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January 30, 1988 | JACK MATHEWS
This scene is played out hundreds of times every day in Hollywood. A couple of hopeful producers and a writer sit down on overstuffed furniture in a production executive's office, shmooze a bit about the horrors of Los Angeles freeway traffic, then--having moistened their tonsils on sips of designer water--launch into a pitch for a movie. "Well, we're here today to talk to you about a project we're very excited about. It's called. . . ."
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April 8, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy and Matt Stevens
As the uproar continues over how administrators initially responded to a viral cellphone video that showed a popular Santa Monica High School teacher taking down a student in class, Gabrielle Kinslow-Bourget recalls a very different scene. When her middle child, Al, died of cancer last year, Mark Black -- the longtime teacher and wrestling coach at the center of the current firestorm -- stood by the family's side.  Black, who was Al's wrestling coach and mentor, rallied community members for a celebration of Al's life in the high school wrestling room -- a place Kinslow-Bourget said her son called “a second home.” Now the coach, who Kinslow-Bourget, a single mother of three, called a “household name,” has been placed on paid administrative leave following a physical altercation with a student inside a classroom.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1990 | TERRY ATKINSON
THIS WEEK'S MOVIES One of the most intelligent and challenging films of 1989, Steven Soderbergh's "sex, lies, and videotape," is just out on RCA/Columbia videocassette ($89.95) and a Pioneer video disc ($34.95). In this brilliant, darkly comic examination of modern love in the camcorder age, the lives of three people are deeply affected by a visitor who videotapes women talking about their sexual habits. The fine cast features James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher and Laura San Giacomo.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral Friday. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh, and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident “utterly alarming” and  acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.  In a statement released hours after the fight, she called the teacher's use of physical restraint “unacceptable" and she pledged that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District would offer support to the student's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1996
When O.J. Simpson can't even buy advertising space on television or in newspapers for his videotape, why would you decide to run a free ad for him on the front page of The Times (Newswatch, Feb. 16)? Since when is it newsworthy that a videotape producer receives his merchandise orders at a Thousand Oaks post office box? I have read The Times for many years, but I can only echo the letter to the editor that appeared a few days ago, asking that you not print non-news items about Simpson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1985
A local stereo company is offering to make videotapes of children that could be used by parents and police to help identify them, Mayor Tom Bradley announced Friday. Bradley said the program, launched by the Federated Group, a discount television and stereo chain, will provide a permanent record of children-their voices, height, weight and other characteristics- so they can be easily identified if reported missing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1985 | ELIZABETH CAMPOS, Times Staff Writer
Some people send letters and others march in the streets. But Glendale resident David Bowyer made a film as his pro-peace statement. On Oct. 19, as members of the Glendale High School Choir sang the Soviet and American national anthems beneath the flags of both nations outside a local post office, Bowyer mailed videotape copies of the film to President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
NEWS
May 4, 1995 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly covers film for the Times Orange County Edition.
Even before Rodney King and those other "caught on tape" incidents that keep showing up on TV news, the video cam had become a tool for quick-hit personal history. Steven Soderbergh's "sex, lies, and videotape" tapped into that phenomenon. The 1989 seriocomedy is not about a newsy event, but its suburban plot touches on the power of perception when ordinary folks are recorded on tape, unable to deny who or what they are with the evidence rolling on the screen in front of them.
NEWS
September 25, 1987 | United Press International
Videotape from one of the commando helicopters that attacked an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf turned up blank and failed to capture proof that the ship was laying mines, Pentagon officials said today. Officials were miffed by repeated questions about the videotape at the White House and the Pentagon because of suggestions that the Reagan Administration's credibility is in doubt with lack of photographic or televised evidence of Iranians caught in the act.
