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Koreatown Gangs Not Above Tagging Stuffed Animals

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In the tradition of inane and scary-looking tagging, this green turtle was strung up on a pole on Mariposa Avenue last weekend. It's hard to see, but the turtle's chest is tagged up. Also in the gallery: A small pinata of a space child or something hung from a pole off Venice in downtown. Perhaps that's not gang related--but it's still creepy. Meanwhile, out today: A Christian Science Monitor story that looks at how the city's new "Summer Night Lights" program, a program that keeps lights on in parks and recreation centers to deter gang crime. Seems to be working. UPDATED
· Taggers Not Afraid To Attack Palms Shrubbery [Curbed LA]
· LA's Top 12 Gang-Ridden Neighborhoods [Curbed LA]