic changes, died Friday. He was 83. Gates died at his Dana Point home after a short battle with cancer, the LAPD announced. The controversial chief, whose tenure ran from 1978 to 1992, spent his entire four-decade career at the LAPD, where he won national attention for innovative approaches to crime fighting and prevention: He instituted military-style SWAT teams to handle crises and the gentler DARE classroom program to prevent drug abuse.
NEWS
December 11, 2000 | TERENCE MONMANEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four veteran cops who worked the midnight shift in this city's tough northwest corner, they called themselves the "Riders"--peacekeepers on some mythic outlaw frontier. But their romantic nickname is now shorthand for the worst police scandal in Oakland's recent history, as the Riders face criminal charges and a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that they fabricated evidence, planted drugs and wantonly beat suspects bloody.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1990 | SHEILA BENSON and JACK SMITH, TIMES FILM CRITIC
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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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