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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.
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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. . . .
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
July 29, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Regina Strickland was injured so badly in a fall at an American Indian-run water slide north of San Diego that she says doctors told her she can no longer have children. She got an apology but no offer to pay her thousands of dollars in medical bills. So she sued. But the tribe had a surprise in store. It filed legal papers noting that it was immune from lawsuits. The court agreed and dismissed the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury has awarded a Valencia motorcyclist more than $4.2 million in damages for the loss of his leg when he was struck by a can sticking out of a passing garbage truck. Burbank jurors ruled Tuesday that Waste Management Inc., the nation's largest trash company, was responsible for the January, 1987, accident in Sun Valley that injured Gregory M. Dibene, 35, once a stagehand at NBC Studios in Burbank.
NEWS
December 27, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD and ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
She used a butter knife to represent Broadway, a spoon for 15th Street. A tiny motorcycle missing its front wheel and a toy tractor represented the cars that were creeping into the Santa Ana intersection that day. As Maria Mendoza sat in her dining room, mapping out how it happened, how her little boy got run over, she saved one particular spot for her index finger. "Aqui," she said, jabbing her finger under the wheels of the tractor. "Impacto." Here. Impact.
NEWS
June 8, 1997 | From Associated Press
Mourners wept Saturday as the victim of a water slide accident was shown in a year-old television tape saying she wanted to be like her mother. About 800 people, including family, friends and senior classmates from Napa High School, gathered at the school's gym for Quimby Ghilotti's memorial service. The 17-year-old graduating senior died and 32 others were injured Monday when the Bonzai Pipeline slide at Concord's Waterworld USA ripped apart under the weight of dozens of teenagers.
NEWS
September 22, 1989 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
He knew his first name was Steven. But emotionally he never really came home and privately he couldn't become whole because publicly he was always Steven Stayner, an abduction victim, someone in a miniseries, one missing kid among tens of thousands on flyers and milk cartons who, miraculously, a decade ago, did return alive and apparently well. "When he came back he was a jolly kid, a jokester, happy-go-lucky," said Sandy Hawkins, a friend with the seniority of any natural aunt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and FRANK MESSINA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A fire at a neighborhood storage yard Wednesday killed a 14-year-old boy who, despite previous warnings to stay out, slipped past a caretaker for an apparent end-of-summer sleep-over with two friends. Coroner's investigators were awaiting a check of dental records for official identification, but the boy's mother and school officials named the victim as Samuel Peek, who was to enter Dana Hills High School as a freshman today. He died when fire broke out about 5 a.m.
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