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  • Former LAX elevator mechanic sentenced to 3 years for human smuggling

    02/24/2009 7:04:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 509+ views - News Release ^ | February 24, 2009
    Note: The following text is a quote: February 24, 2009 Former LAX elevator mechanic sentenced to 3 years for human smuggling LOS ANGELES - An elevator mechanic formerly employed by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for smuggling foreign nationals into the United States by bypassing established security at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Roberto Amaya Canchola, 54, was sentenced yesterday as part of a plea agreement in which he admitted earning $1,800 for each illegal alien he ushered into airport elevators and escorted to taxis outside the terminal. Canchola was...
  • Big Airbus bird ruffles LAX

    01/28/2009 3:49:35 PM PST · by decimon · 26 replies · 2,267+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Dan Weikel
    LOS ANGELES — Every time Qantas lands one of its giant Airbus A380s at Los Angeles International Airport, parts of the nation's fourth-busiest airport come to a halt. Service roads, taxiways and runways must be closed to airfield trucks, cars and other commercial aircraft as the world's largest passenger plane — with wings almost as long as a football field — arrives, departs and taxis with an official escort of operations vehicles. The plane is so immense that air traffic controllers give it priority so it doesn't have to wait for takeoff at the end of the southern runways in...
  • Man with guns at LAX decries arrest

    01/11/2009 10:44:48 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 259 replies · 5,265+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | Jan 10, 2009 | Robert Jablon, AP
    The man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with a trunk full of guns and nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition said Saturday that he is a law-abiding weapons enthusiast who had no idea he might be breaking the law. A day after he was arrested for suspicion of felony transportation of an assault rifle, Phillip Dominguez said he's confident he'll be exonerated. "Our Second Amendment rights are being trampled in the name of law enforcement," Dominguez said. "I'm a law-abiding, taxpaying gun enthusiast. I have no felonies - up until now." (cont'd)
  • Arrest angers O.C. man found at LAX with truck full of guns (more info)

    01/10/2009 11:13:59 PM PST · by Jubal Harshaw · 36 replies · 1,741+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 10, 2009 | LINDSEY BAGUIO
    ORANGE – An Orange County man wants to clear his name after Los Angeles International Airport officials said they found guns in the bed of his pickup truck Friday. Phillip Dominguez, 47, was arrested on suspicion of transporting an assault rifle, said airport police Sgt. Jim Holcomb. "I will be vindicated of this," said Dominguez, of Orange. Dominguez said he was about to pick up a friend at the airport and go to a shooting range. Police said they stopped Dominguez, driving a gray Chevrolet Silverado, about 10:50 a.m. Friday at a security checkpoint. Dominguez told police he had firearms...
  • Man caught bringing 37 guns to LAX

    01/09/2009 3:17:00 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 120 replies · 3,858+ views
    NBC News ^ | 1/09/2009 | NBC News
    LOS ANGELES -- A man who showed up at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday with a container of handguns, rifles and loaded ammunition magazines in his pickup truck was arrested, an airport official said. Los Angeles Airport Police officers stopped the Chevy Silverado at 10:49 a.m. at a checkpoint on westbound Century Boulevard at Sepulveda Boulevard, one of the main entrances into the passenger terminal area, said Nancy Suey Castles of Los Angeles World Airports.
  • Jumbo Jet Held At LAX In Contagious Disease Scare

    11/23/2008 10:28:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies · 842+ views
    cbs2 ^ | Nov 23, 2008 10:07 am US/Pacific
    A United Airlines flight was temporarily held at Los Angeles International Airport after a passenger fell ill and had to be diagnosed for a possible infectious disease. City Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa said the Boeing 747 jet was held at the gate after arriving from Tokyo around 8 a.m. Sunday. Crew members and 334 passengers were ordered to stay on board while investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evaluated the 28-year-old male passenger. Manresa said health officials determined that he suffered from food poisoning or some type of stomach illness. United Airlines spokesman Jeff Kovick said...
  • LAX mechanic charged with immigrant smuggling

