February 13, 2010 |
There was skidding, sailing, a man flying off the edge of an icy track, his body crumpling on a metal walkway, a lifeless leg dangling in the air. There was a glittering floating grizzly, a snowboarder flying under giant glowing rings, beaming athletes marching under giant wool hats. Death came to the Olympics. Life came to the Olympics . It all happened on the same day Friday, the quadrennial winter celebration sliding out of the starting gate in staggering, breathless uncertainty.
September 11, 2009 |
Pat Tillman, unlikely football hero and unlikelier warrior, went to Afghanistan and got accidentally wasted by the men in his own Ranger platoon. It happens. Among the many shadows Jon Krakauer illuminates in his compelling and dispiriting book, "Where Men Win Glory," is the commonness of fratricide in high-tech warfare. Thus the military's bleak poetry of misadventure: FUBAR, SNAFU, Charlie-Fox. But the story here isn't Tillman's unexceptional death, or exceptional life for that matter, but what Krakauer sees as a political crime committed by the Bush administration's propaganda machine as it tried to make Tillman a martyr in the global war on terror.
December 6, 2004 |
Pat Tillman died in the dark between two black boulders, halfway up a canyon wall, just below the mud farmhouse of Zamir Jan. To Jan, Tillman was just another American stranger. But to millions of people a world away, who watched Tillman give up a lucrative professional football contract to fight for his country, his death was an American tragedy. At first, Pentagon officials said Tillman was killed by enemy fire. A month later, they said it was friendly fire, triggered by an enemy ambush.
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March 2, 2004 |
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that a 21-year-old woman and her sometime boyfriend must stand trial for killing a high school wrestler in what detectives described as a love triangle. Veronica Paz and Brandan Dante Perry, 20, have been held without bail since the November slaying at a lovers lane in Orange Park Acres. After Judge John D. Conley issued his ruling, the defendants' arraignment was set for March 16. "I wasn't surprised they were held over for trial," Deputy Dist.
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October 22, 2003 |
The Lake Mission Viejo Assn. has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle a wrongful-death suit filed by the family of an 18-year-old high school track star who drowned more than two years ago while swimming in the man-made lake. The settlement for more than $900,000, reached a week before trial, should put the association and corporations "on notice" to properly train and staff lifeguards to prevent future tragedies, said Mary Green-Johnson, the mother of Victor Brown Jr.
July 2, 2003 |
Two companies that promoted ephedra dietary supplements with promises of safe and miraculous weight loss have agreed to repay customers $370,000 to resolve federal charges of deceptive advertising, regulators said Tuesday. The Federal Trade Commission also is taking to court an operation based in California and Canada that it says made unsupported claims for weight-loss products and arthritis cures. Health Laboratories North America Inc. and USA Pharmacal Sales Inc.