CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1992 |
The city is sprinkled with sites of the untimely deaths of the famous and the fated. From John Belushi to the Black Dahlia, Los Angeles has been the backdrop for many a notorious demise. Solved or unsolved, some murders and suicides become part of the cultural fabric, spawning books, movies and even sightseeing tours. Here is a look at episodes from the city's homicidal history. 1.
November 18, 2007 |
As one NFL team inches toward perfection, the history makers from another storied franchise -- two hints: Florida, 1970s -- are praying those winds of fortune will shift. Let there be a blemish in the win-loss column. Just one. But it might not happen. The Miami Dolphins could finish 0-16.
July 3, 1994 |
In the beginning, she didn't even recognize him, that's how unworldly she was. "That's O.J. Simpson!" her boss at the nightclub exclaimed. She had never heard of the guy. Later, friends and relatives would recount the episode and shake their heads. It wasn't just the naivete. By the time she married him seven years later at the age of 25, it seemed there had never been a time when the larger-than-life celebrity had not dominated her existence. Their home was his mansion.
February 5, 1997
William Carter Spann, 51, who described himself as the "bad peanut" of President Jimmy Carter's family. Spann, the son of the president's sister Gloria, had been in and out of California jails since 1969 on burglary, robbery, drug and alcohol cases. In 1976, the year his uncle became president, Spann was sentenced to 10 years to life for two armed robberies in San Francisco. His uncle once wrote Spann urging him to stop apologizing for the negative publicity he generated.
March 22, 1991 |
The Team Spirit '91 field exercise designed to upgrade the defensive readiness of U.S. and South Korean forces has ended, military officials said Thursday. A 10-day main phase of the war games came to an end Wednesday evening. Troops will return to their posts starting today. Team Spirit has been held each year since 1976.
July 3, 1988 |
She had started before sunup, swimming in the cool of the morning under the lights at Independence Park Pool in Fullerton, and she was still at it as her teammates finished their workouts and pulled themselves up onto the deck. As the members of the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team picked up their gear and headed for the gate, they kept an eye on their celebrated teammate who was still working steadily, up and down in that first lane that she always has to herself.