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April 6, 2007 | Randy Lewis
Valerie Rose Laub, the daughter for whom pop-jazz singer Phoebe Snow put her career on hold, has died. She was 31. A statement issued Thursday by a family spokesman said only that she had died suddenly on March 19. Snow interrupted a promising career after charting the pop hit "Poetry Man" in 1975, the year Valerie was born with severe brain damage, because Snow didn't want to institutionalize her daughter. They had lived in recent years in Fort Lee, N.J. -- Randy Lewis
June 12, 1989
One of every four U.S. households was the target of a violent crime or theft in 1988, the same proportion as the previous three years, the Justice Department said. This proportion remained at the lowest level since the Bureau of Justice Statistics began calculating the household rate in 1975. That year, almost one in three households was the target of a violent crime. Households in the Northeast were the least vulnerable to crime, with 19% hit, while those in the West suffered the most with 30.3%.
June 11, 1994
Mary Gates, 64, a director of major banking and communications corporations whose contacts greatly helped her son Bill's Microsoft Corp. Mrs. Gates was a director of several companies, including First Interstate Bancorp, US West Inc. and KIRO-TV, a Seattle television station. She had been a regent at the University of Washington since 1975. That year, she became the first woman director of First Interstate Bank and the first woman to serve as president of King County's United Way.
July 9, 1995
E. Claiborne Robins, 84, who earned millions of dollars in the pharmaceutical industry and gave millions to higher education. Robins, who joined family-owned A.H. Robins Co. in 1933, built it into a publicly held company with revenue of more than $241 million in 1975, the year he retired as chief executive officer. He stayed on as chairman as the company went through a crippling legal battle over the Dalkon Shield.
July 5, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Fast-food and other employees across the country have been striking and protesting for higher wages, arguing that they can't live on the minimum wage. Their protests have drawn attention in an economic recovery where data show that the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. Friday's jobs numbers show that the pay gap is continuing throughout industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks wages of all private-sector employees, but also breaks down wages of production and non-supervisory employees, which are “employees who are not owners or who are not primarily employed to direct, supervise, or plan the work of others.” Those workers make up 80% of the workforce, but their wages are growing more sluggishly than the wages of the whole workforce, which also includes supervisors and owners, data show.
August 18, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CARLSBAD, Calif. — Winning the most-valuable-player and rookie-of-the-year awards this season would be a monumental achievement for Mike Trout, a feat only Boston's Fred Lynn (1975) and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (2001) have accomplished. If the Angels outfielder pulls off the rare double, though, it could raise a potentially vexing question: What does he do for an encore? "To do what I did as a rookie, playing in Boston on such a big stage, everybody thought, 'Gee, what's he going to do next year, run for president?
January 22, 1991
Sanford F. Rothenberg, former president of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn., past chief of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and vice president of Southern California Physicians Insurance Exchange, which he helped found in the 1970s at the height of the malpractice insurance crisis, is dead. Rothenberg, a graduate of USC and UC Berkeley School of Medicine, was 71 when he died of cancer Friday at his Century City home.
February 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Ho Chi Minh Trail, the snaking jungle thoroughfare that funneled Communist troops and supplies during the Vietnam War, is to become a two-lane national highway. The Vietnamese government announced at a news conference Friday its plans for a roughly 1,000-mile road from the northern province of Ha Tay to the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, along the old route of supply lines for the Viet Cong, the former South Vietnam's Communist guerrillas.
July 16, 1998 | Associated Press
Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the South Vietnamese general whose summary execution of a bound prisoner was depicted in a photograph that stunned the world three decades ago, has died. He was 67. Loan died Tuesday night at his home in Burke, a suburb of Washington, after a battle with cancer, said his daughter, Nguyen Anh. The photo of Loan firing a pistol point-blank at the grimacing prisoner's head on Feb. 1, 1968, became a haunting image of the Vietnam War.
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