NEWS
March 27, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Hostage Jesse Turner said on a videotape released Thursday that his fellow American captive Alann Steen is dying, and he urged the United States and Israel to agree to a prisoner exchange for Steen's release. The kidnapers, who said Monday that the 47-year-old Steen was near death, want to trade him for 100 Arab prisoners held in Israel and demand that the United States persuade the Israelis to act. Both governments have refused the deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The Moreno Valley city councilman leaned back in his chair, his hands resting on his head as he took in the sight of stacks of bills - $2.3 million worth - piled on the table in front of him. On that January day, Marcelo Co looked relaxed as he closed a lucrative deal to deliver the necessary vote to rezone a parcel of land, believing he had accepted a bribe from a real estate broker, federal prosecutors said. But the broker was actually an undercover federal agent, and the transaction - one that authorities believe to be the largest bribe accepted by a public official in a sting operation in the United States - was captured on camera.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Videotapes released Thursday by a federal court show mentally ill prisoners in California being forced from their cells by guards who douse them repeatedly with pepper spray. Some of the inmates are being forced to comply with medication orders; others are to be moved to new cells. The six tapes, created by guards abiding by a state policy to record all cell extractions, were shown in court in October as part of a lawsuit by inmates' lawyers seeking a ban on the use of pepper spray against the mentally ill. The tapes were ordered released by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton, who is holding hearings on the issue in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure sought by celebrities to protect their children's privacy, a bill to extend family leave benefits and a proposal for more earthquake sensors in California. The governor's signature on the privacy measure will make it a misdemeanor to attempt to photograph or videotape a child in a harassing manner if the image is being taken because the child's parent is a celebrity or public official. "Kids shouldn't be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment," the bill's author, Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles)
OPINION
August 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It has been five years since a commission made up of prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and others presented its startling report detailing holes in California's criminal justice system and making recommendations on how to mend them. One of the biggest problems the experts found was dozens of false confessions - assertions by people under interrogation that they had committed crimes when in fact they had not. The same panel reported that some jurisdictions, including some California counties and cities, had successfully responded to the surprisingly common phenomenon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man at the center of a videotaped altercation with Kern County sheriff's deputies earlier this month died from heart disease, not baton blows, authorities said Thursday. The county coroner's office labeled David Sal Silva's death accidental, adding that the primary cause was hypertensive heart disease. Videos taken by witnesses showed baton blows and a struggle between Silva and deputies. But at a news conference Thursday in Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said those blows were mainly to his midsection and were not fatal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A man at the center of a videotaped altercation with Kern County sheriff's deputies month died from heart disease -- not baton blows, authorities said Thursday. The county coroner's office labeled David Sal Silva's death accidental, adding that the primary cause of death was hypertensive heart disease. During a news conference Thursday in Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood provided a detailed description of the deputies' actions. He also said there had been a rush to judgment against the deputies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1995 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police arrested a 38-year-old woman on murder charges Saturday, crediting her capture to an amateur's videotape that shows a man being choked to death in a Miracle Mile park, which elicited dozens of telephone tips. Sheryl Mitchell was detained by Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers while she was riding a bus at Long Beach and East Artesia boulevards Friday night after an informant recognized her from TV newscasts and called police, said Lt. Greg Meyer, head of the Wilshire Detective Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 33-year-old Palmdale man was charged with disguising himself as a woman so he could secretly shoot videos inside a women's bathroom, authorities said Tuesday night. Jason Pomare allegedly wore women's clothing, including a bra and wig, and then hid the camera in a paper bag to shoot videos of women inside a department store bathroom, authorities said. A deputy responding to a call from security personnel Saturday at the Antelope Valley Mall found Pomare "wearing a wig and dressed as a woman," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Richard Winton
The sharp cracks echoing from the East Bakersfield street were loud enough to jolt Ruben Ceballos from a midnight slumber. Then he heard screams. The 19-year-old jumped from his living room sofa and hurried to the kitchen door, which offered a view of the violent scene unfolding outside. It was then, Ceballos said in an interview Monday, that he realized the sounds that woke him were the reports of batons striking a man's head.   “I saw two sheriff's deputies on top of this guy, just beating him,” Ceballos said.
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