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April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
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SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When San Fernando was on its way to winning the City Section Divison I championship last season, the Tigers were relying on pitching and defense. Now Sylmar (13-3, 5-0) is showing the Tigers how it's done. On Tuesday in the first game of a big two-game Valley Mission League series, pitcher Victor Ramirez allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none in Sylmar's 2-0 victory over San Fernando. The Spartans handed two-time All-City pitcher Alonzo Garcia his first-ever loss in league play over the last three seasons.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2009 | By Jack Leonard
A former security guard accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old college student in a Palmdale parking lot nearly a decade ago was convicted of murder Friday, authorities said. The verdict caps a lengthy legal saga that began when Raymond Lee Jennings first reported finding Michelle O'Keefe's body during a routine patrol of the park-and-ride lot. Investigators found the victim, a student at Antelope Valley College, slumped in the front seat of her Ford Mustang. She had been shot four times in the chest and face.
OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
The gig: Michael Dubin, 35, is chief executive and co-founder of Dollar Shave Club, a subscription service that delivers razors and laughs. When Dubin released a YouTube video in March 2012 introducing his company, where members can get razors starting at $1 a month (plus $2 in shipping) delivered to their door, he had no idea the replenishable razor blades were going to be such a big hit. The goofy video went viral, orders poured in (12,000 in the first two days) and the company's website, DollarShaveClub, crashed in the first hour.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Clint Massey, who raps under the name RondoNumbaNine, brags in one of his videos about his ability to "meet face to face, put a hole in your face, still beat the case. " "Glock go blah , damn, that's great," he raps. Now the 17-year-old Chicago rapper is charged with first-degree murder in a shooting, and investigators say there's a fingerprint, witnesses and video footage that connect him to the killing, according to local media reports. Massey appeared in court Sunday, where he was ordered held in lieu of $2-million bail on suspicion of being part of a two-gunman team that shot and killed a livery driver in Chicago's South Side in February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Frank Shyong, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Riverside County prosecutors filed felony charges Monday against a former teacher accused of sexually assaulting two students, one of whom made her accusations public in a video posted on YouTube. A $5-million warrant has been issued for the arrest of 40-year-old Andrea Michelle Cardosa, the Riverside County district attorney's office said. Cardosa has been charged with 16 counts related to aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Anh Do and Adolfo Flores
Two women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the death of a 23-year-old woman who was beaten during an altercation outside a popular Santa Ana nightspot. The ruling followed a two-day hearing with attorneys dissecting the shaky and sometimes chaotic scene, captured on the cellphones of bystanders. Lawyers for Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, who are accused of killing Kim Pham on Jan. 18, said it was Pham who instigated the brawl by throwing the first punch, then jumping on a woman who had tumbled to the ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A handcuffed woman was ejected from a moving Los Angeles Police Department patrol car, in a dramatic incident that left her seriously injured and raised questions about the involved officers' version of how the fall occurred. In the early morning hours on March 17, after a night out in Koreatown, 28-year-old Kim Nguyen and two friends were waiting in a restaurant parking lot for a sober friend to pick them up, Nguyen said in an interview with The Times. A pair of LAPD officers drove by in a marked patrol car, stopped, and approached Nguyen, she said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The Triumph Thunderbird LT is a motorcycle mash-up. On the one hand, it's a big glossy touring machine, outfitted with the long-distance essentials: the ample windshield, the saddlebags, the wide touring seat, broad touring footrests, "highway pegs" and passenger seat backrest. It also features the motorcycle industry's first whitewall radial tires. But on the other hand, it's classic British iron from the classic British lion - from the old-school styling on the wide fenders and gas tank to the minimalist gauge to the overgrown Triumph parallel twin engine.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
All high schools would be fortunate to have a No. 2 pitcher as talented as senior Chris Kovach of Simi Valley Royal. He's showing signs of being a standout this season, improving to 3-1 on Friday while lowering his ERA to 1.50 in a 4-1 Marmonte League victory over Calabasas. He struck out five, walked one and allowed six hits in five innings. His fastball was clocked at 86 mph in the first inning. Royal is 10-1 this season and the combination of left-hander Kurt Johnson (4-0)
