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April 2, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused to halt routine strip-searches of new jail inmates, including those arrested for minor offenses, saying the need to screen out weapons and drugs outweighed the right to privacy. The 5-4 majority ruled it would be "unworkable" to require guards - who at large county jails must screen hundreds of new inmates - to spare those who may not appear dangerous. The decision is a defeat for civil liberties groups and a New Jersey man who was strip-searched twice after he was stopped on a highway and taken to jail, where he spent six days, over an unpaid fine that he had already paid.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In the ill-conceived and poorly executed "Awakened," a young woman returns to her hometown to solve the mystery of her mother's death. Audiences will likely ponder a bigger mystery: why experienced actors - or for that matter, experienced moviegoers - signed on to the project. If the ostensible thriller contained a single believable moment, let alone an ounce of suspense, its nonsensical final twist might be grounds for concern. But by the time the Man in Fedora Hat (as he's called in the credits)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The search for debris from the Japanese tsunami - already making landfall in Canada, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest - has begun in earnest in Southern California. Staffers for the environmental group Heal the Bay began systematic surveys Friday of the Los Angeles County coastline, searching for objects that may have been dragged to sea by tsunami waves that devastated Japan more than a year ago. But if the first day of patrolling the kelp-strewn cobblestones of Malaga Cove was any indication, the debris that has drifted across the Pacific to the West Coast - and so far has included a soccer ball, a motorcycle and a 66-foot-long dock - has yet to hit Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
By Tuesday afternoon, Kiersten Carlin had been driving around Downey for two days in search of her father, a retired San Diego County sheriff's deputy who hadn't been seen in four years — until last week. Larry Everett Starks, 69, was living in Florida when he fell off his medication for schizophrenia and was evicted from his apartment. His sister filed a missing persons' report Dec. 15, 2007, with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, said Lt. Kelly Stuart, a representative of the department.
WORLD
October 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Forensic experts Wednesday began exhuming a mass unmarked grave that could hold the remains of the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca, in a milestone in Spain's drive to address the legacy of its 1936-39 civil war. Under a tent-like structure, the team started its work by staking out and cleaning surface soil at the site in southern Spain in preparation for digging in earnest, said Sara Gil, an archaeologist who is a member of the team....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1990 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura County Municipal Court judge who ordered spectators in his courtroom to be searched for weapons and their names checked for outstanding arrest warrants was operating outside the court's security policy and this type of search should not occur again without reasonable cause, county officials said Tuesday. At a meeting earlier this week, County Counsel James McBride and Sheriff's Cmdr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2009 | Jean Merl and Ari B. Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has searched two homes in a probe of whether Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright lives in the district he represents, officials confirmed Monday. David Demerjian, who heads the D.A.'s Public Integrity Division, told The Times that investigators searched two homes early Wednesday morning, but he would not divulge the addresses. One of the homes is in Wright's 25th Senate District and the other is in the neighboring 26th District.
WORLD
March 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
China has agreed to allow access to military records that may provide information on 8,100 Americans missing from the Korean War. U.S. officials say that, at least at first, only Chinese archivists with security clearances will do document searches and turn over relevant records to U.S. analysts. Chinese troops killed and captured thousands of American troops during the war and managed many of the prisoner of war camps in North Korea.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a crackdown on students carrying guns and knives to school, the Oxnard Union High School District began using hand-held metal detectors to search students for weapons. Supt. William Studt announced his decision to use metal detectors on Feb. 25 in response to escalating violence on school campuses in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. During the past 18 months, the district has expelled 37 students for carrying knives and three for possession of guns.
OPINION
January 21, 2002
Re "High Court Backs Agent Who Stopped Motorist," Jan. 16: The Supreme Court's decision holding that in policing the drug war, cops can stop drivers for such vague, ambiguous and common behavior as slowing down when they see a police car, not making eye contact or letting their children wave at a passing police car ought to be a warning siren to all Americans that the war on drugs is having a devastating impact on the rights and freedoms of everyone--not just...
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