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NEWS
November 8, 1988 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Some brought flowers and others scribbled notes saying "We love you" and placed them at the base of the battered coral tree on San Vicente Boulevard in Santa Monica. Billy, a 16-year-old Palisades High School student, brought a T-shirt from a concert of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. "It was Cal's favorite group," he said.
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HEALTH
June 11, 2007 | From Times wire reports
The nation's accidental death rate has been gradually creeping higher and is up 12% compared to the lowest rate on record, in 1992, according to a report released Thursday by the National Safety Council. The independent, nonprofit group warned that if the trend continues, the nation could surpass the all-time high of 116,385 accidental deaths, set in 1969. From 1969 until 1992, the rate of accidental deaths -- a number adjusted for population growth -- steadily declined.
NEWS
June 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
Low fuel, a hard-to-reach handle to switch gas tanks and modifications to his homemade airplane may have figured in the crash that killed singer John Denver last year, federal investigators said Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board, wrapping up the fact-finding phase of its investigation into the Oct. 12 crash, also confirmed that Denver lacked an aviation medical certificate--a requirement for a valid pilot's license--at the time of the crash.
SPORTS
June 9, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
The electronic message board outside the Meadowlands in New Jersey read: "In Memory of Drazen Petrovic 1964-1993." Half a world away, at the Amadeus coffee bar in Zagreb, Croatia, flowers and candles surrounded his photo, and on a table, a special edition of the daily Vecernji List carried a giant headline: "Drazen Petrovic Killed." The common denominator was a basketball player. And tears.
NEWS
August 22, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Kandu, a killer whale who gave birth last year at Sea World, died Monday after a collision with another female whale during a show at the marine park. Sea World officials issued a terse statement saying that the 14-year-old Kandu died after a "physical interaction" with Corky during the 4 p.m. killer whale show. Sea World officials refused to provide any other information about the circumstances of the whale's death. There were conflicting versions of when the collision occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2012 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times
The chairman of a state Senate committee that oversees the Medical Board of California said Monday that he would introduce a bill requiring coroners to report all prescription drug deaths to the agency - a move aimed at helping authorities identify doctors whose prescribing practices may be harming patients. Sen. Curren D. Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles), responding to a Times' report that authorities have failed to recognize how often people overdose on medications prescribed by their doctors, said the medical board needed coroners' reports to improve its oversight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1990
Regarding the San Clemente checkpoint problem of undocumented workers running across the freeway: Please don't get too radical. Why should thousands of drivers have to suffer because of selfish smugglers letting off their captives who, in fright, seem to run. We experienced the same problem on southbound Interstate 805 at Palm Avenue in Chula Vista, and installing lights and flashing lighted signs "Watch out for people running" seems to have...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992
Two tanks of nitrous oxide, the so-called laughing gas linked to the accidental deaths of three young men last week in Chatsworth, were stolen a month earlier from Holy Cross Medical Center where one of the victims formerly worked, police said Tuesday. The two 80-pound tanks found with the victims Friday did not carry individual serial numbers but by asking area hospitals to inventory their cylinders, police were able to determine the tanks were the two stolen Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Accidental deaths by drug overdose and drowning in swimming pools showed "dramatic" increases in Orange County last year, with 344 people dying by accidental means in 1986, up from 308 the previous year, according to a report issued Thursday by Sheriff-Coroner Brad Gates. There were 750 more deaths in the county from all causes in 1986 than in 1985, the report said. But not all the news was bad in the coroner's annual statistics on deaths in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1999 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Symphony patrons embraced Carl St.Clair with a storm of applause Saturday night, as the music director stepped to the podium to conduct the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for the first time since the death of his only child. "I knew when the music started, I'd be a lot better," St.Clair said after the orchestra finished the inspirational song Olympic Fanfare by composer John Williams. The conductor's 18-month-old son, Cole, drowned in a neighbor's pool in July after his wife, Susan St.
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