    09/20/2008 5:37:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 10 replies · 339+ views
    Imperial Valley News ^ | Sept. 15, 2008 | Staff
    Los Angeles, California - An elevator mechanic employed by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) was formally indicted today for smuggling foreign nationals into the United States by bypassing established security at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Roberto Amaya Canchola, 53, a United States citizen and Los Angeles resident, is charged in a six-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury here this afternoon with bringing illegal aliens into the United States for financial gain and with bringing illegal aliens into the country without presenting them to an immigration officer. If convicted on all six counts, Canchola faces a maximum...
  • American Airlines Flight circling LAX with Blown Tire

    09/02/2008 12:45:16 PM PDT · by sportutegrl · 68 replies · 377+ views
    Fox says there is an AA plane circling LAX with a blown tire, burning fuel before it attempts an emergency landing.
  • 'Millennium bomber' sentence tossed out by U.S. court (9th Circuit strikes again)

    08/16/2008 9:21:42 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 23 replies · 222+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 16, 2008 | Carol J. Williams
    A federal appeals court Friday threw out the 22-year sentence imposed on Algerian Ahmed Ressam for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium. The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Seattle to recalculate a sentence for his conviction on nine felony counts. It was the second time the appellate court has scrapped Ressam's sentence. The San Francisco-based panel noted that the U.S. Supreme Court reversal of its first decision to vacate the term failed to take into consideration recent federal sentencing guidelines...
  • Overseas flights fall at airport(LAX losing airlines fast)

    08/13/2008 10:57:44 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 7 replies · 117+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | 8/13/08 | Art Marroquin, Staff Writer
    LAX: Air India's departure is part of a slate of expected cuts. Air India will withdraw its three weekly round-trip flights from Los Angeles International Airport in September, signaling a trend that finds more overseas carriers cutting service amid record-high fuel prices. Tuesday's announcement comes as international air carriers are expected to slash 213 weekly takeoffs and landings at LAX by November, an 11 percent drop compared to the same period last year. As a result, 33,452 fewer seats will be available to airline passengers each week by late fall, an 8.4 percent drop from last year, according to data...
  • CNN's Wolf Blitzer and his insightful L.A. quake commentary

    07/29/2008 7:28:26 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 53 replies · 131+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/29/08
    From the CNN transcript........ There's going to be some damage, but not nearly as significant as a more significant earthquake would have caused.
  • Man Arrested At LAX Following Alleged Bomb Threat

    07/02/2008 2:58:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 144+ views ^ | 7-2-08 | CBS5
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) ― The FBI says a man has been detained after allegedly making a bomb threat to police at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities shut down traffic near the airport's terminal 3 while the threat was investigated. Airport police told CBS station KCBS-TV in Los Angeles airport roads have since been reopened but they're gridlocked. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the man was detained Wednesday morning and his backpack was seized for inspection. She says police bomb squads were investigating.
  • 2008 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 5/10 - 5/26 Live Thread

    05/11/2008 8:40:42 AM PDT · by Vision · 78 replies · 49+ views
    ESPN ^ | 5/11/08 | NCAA
    The tournament is underway. 2008 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament bracket First RoundMay 10-11 QuarterfinalsMay 17-18 SemifinalsMay 24 FinalMay 26 Champion (1) Duke (16-1) Loyola (Md.) (7-6) Duke, 12-7 Ohio State, 15-7 Ohio State (10-5) (8) Cornell (11-3) (5) Johns Hopkins (8-5) Hofstra (10-5) Navy, 8-7 Navy (9-5) (4) North Carolina (8-5) (3) Syracuse (12-2) Canisius (10-5) Colgate (11-5) (6) Notre Dame (13-2) (7) Maryland (9-5) Denver (10-6) Maryland, 10-7 UMBC (12-3) (2) Virginia (12-3)
  • Actor Dennis Farina (Law and Order) arrested at L.A. airport

    05/11/2008 4:40:50 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 171 replies · 1,906+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11 May 2008
    LOS ANGELES, May 11 (Reuters) - Dennis Farina, a former policeman who built a Hollywood career playing detectives, was arrested on Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport for carrying a loaded gun on his way to board a plane, police said. Farina, 64, told police he brought the .22 caliber, semi-automatic pistol with him on a drive from Arizona to Los Angeles and forgot it was in his briefcase when he tried to pass through airport security, police said in a statement. He was scheduled to take a United Airlines flight to his home in Chicago. "Farina was very apologetic...
  • NCAA Lacrosse - Last Week of Regular Season

