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August 2, 1990
Msgr. William Duggan, who founded St. Didacus Catholic Church in Sylmar and served five other Southern California parishes, has died in Culver City. He was 74. He helped to establish St. Didacus Catholic Church in 1957 and was pastor there until 1971 when he became pastor of St. Elisabeth Catholic Church in Van Nuys. He died Monday, six days after intestinal cancer was discovered during exploratory surgery, Father Tim Dyer said.
Wynn's International Inc., an Orange-based supplier of O-rings, sealing products and specialty chemicals, is being acquired by a Cleveland conglomerate for $438 million in cash. Parker Hannifin Corp., which makes industrial sealing products and is involved in other manufacturing operations, said Tuesday that it will pay $23 a share, nearly 72% more than the stock's closing price that day. Parker Hannifin, which has been on a buying spree, also agreed to assume $59 million in Wynn's debt.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
March 30, 1986 | BEVIS HILLIER
Barbara Rush (not the actress, but an equally glamorous lady who made a fortune manufacturing computer parts for missiles) lives in Al Jolson's old house in Encino. Jolson fans sometimes drive straight to the house from Los Angeles International Airport and hammer at the front gate. Such pilgrims were frequent last year, the centenary of Jolson's birth.
Bah, humbug! When do we get to New Year's? Lamb's Players Theatre has taken a step back to produce the same "Festival of Christmas" it last presented in 1985. It's a step back in every sense of the word. This show is more densely packed with cliches than a fruitcake is with fruit. It's so bad, it's almost funny--but really, it's more boring than bad.
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