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October 6, 1996 | Celest Fremon, Celeste Fremon's last piece for the magazine was on writer Greg Sarris and the Coast Miwok Indians. Fremon is the author of "Father Greg & the Homeboy," about Father Greg Boyle
Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 1996, Robert Leon, known on the street as Crazy Ace, was released from the California state prison at Norco. For four years and three months, from the time he was 21 years old, Ace had been in the care of the state's correctional system. On the morning of his release, he walked into the cool spring sunshine wearing oversized jeans, a white T-shirt and black Nike tennis shoes. His homeboys had taken up a collection to buy him the clothes.
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.
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.
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.
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