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Eyes and e-mails keep tabs on crime

Daily Breeze

Jennifer Pickett had been away from her Westchester home for only about 10 minutes before she returned to retrieve a forgotten baby bottle. With her three young children and a friend waiting in the car, Pickett opened the front door of her home at 83rd Street and Kenyon Avenue and knew immediately something was wrong.

Rural mayor to cops: Do not chase criminals

Pajamas Media

Far be it from me, who has spent the better part of three decades working as a police officer, to encourage anyone to take up a life of crime. But for anyone already disposed toward such a life, a golden opportunity briefly presented itself in the rural burg of Wellford, South Carolina.

California struggles with paroled sex offenders

New York Times

A series of high-profile crimes involving parolees in California highlight the challenges of keeping track of them in a state that discharges more than 120,000 inmates annually, more than any other.

Los Angeles City Hall becomes tech giants' battlefield

LA Times

Microsoft and Google are vying for a $7.25-million contract to replace an outdated e-mail system.

Violent weekend prompts increased police presence

Daily News

A 4-month-old boy was killed and a woman and man were wounded Sunday in the most wrenching among a week of gang shootings that prompted the LAPD to send extra officers to the San Fernando Valley to try to stem the violence.

Two dozen applications submitted to succeed Bratton

LA Times blog

With the deadline for applications now passed, the field of candidates competing for the top job at the Los Angeles Police Department has been set. A total of 24 people have submitted applications to replace outgoing Police Chief William J. Bratton, including 13 from within the LAPD.

Congress Hears Conflicting Ideas for Public Safety Network


Eight years and one failed spectrum auction after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., police and fire departments still don't have a national wireless broadband network to communicate with each other, and Congress heard conflicting ideas on how to create one.

Marguerite P. Justice dies at 88; first black woman to serve on L.A. Police Commission

LA Times

Justice, a longtime community activist from southwest Los Angeles, was known as 'Mama J.' She was appointed to the police panel in 1971 by then-Mayor Sam Yorty.

Manson follower Susan Atkins dies at 61

LA TImes

Susan Atkins, who committed one of modern history's most notorious crimes when she joined Charles Manson and his gang for a 1969 killing spree that terrorized Los Angeles and put her in prison for the rest of her life, has died. She was 61.

Police Stop "Thelma and Louise"-Style Crime Spree


Police say two women went on a wild "Thelma and Louise''-style crime spree, but it didn't end with a car going over a cliff like the film. Instead, officers captured both women and they remain behind bars.

Union contracts for state workers remain in limbo

Capitol Weekly

Most of California's unionized state employees are working under expired contracts and there appears little likelihood that new pacts will be negotiated in the near future. A tangle of lawsuits and a bad economy, among other factors, could even push back a resolution into next year.

Massive police raid targets brutal L.A. gang

LA Times

An early morning assault by federal and local personnel yields 78 arrests and a sense of cautious optimism that the Avenues' hold on Northeast L.A. may be weakening.

Bratton Replacement

City News Service

The Los Angeles Police Department may be forced to operate without a chief for about two weeks in November, according to the head of the Police Commission.

LAPD memorial for fallen officers finds its way home

LA Times

Accompanied by a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle escort, a memorial wall for fallen officers was delivered Tuesday to the department's new downtown headquarters.

L.A. City Council confirms Debra Wong Yang's appointment to police commission

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles City Council this morning unanimously approved the appointment of former U.S. Atty. Debra Wong Yang to the city Board of Police Commissioners.

Police chief hunt enters new phase

Daily News

With Wednesday's midnight deadline to apply for Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton's job now passed, the city Personnel Department is poised to begin the next phase of its search today.

LAPD memorial: Salute with Heartland roots

Kansas City Star

On Friday, a memorial to fallen Los Angeles police officers built by Kansas City architectural metal company A. Zahner Company was crated, loaded onto a trailer and, in a show of support to fellow officers, escorted by Kansas City Police to the state line.

New police station lifts spirits in Boyle Heights

LA Times

The $31-million state-of-the-art building on 1st Street is one of several improvements to the area, including a new high school and the anticipated arrival of the Gold Line extension.

California joblessness reaches 70-year high

NY Times

California’s unemployment rate in August hit its highest point in nearly 70 years, starkly underscoring how the nation’s incipient economic recovery continues to elude millions of Americans looking for work.

L.A. City Council gains union concessions to help close budget gap

The early retirement plan is resurrected and some employees are spared layoffs and furloughs in the agreement that erases nearly a third of this year's shortfall. Union members still must approve. (LA Times)

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