Top detective on rap murders says LAPD pulled the plug despite confessions
â€‹In the wake of ex-LAPD detective Greg Kading's recent book, Murder Rap, revealing new details about the shootings of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, many people will almost certainly try discredit Kading by citing past Weekly and other newspaper stories. In 2009, after eliciting confessions impl ... More >>
Rena KosnettProperty owned by George Torres.This guy had more charges than an iPhone and shadier friends than Tom Sizemore, but George Torres, founder of the Numero Uno markets and onetime alleged racketeer, is off the hook. Feds earlier this year withdrew RICO charges against him, and now th ... More >>
Detective Greg Kading was fixated on George Torres. Did he go too far?
During the long, bitter 2003-4 strike and lockout of Southern California supermarket workers, members of Local 770 of the United Food and Commercial Workers would tell stories on the picket line of how some of their erstwhile union colleagues were working back at Ralphs stores -- but under ali ... More >>
One hundred days after a federal jury convicted Numero Uno Supermarket founder and president George Torres of a phone-book's worth of racketeering charges, he has been released from the prison he's been locked up in since June, 2007. This morning prosecutors requested that U.S. District Judge Stephe ... More >>
Today's L.A. Business Journal reports that Latino-targeted Numero Uno supermarkets have been sold to Nogales Investors Management LLC (a Los Angeles private-equity firm) and "a Houston partner." "Numero Uno," says managing partner Luis Nogales in a press release, "has a strong presence in Los Angele ... More >>
Troubling allegations unsealed in investigative files of case against the grocery-chain magnate, who was a symbol of either the ethnic striver or the ingenious gangster -- or both
Numero Uno supermarket founder and president George Torres has been convicted today on multiple federal felony charges that include racketeering and solicitation of murder. The government's case against Torres, who has been in custody since his June, 2007 arrest, had at times seemed in jeopardy to s ... More >>
Mothers Against Drunk Deputies? L.A. County's Office of Independent Review has issued a report raising warnings about a growing culture of alcoholism in the Sheriff's Department. L.A. TimesPathogens? What Pathogens? USC's student affairs veep announced that an alarm about airborne viruses on campus ... More >>
Rags-to-riches story of L.A. grocery king goes sour
Racketeering charges against Numero Uno markets founder include bribing two former L.A. planning commissioners
The name Vignali receded into L.A. history after the “Pardongate” scandal of 2001, but questions remain about drug-dealing son Carlos and his real estate magnate father, Horacio, who just might be pulling the strings in the remaking of downtown L.A.