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There's a Story of Fraud Behind This Bank of America Tattoo

Gabriel Patterson pleads guilty to bank fraud

(Newser) - You'd think a man wouldn't soon forget all those times he stole from a bank, but Gabriel Patterson apparently wanted to remember his fraud forever—hence the tattoo of the Bank of America logo on the inside of his left elbow. Now he'll also have the memory...

Cops: Gang Beat Man Who Said He Had Shaq Sex Tape

Tape may not have existed; O'Neal not implicated

(Newser) - So much for a peaceful retirement . A crazy crime story emerged yesterday featuring Shaquille O'Neal, a gang kidnapping, and a purported sex tape. Seven Los Angeles gang members allegedly kidnapped, assaulted, and robbed a man in 2008 who had claimed to have a sex tape of Shaq, reports the...

Los Angeles Gangs Make Peace to Boost Profits

Blood red and Crip blue make green

(Newser) - After decades of violent conflict, Los Angeles gangs like the Bloods and Crips are joining together across racial divides and neighborhood turf lines—not to end their life of crime, but to make more money from it. Gang violence in Southern California has plummeted in recent years as longtime enemy...

Gangs, Race, and More Limbaugh NFL Slams

Talk show host has repeatedly bashed players and culture of football league

(Newser) - Al Sharpton has urged the NFL to block Rush Limbaugh's purchase of the St. Louis Rams, calling him “anti-NFL.” Sharpton was particularly disturbed, Politico reports, by a “recent statement that the NFL was beginning to look like a fight between the Crips and the Bloods without the...

Prison Letter Could Nail Bronco's Killer

Ex-cellmate says mail links gang member to Williams shooting

(Newser) - A letter written by a jailed Colorado gang member could tie him to the murder of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, the Rocky Mountain News reports. The letter, intercepted by the suspect's cellmate, mentions the man's worries about a witness who saw him shoot "D-Will." Williams was gunned...

Cops Nab Gang Member in Bus Stop Shooting

He belonged to Crips, was trying to make name for himself

(Newser) - Los Angeles police today arrested a gang member who they say shot five children and three adults at a city bus stop yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say the suspect, a member of the Crips, had been trying to make a name for himself as an enforcer in...

Gang Members Join New Brotherhood: Unions

Construction trades step up recruitment

(Newser) - As construction booms, LA's building-trade unions are stepping up recruitment in the inner city, where many new hires are former gang members. The LA Times explores a trend that's turning traditionally white, fraternal outfits like the pipefitters, sheet-metal workers and even Teamsters into majority minority—and, in some cases, majority...

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