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November 28, 1993
As gang violence increases from San Clemente to La Habra, gangs have become a growing concern throughout Orange County and a Priority for police and the district attorney's office. Gangs of all kinds operate within the county. Some are so-called "territorial" or "turf" gangs, whose members believe they control specific areas; others are considered "nomadic," operating in various places in he county with no special turf. Some are considered violent; some are not.
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"Brick Mansions," Paul Walker's penultimate film (prior to "Fast & Furious 7"), is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma. Otherwise, this remake of the 2004 French thriller "District B13," directed by Camille Delamarre (editor of "Transporter 3" and "Taken 2"), is a dizzying mishmash of showy stunts, muddled narrative and some seriously risible acting and dialogue. Prolific filmmaker Luc Besson's screenplay, faithfully adapted from the "B13" script he wrote with Bibi Naceri, has relocated this dystopian crime tale from 2006 Paris to 2018 Detroit (as if the Motor City didn't have enough image problems)
At the intersection of Florence and Normandie, where television cameras caught the violent early moments of the Los Angeles riots, the 8-Trey Gangster Crips have established their stronghold. From this corner, where trucker Reginald O. Denny was brutally beaten, the loose affiliation of about 350 gang members claims an impoverished territory that runs roughly from Gage Avenue on the North to Manchester Avenue on the South and from Van Ness Avenue on the West to Vermont Avenue on the East.
April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
As if the organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics needed more bad news, angry residents have clashed with police in a slum not far from the planned site of the Games' swimming events. Violence erupted in the Pavao-Pavaozinho neighborhood after the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a dancer on a popular TV show. "The police beat my friend to death, just like they've tortured and killed in other communities," Johanas Mesquita, a 23-year-old resident of Pavao-Pavaozinho, told the Associated Press.
Two young men were shot to death early Sunday in a volley of gunfire from a military-type assault weapon at El Salvador Park--a little more than a mile from police headquarters. Ernesto Sanudo Mendez and Sammy Porras, both 21, were walking in the 1800 block of Civic Center Drive about 1:45 a.m. when they were gunned down by shots fired from a passing car. Police said it was another gang-related shooting. Residents of the Civic Center area said it was another outrage.
The route from USC's fraternity row to the 901 Club on Figueroa Street is marked by broad painted stripes running three blocks, a symbol of the bar's importance to the social life of the campus' affluent "Greeks." The "9-Oh," as the raucous college bar is affectionately known, is where inhibitions, like IDs, are checked at the door. For one fraternity--the prestigious and well-connected Alpha Tau Omega house--it is a path well traveled.
November 26, 1993
Physical violence on television now has a counterpart: verbal violence of TV talk shows. Take your choice. RALPH HEAD Santa Barbara
January 19, 2014 | By Luke Glowacki
Do genes make us do it? The idea that human behavior is driven by genes makes many people uncomfortable, and nowhere is the dispute more bitter than when discussing the biological underpinnings of violence. The war of ideas over violence and human nature has raged since the 1600s, when philosopher Thomas Hobbes first speculated that the "natural condition of mankind" was one of violence and conflict. In the 1700s, Jean-Jacques Rousseau saw things differently. Enthralled with accounts of the New World, he argued that civilization, not nature, shaped the human propensity for violence.
March 12, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Nearly 3,000 people have fled to a neighboring state since hundreds were slaughtered in several mostly Christian villages over the weekend, aid officials said Thursday. Residents have accused the Nigerian police and military of failing to provide adequate security to the villages in Plateau state, where attackers managed to violate a dusk-to-dawn curfew. Police said they had arrested about 200 people. On Thursday, thousands of women took to the streets, singing and waving branches, a traditional sign of protest.
September 13, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Internet video giant YouTube has found itself drawn into a global drama being played out in violent Mideast protests over a 14-minute video trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," raising questions about the website's responsibilities as the Internet's preeminent distributor of video. The trailer has been blamed for inciting violence in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. Obama administration officials said Thursday that they have asked YouTube to review the video and determine whether it violates the site's terms of service, according to people close to the situation but not authorized to comment.
April 21, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Two and a half years after a drone strike in Yemen killed New Mexico-born Anwar Awlaki, a federal appeals court has ordered the Obama administration to release a confidential memorandum that explains the legal justification for its extraordinary decision to assassinate a U.S. citizen. The administration should promptly comply. Monday's unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was the result of a lawsuit by the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union to force release of a memo prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.
April 20, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The fragile diplomatic accord to resolve the Ukraine crisis frayed Sunday as an armed clash erupted in eastern Ukraine and top Russian and Ukrainian officials, appearing on television talk shows, each demanded the other side lay down its weapons. Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, said a gunfight early Easter morning that left at least three people dead at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk showed the need for all sides to disarm.
April 13, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine appears to have been provoked by Moscow, the American ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday. “It has all the tell-tale signs of what we saw in Crimea,” Ambassador Samantha Power said on ABC's "This Week. " She said well-armed men wearing plainclothes and speaking Russian took over government buildings in the area of Ukraine near the Russian border. Other reports from the region have described assailants dressed in Russian-style camouflage military uniforms but without insignias.
April 11, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - A marathon meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders that ended early Friday kept alive the possibility of a compromise between the two sides to halt Venezuela's slide toward anarchy. Maduro hosted 11 opposition leaders Thursday night at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the capital, and the political foes leveled bitter accusations. Each blamed the other for the violence that has left 41 people dead and more than 1,000 injured since February.
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Two psychologically damaged siblings doing battle with a mysterious home furnishing makes for nervy moviegoing in the housebound chiller "Oculus. " The object in question is the Lasser Glass, an ornate, antique black cedar mirror of historically malevolent intentions, or so believes Kaylie (Karen Gillan), whose parents met a bloody, psychotic end a decade ago. Her younger, more emotionally fragile brother Tim (Brenton Thwaites), fresh from a mental facility, is less sure of sis' theory and more intent on moving on from the tragedy.
April 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Former professional skateboarder and punk rock singer Duane Peters was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge. Peters, 52, known as "The Master of Disaster," was charged in February with assaulting his girlfriend at their Long Beach home, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. An Orange County native, Peters  gained fame for helping pioneer radical skateboarding moves. He has been credited as among the first skaters to do a 360-degree loop, called “the loop of death,” and for inventing such tricks as “the Fake and Thruster” and “the Indy Air.” Peters embraced punk rock, and his skate-punk style had a strong influence on the skateboarding world.
July 31, 2012
Re "Hollywood trying to avoid villain role in film violence," July 28 There is a difference between portraying evil and crossing the threshold into celebrating it; the "Dark Knight" franchise represents the latter, in my opinion. Other films that crossed this threshold - "A Clockwork Orange,""Natural Born Killers" and"Taxi Driver" - all employed a certain recklessness in their depiction of violence and have stirred the psyche of boundary-less individuals to perpetrate violence.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. The 29-year-old said he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, Yealu allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire on two officers. One was injured before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
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