The Price of Life in Los Angeles

Is one killing in Westwood worse than hundreds in the ghetto?

The glittering enclave of restaurants, shops and theaters in Westwood Village, on Los Angeles' affluent West Side, seems a world away from the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, where gang warfare took more than 100 innocent lives last year. But the ghetto violence occasionally spills beyond its borders. Last month Karen Toshima, a 27-year-old graphic artist, was caught in * the cross fire of rival drug gangs and died on the sidewalk outside a fancy restaurant. The Los Angeles establishment reacted with horror. Newspapers and television headlined the story for days. Police patrols in Westwood tripled, and the L.A.P.D....

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