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City health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh $114,000 for her 'Healthy Holly' books

City health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh $114,000 for her 'Healthy Holly' books

Book sales to Kaiser Permanente come on top of Mayor Pugh’s book sales to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was on the board there. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)Book sales to Kaiser Permanente come on top of Mayor Pugh’s book sales to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was on the board there. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)Health provider paid Baltimore Mayor more than $100,000 to buy about 20,000 copies of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books during a period when the company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide health benefits...

April 1, 2019
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Reporters, legal observers cry foul after being caught up in LAPD's mass arrests at Echo Park protest

Reporters, legal observers cry foul after being caught up in LAPD's mass arrests at Echo Park protest

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementReporters and legal observers who were detained or arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department during a mass arrest of protesters in Echo Park on Thursday night were sounding alarms Friday — accusing the LAPD of ignoring their legitimate role in monitoring such events on the ground.They also accused the LAPD of issuing confusing directives and attempting to force media members into a designated observation area that would not have allowed them to see the protest or the arrests that followed.While some detained reporters and observers...

Mar 27
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Police Commission reinstates one of LAPD's first Black officers, undoing 120-year-old injustice

Police Commission reinstates one of LAPD's first Black officers, undoing 120-year-old injustice

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementUndoing a 120-year-old injustice, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to posthumously reinstate and retire with honor one of the LAPD’s first Black officers, who they say was pushed out of the department in 1900 based on false allegations against him. Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1850, Robert William Stewart later made his way to Los Angeles and was one of the first two Black policemen to make it onto the LAPD force, which he joined in 1889, said Fred Booker, a special assistant to LAPD Chief Michel Moore....

Feb 24
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New lawsuit alleges L.A., Santa Monica, Beverly Hills used curfews to crush legitimate protest

New lawsuit alleges L.A., Santa Monica, Beverly Hills used curfews to crush legitimate protest

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementMore than 40 people arrested in Los Angeles County for curfew violations during last summer’s mass protests have alleged in a new lawsuit that the curfews were an unconstitutional and coordinated tactic by the county, several local cities and their police forces to stifle legitimate political speech against police violence.The lawsuit alleges a slate of violations of the protesters’ constitutional and civil rights, assault and battery, false imprisonment, negligence and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, and calls the...

Mar 2
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Hate crimes against Asian Americans rose in L.A. in 2020, mirroring national trend

Hate crimes against Asian Americans rose in L.A. in 2020, mirroring national trend

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementHate crimes against Asian Americans and other members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Los Angeles rose sharply in 2020, and causing concern among police and local advocacy organizations. According to a report presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday, there were 15 anti-Asian hate crimes reported in the city in 2020, compared with seven in 2019, marking a 114% increase.There were also nine hate “incidents” — or bigoted encounters that don’t rise to the level of a crime — compared with seven in 2019,...

Mar 2
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LAPD captain's home searched as part of investigation into alleged sale of stolen guns

LAPD captain's home searched as part of investigation into alleged sale of stolen guns

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementLos Angeles Police Department detectives searched the home of a captain Thursday as part of an investigation into the alleged sale of more than 20 firearms stolen from the police academy gun store, according to law enforcement sources.The commercial crimes detectives were seeking evidence linked to the guns and who might have received them. They were also looking for any communications between Capt. Jonathan Tom, who oversees the West Los Angeles station, and Archie Duenas, a former assistant manager of the gun shop who was charged...

Feb 24
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Attack on Lady Gaga's dog walker fits 'disturbing trend': More L.A. robbery victims being shot

Attack on Lady Gaga's dog walker fits 'disturbing trend': More L.A. robbery victims being shot

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementWhen Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot in Hollywood last week as he tried to fend off assailants who stole two of the singer’s French bulldogs, the attack not only made international headlines but also fit into a local crime pattern raising alarm among Los Angeles police officials: More robbery victims are being shot.Calling it a “disturbing trend,” LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala told the L.A. Police Commission this week that 18 robbery victims had been shot in L.A. through Tuesday, compared with just one such shooting during the...

Mar 5
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Feeding an army in D.C.: Chef José Andrés steps in to help feed huge influx of National Guard

Feeding an army in D.C.: Chef José Andrés steps in to help feed huge influx of National Guard

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementEarly Saturday afternoon on a partially cordoned-off street in Washington, Peter Baca pushed a big stack of boxes containing thousands of cookies toward the doors of Jaleo, a Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant that famed chef and humanitarian José Andrés opened in 1993.Inside, workers with World Central Kitchen — Andrés’ emergency response nonprofit — were busy assembling meals for the city in anticipation of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday and in reaction to the pro-Trump mob that on Jan. 6 stormed the U.S....

Jan 17
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Trump supporters clash with counter-protesters and police in L.A. County as deadly violence erupts in Washington

Trump supporters clash with counter-protesters and police in L.A. County as deadly violence erupts in Washington

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementAs a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in support of President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, several people were arrested in downtown Los Angeles as Trump supporters clashed with counter-protesters and police.A crowd of about 200 gathered near Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, waving U.S. flags and chanting, “Do your job,” as officers tried to control them. Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly about 1 p.m.One Trump supporter screamed at officers who escorted her off the steps of...

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'It stood out to me as egregious': Protesters, others allege LAPD violence at Echo Park sweep

'It stood out to me as egregious': Protesters, others allege LAPD violence at Echo Park sweep

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementVIDEO | 01:18Protesters in Echo Park wounded by LAPD projectilesLAPD officers were again captured on video appearing to violate department policies for the use of projectile weapons, which bar them from shooting people who don’t represent a physical threat.One protester said he suffered a massive welt and deep purple bruising on his thigh after being shot with a projectile by a Los Angeles police officer at close range in Echo Park last week. Another protester on the same skirmish line said an with an aggressive baton strike.The next...

Mar 31
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