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October 6, 1994 |
A federal appeals court Wednesday agreed to consider whether to overturn the death penalty for "Freeway Killer" William Bonin, who was convicted of killing 14 boys and young men. If he loses the appeal and final reviews by the U.S. Supreme Court, Bonin could be the next person executed in California. Several other federal appeals have failed for Bonin, who is on Death Row in San Quentin. On Wednesday, the U.S.
August 3, 2002 |
The nine Pennsylvania coal miners rescued Saturday after three days underground have sold the TV-movie and book rights to their story to divisions of Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 apiece, according to the Pittsburgh attorney representing the men. Thomas Crawford, who specializes in criminal tax and labor law, said the deal includes a movie for Disney's ABC network and a book that will be published by the Burbank company's book arm, Hyperion Publishing. An ABC spokesman declined to comment Friday.
September 9, 1993 |
It was a daily ritual. Lonnie Dutton washed down sedatives with homemade beer and then beat and kicked his four young children with steel-toed boots in a slovenly central Oklahoma mobile home hidden behind oak and wild plum trees. There, he once forced his two oldest boys to throw darts at their little sister and mother, bellowing: "By God, you throw 'em hard!" relatives recalled. When his wife cried out, he poured jalapeno juice in her eyes, yelling: "I'll give you something to cry about!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2003 |
The Rev. Harold H. Wilke, an armless United Church of Christ minister whose early advocacy for people with disabilities helped set the stage for a movement that ultimately won basic protections for them in areas ranging from employment to transportation, has died. He was 88. A resident of Claremont, Wilke died of heart failure Tuesday at Pomona Valley Hospital after a period of declining health.
December 3, 2008 |
When bestselling author Robert Jordan died last year from a rare blood disease, fans of his popular series, "The Wheel of Time," braced themselves for the possibility that his 12-book fantasy world would end one volume shy of completion. Before his death, Jordan, whose real name was James Rigney Jr., signed over the book rights to his wife, Harriet, and requested that she find a capable author to finish the series for his fans.
February 28, 2001 |
Random House Inc. has asked a federal judge to bar a publisher of electronic books from copying works of William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robert Parker and selling them over the Internet. Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, the world's third largest media company, says rival RosettaBooks LLC has cherry-picked eight important titles, including "Sophie's Choice" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," copied them in digital format, and begun selling them online.
October 18, 2003 |
A jury of 12 people was seated Friday for the murder trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad. Opening statements in the trial of the 42-year-old Army veteran are expected to begin Monday. The jury, with three alternates, includes some members with ties to the military -- an expected mix in a community with large Navy installations. The 10 women and five men, 13 whites and two blacks were culled from a pool of 123.
December 19, 1992 |
Police have begun randomly searching school buses for drugs, pulling youths off the vehicles on the way to or from school and boarding the buses with drug-sniffing dogs. The school district policy, billed as an effort to discourage students from bringing illegal substances onto school grounds, has been carried out three times since Oct. 30, most recently Wednesday afternoon at Portola Middle School.