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October 10, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Every year, the day sneaks on up Judy Shepard to deliver its sucker punch from the past: The 12th of October. The day Matthew died. "It hits you and you say to yourself: Oh, this is the day," she says. "This is why I feel so terrible. " Fifteen years ago this week, gay college student Matthew Shepard was pistol-whipped and left for dead: unconscious, barely alive, lashed to a jagged wooden fence outside this small prairie city by two men disgusted by his homosexuality.
October 7, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The New York Police Department is investigating whether some of its police officers were present when a pack of motorcyclists confronted an SUV driver last week in a case of road rage gone viral, a department spokesman told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. The spokesman would not confirm media reports that as many as three off-duty officers were present during the Sept. 29 attack, in which one motorcyclist was apparently run over and bikers pulled the driver out of his SUV and assaulted him until a bystander came to the driver's aid. "What I can tell you is it's under investigation by internal affairs," said the spokesman, Sgt. Lee Jones, who declined to give any further details.
September 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Unruly Seattle Seahawks may want to think twice before picking on somebody wearing San Francisco 49ers gear during Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field. Those people who are your sworn enemies because they dared to don scarlet and gold on Seahawks territory might actually be cops out looking for the likes of you. That's right. Someone had the rather brilliant idea of having undercover law enforcement officers dressed in the opposing team's apparel patrol the stadium for "fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior," the Seahawks announced Wednesday.
September 2, 2013 | By John Horn
- Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" isn't easy to watch. And that's part of the point. Not far into the "Sexy Beast" filmmaker's new drama about an alien in human form, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, you see a couple with an 18-month-old child picnicking on a Scottish beach. When their dog is swept out to sea by stormy waves, the parents and a nearby swimmer try to rescue the pet, but it all ends badly. Into the frame enters a young woman named Laura (played by Scarlett Johansson)
August 4, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
For tenants in an East Hollywood apartment building, Juan Chavez was a beloved security guard who always went out of his way to cheer them up and make them feel safe. But undercover Los Angeles police officers, patrolling a vigil in Pico-Union, say they considered the 37-year-old a threat to their lives. Earlier this month, police shot and killed Chavez after he allegedly removed a blue steel revolver from his waistband. Chavez's friends and family say they still don't understand how that could have happened.
July 9, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A 35-year-old Hacienda Heights man was found guilty of arson Tuesday for burning down a church in 2011. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before finding Gregory Yusuke Shiga guilty of aggravated arson and four other related counts. Shiga faces up to life in prison in the fire that destroyed St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights. Authorities said the fire caused more than $8.5 million in damage. During the two-week trial in Pomona, investigators testified that Shiga started the blaze with toilet paper rolls soaked in an accelerant such as lighter fluid.
June 15, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A 34-year-old masseuse was arrested this week on suspicion of offering sex to an undercover officer inside a south Glendale spa, police said. Ling Han was booked at the Glendale police jail in connection with prostitution for the alleged sex offer, according to Sgt. Tom Lorenz. She was released Tuesday after posting $2,000 bail. Detectives received a tip a few weeks ago about a woman who was offering to perform sexual acts in exchange for money at Ivy Spa in the 600 block of East Colorado Street, he said.
June 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Sixteen alleged leaders of Long Beach's largest gang, which has ties to the Mexican Mafia, have been charged or indicted on federal drug trafficking, conspiracy and weapons charges, authorities said Wednesday. Most of the alleged “shot callers” in the Longos street gang were taken into custody Tuesday morning at the culmination of a three-year investigation by the FBI and Long Beach gang and undercover officers. Informants bought methamphetamine from those charged, as part of the undercover operation, authorities said.
May 24, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
"Graceland," an original crime drama premiering June 6 on USA Network, isn't set in Memphis. Instead, the location is sunny and sexy Manhattan Beach, where agents with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement mastermind dangerous sting operations. When they're not surfing or partying, that is. Sound farfetched? Maybe, but "Graceland" is inspired by the true story of a beachfront mansion once owned by a drug kingpin - and huge Elvis Presley fan. Seized by the U.S. government in 1992, the mansion was used until 2001 as a secret operations base.
May 20, 2013
  Alan O'Day Songwriter had hit with 'Undercover Angel' Alan O'Day, 72, who wrote popular songs for other artists, including Helen Reddy and the Righteous Brothers, but scored his own No. 1 single with "Undercover Angel" in 1977, died Friday at his home in Westwood. The cause was cancer, according to his manager, Ken Kaufman. "Undercover Angel," with a bouncy, infectious melody, was also used for film and television soundtracks, including "Super 8" in 2011 and "Charlie's Angels" in 2000.
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