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Huntington Beach High has been waiting patiently for the arrival of Hagen Danner, one of the stars from the 2011 Little League World Series championship team. Now that he's a freshman, Danner is living up to the hype. So what if Edison players were yelling from the dugout in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs on Wednesday trying to pressure the 15-year-old pitcher who's already committed to UCLA. "The kid has pitched in front of the world," Huntington Beach Coach Benji Medure said.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Three referees and a technician huddled at the scorer's table late Sunday afternoon and determined, after a lengthy review, that next week's Final Four in North Texas was set. Utilizing information culled from hundreds of cameras set up at games around the country over two weeks, the NCAA confirmed the schools moving on as Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky. The NCAA also announced the MVEI (most valuable electronic instrument) of the Elite Eight was the replay monitor.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Let the trash talking begin in the Thompson household. Stephen Thompson Jr. and his younger brother, Ethan, haven't been able to challenge their father, Stephen Sr., who won two state titles during his days at Crenshaw High in 1985 and 1986. On Saturday at Sleep Train Arena, the Thompson brothers came through with 20 and 14 points, respectively, to help Torrance Bishop Montgomery defeat Hayward Moreau Catholic, 85-44, in the Division IV state final. It was the largest margin of victory in state final history.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A season of trials and tribulations for St. John Bosco came to a pleasing end for the Braves when they held off Folsom, 63-54, to win the Division II state championship on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. St. John Bosco relied on the clutch play of Daniel Hamilton (22 points), Tyler Dorsey (21) and Vance Jackson (16) to end a season of ups and downs on a high note. Nothing came easy for the Braves, particularly the final 2 1/2 minutes that featured five turnovers. "I haven't worked that hard in years," Coach Derrick Taylor said in trying to settle down his team.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There are NBA and college players who have struggled trying to make shots in the challenging setting of Sleep Train Arena, but 17-year-old Michael Oguine of West Hills Chaminade calmly and confidently made clutch shots on Friday night in the Division III state championship game. The 6-foot-2 junior guard finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds, making three of five shots from three-point range, in Chaminade's 71-51 victory over San Anselmo Sir Francis Drake. “He was phenomenal,” Chaminade Coach Todd Wolfson said.
WORLD
November 28, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Zhu Ruifeng fancies himself a Chinese version of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a citizen journalist who is plying his trade online. In 2006, he started the People's Supervision website, which breaks stories about official corruption in China. He has had a couple of scoops - one about the widespread use of expired vaccines and others about crooked party apparatchiks - but nothing that's gotten the reaction of a sexually explicit 36-second video released last week. The video shows a paunchy Communist Party official in flagrante delicto with an 18-year-old woman in Chongqing.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Richard Winton
In an expletive-laced online video, two men say they are Los Angeles gang members who are “gangbanging” in Syria and fighting the “enemigos” in the bloody three-year conflict. The men identify themselves as “Wino” from the Westside Armenian Power gang and “Creeper” from the Sun Valley GW-13 gang, which has links to the Mexican mafia. Dressed in camouflage and ammunition vests and holding Kalashnikov rifles in an unknown location, the pair appear more interested in theatrics than ideology.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
Jimmy Orr was named managing editor, online, of the Los Angeles Times in February 2011. Orr directs the strategy for latimes.com, supervises the team that produces the site, and oversees the Los Angeles Times Media Group's growing portfolio of digital and mobile properties, including Android, iPad and Windows applications.  Orr joined The Times in August 2010 as deputy editor, online focusing his efforts on improving reader acquisition, retention,...
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Down by two points, West Hills Chaminade turned to junior guard Michael Oguine, who made a three-pointer at the buzzer from well beyond the top of the key on Saturday night at Colony High to give the Eagles a 53-52 victory over Santa Margarita in the Southern California Regional Division III final. Chaminade advances to the state championship game in Sacramento.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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