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Cop-led gang of blackmailers busted

From 4/27/2010 A six-member gang, led by a police constable, using a woman to bait men and blackmail them has been busted by the crime branch in Ahmedabad and two of its members arrested, police said Tuesday. The constable, Mukesh Patel who had also appeared for an examination to qualify as a sub-inspector, is […]

DJ Premier breaks silence over Gang Starr partner Guru Tuesday 27 April 2010 Following his death last week, a statement was released purporting to be Guru’s last words on his personal and professional life. The letter immediately aroused suspicion after repeated references were made to the role Guru’s Jazzmatazz partner Solar ought to play in his legacy, as well as a paragraph that […]

Newark schoolyard slaying trial will include gang expert testimony on MS-13 ties, judge rules

Alexi Friedman/The Star-Ledger April 27, 2010, 1:07PM A Superior Court judge in Newark today ruled that a gang expert will be permitted to testify at trial about the alleged connection between the defendant accused in the August 2007 Newark schoolyard slayings and the Central American gang known as MS-13. Opening arguments in the trial against […]

Eulogy for a chief: ‘The Los Angeles Police Department was Daryl Gates,’ says successor Charlie Beck

— Richard Winton (LA Times) 4/27/2010 Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck paid tribute Tuesday to his deceased predecessor, Daryl F. Gates, the 49th chief of the Police Department. “There will never be another like Daryl,” Beck said during the private funeral for Gates, who died this month […]

Arizona’s immigration law may spur a showdown

By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times April 23, 2010 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed the toughest law against illegal immigration in the country, shrugging aside warnings from religious and civil rights leaders — and President Obama — that it would lead to widespread racial profiling. Hours after Obama denounced the measure as “misguided,” […]

L.A’s 49th Street Massacre may not have been about race

By Jack Leonard (LA Times) April 25, 2010 On a summer afternoon nearly four years ago, two men carrying AK-47 assault rifles climbed out of a dark red sedan on a quiet South Los Angeles street and opened fire. One gunman shot a 10-year-old boy riding a bicycle, then stood over the child and continued […]

Condemned Utah killer will face firing squad

from Associated Press April 23, 2010 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is scheduled to execute a convicted killer by firing squad on June 18, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice. State court Judge Robin Reese signed the warrant Friday morning for Ronnie Lee Gardner, who killed a […]

Court upholds governor’s right to deny parole to murderers

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times April 23, 2010 In a decision nearly two years in the making, the full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the California governor’s right to deny parole to a murderer serving a life term even when there hasn’t been fresh evidence for decades that the […]

Suspected gunman in Valley massacre captured

By Richard Winton (LA Times) April 22, 2010 A man wanted in connection with the slaying of four people at a Valley Village restaurant has been captured by a federal fugitive task force in the Seattle area. Nerses Arthur Galstyan, 28, was taken into custody Tuesday evening along with his brother Samuel Galstyan in the […]

Inland Empire hate groups come into focus: A white supremacist gang is linked to attacks on Hemet police

Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) April 22, 2010 Residents in Hemet have long known that there is a skinhead element in their city. They said they have occasionally seen groups of tattooed young men with shaved heads in combat boots and fatigues protesting against illegal immigration. But authorities now are investigating something […]

27 arrested in Ontario street gang sweep

by Alexandra Davis (LA Times) April 21, 2010 Federal and state agents arrested 27 people Wednesday in an operation targeting an Ontario street gang with alleged ties to the Mexican Mafia, prosecutors said. The suspects are accused of drug trafficking, racketeering and other violent crimes for the Black Angels, a gang with about 450 members […]

Guru, member of the influential rap duo Gang Starr, dies at 43 after battle with cancer

by MESFIN FEKADU (Associated Press) April 20, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Guru, the influential rapper known for his intellectual themes, his monotone delivery and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats, has died after battling cancer, collaborators said. He was 43. The world has lost “one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons […]

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