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Events that touched L.A.

first_imgHere are other events that helped shape the San Fernando Valley and the metropolitan Los Angeles area in 2005: • Jesse James Hollywood, one of America’s most wanted fugitives, was captured in March in Brazil and returned to California, where he faces first-degree murder charges in the 2000 slaying of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz. Hollywood is accused of masterminding the execution-style slaying of the West Hills teen over drug money owed by the victim’s half-brother. Hollywood has pleaded not guilty to charges that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted. • Los Angeles failed in its bid to host the state’s $3 billion stem-cell research facility because the 11th-hour application submitted in March was incomplete. • A 13-year-old Palmdale boy was convicted of second-degree murder for hitting a 15-year-old with an aluminum bat after a youth baseball game in April. Jeremy Rourke was struck once in the knee, then in the head, after teasing the younger boy about losing a game at the PONY League baseball field. The defendant was sentenced to a California Youth Authority facility until he is 25. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake • The nine-member team from El Camino Real High School won the U.S Academic Decathlon in April, giving the Woodland Hills campus its second consecutive victory and fourth national championship. • Canoga Park was named in June as an All-American City, marking the first such national recognition for a Los Angeles neighborhood. The West Valley neighborhood was one of 10 communities from 500 applicants chosen by the National Civic League to receive the award, which honors civic excellence and innovation. • Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Jo Murphy resigned her post after being charged in August with cocaine possession and child endangerment. Police investigating charges that Murphy’s longtime boyfriend, Glendale businessman Scott Schaffer, had supplied weapons to the notorious Vineland Boys street gang, raided her home and seized cocaine, handguns and ammunition. Schaffer subsequently pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge in exchange for a five-year prison sentence. Murphy has pleaded not guilty to the charges. • After a two-month debate, the City Council approved a five-year contract giving raises of up to 28 percent to Department of Water and Power employees – already among the highest-paid municipal workers in Los Angeles. The deal was approved in September, about two weeks after a DWP worker’s mistake cut power to nearly 2 million customers. Other employee unions have since demanded similar deals from the city. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more