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  • Facts Belie County Hate Crime Problem

    By Joe R. Hicks

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sometime in the early 1980s, a new type of crime was identified. It was called "hate crime." Although the conduct which hate crime laws were

    aimed at was already criminal, the new laws targeted the motivation for the crime. Helping to cement hate crime into our lexicon was the...

  • ‘Heaven’s’ Mysterious Spirits

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has done his part to keep the Jewish people, well, literate, by publishing such erudite tomes as "Biblical Literacy" (William Morrow, 1997) and "Jewish Literacy" (William Morrow, 1991). But it seems he also wants to keep us amused on airplanes, which is why he...

  • When We Elected Lindbergh

    By Michael Tolkin

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, $26).

    Reading "The Plot Against America," I thought of two other demented visions of the country, Mad Magazine, and Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle," a speculative history like Roth's, about America after the...

  • Thriller Infiltrates

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Program" by Gregg Hurwitz (William Morrow, $24.95).

    "Cults are like a long con," crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz said. "They run a con on you but it can last 20 years. It's the ultimate con."

    Hurwitz's new page-turner, "The Program" reads like an expose of cult con artistry. In...

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  • Intrusion Alarm

    By Arthur J. Magida

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Kobe Bryant. OJ Simpson. Robert Blake. Scott Peterson. Michael Jackson.

    The list goes on -- a roll call of the disgraced.

    Rapists and murderers and molesters, oh my! What hath California wrought. (I can safely say this because I'm writing from the smug and secure East Coast.)

    And...

  • Sudan—Why We Can’t Give Up on the U.N.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Over 30,000 people have been brutally murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan. At least 120,000 are living in tent camps, now being hammered by rains that turn the dust to mud. Diseases that thrive in the soggy ground continue, along with malnutrition, to drive the body count higher.

    ...

  • Community Briefs

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Journalist Critical of Arafat to Speak Here

    "Arafat is a powerful symbol. But today it's very difficult to say that he has control over what's happening on the ground."

    Coming from an Israeli journalist, such a statement would hardly be surprising. However, these...

  • Doc Links Teacher to Mysterious Death

    By Magnus Bennett

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Czech officials plan to shelve an investigation into the mysterious death of a top American Jewish official nearly 40 years ago, despite suspicions that he may have been murdered.

    The Office for the Documentation and Investigation of Communist Crimes is considering dropping the case...

  • A Child’s Murder, a Mother’s Strength

    By Wendy Mogel

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Blessing of a Broken Heart" by Sherri Mandell (Toby Press, 2003).

    When a crime takes place in my neighborhood, I play a mental trick. Of course that (naive) person was mugged. She was walking alone after dark. Naturally that (careless) family was burglarized -- they left their...

  • A Dangerous Triangle

    By Erin Williams Hyman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Given to all-out, gleeful French-bashing of late, the American media has called the Hexagon every name in the book, indulging in a despicable parade of worn-out stereotypes, from Jerry Lewis and snippy poodles to vile traitors and "surrender monkeys." Anything to avoid debating the...

  • Community Briefs

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Grocery Shop for Israel

    Boost Israel's gross national product while buying its grocery products.

    That's the idea behind Fine Foods From Israel, a collaboration among the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Israel Export and...

  • Your Letters

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Columbia Tragedy



    Your cover picture on Feb. 7 showing the breakup of the Columbia accompanied by the quote from Psalms 68 is the most beautiful, touching cover I have ever seen. It took my breath away. The scripture is a comfort for the tragedy and uplifting when thinking of the...

  • An Old Murder Is a Tale for Our Times

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town" by Helmut Walser Smith (W.W. Norton and Co., $25.95).

    One of the most depressing of the many depressing aspects of the second year of the new millennium has been the resurgence of anti-Semitism and the importation into...

  • ‘Crime’s’ Anti-Semitic Critics

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The American distributor of a Mexican film denounced by Catholic groups has been flooded with protest letters, many with an anti-Semitic tone.

    "The Crime of Father Amaro" is based on a 19th-century Portuguese novel, but the film is set in contemporary Mexico. Its protagonist is an...

  • What’s In a Name?

    By Rob Eshman

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I check surnames. It's a reflex, and I can't help it. If you're like most Jews I know, you do it too. You can't help but wonder, for instance, if some of the people at the center of the latest financial scandals are Jewish or not. We kvell at Shawn Green and cringe at Andrew Fastow,...

