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June 7, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hector Becerra and Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
After a jury handed him a death sentence in 1989, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker reacted with a shrug. "Big deal," said Richard Ramirez, a devil-worshiping drifter whose spree of break-in murders terrorized California in mid-1980s. "Death always went with the territory. " The end turned out to be much further away and different than Ramirez likely envisioned that day. After more than two decades on death row, Ramirez died Friday morning of natural causes at Marin General Hospital, state corrections officials said.
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April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
A teenage boy suspected of fatally stabbing his high school classmate at a Connecticut high school just hours before the junior prom is under psychiatric evaluation, the teen's lawyer said Saturday. At the same time, friends of stabbing victim Maren Sanchez mourned her death, sharing memories of a girl they described as an outgoing teen who served as something of a “counselor” for many students and was known for heartfelt chats by her locker. The 16-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, will not be in court during Monday's scheduled arraignment, his attorney, Edward J. Gavin, told the Los Angeles Times.
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January 25, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Elaine Riddick was a confused and frightened 14-year-old. She was poor and black, the daughter of alcoholic parents in a segregated North Carolina town. And she was pregnant after being raped by a man from her neighborhood. Riddick's miserable circumstances attracted the attention of social workers, who referred her case to the state's Eugenics Board. In an office building in Raleigh, five men met to consider her fate — among them the state health director and a lawyer from the attorney general's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Coroner's officials have formally identified the final victim who died in a fiery Northern California crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus full of students. The April 10 head-on collision on Interstate 5 near Orland killed 10 people as more than 40 Southern California high school students were on their way to visit the campus of Humboldt State University. Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner Larry Jones confirmed that Adrian Castro, a 19-year-old senior at El Monte High School, died in the crash, along with four other students, three adult chaperons and the two drivers.
OPINION
May 8, 2012
Re "Displaced Miramonte staff share hurt, anger," May 4 As a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District adult division, I can accept having classes interrupted twice this year for a child-abuse awareness workshop. What I fail to grasp is the necessity of removing dozens of innocent teachers from their classrooms at Miramonte Elementary School and isolating them at another site. The warped logic of Supt. John Deasy purports to show that the district is concerned about the safety of its children.
OPINION
May 29, 2012
Re "Behind the barbed wire," Editorial, May 23 If any state prison inmates deserve the chance to speak with the media, it's only those few who've taken responsibility for harm done to their victims - that is, those who have consistently expressed remorse and have paid restitution. The media requests for prisoner interviews proposed under AB 1270 should first be submitted for vetting by victims - or by survivors of victims - whom the felon harmed. Their recommendations surely would preclude self-absorbed, un-repentant inmates from accessing the media for personal benefit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
They were expert stylists, artists and athletes. Devoted mothers and fathers, and outdoors enthusiasts too. Six women and two men were shot to death Wednesday in Seal Beach when, authorities say, Scott Dekraai opened fire at Salon Meritage, killing five employees, two customers and a man parked outside. It was the deadliest shooting in Orange County history. Friends, family members and clients offered these portraits of the victims. :: Michelle Marie Fournier's calling was cutting and styling hair.
OPINION
December 30, 2012
Re “ Naming names at the church ,” Editorial, Dec. 26 Kudos to The Times for advocating the public's right to know the names of Catholic Church officials who enabled the church's pedophiles to avoid exposure and prosecution. The referee who ruled against public disclosure apparently didn't understand and appreciate how naming names might protect future potential victims. If church officials knew their coverup endeavors would be made public, they surely would be deterred from shielding pedophiles who otherwise might continue to abuse children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Filipino community members in Southern California are mobilizing relief efforts to send supplies and aid to areas in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. With a population of more than 330,000, Los Angeles has the largest Filipino diaspora in the U.S. Given that the island nation in Southeast Asia remains constantly vulnerable to fierce storms like Haiyan, regular or annual fundraising efforts will often allocate some of the proceeds for potential disasters as they occur, said Hellen Barber De La Vega, consul general for the Philippines in Los Angeles.