    04/19/2008 8:45:35 AM PDT · by Vision · 7 replies · 107+ views
    Today's highlights include Hopkins vs Navy, Duke vs Army. Action starts at noon. Standings 1 Syracuse 2 Duke 3 Virginia 4 Georgetown 5 Cornell 6 Navy 7 Maryland 8 North Carolina 9 UMBC 10 Drexel 11 Bucknell 12 Notre Dame 13 Johns Hopkins 14 Denver 15 Princeton 16 Brown 17 Army 18 Loyola 19 Ohio State 20 Hofstra
  • 2 arrested with infrared cameras at LAX

    04/05/2008 4:47:14 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 21 replies · 154+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/05/2008 | n/a
    LOS ANGELES - Two men attempting to board a plane to China with nearly a dozen sensitive infrared cameras in their luggage were arrested on Saturday, a federal official said...
  • 2 Arrested With Infrared Cameras at LAX

    04/05/2008 2:11:52 PM PDT · by RDTF · 27 replies · 181+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April5, 2008 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men attempting to board a plane to China with nearly a dozen sensitive infrared cameras in their luggage were arrested on Saturday, a federal official said. Federal agents stopped the pair on the jetway as they were preparing to board the flight to Beijing. The men had been in the United States for about a week, said Rick Weir, assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office of the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. Yong Guo Zhi, a Chinese national, and Tah Wei Chao, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were arrested...
  • L.A. Firefighter Killed in Manhole Explosion Near LAX

    03/26/2008 6:57:21 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 16 replies · 950+ views
    Wednesday, March 26, 2008 AP March 26: A firefighter inspects the scene where explosions blew the manhole covers off an underground electrical vault in Los Angeles. March 26: A firefighter inspects the scene where explosions blew the manhole covers off an underground electrical vault in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES — A hospital spokeswoman says a Los Angeles firefighter has died of injuries from a series of explosions that blew the manhole covers off the top of an underground vault. Deborah Ettinger says the firefighter was pronounced dead after being taken to Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. Another firefighter...
  • Sara Jane Olson back in custody

    03/22/2008 2:35:20 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 129 replies · 4,913+ views
    KFI LA ^ | 3/22/08 | KFI
    Just heard the tail end of report, she was attempting to get on an aircraft to head home I believe.
  • LAX Arrest this afternoon -- does anyone know more?

    02/17/2008 8:31:14 PM PST · by bboop · 41 replies · 185+ views
    self ^ | Feb 18, 2009 | self
    There was an arrest this afternoon of a man flying Southwest Airlines from El Paso to Los Angeles. He is in custody of the FBI. Does anyone know more? I bragged to my husband that I could find out details on FR.
  • Supreme Court takes case of man in LA airport terror plot

    12/07/2007 12:44:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 217+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider reinstating part of the conviction of the man who planned to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, case the government says will greatly affect terrorism prosecutions. Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian national, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2005 after being convicted on nine counts for plotting to bomb the airport around Jan. 1, 2000. Customs agents in Port Angeles caught him with explosives in the trunk of his rental car when he drove off a ferry from British Columbia in December 1999. The ensuing scare prompted the cancellation of...
  • CA: 12 arrested in counter-terrorism and drug-trafficking investigation

    11/08/2007 9:20:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 195+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    More indictments are expected in the probe, which has centered on L.A.'s garment district. A dozen people were arrested Tuesday on charges of narcotics trafficking, money laundering and selling counterfeit goods after a two-year counter-terrorism and drug investigation centered in Los Angeles' downtown garment district. The focus of the federal investigation was Ali Khalil Elreda, 32, who was detained at Los Angeles International Airport last year, accused of trying to smuggle $120,000 in money orders and cashier's checks, hidden in a child's toy, to Lebanon, according to an indictment and an affidavit filed in the case. In 2005, a Los...
  • Iraqis captured en route to U.S. {EU passports}

    09/11/2007 6:35:12 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 27 replies · 1,302+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 11, 2007 | Kelly Hearn
    LIMA, Peru -- Ten Iraqi citizens with forged passports are in a Peruvian prison after an apparent bid to enter the United States on a flight to Los Angeles, officials here say...One of the men arrested is thought to have links to al Qaeda, said Peruvian National Police Col. Roberto Lujan...The plot unfolded June 21, when three Iraqis entered Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles. Airline officials alerted police after two of the men holding Dutch passports could not speak Dutch. Citizens of the Netherlands are not required to hold a visa...
  • Nifong gets 24 hours in jail for contempt (Schadenfreude Alert!!! Suffering this very moment...)

