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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Interesting ... Two Sides Of The Same Coin: Slant, Anyone?

I know the idea sounds weird, but so did this story when I first spotted it. It was not in it's presentation, but rather it's, shal we say, uncanny observance after the Virginia Tech shooting:

Students wrested a gun away from a University of Southern California student who had been asked to leave an off-campus party after threatening a young woman, police said Tuesday.

Zao Xing Yang, 19, was arrested early Sunday and is being held without bail, Chief William Bratton said at a news conference.

Some students at the party, held at a student's home, overheard Yang making intimidating statements to the woman and threatening her with violence about 3 a.m. Sunday, Bratton said.

Yang began arguing with the host, who noticed Yang was holding a gun, he said.
"Several students wrestled the gun away from Yang and held him until campus security and then LAPD officers arrived," Bratton said.

Detectives searched Yang's off-campus room Monday and found a safe containing methamphetamine packaged for sale, a .44-caliber Magnum revolver and several hundred dollars in cash, Bratton said.

Yang is charged with making criminal threats, assault with a firearm and personal use of a handgun. If convicted, he faces up to 18 years in prison.
Defense attorney Nina Marino declined to comment.

I would like to chalk this incident up to national attention. No one in their right mind would try something like Mr. Cho's rampage from last week right now. Too many people are paying attention to things like this right now. (It does not help with the name of the alledged accoster, either.)

But this was a party where USC students were present, right? So, what precisely did the LA Times have to say about the incident? Can you say "scrubbed?"

A 19-year-old University of Southern California student was tackled by students and arrested by police after displaying a handgun during a party near campus over the weekend.

Zao Xing Yang was arrested early Sunday and is being held at the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles without bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jail records.
He is expected to face charges of making terrorist threats against others, law enforcement sources said today.

Yang, according to the sources, had the .25-calibre handgun on him at the party in the 2300 block of Portland Street when other partygoers saw the weapon.

A struggle then ensued with the armed student, police said. Other students forced Yang to the ground and held him until police responded shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

Why did the LA Times feel it necessary to omit the fact that he also possessed a .44 magnum at his home? Why did they opt out of telling readers that meth was found there, as well?

There is a theory WE are hearing that it is a distinct possibility that Mr. Cho might have been misdiagnosed, or been taking the wrong medication. Meth can produce a similar rage in an individual. We have seen stories in the local newspapers about such things. So why did the Times omit these two key facts? The Boston Globe report was an AP report -- wire services. The Times not get the memo?

Personally, finding the story so soon after on where several people killed by a gunman, and few actually tried to prevent as much death possible (for a better explanation of this point, refer to this WaPo piece) surprised me a great deal. Not for any other reason than the media's leap to the gun control issue the day of the massacre. So, a paper like the Globe picking up the story surely surprised the heck out of me.

But what surprised me more was the scrubbing the Times gave it. Key facts omitted, and no real explanation for it; it makes me question where the Times' agenda of supposedly "reporting news" to the people of California lies. This could have been a potentially explosive situation. Those that confronted him, and wrestled him to the ground should be commended highly. They did not stand there and wait for the bullets to come. They took command of the situation, ensuring no one would be visiting the hosptial that night.

But I guess the LA Times does not understand the gravity of things. At the very least, they miss the two obvious parts of this story. Not only was a tragedy likely prevented, but the Times seems content by covering up facts very relevant to the stuation.


ADDENDUM: I just found this on LAPD blog about the incident:

(Google blog search located the story)

On Sunday April 22, 2007 officers with the Los Angeles Police Department arrested and booked a 19-year-old University of Southern California student for illegal possession of a firearm.

Zao Xing Yang, a five-semester undergraduate at USC was attending a student party at a home in the 2300 block of Portland Street, near the USC campus.
Around 3 A.M., some students at the party overheard Yang talking to a young woman. At one point the host of the party asked Yang to leave after he was heard making intimidating statements to the co-ed, and then threatening her with violence.

Yang began arguing with the host and that's when the host noticed Yang holding a gun in his hand. Several students wrestled the gun away from Yang and held him until Campus security and LAPD officers arrived.

Early Monday, April 23, 2007, Southwest Area Detectives obtained a search warrant for Yano's home, which he shares with other roommates. In Yang's room Detectives discovered a safe. Within the safe they found methamphetamine packaged for sale, a .44 caliber magnum revolver, and several hundred dollars in cash.

Yang was booked on the firearm charge and is being held without bail. When Detectives present their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, they plan to seek charges including; making terrorist threats, possession of unregistered firearms and possession of illegal narcotics for sale.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Southwest Area Detectives at 213-485-6571.

What, the LA times no longer has a police beat reporter? The LAPD blog here gave a heck of a lot more information than the Times did? Again, I ask anyone out there if they see the slant we do?



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