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December 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
Anton Malloth, a former Nazi SS guard who was sentenced last year to life in prison for beating a Jewish concentration camp inmate to death in 1944, has died. He was 90. Malloth, who was a guard at the Theresienstadt camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, died of cancer at a nursing home in the south German town of Straubing on Oct. 31 -- 10 days after being moved from prison, Cord Lemke, a state justice ministry spokesman said Friday.
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June 6, 2012 | Lynell George, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91. Bradbury died Tuesday night in Los Angeles, his agent Michael Congdon confirmed. His family said in a statement that he had suffered from a long illness. Author of more than 27 novels and story collections - most famously "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451," "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" - and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often-maligned reputation of science fiction.
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January 3, 2007 | Ralph Frammolino and Jason Felch, Times Staff Writers
Liberated from its shipping crates, the ancient statue drew a crowd of employees when it arrived in December 1987 at the J. Paul Getty Museum's antiquities conservation lab. The 7 1/2 -foot figure had a placid marble face and delicately carved limestone gown. It was thought to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Some who came to see it believed that the sculpture would become the greatest piece in the museum's antiquities collection. One man, however, saw trouble.
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January 17, 1985 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. government apologized to Poland on Wednesday for a broadcast by Radio Free Europe that, in a heavy-handed attempt at humor that left Warsaw unamused, compared Polish Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski with Adolf Hitler. "The U.S. government dissociates itself from that broadcast and regrets any implication of similarity between Nazi Germany and present-day Poland, and particularly between Adolf Hitler and Gen.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1996 | From Associated Press
A documentary on the 1969 Woodstock music festival and home-movie footage of a Japanese American internment camp during World War II were honored Wednesday by the Library of Congress for their contributions to American cultural history. The films were among the 25 added to the library's National Film Registry. Congress created the registry in 1988 to celebrate American cinema and call attention to the need to preserve films.
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May 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
Cardinal Alexandru Todea, who became a symbol of Catholic resistance for spending more than 14 years in communist prisons after refusing to give up his religion, has died. He was 89. Todea died Tuesday in a hospital in the Transylvanian city of Targu Mures, the Eastern Rite Catholic Church said Wednesday. Pope John Paul II sent a telegram of sympathy, recalling Todea's faith under the former "tyrannical regime."
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February 15, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Frederick C. Weyand, the last commander of U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War and a former Army chief of staff, has died. He was 93. Weyand died Wednesday of natural causes at the Kahala Nui retirement residence in Honolulu, his stepdaughter Laurie Foster said. In 2006, Weyand was identified as the American general who in 1967 confidentially told two reporters about his doubts regarding U.S. involvement in Vietnam. According to former CBS News correspondent Murray Fromson, Weyand said the war was "unwinnable."
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October 18, 2007 | David Rising, Associated Press
BERLIN -- At first glance, the letter carefully printed in a child's hand seems innocuous, nothing more than the expression of a young crush: "I love you so much. Write me -- please. Many greetings. Your Gina." But the note takes on a more sinister tone when its recipient is known: Adolf Hitler. The 1935 letter is one of 300 in a new book, "Briefe an Hitler" ("Letters to Hitler"), by German historian Henrik Eberle. He examined more than 20,000 letters in Russian archives.
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May 4, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
David S. Sheridan, dubbed the "catheter king" for his invention of the modern disposable catheter, has died. He was 95. Sheridan, a grade-school dropout who held more than 50 patents on medical instruments, died Thursday at his home in Argyle, N.Y., of natural causes. He helped found four companies and aided in building the Argyle and Glens Falls area of rural New York into what is considered the catheter capital of America.
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