  • Hahn’s Most Important Choice

    By Joel Kotkin

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Hahn administration, whose tenure has been marked by an often unnecessarily divisive campaign against secession, now faces a far more important decision: the choice of a new police chief. Nothing the mayor and his advisers do in the next three years will be more important to both...

  • Be Careful With ‘Terrorism’

    By Salam Al-Marayati

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The LAX shooting on the Fourth of July was another test of Muslim-Jewish relations.

    Some Jewish leaders complained that Los Angeles Muslims did not denounce the shooting. That some people didn't hear it, and then accused Muslims of remaining silent, seems to be a common problem in...

  • The Dark Side of Israeli L.A.

    By Meir Doron

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    How much do we, the Israeli community, love reading and hearing about success stories of Israelis in America, and about how the Israeli mind comes up with great new inventions. But sometimes we fail to understand that many of these successes were not come by honestly, and that the...

  • Your Letters

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Homeland Insecurity

    In his editorial ("Homeland Insecurity," July 12), Rob Eshman suggests that the availability of legal guns in the United States should be seen as a problem when considering Muslim terror.

    When the Hutu and Tutsi tribes were slaughtering one another in Rwanda,...

  • Why Jonathan Pollard is Still in Prison

    By Edwin Black

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On January 7, 2002, former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived without fanfare at the Federal Correction Center in Butner, North Carolina to visit America's most controversial Jewish prisoner. Now serving his 17th year of incarceration Jonathan Jay Pollard, prisoner...

  • A Matter of Crime

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Crime does pay. Wait, no. I pay for crime. That is to say, I pay for books about crime because I can't get enough of serial killers, crime profiling, unsolved murders, exonerating DNA evidence, assassins, date stalkers, maximum-security prisons and forensics.

    You know that...

  • Exodus From Addiction and Shame

    By Mike Levy

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    These are the Ten Plagues of Prison Life, and we take a drop of grape juice out of our cups for each: Damage left in the wake of destructive addiction. Abusive relationships. Low self-esteem. The embittered spirit. Wrong attitude. Weakening mind and body. Daily degradation....

  • A Wealth of Embezzlers

    By Mike Levy

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A former bookkeeper at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach turned herself in to police last week after reportedly admitting to having stolen nearly $100,000 from the Reform synagogue. Doina Stanescu, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, allegedly embezzled the money by signing...

  • Another of ‘Iran 10’ Released

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The second of 10 Iranian Jews jailed on charges of spying for Israel has been freed, but Jewish leaders don't see it as a shift in Iranian policy.

    "We take no delight in an innocent man serving more than 1,000 days in a prison for exercising his religion," said Pooya Dayanim,...

  • Poles Remember Massacre

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sixty years after hundreds of Jews in a Polish village were slaughtered by their neighbors, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski offered an apology.

    "For this crime, we should beg the souls of the dead and their families for forgiveness," Kwasniewski told about 3,000 people...

  • Furrow Sentenced

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Buford O. Furrow Jr. was sentenced Monday to life in federal prison in an intensely emotional court hearing, during which relatives of a slain postal worker and of five persons wounded in a shooting spree at a Jewish center angrily confronted the self-avowed white supremacist.

    The...

  • The Long Wait

    By Michael J

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The waiting game continues in Iran, as the judiciary there has postponed at least for another week a decision in the appeals of 10 Iranian Jews convicted on charges of spying for Israel.The delay is ostensibly because the three judges reviewing the appeals are divided on whether the...

  • Corruption in Hawaiian Gardens?

    By Tom Tugend

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A key committee chairman of the California legislature has released a report charging that Irving Moskowitz, a major funder of pro-settler initiatives in Israel, conspired with a public agency to operate an illegally financed casino.

    The report also urges that Moskowitz and the agency...

  • Woody Allen Comes Clean

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "People think I'm being facetious when I say I once toyed with a life of crime," filmmaker Woody Allen recently told 1,400 students, professors and alumni during a standing-room-only screening of his new comedy, "Small Time Crooks," at UCLA's Wadsworth Theater.

    The life-of-crime idea...

  • Indicting Inappropriate Behavior

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sexual harassment hit the Israeli headlines with a jolt this week when police recommended that Transportation Minister Yitzhak Mordechai be charged with three counts of sexual assault.

    The recommendation that prosecutors hand down an indictment against Mordechai came a week after...

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