    09/01/2007 2:45:08 AM PDT · by SergeiRachmaninov · 58 replies · 1,411+ views
    (Raleigh NC) News and Observer ^ | 9/1/07 | Anne Blythe and Joseph Neff
    DURHAM - Judge W. Osmond Smith III sentenced disbarred District Attorney Mike Nifong to 24 hours in jail for intentionally lying in court, an action designed to serve more as a deterrent than a punishment. Nifong, already stripped of his law license for his misconduct in the Duke lacrosse case, is to report to the Durham County Jail at 9 a.m. Friday and stay behind bars until 9 a.m. Saturday.
  • Forklift accident caused radioactive spill at LAX

    08/26/2007 12:26:19 AM PDT · by hole_n_one · 9 replies · 454+ views
    Forklift accident caused radioactive spill at LAX Daily News Wire ServiceLA Daily News Article Last Updated: LOS ANGELES - A forklift punctured a cargo box containing low-grade radioactive material at Los Angeles International Airport tonight, causing a spill, authorities said. The accident - not an act of terrorism - occurred at about 8:10 p.m. when the forklift punctured one of three boxes containing the material while unloading cargo from a Lufthansa flight, said Nancy Castles, spokeswoman for Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX. Los Angeles City firefighters contained the spill to the tarmac, and a hazardous materials crew...
  • Near Miss on Runway at LAX as Planes Come Within 200 Feet

    08/17/2007 9:13:26 AM PDT · by 7thOF7th · 54 replies · 1,307+ views
    ABC7 LA ^ | 8-17-07 | Amy Powell
    L.A. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Aug. 17, 2007 (KABC-TV) - A close call at LAX could have had disastrous consequences. Airport officials are reporting two planes came within 200 feet -- perhaps as little as 50 feet -- on the airport runways. There have been near collisions at LAX before, but this one was very close. The FAA says it appears that both the air traffic controller and the pilot of the plane landing made mistakes. The incidents happened around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Officials say a WestJet Boeing 737 coming in from Canada was landing. The plane seats around 132 passengers....
  • KNBC Report: LAX Computer Glitch Recurs Early Monday

    08/13/2007 10:02:32 AM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 623+ views
    KNBC,com ^ | August 13, 2007 | staff
    LOS ANGELES -- The Customs and Border Protection computer glitch that stranded more than 20,000 inbound international travelers at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend recurred overnight, affecting about 1,700 inbound international passengers between 11:50 p.m. Sunday and 1:15 a.m. Monday, KNBC reported. More than 20,000 inbound international travelers were stranded over the weekend as a result of a computer crash that began Saturday afternoon. The computer system helps officials identify people who have been placed on a no-fly list and who are denied entry into the United States as security risks. KNBC's Jinah Kim said many of the...
  • Computers Back Up At LAX, Int’l Processing Resumes

    08/11/2007 10:08:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 449+ views
    CBS) LOS ANGELES About 6,000 international passengers were stranded for as long as five hours Saturday on planes and in terminals at Los Angeles International Airport because a computer shutdown prevented them from passing through customs, authorities said. The computer went down at about 2 p.m., according to a statement from Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Los Angeles International Airport. "At 9 p.m., federal officials were holding approximately 6,000 passengers on about two dozen international arriving aircraft until they can be cleared through the five Federal Inspection Stations at LAX," according to the statement. The passengers were stranded in...
  • Duke Faculty Should Be Shunned By Students ["Courses and Classrooms of These 88 Should Be Emptied"]

