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ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Visitors to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., will soon be able to get a closer look at the place where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in the spring of 1968. The museum, which opened to the public in 1991, is renovating and will soon be allowing access to the balcony where King was shot while staying at the Lorraine Motel, according to the Associated Press. Until recently, museum visitors could see the balcony -- the museum is built around the two-story motel -- but they couldn't walk on it. When the new exhibit opens, visitors will be able to step onto the balcony, and there will also be a lift for disabled guests.
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SPORTS
June 27, 1989 | From Times wire services
Former middleweight champion Carlos Monzon testified at the opening of his trial on homicide charges that he did not kill Alicia Muniz, a Uruguayan model and his longtime companion. Monzon, 47, is charged with simple homicide in the death of Muniz. He has been held in preventive detention since Feb. 14, 1988, the day Muniz was found crumpled below the second-floor balcony of the apartment Monzon was renting. The trial began Monday. Monzon, the undisputed middleweight champion of the world when he retired in 1977, has admitted he drank alcohol and struck Muniz on the night she died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A 7-year-old girl who was critically injured when she fell from a third-floor apartment balcony showed signs of improvement Wednesday, according to a hospital spokesman. The girl was playing on the balcony before she fell and landed on a first-floor balcony, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis said. The accident occurred at about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 6800 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. A Fire Department helicopter airlifted the girl to Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
June 28, 1989
Carlos Monzon, a former middleweight boxing champion, testified in his trial on homicide charges that he did not kill Alicia Muniz, a Uruguayan model and his longtime companion. Monzon, 47, is charged with simple homicide in the death of Muniz. He has been held in preventive detention in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, since Feb. 14, 1988, the day Muniz was found crumpled below the second-floor balcony of an apartment Monzon was renting. Monzon, the champion in 1977, has admitted he drank alcohol and struck Muniz on the night she died.
NEWS
March 25, 1997 | Associated Press
A man who had been watching the lunar eclipse fell to his death early Monday when he tried to stop a companion from slipping off a balcony. Kenneth Hunter and Kimberly Ammons were either sitting on the railing of the third-story apartment balcony or leaning against it when Ammons felt it move, said police Sgt. Bill Pfeil. "She started to go backward, he tried to grab her and went with her," Pfeil said. Hunter, 30, died at the scene, apparently of head injuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2002
I have been a subscriber to the L.A. Opera for five years, but never before have I seen such disregard for the balcony ticket-holders as was shown in Gian-Carlo del Monaco's production of "Turandot." I sat in the center of the first row of the balcony, and for a good portion of the first and second acts I could not see the singers, because they were so high up on the set that the proscenium cut off my view. Anyone who sat higher than I did saw even less. There is no excuse for this disregard of balcony ticket-holders.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1995
As season subscribers, my wife and I were anticipating "Pelleas et Melisande." However, we did not realize that we had purchased "obstructed view seats." The idea that Peter Sellars (and the Los Angeles Opera) would write off the entire second balcony (and probably the first balcony as well) is particularly distressing. I have spent my life in the theater (including starring roles in "Camelot" and "Lovely Ladies Kind Gentlemen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), and I don't recall ever performing on a set that excluded any portion of the audience.
WORLD
December 6, 2013 | By Nicole Liu and Barbara Demick, This post has been corrected as indicated below
BEIJING -- A videotaped assault of a toddler by an 11-year-old girl in a high rise in Chongqing has in recent days riveted Chinese, inviting comparisons to some of the world's most brutal child murders. The boy was snatched by the girl in the building's elevator Nov. 27 as the boy's grandmother tried to maneuver his tricycle out of the closing elevator doors at the ground floor, apparently planning to take him outside. Closed-circuit television showed the girl, her hair in pigtails and  wearing a backpack, throwing the small boy repeatedly onto the floor and kicking him. The 18-month-old later either fell or was thrown from the girl's 25th-floor balcony.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2002
Mark Swed correctly pointed out ("Truly Operatic," June 15) the problems with sight lines in "Turandot," but I can add that this has been a problem in at least three of the four productions of Los Angeles Opera this season. It raises the question of whether the designers, directors and company in general have a general disdain for the balcony-sitters (although it appears that even those in the orchestra section couldn't see around the pillars). There really is no reason for not placing the entire production in full view of the entire audience.
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