Should Growing Up in Compton Be Considered a Disability?

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By Avi Asher-Schapiro | October 20, 2015 | 6:24 pm Virgil started feeling unsafe sometime around 4th grade. That’s when he remembers his mother telling him and his twin brother, Philip, to stay inside after school. The family had recently moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and remaining indoors, their mother told them, was […]

L.A. mayor and police chief visit Leimert Park after flare of violence

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By Kate Mather | LA Times July 29, 2015 Terrencé Smith smiled nervously as he plugged in his iPhone on Wednesday afternoon and hit play. A few seconds later, the 15-year-old’s voice rang clearly through the entryway of a Leimert Park performing arts center. He hoped his audience — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and […]

Mexico drug lord Guzman’s escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece

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By Tracy Wilkinson | LA Times July 12, 2015 The tunnel stretched a mile long, from the jailhouse shower to an empty building in a cornfield, and was deep enough for drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to stand upright as he made his escape. A minor engineering masterpiece, some might say, equipped with ventilation, […]

Rapper whose murder triggered Denver gang war should’ve been in prison

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By Kirk Mitchell | The Denver Post 05/13/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT In a soft baritone voice, Kevie “KL Tha General” Durham spewed vulgar rap taunts aimed at rival gangsters, vowing to kill them as casually as a prep quarterback might recount a touchdown pass. “They ben throwin’ slugs but they ain’t ben trying to aim […]

Christianity is growing rapidly in El Salvador — along with gang violence and murder rates

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By Paul Glader | The Washington Post April 8 at 1:03 PM SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Elmer Villalobos was 26 when the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang grew irritated that the private bus firm where Elmer’s older brother, Gustavo, worked refused to pay extortion fees in their neighborhood of Cuscatancingo. Gunmen from the gang […]

The Black Male Incarceration Problem Is Real and It’s Catastrophic

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Antonio Moore / Huff Post Posted: 02/17/2015 12:05 pm EST Updated: 02/19/2015 1:00 pm EST “We have more work to do when more young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America.” President Barack Obama In a recent article the widely held belief surrounding the number of black men incarcerated outnumbering […]

Reward payouts rare in homicide cases, but potential keeps offers coming

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LA Times / The Homicde Report Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 5 a.m. How effective are the rewards offered in homicide cases? Payouts are rare, but detectives say they still believe in them, and politicians continue to approve them. In the LAPD’s latest reward announcement, $50,000 was offered Thursday for information in the shooting death of […]

Homicide victims skewing older in L.A. County

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By Nicole Santa Cruz and Armand Emamdjomeh | LA Times Homicide Report Jan. 23, 2015 Isaac Gaston Jr. was trying to calm a party in Compton in March when a fight broke out. Guns and knives were drawn and Gaston was shot in the chest and stabbed in the head. At 31, Gaston was a […]

Sheriff’s Dept. higher-ups now appear to be targets in jails inquiry

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By Cindy Chang / LA Times News January 10, 2015 Sheriff’s officials convicted of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jails have been testifying before a grand jury as prosecutors set their sights on the highest echelons of the department, according to sources familiar with the probe. The questioning has focused partly […]

JFK Passenger Tried to Smuggle Cocaine in Luggage Handles: Feds

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Channel 4 NBC Southern California News Friday, Jan 9, 2015 • Updated at 6:52 AM PST Federal authorities say a passenger on a flight from Jamaica was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport and accused of trying to smuggle cocaine in the handles of her luggage. The Department of Homeland Security says passenger Chevelle […]

Police: Gang member boasted about drug deal on Facebook

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By Rory Appleton / The Fresno Bee January 8, 2015 Updated 6 hours ago One man was arrested Thursday after police say he posted on Facebook a picture of himself with a gun and his exact plans for a drug deal in southeast Fresno. Fresno police Sgt. Paul Cervantes said that a Fresno County district […]

Man shot, wounded while driving in South Los Angeles

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By Matt Hamilton / LA Times January 05, 2015 A 32-year-old man was shot and wounded Monday afternoon while driving in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The man was hit by gunfire just after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Hooper Avenue and Adams Boulevard, said Lt. Ellis Imaizumi, a watch commander at the Los […]