    08/03/2007 2:18:51 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 69 replies · 2,662+ views
    Newsday ^ | 08/03/2007 | Joseph W. Bellacosa
    Accountability finally came to Durham County District Attorney Michael Nifong last month, when he was disbarred as an attorney and forced to resign as a disgraced public officer. Last week he issued an apology and a full retraction of the rape accusations against three Duke University lacrosse players. Now, with students heading to Duke in just a few short weeks for the beginning of the fall term, the time is at hand to demand some accountability for Nifong's academic enablers. Eighty-eight members of the Duke faculty publicly promulgated a dreadful letter, enflaming a premature and prejudicial atmosphere against their own...
  • threat at LAX

    07/30/2007 10:56:44 AM PDT · by nunoste · 25 replies · 1,640+ views
    Got a phone call from friend at LAX airport. Reports of a bomb scare or a suspicious package. If you are going to the airport today, expect delays.
  • London Bound Plane Diverted To JFK Due To Suspicious Passenger

    07/12/2007 4:04:49 AM PDT · by chet_in_ny · 43 replies · 3,189+ views
    WNBC-TV ^ | 7/12/07 | WNBC.COM
    NEW YORK -- A plane headed for London has been diverted to John F. Kennedy airport in New York due to a suspicious passenger on Thursday, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesman. A member of an American Airlines flight crew reported a suspicious passenger on flight 136, which took off from Los Angeles' LAX airport and was bound for London's Heathrow airport, according to TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley. McCauley said the flight was canceled and all passengers have been off-loaded in New York. A passenger boarded the plane after getting off an employee bus without proper identification, according to...
  • When Your Doctor is a Muslim: Medical Terrorism Comes to America (Muslim doctor lets Jewish man die)

    05/17/2007 4:42:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 132 replies · 6,032+ views ^ | May 17, 2007 | Debbie Schlussel
    When Your Doctor is a Muslim: Medical Terrorism Comes to America By Debbie Schlussel May 17, 2007 Sometimes--so many times--diversity is not what it's cracked up to be. Just ask Joseph Applebaum. Well, you could ask him. But you won't get an answer. He's dead. And he's dead because he was a Jew, and his doctor is a Muslim and grad of "Ayman Al-Zawahiri" Medical School. But Applebaum wasn't denied treatment for being a Jew in Egypt. Or elsewhere in the Muslim world. It happened right here on U.S. soil. In Chicago. As Muslim doctors continue to flood into...
  • Nifong's Replacement Announced

    06/20/2007 3:13:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 365+ views ^ | 06/20/07 | Rebecca Hall
    Nifong's Replacement Announced By Rebecca Hall (06/20/07 -- RALEIGH) - According to a release from Gov. Easley's office, Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin, at the request of the Governor, has agreed to fill the vacancy of Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong. Hardin will fill the position immediately, and is expected to be off the bench for about two months. Wednesday the state legislature gave the final green light to a bill that will give Governor Mike Easley the power to immediately remove Mike Nifong from office. The bill just needs Easley's signature. Tuesday a superior court judge suspended Nifong after...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2007

    05/01/2007 8:52:12 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,493 replies · 19,114+ views
    U.S. Seeks Closing of Visa Loophole for Britons -Full Story- Omar Khyam, the ringleader of the thwarted London bomb plot who was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, showed the potential for disaffected young men to be lured as terrorists, a threat that British officials said they would have to contend with for a generation.But the 25-year-old Mr. Khyam, a Briton of Pakistani descent, also personifies a larger and more immediate concern: as a British citizen, he could have entered the United States without a visa, like many of an estimated 800,000 other Britons of Pakistani origin.American officials, citing...
  • United jet, refurbished terminal to be on display for May 8 open house

    04/28/2007 9:47:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 155+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2007.
    PALMDALE - The refurbished passenger terminal at LA/Palmdale Regional Airport and a United Express jetliner will be on display from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at an open house intended to introduce Antelope Valley residents to United's new flights to San Francisco. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will preside at the dedication of the terminal building. He will be joined by other elected officials, members of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners and Los Angeles World Airports and United Airlines officials. "We are very pleased with the progress being made to prepare LA/Palmdale Regional Airport for jet...

