CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 |
Nearly two months after they began a controversial new investigation into Natalie Wood's death while sailing off Santa Catalina Island in 1981, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives have found no evidence to suggest that the cause was anything but accidental. Although the case has not been closed, a top Sheriff's Department official said it's highly unlikely any new ground will be broken on how the actress died. "At this point, it is an accidental death," said William McSweeney, the sheriff's chief of detectives.
April 16, 2012 |
Death rates from unintentional injuries of children from birth to age 19 fell by nearly 30% in the United States from 2000 through 2009, largely because of a 41% drop in deaths in car crashes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. That amounts to more than 11,000 children saved during the decade, Dr. Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a news conference. "The rate is among the worst of all high-income countries," she said, and the real shame is that most of the deaths "are predictable and preventable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2012 |
Two decidedly different portraits emerged Wednesday of the U.S. Open tennis umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband and then trying to pass it off as an accident. Prosecutors said Lois Goodman, 70, bludgeoned her husband, then callously left him to die as she went to "tennis and to get her nails done. " Deputy Dist. Atty. Sharon Ransom accused Lois Goodman of meticulously planning the killing in advance, but did not lay out any evidence to support that claim. She said the umpire used a broken coffee mug like an "improvised knife," stabbing her husband 10 times.
November 9, 1996 |
An outbreak of E. coli illness linked to a California company's unpasteurized apple juice claimed its first fatality Friday with the death of a 15-month-old Colorado girl. Anna Gimmestad, an only child, died at Children's Hospital in Denver after a two-week battle with kidney failure, known to be a complication of an especially virulent bacterial strain known as E. coli O157:H7. The child's parents, from Greeley, Colo., said the child had consumed fruit "smoothies" made by Odwalla Inc.
August 19, 1988 |
The California Supreme Court, refusing to extend unmarried cohabitants a right that the law grants to married couples, Thursday barred a single man from suing for the negligence-related accidental death of his live-in girlfriend. The justices, in a 6-1 decision, rejected a suit for emotional distress and loss of companionship brought by Richard C. Elden, who survived a car crash that took the life of his companion, Linda Eberling, in Pasadena in 1982.
July 7, 1988 |
Police officials in Seattle are reviewing the 1968 death of the second wife of Melvyn R. Paisley, the former assistant Navy secretary who is a central figure in the nationwide Pentagon contract scandal. The case is being reopened by the King County Police Department after a review of coroner's records and phone calls from several witnesses who want to talk to detectives, said Maj. Terry Allman, head of criminal investigations. "The red flags just popped up," Allman said.
October 26, 1997 |
The midair collision of two military aircraft over Edwards Air Force base on Wednesday continues a disturbing series of crashes that began in September. In just over a month, the losses total 18 lives and 10 planes. These accidents involved aircraft from three services operating different models while performing widely different missions. They occurred in locations stretching 10,000 miles from California to Africa to the Persian Gulf.
January 9, 1994
Regarding Calendar's coverage of the top stories of 1993 (Dec. 26): Part of the problem of Beavis and Butt-head's influence on children has been overlooked: the fallacious notion of the populace (adults and children alike) that all animated films and programs are for juveniles ("The Guys Who Drove a Bigger Wedge Between the Generations," by Chris Willman). Many creations have used cartooning to create something of artistic or literary merit with adult themes: "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home," "Heavy Metal," "Fantasia," "American Pop," "The Simpsons."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2012 |
Summoned to a couple's Woodland Hills condominium last spring, police officers heard a sad but familiar tale. The wife, an active 70-year-old, said she had come home from a tennis match to find her husband of five decades dead in his bed. He was 80, diabetic and suffered from high blood pressure, she told them. Officers consoled the woman and arranged for the body to be sent to a funeral home. But three days later, on the eve of his cremation, a perfunctory check at the mortuary triggered a series of stunning revelations: The man had been beaten to death, the murder weapon was a coffee cup from the kitchen, and the prime suspect was his widow.