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SPORTS
December 19, 1989
The New York Racing Assn. has decided to not renew its contract with Pinkerton's Inc., the security firm that has been providing security services for some New York tracks for a hundred years. Wackenhut Corp., the third-largest security company in the United States, will provide security instead at the Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga race tracks in 1990, racing association Vice President John Keenan said. Thomas Wathen, owner and president of Pinkerton's Inc.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1990 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Diego city officials on Friday recommended that the City Council choose a Florida company to build a privately run, $6.5-million jail on four acres of county-owned land at the East Otay Mesa Correctional Complex. If built, the facility would become the first privately operated jail in California, correctional officials said. Assistant City Manager Jack McGrory on Friday recommended that council members authorize the city manager's office to negotiate with Wackenhut Corrections Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1989 | SHAWN MAREE SMITH, Times Staff Writer
A hospitalized prisoner being guarded by a private security officer hired by the Sheriff's Department escaped when he and his girlfriend kidnaped the guard, authorities said Monday. Michael Ismael Valdez, 27, had been taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound after a car chase Thursday with National City police. He was arrested on suspicion of narcotics and weapons violations, and was being held on a no-bail warrant for robbery.
NEWS
October 19, 1994 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prisons are a growth industry in California, so some entrepreneurs are hoping that the state will turn increasingly to privately owned and operated prisons as a way to shave costs. The Department of Corrections is unlikely to turn over control of maximum-security prisons anytime soon, and officials say private prisons will remain only a limited player as the $3-billion-a-year state prison system expands.
NEWS
March 21, 1993 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A tale of international intrigue is unfolding in a tiny Burbank courtroom where a San Fernando Valley man is seeking damages from the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly ruining a multimillion-dollar deal to sell a high-tech, hand-held machine gun to foreign governments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1986 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
A woman who was struck by a passenger gate blown open by a blast from a jet engine at John Wayne Airport is entitled to a trial of her lawsuit, a state appellate court ruled Tuesday. Florence Blakely claims in the suit that it was dangerous to maintain the double-swing gate 80 feet from a spot marked for airplanes to park and that Orange County officials should not have allowed it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1990 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Representatives of the city and county of San Diego on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that clears the way for the city to build a $6.5-million jail on county-owned land on East Otay Mesa. The city will now begin negotiations with Wackenhut Corp., a Coral Gables, Fla.-based firm, to build and operate the jail. Funding, however, remains a question. City officials said the facility is needed because there is no longer space available to house people arrested on misdemeanor charges.
WORLD
July 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
Ringed by a high electric fence, microwave motion monitors and security cameras, the Baxter Reception and Processing Center is Australia's newest and first detention center built specifically to house asylum seekers. The government Wednesday proudly showed off the new center built on the dusty outskirts of the isolated industrial town of Port Augusta in South Australia state.
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