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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Attorneys for the parents of an 18-year-old man who died two years ago in a collision that involved a Union Pacific Railroad truck announced a $2.75-million verdict Friday in their favor. Blake Cadoret "was driving his car southbound on Sierra Highway when a vehicle going northbound swerved into his lane and collided with his car," according to a news release from the R. Rex Parris Law Firm. "The driver of the 2006 Union Pacific Chevy Silverado while making an illegal left turn caused the crash and fled the scene of the accident," the news release said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Attorneys for the parents of an 18-year-old man who died two years ago in a collision that involved a Union Pacific Railroad truck announced a $2.75-million verdict Friday in their favor. Blake Cadoret "was driving his car southbound on Sierra Highway when a vehicle going northbound swerved into his lane and collided with his car," according to a news release from the R. Rex Parris Law Firm. "The driver of the 2006 Union Pacific Chevy Silverado while making an illegal left turn caused the crash and fled the scene of the accident," the news release said.
SPORTS
August 28, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
To honor, or dishonor, the 16th and final season of the Bowl Championship Series, here are 16 questions and answers as college football opens 2013: 1. How soon does USC Coach Lane Kiffin need to decide on a quarterback? Answer: Sept. 21. Penn & Teller could rotate for the first three games - against Hawaii, Washington State and Boston College - but USC needs to nail down Max Wittek or Cody Kessler by the time it hosts Utah State. That's the nightmare scenario USC fans might not see coming - a reincarnation of the long-ago Freedom Bowl loss to Fresno State.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A "freakish series of events" led to honor student Zachary Champommier's death on a night in June 2010 - that much is clear, a federal judge said Wednesday. But whether the plainclothes drug enforcement officers who shot the 18-year-old after he drove into a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in a Studio City parking lot were justified in doing so is a more complex matter. In a 43-page mixed verdict, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald awarded $3 million to Champommier's parents - $2 million to his mother and $1 million to his father, Eric Feldman - but also determined that the authorities were not negligent in their actions.
OPINION
July 31, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In acquitting Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy, a military judge has displayed an admirable sense of proportion that was lacking in the prosecution's case against the young soldier who provided a trove of classified documents to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks. The government's assertion that Manning was assisting Al Qaeda simply because he knew that terrorists might read the leaked documents on the Internet was a dangerously expansive legal theory, and if the judge had accepted it, Manning could have faced life in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
More than 100 demonstrators gathered at the steps of a federal building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon in a joint call for social justice in the wake of the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman and a California state prisoner hunger strike. The protest came a day after more than 50 picketers stood outside the state Capitol and called for Gov. Jerry Brown to take a more active role in the hunger strike, which is entering its fourth week. Some 600 inmates are still refusing to eat. Speakers included ex-convicts, human rights activists and “Lethal Weapon” movie series actor Danny Glover.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
The judge presiding over the military court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has reached a verdict and will announce her decision Tuesday into whether he violated the Espionage Act and aided foreign terror groups by providing more than 700,000 classified documents to the anti-secrecy organization known as WikiLeaks. Army Col. Denise Lind, who began deliberating Friday after nearly two months of testimony and evidence in the court martial against the 25-year-old soldier, made the announcement on Monday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Whites are far more likely than blacks to say the jury came to the right decision in the George Zimmerman trial, new polls show - another sign of the divisions laid bare by the case that has sparked protests across the country. In a newly released poll, the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of white Americans said they were satisfied that Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, while only 5% of blacks said the same. Eighty-six percent of black Americans surveyed were dissatisfied, compared to 30% of whites, Pew found in its survey of more than 1,400 adults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 | By Rich Connell
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Saturday called for a national boycott of Florida to protest the state's “stand your ground” law in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. On a day when hundreds of protesters upset by the verdict gathered in downtown Los Angeles, Ridley-Thomas issued a statement saying, “Florida has a robust tourism industry that brought in $71.8 billion and attracted 91.4 million visitors last year.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
From spray-painted T-shirts and canvas banners, square black stickers and solemn portraits, Trayvon Martin's face stared out at a Leimert Park rally in Los Angeles last weekend, hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in Florida. But on pamphlets distributed at the edge of the crowd, a different image stirred protesters. It was the face, they said, of another black victim of unequal justice: Marissa Alexander. Alexander, 31, a mother of three, was sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for firing one shot into the wall of her Jacksonville, Fla., kitchen during an argument with her husband, against whom she had a protective order.
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