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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1996
Recently two high school athletes died unexpectedly. Any premature death is tragic. Naturally, we look for the reasons why the deaths occurred and for ways to prevent them. First, there is the vigorous and traumatic activity which these young people have voluntarily accepted in which to participate. Thousands and thousands of injuries are known to occur in these sports, and the injuries will continue even with improvements in equipment, training and rules-making. Looking beyond this, we naturally search for possible oversights in allowing unqualified athletes to participate.
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NEWS
April 5, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
More athletes are fatally collapsing on basketball courts, in swimming pools and on playing fields than once thought, new research has found, with 1 in 44,000 NCAA athletes dying of sudden cardiac death per year. The numbers  are especially interesting in the context of screening costs.   Researchers have looked for effective ways to screen athletes before they start competing, but not everyone has agreed the benefits would outweigh the cost. Perhaps the new statistics might tip the equation toward more screening, at least for some athletes.
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SPORTS
July 27, 1987 | United Press International
A 15-year-old Los Angeles girl was killed Sunday when her bicycle was hit by a car as she competed in the 8th annual San Luis Obispo Triathlon. Casey Marie Stevenson was competing in the bicycle portion of the swimming, bicycling and running race when she cut across Orcutt Road just south of the city and apparently failed to check for oncoming cars. She was struck and killed by a car driven by David Kaplan, 24, of San Luis Obispo.
SPORTS
February 14, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Putting the brakes on the world's fastest luge track to prevent the type of crash that killed a young slider during a training run didn't do much to alter the standings Saturday among the world's elite sliders after the first two of four runs. With a light snow falling, Germany's Felix Loch, who holds the track record of 95.6 mph, was in first place with a combined time of 1 minute 36.570 seconds. Countryman David Moeller, a two-time world champion who finished fifth in the Turin Olympics, is in second, just .282 seconds back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1996
The faculty, staff and students at Reseda High School are all grieving the tragic death of Eric Hoggatt, the varsity football player who passed away in his sleep last Thursday night following the first game of the season. This loss has had a profound impact on the school, and many persons at Reseda High have been struggling through the various stages of grief. A headline on The Times' front page on Sept. 17 stated that the Hoggatt family said "administrators were hostile to tribute plans" for Eric.
SPORTS
February 13, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
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.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
Declaring "this was no accident," a judge sentenced Clinton Haskins on Thursday to 14 to 20 years in prison for killing eight college students in a drunken-driving collision. Haskins, 22, was also ordered to pay $81,042 in restitution to the families of the victims and was fined $8,008 by District Judge Jeffrey A. Donnell.
SPORTS
February 13, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | Dan Neil
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.
WORLD
December 6, 2004 | David Zucchino, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2003 | From Bloomberg News and Associated Press
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.
NEWS
May 11, 1995
An autopsy of 18-year-old Carey Couch, who died in January several days after winning a wrestling title, has found that the Alhambra High School senior died of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, during a medical procedure. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier said Couch's death was ruled accidental because he died during a medical procedure, called cardiac catheterization. "If there were any abnormalities in his heart, they weren't enough to cause the death," Carrier said.
NEWS
July 22, 1999
The July 10 death of a former Orange County high school basketball star was ruled a suicide, police said Tuesday. Monique Mathews, 18, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was found in a shop at the Los Altos Shopping Center on Bellflower Boulevard, said Sgt. Steve Filippini, spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department. Mathews, of Aliso Viejo, attended three Orange County high schools in four years before dropping out of Capistrano Valley High in 1988.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
Declaring "this was no accident," a judge sentenced Clinton Haskins on Thursday to 14 to 20 years in prison for killing eight college students in a drunken-driving collision. Haskins, 22, was also ordered to pay $81,042 in restitution to the families of the victims and was fined $8,008 by District Judge Jeffrey A. Donnell.
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