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August 30, 1992 | FRANK CLIFFORD and RICH CONNELL and STEPHEN BRAUN and Andrea Ford, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
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April 9, 1992
The Rev. E. V. Hill, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in South-Central Los Angeles, led community leaders Wednesday in kicking off a campaign for a "no-killing" Easter weekend. Standing in front of an empty coffin, Hill lamented, "We have too many of these being sold in our community." Plans call for plastering South-Central neighborhoods with flyers pleading for a cease-fire from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.
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May 29, 1993
A partially paralyzed man was shot to death by two Los Angeles police officers in South-Central Los Angeles after drawing a gun and shouting: "I want to die, go ahead and shoot me," authorities said. Enrique DelaCruz, 24, was killed on Thursday after drawing an unloaded gun and pointing it at one of the officers, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. William Hall. Police, who were investigating the death Friday, said DelaCruz apparently had attempted suicide earlier in the day.
MAGAZINE
October 8, 2006 | Lynell George, Lynell George is a senior writer for West. Her work has appeared in Ms. and Essence, as well as in the essay collection "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology."
It is my mother's memory, not mine. Consequently, it is a recollection that doesn't feel observed so much as absorbed. But I was there, and so, too, my father: the three of us launching ourselves into a day of optimistic house-hunting. It is 1964; I am nearly 2; "New Baby" is on the way.
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December 3, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten-year-old Wendy Arias colored the moon, launched a rocket, drafted blueprints for the space shuttle, studied the sunrise, picked up seashells and practiced flying an airplane Thursday. All before lunch. "It's more fun here than going to school; it's better right here," said a smiling Wendy, one of 60 fifth-graders from South-Central Los Angeles who have spent the past three days camping out at Doheny State Beach. "They don't smoke here that much, no people stealing, there's no drunk drivers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 1990 | SHEILA BENSON, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Under the credits of Charles Burnett's pungent and richly comic drama, "To Sleep With Anger" (at the Park Theater in San Diego), Gideon, the patriarch of his family, sits heavily on a chair, an old photograph of his mother behind him, a bowl of fruit on the table beside him. Suddenly tongues of flame envelop the fruit. As he gazes at us, twiddling his thumbs, more flames seem to lick out from Gideon's vest and from the soles of his shoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1994 | As told to ROBERT SCHEER; Larry Aubry retired last month from the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. He still serves on the Inglewood school board. and
I started working with Los Angeles County in 1960 as a probation officer. I did that for 7 1/2 years before going to the Human Relations Commission in late 1967. So I've been around. The state of affairs in the greater South-Central area has been the major focus of my career. Tragically, education, housing, employment, even police-community relations, are all now as bad as they were in 1965, when Watts exploded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1993
James Washington, a Dallas Cowboys defensive back who played with distinction in Sunday's Super Bowl game, is not exactly a household name in Los Angeles, although he was a standout player at Jordan High School in Watts and at UCLA. Washington deserves glory for his actions on the field, where he made one of four Dallas interceptions during the championship game--and, more important, for his actions off the field.
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March 13, 1990 | JEAN MERL, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Monday agreed to pay more than $6 million to settle a civil suit stemming from the biggest child molestation case in district history. The money will go to 16 children who were molested by third-grade teacher Terry E. Bartholome at the 68th Street School in South-Central Los Angeles.
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March 9, 1991 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates announced the arrest Friday of a 23-year-old man suspected of kidnaping and raping schoolgirls in South-Central Los Angeles--a series of crimes that sparked fear and outrage throughout the community. Kevin Shovor Samuel was arrested about 7:30 a.m. after a parent who was driving a child to school saw someone matching the suspect's description near Martin Luther King Elementary School, Gates said.
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