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Aug 17, 2010

Heavily armed man orchestrates attack on Texas police building

CNN

A heavily armed man opened fire on a public safety building in McKinney, Texas, on Tuesday and attempted to ignite explosive substances in his truck before he died in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement, police said.

Aug 17, 2010

Police networking helps ID serial attacks

USA Today

Police believe Elias Abuelazam's stabbing spree started in late May when he killed a 31-year-old on a dark street in Flint, Mich., but Flint police did not begin discussing the possibility of a serial killer until late July, when the area had six stabbings over six straight nights.

Aug 17, 2010

In New Orleans, an unprecedented push for police reform

LA Times

Since Hurricane Katrina, officers have been accused of misconduct, brutality and murder. The city asked Washington for help and got a massive team of experts. But change takes time.

Aug 17, 2010

Police: Most illegal marijuana dispensaries have vanished since June law

Torrance Daily Breeze

Although they lack hard numbers, law enforcement officials say many of the 600-plus illegal medical marijuana dispensaries that dotted the Los Angeles landscape have disappeared since the city ordered them closed in June.

Aug 17, 2010

LA judge frees thief who got 25 yrs on 3rd strike

Associated Press

After 13 years behind bars for trying to break in to a church kitchen to find something to eat, a man who became an example of the harsh sentences allowed by California's three-strikes law has been ordered released from prison.

Aug 17, 2010

13-year-old girl missing; police investigate child's MySpace account

NBC-4

Late Tuesday night the Los Angeles Police Department issued a critical missing bulletin for 13-year-old Karina Valencia of Sylmar.

Aug 16, 2010

Bill would push police to move on rape kits

LA Times blog

A bill by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino that would push law enforcement agencies to analyze rape kits in a timely manner must still clear two legislative hurdles before becoming law.

Aug 16, 2010

Police seek help in suspected gang shooting in Van Nuys

LA Daily News

Police sought the public's help Monday in finding the killer of a man who was gunned down in a gang-related, car-to-car shootout in Van Nuys.

Aug 16, 2010

Cops, Crime, and the Economy

Pajamas Media

Economic recovery on a local scale, whether in Los Angeles, Oakland, or St. Louis, is largely dependent on the willingness of citizens to live and spend money there.

Aug 16, 2010

Police looking for good Samaritans

LA Daily News

Although police typically find themselves scanning witness videos for bad guys, on Monday they put out an alert for a couple of heroes.

Aug 16, 2010

L.A.'s $26 Million Gang Program Rife with Problems, Investigative Report Finds

LAist

Word around city hall is that the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office has been concerned with today's release of the Spot.Us report from WitnessLA that digs deep and analyzes the $26 million spent on gang reduction and youth development.

Aug 15, 2010

Eagle and Badge Dinner Saturday

LA Daily News

The Los Angeles Police Protective League is staging its annual Eagle and Badge dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday.

Aug 14, 2010

City officials think LA might fall short of green initiative goals

LA Daily News

The day he was sworn into office in 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed his desire to see Los Angeles become "the greenest big city in America."

Aug 14, 2010

Deputy lived with bullet in his body, but was killed by leukemia

Whittier Daily News

A phone call in the middle of the night was normal at the Ponce house.

Aug 14, 2010

Transnational Gangs Terrorizing American Cities (Video)

Fox News

The War Next Door: An often overlooked threat that knows no boundaries.

Aug 14, 2010

California moves forward with death row construction plan

Marin Independent Journal

The new death row complex at San Quentin State Prison will feature 768 cells, 1,152 beds, six guard towers, a hospital and two fences, one of them electrified.

Aug 14, 2010

Union head urges workers to confront 'job-cutters'

Associated Press

The head of the AFL-CIO defended public union pay and benefits Friday and urged private-sector workers to unite with public employees to confront the nation's "job-cutters."

Aug 14, 2010

Memo urges deputies to weigh arrests

LA Times

Internal memo by lieutenant at Norwalk station stresses discretion in felony cases, raising debate on the challenges faced by law enforcement.

Aug 14, 2010

LAPD sergeant, civilians injured in cop crash

ABC-7

An LAPD sergeant was critically injured when 2 police cars collided, then crashed into two other vehicles in Koreatown.

Aug 13, 2010

California Assembly panel blocks higher fines for drivers on cell phones

Sacramento Bee

California lawmakers put the brakes Thursday on a bill that would have increased fines for drivers using handheld cell phones or texting while navigating the road.

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