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December 12, 2011 |
Jenny and Jason Messam couldn't be more different: She is white and Jewish; he is black and Christian. At 38, she is 15 years older. There is one other important difference: Jenny is American, and Jason is Jamaican. They married in January 2010, and Jason applied for a U.S. visa a few months later, hoping to join his wife in Los Angeles. Immigration officials in the U.S. initially approved the petition. But workers at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica were suspicious and, after interviewing the couple and sifting through phone records, pictures, emails and other documentation, they decided that the marriage was probably a fraud.
July 23, 2012 |
Sally Ride, who became the first American woman to fly in space when she rode in the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, has died. She was 61. Ride died Monday at her home in La Jolla after battling pancreatic cancer, said her mother, Joyce Ride of Claremont. Besides serving as an astronaut, Ride was a NASA advisor who helped study the Challenger and Columbia disasters. She also taught at UC San Diego and began a website, sallyridescience.com . A Los Angeles native, Ride was a Stanford University graduate.
March 12, 2009 |
For a while, Lindsey Vonn was famous for a horrifying fall during a training run for the Turin Olympic downhill ski race. Now, she's famous for standing atop the podium -- a lot. Vonn, of Vail, Colo., on Wednesday became the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title twice, clinching her second successive crown by winning the last downhill of the season in Are, Sweden. Vonn, who won two gold medals at this year's world championships, finished the course in 1 minute 42.
July 23, 2005 |
The Berlin Philharmonic has named Pamela Rosenberg, general director of the San Francisco Opera, as the first woman and first American to serve as its administrative director, a spokeswoman said Friday. Orchestra director Sir Simon Rattle said he welcomed the board's decision. Rosenberg, 60, a native of Los Angeles, has served as general director of the San Francisco Opera since 2001.
February 16, 1989 |
An American woman was shot in the head and killed while driving her car in north Lebanon, one of her friends said today. Gail Pascoe Harfoush, 38, a native of Washington, D.C., was killed Wednesday afternoon as she drove her Mercedes-Benz from Tripoli to the village of Burj Akkar, 25 miles away, said her friend, Marilyn Rashka. Rashka said Harfoush was shot twice in the head and neck. The motive for the killing was unknown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2003 |
Katherine Cheung, a Chinese immigrant who defied tradition in the 1930s to become the nation's first licensed female Asian American aviator, died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Thousand Oaks. She was 98. Cheung was born in Canton, China, in 1904 and immigrated to America in 1921 when she was 17. Intent on a musical career, she enrolled at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, where she earned a degree in piano; she continued her training at Cal Poly Pomona and USC.