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ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2012 | By Noel Murray
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Docurama, $29.95 Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's documentary was completed before the men known as the "West Memphis Three" were freed from prison after 17 years, and while the filmmakers have added an epilogue about the hasty, unsatisfying resolution to the frustrating murder case, the third installment of this ongoing story still feels out of date for most of its two-hour running time. The case, though, remains fascinating, especially given the new evidence that Berlinger and Sinofsky have unearthed about another possible suspect in the killing and mutilation of three 8-year-old boys.
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NEWS
March 1, 1997 | BETH SHUSTER and JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A fallen policeman sat in a parking lot in a pool of his own blood. Bullets from a brazen gunman whirred and crackled across asphalt, glass and earth. Police officers, with their small sidearms, seemed hopelessly outmatched and unable to rescue their colleague. But in a moment of raw bravery and studied precision, the Los Angeles Police Department rode to the rescue of one of its own, in just one of the many dramatic televised images of a botched bank robbery Friday morning.
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.
NEWS
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, was arrested that night on suspicion of spousal abuse, police said Tuesday. Krespi, 61, received widespread media attention for the swim from the Balboa Pier to the Newport Pier, which he arranged as a farewell present to 4-year-old Ariel Krespi. Krespi denied on Tuesday that any abuse took place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1994 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Troubled teen-ager Christopher Golly was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he fatally shot his father and then ambushed Los Angeles police with an assault rifle, killing rookie cop Christy Lynne Hamilton, the county's top medical examiner said Thursday. Christopher killed his father, beckoned police to his Northridge home by calling 911 to report the slaying, then opened fire on them before ultimately killing himself early on the morning of Feb. 22.
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