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October 12, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Library officials at universities across the state say vandals have cut photographs of young males out of hundreds of books. More than 200 vandalized books have been found at Bowling Green State University alone. When workers borrowed copies from other libraries, they found many of the missing pictures depicted boys. Similar acts of vandalism have been reported at Ohio State University, Ohio University, Kent State University, Youngstown State University and the University of Akron.
December 25, 1988
Now that the initial shock and horror of the discovery of the defacement and vandalism of Tifereth Israel Synagogue has been absorbed, we would like to say "thank you" on behalf of both the congregation and the Anti-Defamation League. While it is hard to comprehend how any good can be produced from such a despicable act, we were warmed, then overwhelmed at the outpouring of support and offers of assistance from every corner of our community. We particularly wish to thank the ministers of those churches that, with Tifereth Israel, form the Navajo Interfaith Assn.
Jockey Pat Valenzuela, who hasn't ridden since Oct. 24, will be arraigned on two misdemeanor charges this morning at Santa Anita Municipal Court in Monrovia. Valenzuela, 34, has been charged with vandalism and damages and for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Bill Walton, a court liaison officer with the Arcadia Police Department. Walton said the vandalism was done to a vehicle and occurred late in the evening on Oct. 31.
September 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
Two British railway cars from the "Hogwarts Express" that brought Harry Potter and his pals to school have been vandalized, police said Thursday. The maroon railway cars, part of the train used in the first two Harry Potter movies, were covered in green and silver graffiti that will cost an estimated $5,000 to clean. "It is just mindless vandalism," said James Shuttleworth, chief operations officer for the West Coast Railway Co., which owns the train.
April 7, 1987
Vandals spray-painted racist slogans and symbols on Abraham Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, Ill., over the weekend, but state officials said they hope to have the graffiti removed by April 14, the 122nd anniversary of his assassination. The red-and-white graffiti, which covers about two-thirds of the monument's west side, was part of wider vandalism in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, police said.
April 21, 1994 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
A mural at a Northridge elementary school that pictured youths of various races and ethnic groups has been defaced by vandals who marred it with racial and religious epithets, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. The vandalism at Castlebay Lane Elementary School, 190120 Castlebay Lane, apparently occurred Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, police said. School officials said the graffiti markings were erased before most students saw them.
November 9, 1991
Vandals broke into a Japanese community center in Norwalk, ransacked the building and defaced it with graffiti, which said "Go back to Asia" and included racial slurs, authorities said Friday. Officials of the South East Japanese Community Center discovered the damage Thursday evening, said center spokeswoman Kathy Imahara. The vandals broke a window and painted a blackboard, desk and windows. Sheriff's detectives were investigating the incident, but no one was in custody, Lt. Ron Wagner said.
November 14, 1988
Vandals spray-painted swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the walls and windows of a San Carlos synagogue over the weekend, police said. Members of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue condemned the act and were joined at a news conference by several Protestant ministers, who expressed concern about an apparent upsurge in such vandalism. "The people who did this are just absolutely sick," said Ralph Barnes, president of the 750-member synagogue in the San Diego County community.
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The rapper 50 Cent settled a domestic violence case and pleaded no contest to vandalizing his former girlfriend's condominium in Toluca Lake. Born Curtis Jackson, the rapper pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism and was placed on 36 months of summary probation and ordered to do 30 days of community service, attend one year of domestic violence counseling and pay restitution to the victim of $7,100. He must also comply  with a stay-away protective order from his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of one of his children.
Freshly returned from winter break, second-grade teacher Janet Hernandez arrived early at Erwin Street School on Monday, ready to jump into a brand-new year. Instead, she walked into a disaster zone. Books, crayons and scissors littered her classroom floor. A tape player was broken and a phonograph missing. Even a pile of human feces was left in front of a cupboard. "I was just devastated," Hernandez said. "It was very hard to take a look around and see the wanton vandalism of the whole thing."
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