CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2002 |
Bruce Johnston Sr., one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious murderers whose killing rampage became the basis for the movie "At Close Range," has died of natural causes in prison in Graterford, Pa., authorities said. He was 63. Johnston was taken to Mercy Suburban General Hospital on Aug. 5 for complications associated with liver disease. He was returned to the prison and two days later was pronounced dead, officials said.
October 5, 2012 |
It's the last show of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour, at the tail end of our triumphant stand in London, first at Royal Albert Hall and then Wembley Arena, and we're in the final moments of "Fun, Fun, Fun…" Looking at the beaming faces, I'm filled with an enormous sense of pride for my bandmates and our fans. We didn't just show up for this tour like some museum act. We sang well. We played well. We moved people and we touched a lot of hearts. And it was beautiful. That's not easy for any band, let alone one with our history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1999
Re "Board Chooses Reporting Plan for Restaurants," Sept. 22: Well, here we go again, Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Tom Wilson caving in to lobbyists and special interests. Are these elected officials supposed to work for the people or the California Restaurant Assn.? When I travel the counties of California it is very easy to pick a place to dine. If there is an "A" placard I do not hesitate to patronize the restaurant. The supervisors voted to put pass or fail letters in each Orange County restaurant.
March 9, 1986 |
Nice timing: Mass murderer Bruce Johnston has been sentenced for his crimes--just as Orion is readying the movie of his violent exploits, "At Close Range," for an April 11 release. Johnston (Christopher Walken in the film) led a burglary ring operating in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware that included his teen-age son (Sean Penn) and his son's friends. When it appeared that the kiddie gang was about to turn state's evidence against him, he put out contracts on their lives.
April 27, 1986 |
Convicted mass murderer Bruce Johnston Sr., played by Christopher Walken in "At Close Range," is serving six consecutive life terms in a Pittsburgh prison. But he and a friend were acquitted April 18 in Johnston's latest adventure. Johnston, 47, and Jose Lopez, 32, were found not guilty of the burning death of George Arms, 28, whom the prosecution contended was murdered in retaliation for the theft of a TV from Johnston's cell.
May 31, 2012
POP MUSIC Brian Wilson officially quit as a touring member of the Beach Boys in the mid-1960s and has only been on stage periodically with the band since. As for an album together? It's been decades. But this week Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks return for a 50th anniversary tour, which kicked off last month in Arizona. The tour — followed by the release of their new album together, "Why God Made the Radio," on June 5 — is a homecoming of sorts for this quintessential SoCal band.