OPINION
December 20, 2013
Re “Death rate unusually high for young vets,” Dec. 17 I want to commend The Times for printing an important and very insightful article on the front page. As a psychotherapist working with veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, I have heard of behaviors that are risky, such as refusing to wear a helmet while riding a bike or motorcycle. Attempts to shed light on these behaviors were not productive. Now I can use this article as a springboard to reopen the discussion.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices rejected the idea that a single person who possesses such images may be assessed the full amount due to the victim, setting aside a $3.4-million verdict against a Texas man in a favor of a woman whose childhood rape was photographed and widely circulated on the Internet.
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April 23, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may demand compensation from every person caught downloading and possessing the illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices set aside a $3.4-million restitution order handed down against a Texas man on behalf of one victim, ruling that a single defendant who possesses the pornography may not be forced to pay the full amount of damages due the victim. The 5-4 decision upholds part of the Violence Against Women Act and opens a new chapter in compensating victims who say the online circulation of their images has forced them to relive the sexual abuse they experienced as children.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Maria L. La Ganga
OSO, Wash. - Standing beneath a banner proclaiming "Oso Strong" one month after the deadly landslide, President Obama told the residents of the hard-hit Stillaguamish Valley that the nation is grieving with them as they struggle to rebuild homes, businesses and families. "There are still families who are searching for loved ones," Obama said after an aerial tour of the devastation aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One and a visit with survivors and first responders. "There are families who have lost everything, and it's going to be a difficult road ahead for them.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
BOSTON - Before Meb Keflezighi embarked on the 26.2-mile journey Monday to become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, he wrote four names on his yellow race bib. Martin, for Martin Richard. Krystle, for Krystle Campbell. Ling, for Lu Lingzi. Sean, for Sean Collier. The first three died in the bombings that occurred near the finish line of last year's race. The last was shot and killed, investigators said, by one of the alleged bombers. "It could've been me, my wife or me watching as a spectator," said Keflezighi, a 38-year-old UCLA graduate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Glenn County coroner's office has confirmed an eighth victim who died in the April 10 collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus of Southern California high school students. The head-on collision, which killed 10, occurred on Interstate 5 near Orland as the students were on their way to Humboldt State University to visit the campus. Coroner's officials confirmed that Mattison Haywood, a 25-year-old resident of Chino, died in the crash along with her fiance , Michael Myvett, 29. Haywood and Myvett were serving as chaperons for the teenagers during the trip, and both were reportedly sitting near the front of the bus when the FedEx truck crossed the median and barreled into it. The crash killed both drivers , as well as five high school students and three adult chaperons.
SCIENCE
April 18, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicide, new research shows. The immediate ill effects of bullying have been well documented, with experts increasingly seeing it as a form of child abuse . Influential studies from Finland have made the case that people who were bullied as kids continued to suffer as young adults - girls who were bullied grew up to attempt and commit suicide more frequently by the age of 25, for instance, and boys were more likely to develop anxiety disorders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The two victims killed Tuesday night in separate shootings have been identified. Alfred Jonny Rodriguez, 40, of Los Angeles was shot in Florence-Firestone around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, coroner's officials said. Neighborhood residents first reported hearing fireworks, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County When detectives went to check on the reports, they found Rodriguez lying in the street on the 1900 block of East 71st Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
Maria Rodriguez wept in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Nearly seven years after her boyfriend was gunned down by two men carrying AK-47s, Rodriguez tearfully recounted Thursday how she later broke the news to their young daughter that her father would not be coming home. "I just told her, 'One day we're going to see him, but it's not going to be soon,'" Rodriguez said. Rodriguez's boyfriend, Larry Marcial, 22, was one of three people killed on a quiet South L.A. street in the June 30, 2006, attack, which became known as the 49th Street Massacre.
WORLD
April 17, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - Divers struggled against strong currents and murky waters Friday morning in an effort to locate 271 people reported missing after a ferry sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Water and weather conditions were making it difficult for divers to reach the Sewol, which sank Wednesday about 12 miles off the coast with 475 passengers aboard, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The death toll rose to 25, with some bodies floating to the water's surface.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | Joseph Serna and Chris Megerian
An 18-year-old student who died in last week's fiery bus crash in Orland, Calif., spent his last moments helping other passengers to safety, officials at his Inglewood charter high school said Monday. Ismael Jimenez, a student at Animo Inglewood Charter High School, "busted open a window at the front of the bus as it was filling with smoke and people were getting burned," charter school Chief Executive Marco Petruzzi said in a statement. "He started lifting kids out in an effort to save them," he said.
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