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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.
March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The longtime Los Angeles police officer killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash  will be laid to rest Thursday following a public funeral service at a downtown cathedral.  The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a nearly 16-year department veteran, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the LAPD said. The service is open to the public, however officials warned seating inside would be very limited. California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
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.
July 16, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
On Friday, the curtain will finally lift on "The Dark Knight Rises," Christopher Nolan's much-hyped and long-awaited conclusion to his Batman trilogy. Early reviews indicate that the film, starring franchise anchor Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and series newcomers Tom Hardy (Bane, the bad guy) and Anne Hathaway (cat burglar Selina Kyle), serves as a suitably dark, ambitious and well-crafted finale. The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy writes that "The Dark Knight Rises" represents "big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished.
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.
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