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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 1988 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Neil Purcell was a rookie cop on the beat. Timothy Leary was a celebrated guru of the counterculture. Their paths crossed once, 19 years ago in Laguna Beach, and changed both of their lives forever. It was your basic bust. Cop stops driver, smells marijuana, arrests driver. Leary, the driver, had been arrested 13 times before. Purcell made it stick, though, for the first time. He can still remember that fateful meeting, as if it happened yesterday.
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