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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1998 | JOEL P. ENGARDIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first stop on Dennis Silgen's way home from the hospital Monday was Fire Station 90 in Van Nuys, where his friends couldn't resist teasing him for wearing a splashy blue Hawaiian-print shirt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN HARRISON SHEPPARD and DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two people badly injured in a freak accident at Disneyland's venerable Columbia clipper ship remained in critical condition Friday while a huge Christmas Day crowd reveled in the park's attractions, unaware of or unconcerned about the incident. Park and hospital officials still declined to identify the victims, who are from Duvall, Wash., but a relative visiting them at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange said they are a married couple and that the woman's name is Lien Tran, 40.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities on Sunday released the names of two Anaheim men killed Saturday afternoon when a stolen ambulance sped through a red light and smashed into the side of their car. Brandon Tran, 20, and Michael Rebaza, 21, the car's driver, were on their way to a basketball game at a local church, said Pedro Rebaza, Michael's father, when the 3-ton emergency vehicle rammed their Toyota Tercel, killing them upon impact.
NEWS
September 24, 1991 | JAN HOFMANN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As part of her therapy while recovering from a series of strokes, Martharue White, 80, tosses a ball to a trained assistant who works with her occupational therapist at Saddleback Rehabilitation Center. The assistant, Inkspot J. Wood, deftly catches the ball in his mouth. Inkspot (Inky to his pals) is a miniature poodle that celebrated his third birthday last Sunday. With his 3-year-old partner, Snowbear E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1999 | KURT STREETER and MARTHA WILLMAN and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two of them were in love and had just started to talk about marriage. One enjoyed playing basketball and shooting pool and was about to join the Air Force. Another had already enlisted in the Navy. And another, a bit older than his friends, left four siblings behind, including a younger brother who was with him when he died. These were the five young people killed Thursday in what authorities said was apparently a 100-mph race through traffic on the Antelope Valley Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old woman killed in a weekend car crash was identified Monday as a Huntington Beach High School senior and volleyball player. Katherine Elizabeth Homewood, called "Katy" by friends and relatives, also competed three years at Marina High School before transferring this year. She was fatally injured Saturday when she lost control of her car and flipped on a curving stretch of Ortega Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2000 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brandon Zucker, the 4-year-old boy critically injured on a Disneyland ride, showed signs of improvement Monday, his doctor said. Marianne Cinat, Brandon's trauma surgeon at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, said that over the weekend, she eased slightly the strong muscle relaxants that had kept him immobile, and Brandon responded by moving his arms and legs voluntarily. "It doesn't say anything 100% for sure, but it's a good sign that he's moving on his own. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2004 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
A block from the Pasadena intersection where a mother died last month saving the life of her baby, strangers spent Sunday raising money for the struggling family she left behind. Amilia Vargas, 37, was killed Aug. 14 while crossing at Orange Grove Boulevard and Garfield Avenue with her then 7-month-old son, Alexis, and 7-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, said Pasadena Police Traffic Lt. Eric Mills. Her death left five children motherless.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2001 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investment giant Morgan Stanley & Co. will pay $23 million to settle claims that it contributed to the looting of trust funds that provided living expenses for more than 200 victims of auto wrecks, industrial accidents and botched medical procedures, according to documents filed Thursday in a Los Angeles class-action case.
NEWS
March 4, 1998 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
California Supreme Court justices, considering whether a television broadcast violated an accident victim's right to privacy, appeared troubled Tuesday over media tactics but reluctant to restrict coverage of newsworthy events. Ruth Shulman of Palos Verdes sued Group W Productions after her 1990 car accident was featured on a now defunct, syndicated show called "On Scene: Emergency Response." The accident left Shulman a paraplegic.
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