    04/15/2007 8:54:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies · 2,858+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/15/7 | LISA KEYS
    April 15, 2007 -- WHEN the three lacrosse players accused of sexu ally assaulting an exotic dancer were declared innocent Wednesday, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the Duke University students were victims of a "rush to accuse" by a "rogue prosecutor." But Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong was far from the only one pointing fingers at Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans. The wild accusations of the lacrosse players' guilt began within weeks of police finding the dancer passed-out drunk in her car in the early hours of March 14, 2006. Crystal Gail Mangum, then a 27-year-old...
  • Cleared Duke Players Could Sue

    04/12/2007 2:10:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 78 replies · 2,112+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/12/7 | STEVE HARTSOE
    Raleigh, N.C. (AP) -- The disgraced district attorney in the Duke lacrosse rape case apologized to the three athletes in a carefully worded statement Thursday as their lawyers weighed whether to sue him — and some legal experts say they have a case. While prosecutors generally have immunity for what they do inside the courtroom, experts said that protection probably doesn't cover some of Mike Nifong's more questionable actions in his handling of the case — such as calling the lacrosse players "a bunch of hooligans" in one of several interviews deemed unethical by the state bar. "I think their...

    04/12/2007 9:00:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 1,512+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/12/7 | Andrea Peyser
    REVERSE the races, change the sport, and you have the Kobe Bryant "rape" hoax all over again. It frightens me that, in this day and age, three demonstrably innocent men can be dragged into the public square in chains and be unjustly accused, tried and convicted in the media - forcibly lynched - for a rape that never happened. There are many victims in the case of the guiltless Duke lacrosse players. And many more perpetrators who, through wishful thinking, greed, arrogance or lunacy, kept this case going long after the accused boys should have received a heartfelt apology. But...
  • No Winners in Duke Case

    04/11/2007 1:51:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 85 replies · 2,403+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/11/7 | JUSTIN POPE
    Raleigh, N.C. (AP) -- A year stolen from the lives of the accused. An accuser humiliated and discredited as the world watched. A prosecutor's career in tatters, an elite university's reputation tarnished. As word spread Wednesday that all remaining charges had been dropped against three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting an exotic dancer, there was at least one point beyond dispute: This case was poison for everyone touched by it. "There are no winners here," said Larry Pozner, a defense attorney for 33 years and the former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "The landscape...
  • Duke Lacrosse Case Now a Waiting Game

    04/06/2007 11:16:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,250+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/6/7 | AARON BEARD
    Raleigh, N.C. (AP) -- For a few weeks, it seemed as if the only silence in the Duke lacrosse case came when lawyers on all sides paused to take a breath. That was in January, after some criminal allegations were dropped, and ethics charges were filed against the prosecutor. But since the state attorney general took over the matter, attorneys on both sides have said little, turning a sexual assault case that once dominated headlines into a quiet wait for answers. "There's no one on our side who is taking anything for granted or presuming anything," said defense attorney Wade...
  • TSA Screeners Busted For Theft At LAX

    03/24/2007 5:36:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1,069+ views
    Aero ^ | March 24, 2007
    Stole Items From Passenger Luggage On the heels of a TSA crackdown on airline and airport employee screenings -- after Delta Air Lines baggage handlers were caught smuggling guns and drugs through Orlando International Airport -- now comes word the agency should perhaps be screening some of its employees, too. Several TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport are suspected of stealing items from passengers during screenings. The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will be filing misdemeanor theft charges, The Associated Press reports. Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's office, said alleged victims include hotel heiress Paris...
  • TSA Employees Accused of Thefts at LAX

    03/22/2007 10:01:20 PM PDT · by bd476 · 41 replies · 1,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 22, 2007
    TSA Employees Accused of Thefts at LAX Victims include Paris Hilton, Keyshia Cole LOS ANGELES, Mar. 22, 2007 - Misdemeanor theft cases are being filed against 10 employees and a transient suspected of pilfering the personal property of travelers at LAX, including hotel heiress Paris Hilton and singer Keyshia Cole, the City Attorney's Office announced today. Most of the alleged thieves are employed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration, said Nick Velasquez of the City Attorney's Office. A news conference is planned at LAX tomorrow morning to discuss details of the investigation and charges. "We're a...
  • 2 arrested at LA airport for allegedly impersonating police

