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Walter Lee Williams, a former professor at USC, arrives at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday after being extradited from Mexico. He faces charges of sex crimes against children.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Pallbearers carry the caskets of Marcela Franco, right, and her father Carlos Franco, left, following a funeral Mass for both at Saint Monica's Catholic Church. The Francos were among five people killed during a gunman's rampage on June 7.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Michael Rodney Kane (seated in a wheelchair behind the door) makes an appearance in a Van Nuys courtroom, where he was charged with one count of murder in his wife's stabbing death. Kane, an elementary school teacher, pleaded not guilty.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Police officers Quincy Mirage, left, and Robert Morales train with other members of the LAPD's boxing team for a charity boxing match. The event will pit the LAPD against boxers from Southern California fire departments and other law enforcement agencies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Street performers take a break along Hollywood Boulevard outside the Hollywood and Highland complex. Many performers expressed dismay at the stabbing death of a woman near the complex; three men were in custody in the slaying.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

With his guitar strapped to his back, Giovani Veramendi checks out the Anaheim and Chula Vista police department booths at a job fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

An appearance by David Beckham turned calamitous after fans stormed through a gate and a police line to catch a glimpse of the soccer superstar. At least seven people were injured in the stampede.


Jockeys and their bulls participate in an annual race about 50 miles south of Calcutta. The traditional race in muddy rice fields is organized by farmers to celebrate a good harvest season.


Parks employee Olen Nails cools off under a stream of water.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Weber / The Commercial Appeal

The Airbus A380 performs a demonstration flight during the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francois Mori / Associated Press

In this photograph from the Indian Ministry of Defense, the freighter MV Mol Comfort is seen adrift about 200 miles off the Yemen coast after its hull broke into two pieces. The freighter, carrying a crew of 14 Filipinos and 12 Russians, was heading to Singapore from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when it cracked apart after encountering stormy seas. The crew members were rescued, and efforts are underway to salvage the thousands of containers aboard.


An Afghan refugee family climbs onto a truck at a United Nations camp. Scarred by decades of war, social problems and poverty, millions of Afghans still live as refugees, mainly in neighboring Iran and Pakistan.


Palestinian youths march during a military-style exercise run by Hamas during a scouting summer camp.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adel Hana / Associated Press

A military police officers fires tear gas to disperse protesters near Rio de Janeiro during protests against an increase in public transportation fares.


Students invade a subway station during a protest against an increase in public transportation fares.


The Philippines has a trash problem, as seen at this dump site. In an attempt to fix the problem -- which exacerbates flooding -- Manila has now banned disposable plastic shopping bags and foam food containers.


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Walter Lee Williams, a former USC professor who was arrested in Mexico after being indicted in the U.S. for sex crimes against children, is brought back to Los Angeles to face charges, leading off Thursday’s edition of Pictures in the News. Williams was added to the FBI’s 10-most-wanted fugitives list this week, arrested a day later in the Caribbean town of Playa del Carmen, and escorted by law enforcement authorities  off a plane Wednesday night at Los Angeles International Airport.

Also in today’s roundup:

Santa Monica: A funeral   is held for Marcela Franco and her father Carlos Franco, two of the victims of a gunman who went on a rampage June 7.

Hollywood: Costumed street performers take a break, but not all is well in the epicenter of make-believe;  a woman was stabbed to death, reportedly after taking a photo of panhandlers.

Shanghai: Soccer superstar David Beckham makes an appearance a university, and at least seven people are injured during the stampede to see him.

Brazil: Protests continue over transit fare hikes.  More photos

Off the coast of Yemen: An eerie sight at sea — a freighter carrying thousands of cargo containers breaks into two pieces.

There’s more, too, including a mountain of garbage of Manila (which is taking steps to combat the problem), veiled refugees in Afghanistan, and bull riders in India, so please take a look.

1 Comment

  1. June 20, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Manilla, Philippines has a population problem just like the rest of the world. Its good that they are trying to cut down on disposable packaging, but they really need better access to contraception. What if they cut back on plastic packaging 50% and their population doubles in the next 50 years? The population of the US is going to double in 70 years if we don't reduce immigration. How can we reduce CO2 if that happens? Answer, we can't.

    By: colowww

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