Program Note: Five years ago we reported on gang violence in the Los Angeles community of Hollenbeck. This week, all week, we follow up on the neighborhood. Through the eyes of cops, criminals and crusaders, we witness the corrosive effects of violence and what's being done to prevent it. We take you inside the investigations of homicides as they unfold in a community where 30 percent of all killings remain unsolved. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.
When Soledad Brock visits the Odd Fellows cemetery in the Hollenbeck community of Los Angeles, she mourns the death of her two sons, Ronald Brock and Angel Candia. One was a U.S. Marine with no ties to gangs. The other was a gang member. Both were victims of gang violence – gunned down in the same year, in front of the house in which they grew up.
“People tell me its time to move on and forget but I don’t think anyone understands that your whole life was gone seven years ago,” said Brock.
Seven years after their deaths, five years after we first reported their stories, detectives believe they know who killed one of Brock’s sons but there is a surprise development in both cases.
Soledad Brock raised her sons, Angel and Ronald, as a single mother in the Hollenbeck community just east of downtown Los Angeles. She said she tried to keep her sons close to home and away from the lure of street gangs. “You hear of people getting shot and people getting killed and I didn’t want that for my boys,” said Brock.
Ronald managed to avoid that path but Angel joined one of Hollenbeck’s 34 street gangs. The more entrenched Angel became in the gang, the more he wanted something better for his younger brother, so he urged Ronald to enlist in the Marines, his mother said.
Tonight on 360°, what led Erica Massa to step down from Congress? There's talk of cancer, ticklefights and even a shower visit from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. We've got the raw politics. Plus, a baby rescued from the rubble in Haiti thought to be an orphan, but now a couple says this child belongs to them.
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A torrent of high-profile recalls and safety concerns has tarnished the once stellar reputation of Toyota, which in 2008 overtook General Motors as the biggest car manufacturer in the world.
A series of safety problems on high-profile vehicles has overshadowed the company's reputation for quality. A recent study found that the automaker actually gets fewer customer complaints per car than the majority of its competitors.
Follow complete coverage of Toyota at CNNMoney.com, and at CNN.com's special report on the latest manufacturer recalls.
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Israeli President Shimon Peres meets with visiting US-Vice President Joe Biden at the Israeli Prime Minister's residence on March 9, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.
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The California Highway Patrol has released the 911 call from a driver in a runaway Toyota Prius. The terrifying incident happened yesterday on a San Diego freeway. Tonight you'll hear the frantic call for help and you'll hear from the man who was at the wheel as his 2008 Prius reached speeds of over 90 miles per hour.
"I wont drive that car again," Jim Sikes' told CNN's Ted Rowlands. Both federal officials and Toyota are investigating the incident.
You may be wondering why he didn't shift into neutral. You'll hear his explanation.
We are also following the strange saga of Eric Massa, who resigned from Congress today. A lot of questions surround the decision by the upstate New York politician. There's talk of cancer, inappropriate language, a ticklefight and even a visit from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the shower. Like I said, the strange saga of Erica Massa. We'll have the raw politics.
Plus, the dark secret of Bachelor Number One from "The Dating Game." Rodney Alcala, now 66, is a convicted serial killer. He was sentenced tonight in California. We'll give you the jury's decision.
Also tonight, two brothers who met the same deadly fate on the streets of Hollenbeck. Their mother shares her anguish as the LAPD searches for the killers. That's part of our special series "Homicide in Hollenbeck."
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then!
On tonight’s AC360°, CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry introduces you to Kyle Anderson and the young men who are a part of the Greater Hartford Male Youth Leadership Program. Anderson started the program almost three years ago, with the goal of helping young African American men in Hartford, Connecticut, make it in life by exposing them to positive role models in the community.
“We have the overachiever, the underachiever, and what I call the on-the-fence achiever,” Anderson told Perry. “We're not doing anything different from the school system or what your parent is saying. But it's coming from a community group of folks.”
The program really is a shining example of what countless people around the country are doing – serving their community, mentoring young people, doing their part to make everyone else’s lives better. But Perry’s story is also about personal sacrifice – the enormous personal toll that people like Kyle Anderson and so many others are willing to pay to ensure that future generations will get their chance to succeed.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is accustomed to working in the shadows, but he now finds himself the subject of newspaper stories.
From the New York Times to the Chicago Sun-Times, the focus is on palace intrigue surrounding Emanuel's effectiveness as one of President Obama's top advisers. It comes as the administration is fighting to get the president's health care reform plan passed in Congress.
While some of the stories question whether Emanuel is effectively pulling off the behind-the-scenes work a chief of staff does - including wrangling members of Congress and dealing with White House staff - there are others that point out the speculation as Washington hype.
The Plateau State in central Nigeria is home to 50 ethnic groups and simmering local tensions.
Gangs of machete-wielding Muslims have been blamed for the weekend slaughter of hundreds of Christian villagers in Nigeria, but analysts say it would be wrong to assume the conflict was rooted in religion.
Men armed with gun, knives and machetes launched a pre-dawn attack on the villages of Dogo Nahawa, Zot, and Ratsat, south of the city of Jos, on Sunday, setting fire to homes and killing at least two hundred people.
The government, led by acting President Goodluck Jonathan, has issued a red alert for the region amid fears of revenge attacks and calls for justice by the United Nations and Human Rights Watch.