Andrew Murr

Q&A: Can a Pedophile Be Law-Abiding?

Is there such a thing as a lawful pedophile? Parents and children's advocates in the Los Angeles area have grown worried about Jack McClellan, a self-described pedophile who in recent months has maintained an on-again, off-again Web page where he charts his trips to family-friendly venues like parks, county fairs and bowling alleys to meet what he calls LGs—little girls.

Robbing the Rich in L.A.

The latest Los Angeles crime spree might make a good caper movie. A crew of two, maybe three, shadowy burglars figures out how to break into million-dollar mansions dotting the pricey hillsides above L.A.

Two Mayors, Two Sexcapades

It's a tale of two cities, two rising political stars, and two sex scandals. In other words, it's a California classic. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa admitted last week that he'd been carrying on an affair with a Telemundo television reporter 19 years younger than he is.

The Air War on Forest Fires

California's Angora forest fire jumped out of control at about 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon. Until that moment, fire officials had seemed confident that the worst had passed in the blaze that had already burned 3,100 acres and destroyed about 200 homes south of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Rebuilding Rome as a Virtual City

How do you say megabyte in Latin? Ancient Rome was reborn—as a virtual city—today, when a team of American and Italian academics unveiled Rome Reborn, a real-time 3-D computer reconstruction that allows visitors to navigate the ancient city as if it were 320 A.D.

Will a Jury Convict Phil Spector?

Will a jury convict Phil Spector of murder? The legendary rock and roll producer goes on trial Wednesday in Los Angeles, charged in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, more than four years after he emerged from the back door of his hilltop California mansion holding a revolver and blurting to his startled chauffeur, "I think I killed somebody." The televised trial, which was delayed by a cautious investigation—the coroner took eight months to declare Clarkson's death a...

Seventh Grade Surprise

Twelve-year-old Casey Price did his best to fit in as his grandfather and uncle spent the past 18 months bouncing around Arizona. In tiny Payson, Casey invited boys at the local skate park to join a skateboard team he said he'd founded called Plan Z.

L.A.'S New Gang War

Next month Los Angeles officials will announce details of a new anti-gang initiative aimed at suppressing a resurgence of gang crime in and around L.A. After falling for several years, gang-related crime rose 14 percent last year; 58 percent of the city's murders were gang-related in 2006, up 50 percent from the previous year.

Crime: Losing the Street War

A recent surge in violent crime is creating anxiety at the Justice Department and posing potential political problems for the Bush administration. The 3.7 percent rise for the first six months of 2006, cited in a new FBI report, was greater than expected and included a 9.7 percent spike in robberies. (Minneapolis and Oakland, Calif., saw jumps of more than 30 percent.) Police groups say the surge comes at the same time the White House has drastically cut aid for state and local law enforcement...

The Getty Gets New Blood

Plagued by scandal in recent years, the J. Paul Getty Trust is getting a much-needed infusion of new blood. The trial of former antiquities curator Marion True, for allegedly conspiring to deal in looted classical artifacts, drags on in Italy.

A Confession?

Is O. J. Simpson confessing? That's what powerhouse publisher Judith Regan teasingly promises from a new book and television extravaganza called "If I Did It." In them, Simpson describes how he would have murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter Ronald Goldman—if he'd actually done it.

Culture War Casualty

After only 18 months in charge of the nation's fourth largest daily newspaper, Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet was forced to resign on Tuesday. For months he'd publicly resisted making staff cuts that the paper's owner, the Chicago-based Tribune Co., demanded as part of an effort to downsize and consolidate resources to reverse a declining stock price.

Get the Judges

A favorite punching bag of politicians, judges are unpopular in many quarters. Witness the half-dozen state ballot measures in the West that seek to limit the powers of state and local jurists.

Star Treatment

After a four-year, $93 million facelift, America's most famous public observatory re-opens Nov. 3. The new Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles retains its iconic Art Deco form, but inside, exhibit space has doubled.

Hawaiian Hotspot

Locals and tourists were mostly still asleep when an earthquake rocked the Hawaiian resort center of Kailua-Kona on Sunday morning. Authorities reported blackouts, landslides and widespread damage, but no deaths.

There Went the Bride

It was the eve of his wedding, he was preparing to host a dinner party for 100--and Perry Myers's bride to be had gone missing. Julianna Redd, 21, was supposed to have spent the day shopping with her parents near Provo, Utah, but by late afternoon Myers, 23, still hadn't heard from her or them.

Clues, But No Answers

Will the killer's rambling letter offer up any answers? Struggling to explain this week's school shooting in Bailey, Colo., Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said Friday that investigators were poring over a confused 14-page document that Duane Roger Morrison mailed to his family hours before the standoff.

The Polygamist's Life

Polygamous leader warren Jeffs banished Sam Icke for kissing a girl. Icke, then 17, had been doing his best to follow the rules of Jeffs's insular Mormon sect--listening to the leader's taped sermons, avoiding even G-rated movies and wearing wrist-to-ankle clothes in the desert sun.