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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1997
The city has closed a downtown hotel that officials said was guilty of a long series of building code violations. A city strike force cleared out the run-down Hafa-Adai Hotel, better known by its previous name, the Kennedy Hotel, at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Broadway, arresting four people, evicting squatters and condemning the premises.
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NATIONAL
April 30, 2013 | By David Cloud and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Confronted with a mass hunger strike and the use of forced feedings to keep inmates from starving, President Obama broke a long silence on the military prison for suspected foreign terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, declaring it "not sustainable" and making a strongly worded plea Tuesday for its closure. Guantanamo is "a problem that is not going to get better. It's going to get worse. It's going to fester," Obama said at a White House news conference in his most extensive comments on the issue in two years.
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SPORTS
February 5, 1997 | Associated Press
Jeremy Sonnenfeld is going into the record books as the first bowler to roll three perfect games in a row in competition. "It's total elation," the 20-year-old business major at Nebraska said Tuesday after learning his feat had been recognized by the American Bowling Congress. "It is the equivalent of someone getting three holes in one on a 540-yard, par five. It's something nobody thought could be done."
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A federal healthcare strike force has charged 91 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals in a nationwide sweep in connection with fraudulently billing the government nearly $430 million. Those charged included a group in Los Angeles that ferried patients for ambulance rides that were never medically necessary. According to federal law enforcement officials on Thursday, 16 people were charged in Los Angeles, including three doctors and a licensed physical therapist, in schemes that cost $53.8 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1985 | BILL FARR, Times Staff Writer
The Mafia in Southern California is "just as active and even more dangerous" today than it was five years ago when all of its top leaders were convicted of racketeering. That is the appraisal of James D. Henderson, 38, the prosecutor who obtained those convictions, as he steps down today after seven years as chief of the federal Organized Crime Strike Force in Los Angeles. "I picked June 3 because it is the 13th anniversary of my joining the Justice Department," Henderson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1989
Orange County's strike team enters its third year with five more officers on the force and a continued emphasis on major drug dealers. "Since what we've been doing has been working so well, we don't anticipate changing. We're going after high-level traffickers and trying to hit 'em where it hurts," said Sgt. John Betehe of the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program. "We have an in-house joke," Betehe said.
NEWS
October 18, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were well-off, well-wheeled, cellular-ready and itching for action. "I want to catch someone," one of them told Officer James O'Riley. The members of the Studio City Citizens Strike Force, a group that patrols neighborhood streets, caught no criminals that day. But they tipped off O'Riley to people they believed looked suspicious. He followed and questioned several.
NEWS
April 7, 1986 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Former national security adviser Robert C. McFarlane called on the United States on Sunday to join with its allies in developing a covert anti-terrorism force that would infiltrate terrorists' organizations and make preemptive military strikes against their training camps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1985 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Police Department, diverting manpower from regular patrol units, announced Tuesday that it has formed a roving, 33-officer strike force to pursue gang-related telephone tips from citizens via a new "gang hot line." The high-profile strike force, which hit the streets last week, will assist the nearly 200 Los Angeles police officers already assigned to other anti-gang units, according to Cmdr. Lorne Kramer, the department's gang enforcement coordinator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001 | DAVID FLEMING and RICHARD KATZ, David Fleming, chairman of the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance, and former Assemblyman Richard Katz are co-chairmen of the San Fernando Valley Transportation Strike Force
Most of us picture footage of Mel Gibson or Jean-Claude Van Damme parachuting to the rescue when we hear the title "Strike Force." And while the transportation problems of the San Fernando Valley are of near epic proportions, it's going to take something a lot more realistic than a Hollywood ending to solve them. Enter the San Fernando Valley Transportation Strike Force.
NATIONAL
May 2, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details . WASHINGTON - Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers from around the nation - 107 in all - were  charged Wednesday in what federal officials in Washington called a “nationwide takedown” against medical professionals they said fraudulently billed Medicare out of nearly half a billion dollars in bogus claims. The sweep of arrests in seven major cities, where some $455 million was allegedly fraudulently billed, marked the highest amount of false claims in a single raid in the history of the federal strike force.
NATIONAL
February 24, 2012 | By Richard Simon
Some years ago, Hollywood made a movie, "The Devil's Brigade," about a U.S.-Canadian commando force during World War II. Now an effort is underway in Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal to that elite strike force. Legislation to award the nation's highest civilian honor to the First Special Service Force has been introduced in the House and Senate by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The Canadian Embassy in Washington plans to call attention to the effort next week by screening the documentary "Daring to Die: The Story of the Black Devils" with at least five members of the dwindling force in attendance, along with government and military officials from both countries.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Rene Rafael Lopez paid more than $35,000 to a company that claimed it would work with him to save his East Los Angeles home from foreclosure. "They told me, 'Don't worry, we are going to take care of everything,'" Lopez said, speaking Spanish. But nothing happened. "This company now doesn't answer my calls or anything," Lopez said. His home was sold at auction earlier this year. It's a story that could have been told by numerous homeowners in Southern California who lost their properties after paying thousands of dollars to companies who pledged to help.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2008 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
In mid-November, about two weeks into the Writers Guild strike, a handful of high-profile projects that were originally intended for filming and release this year were delayed because studios, stars, directors or writers felt that the screenplays were not quite ready to shoot. Here's what you won't be seeing in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2007 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
As the Writers Guild tries to fortify itself against the inevitable slow bleed of numbers and commitment among its membership in its fifth week of striking, many gung-ho writers continue to find novel ways of surviving the monotony and social awkwardness of the picket lines. Notwithstanding the occasional field trip to a location shoot to disrupt filming, most writers have been stuck walking in tight loops in four-hour picketing shifts that can ultimately amount to a daily 10-mile hike.
WORLD
October 6, 2007 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Baqubah, Iraq As darkness fell and mortar rounds thudded in the distance, the soldiers of Attack Company's 3rd Platoon fired up a barbecue, mixed some marinade in a cut-off water bottle and slathered it on pork ribs with a paintbrush. Spc. Brant Fechter leaped on top of a concrete barrier with an acoustic guitar, teetered wildly, steadied himself and belted out, "I'm craaaaa-zy with a capital K!" His buddies laughed as they cooked by the light of their headlamps.
SPORTS
February 6, 2004 | Rob Fernas, Times Staff Writer
Despite his lofty status among professional bowlers, Pete Weber isn't above acting like a wild man on occasion. His antics in recent years have included wearing sunglasses during televised matches, using profanity, and pointing to his shoulders while arrogantly proclaiming "I'm P.D.W." -- Peter David Weber -- for the benefit of spectators and opponents. But even the bad boy of bowling has his limits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1994 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In response to a series of gang-related shootings that left a Ventura man dead and three others wounded, a law-enforcement strike force arrested 10 people Friday during an early-morning sweep through west Ventura County. The pre-dawn raids also netted several weapons, including a handgun and two illegal knives, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Seventeen teams of five officers each hit 23 houses in Ventura, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2007 | Richard Winton and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
The proposed push to attack Los Angeles gang crime seems straightforward enough: increase the police presence, broaden gang injunctions, start issuing "stay away" orders for hot spots and target the city's top 10 havoc-wreaking gangs. But even as the plans are being drawn up, there are significant questions about whether the police personnel, jail beds and gang intervention programs exist to back up the effort, prompted by a 14% increase in gang-related crime.
WORLD
March 26, 2005 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
Attacks apparently targeting Iraqis perceived as cooperating with the United States killed a general and at least 18 other people and wounded at least 24, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Friday. A Marine was killed and two American soldiers reportedly were among the wounded. Maj. Gen.
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