    03/17/2007 2:59:02 PM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies · 1,283+ views
    AP via SFGATE ^ | March 17, 2007 | AP
    Police arrested two people at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of impersonating peace officers and have charged one of them with carrying a concealed weapon, airport police said Saturday. A man and woman in plainclothes who claimed to have peace officer authority to transport a prisoner out of state entered a screening area in the airport's Terminal 3 on Friday morning, said Los Angeles Airport police spokeswoman Belinda Nettles. The woman said she was carrying a firearm, and both claimed they had written documents indicating they were authorized to carry firearms, Nettles said. Airport police ran a check and...
  • LAX passenger hides objects in his body; bomb squad called

    03/07/2007 1:42:37 PM PST · by VAGOP · 103 replies · 2,831+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/7/07
    This is disturning on many levels - LAX passenger hides objects in his body; bomb squad called His plane was diverted but deemed safe. The Iraqi national, a legal U.S. resident, said he was trying to ease stress. He is turned over to ICE. By Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer March 7, 2007 Authorities called in the bomb squad early Tuesday and diverted a flight to Las Vegas after Los Angeles International Airport security screeners found hidden wires and other objects in a body cavity of a Philadelphia-bound passenger. Fadhel Al-Maliki, a 35-year-old Iraqi national living in Atlantic City, N.J.,...
  • Wired Iraqi man triggers scare at L.A. airport

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Iraqi national wearing wires and concealing a magnet inside his rectum triggered a security scare at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday but officials said he posed no apparent threat.
  • Wired Iraqi man triggers scare at L.A. airport

    03/06/2007 9:02:53 PM PST · by STARWISE · 150 replies · 2,956+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-6-07
    An Iraqi national wearing wires and concealing a magnet inside his rectum triggered a security scare at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday but officials said he posed no apparent threat. The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Fadhel al-Maliki, 35, set off an alarm during passenger screening at the airport early on Tuesday morning. A police bomb squad was called to examine what was deemed a suspicious item found during a body cavity search of the man. Local media reports said a magnet was found in his rectum. "He was secreting these items in a body cavity and...
  • Wired Iraqi man questioned at L.A. airport

    03/06/2007 3:44:51 PM PST · by mfnorman · 179 replies · 3,968+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03-06-07
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials detained an Iraqi man during a security scare at Los Angeles International airport on Tuesday but said a suspicious object found in a body cavity search did not pose a threat. The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Fadhel al-Maliki, 35, was detained at passenger screening at the airport just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The bomb squad was called as a precaution and authorities said they found wires in his clothing and a magnet inside a lower body cavity. The man was preparing to board a US Airways flight to Philadelphia. The...
  • Iraqi national carrying suspicious object detained at LAX

    03/06/2007 2:24:45 PM PST · by Deo volente · 86 replies · 3,583+ views
    Los Angeles Times (free registration required) ^ | March 6, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
    Authorities today detained an Iraqi national who was carrying a suspicious object at Los Angeles International's Terminal One. Los Angeles airport police held the man in a passenger screening area after security agents discovered at 5:40 a.m. that he was carrying a metal object, officials said. A preliminary investigation of the man's bags -- which were taken off a flight that was scheduled to go to Philadelphia but diverted to Las Vegas -- found nothing hazardous or dangerous, authorities said. The man has been turned over to Immigration and Customs authorities for additional questioning, officials said at an afternoon news...
  • 'Non-Specific' Terror Threat Made Against LAX

    02/25/2007 3:36:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 297+ views
    CBS2 ^ | Feb 25, 2007
    CBS) LOS ANGELES A "non-specific" terror threat was made against Los Angeles International Airport Saturday night. Airport officials are tight-lipped about the unspecified threat, which was received about 8 p.m. Officials have not shut down any airport operations as a result, and no flights were canceled or delayed, said Nancy Castles of Los Angeles World Airports. The threat was "non-specific," Castles said. Due to an ongoing investigation, she would not say who made the threat or how it was delivered.
  • "Non-specific" terror threat at L-A-X

    02/25/2007 9:56:15 AM PST · by bd476 · 42 replies · 1,271+ views
    Associated Press and KESQ ^ | 25 February 2007
    LOS ANGELES Airport officials are still tight-lipped tonight about a "non-specific" terror threat at Los Angeles International Airport last night. The unspecified threat was received about 8 p-m. There were no shutdowns of airport operations and no flights were canceled or delayed.Officials investigating the incident are calling the threat "non-specific."There is no word on who made the threat or how it was delivered.