CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 |
The brother of a taxi driver killed in a crash on the Las Vegas Strip last month said he wants the suspect in the case punished - and stiffer gun control to keep weapons out of the hands of people with criminal pasts. Michael Boldon, 62, died Feb. 21 after suspect Ammar Harris, a self-described pimp, allegedly shot and killed Oakland rapper Kenneth Cherry Jr. after an altercation at the Aria Casino. Cherry's Maserati crashed into a taxicab, which exploded in flames, killing Boldon and a passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, according to prosecutors.
February 22, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- The Strip's most notable intersection was back in business as police continued their manhunt for a black Range Rover whose occupants opened fire on a Maserati early Thursday, causing a fiery crash that left three people dead, including an aspiring rapper. Authorities on Friday were conducting a four-state search for the occupants of the luxury SUV, who police said opened fire on the Maserati about 4:20 a.m. Thursday following a verbal altercation at a valet stand outside the Aria resort and hotel.
January 24, 2013 |
There may be people in L.A. who would find Ruby Wax's one-woman show, "Ruby Wax: Out of Her Mind," now at the Broad Stage's Edye Second Space, inaccessible. For example, those emotionally stable, positive thinkers who have never had a moment's self-doubt, much less stayed in bed for days at a stretch or considered walking into traffic. Or the no-nonsense type who would advise a depressed friend to "perk up. " But if L.A. contains such people -- and a survey of drivers at peak traffic hours might not turn up many -- I don't want to meet them.
December 2, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel is among the most security-conscious nations on Earth. F-16 warplanes scream overhead. Antimissile systems become national heroes. The spy agency Mossad enjoys near legendary status. So if, in the words of English writer Samuel Johnson, patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, what better way to cover up one's misdeeds than by posing as a secret agent? Israel has been captivated by a certain Shimon Cooper, 51, a taxi driver who is accused of using such a ruse to kill his first and third wives, and vanish for days with his lover, using "secret missions" and "overseas assassinations" as a cover.
October 7, 2012 |
BEIJING - Getting around China's congested capital requires a certain calculus: In choosing a means of transportation, you must weigh factors like rush-hour traffic, precipitation and how long you can stand being pressed up against a stranger's armpit. But no one warned me about figuring in billy club-wielding attackers. It was a Thursday, and an angry, swirling wind was blowing down Chaowai South Street as I emerged from the Starbucks at the sleek U-Town Mall. The scent of an approaching storm told me I needed to figure out how to get home - fast.
July 23, 2012 |
LONDON -- It's time again. The every-four-year itch needs scratching. London will have its Olympics, and the tizzy is at high pitch. The Olympic rings hang proudly under the Tower Bridge and over the Thames River. The airports are flooded with arrivals, and with people in official London Olympic orange and purple, slobbering over those arrivals. "Can I help you, sir? Is there anything you need?" That's a bit jarring. This is London, a huge city that understandably operates in the tone and temperament of Donald Trump.