CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1985 |
A 10-year-old boy testifying in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case said Wednesday that he was forced to drink rabbit blood in the church where he and other children had witnessed animal sacrifices during candle-lit ceremonies. The boy also testified that defendant Raymond Buckey, 26, and two strangers were present at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach when the incident occurred six years ago.
December 4, 1987 |
Family reunions are usually joyous occasions. Not so for Charlie Dieterle, 37, of Boulder, Colo., who for the first time was reunited with his mother--one day after she died. Virginia Meeker, 52, of Greeley, Colo., had spent a year and a half looking for her son Charlie and daughter, Karla Brown, 33, of Tucson. She died of pneumonia three days after meeting Karla. "She was very happy," Karla said. "She couldn't wait for Christmas to get here. She'd already done her Christmas shopping.
March 30, 1986 |
With a burst of light and song in the vast St. Peter's Basilica, Pope John Paul II commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a three-hour ceremony ushering in Easter Sunday. Tens of thousands of pilgrims filled the aisles and pews as the pontiff began the Easter vigil by leading a solemn procession of cardinals and bishops through the darkened basilica amid the sound of Gregorian chants. The Pope blessed and lighted a large, white candle symbolizing "the new fire" of divine grace.
September 24, 2001 |
Thousands of Angelenos received an e-mail Friday, yet another message pertaining to the horrendous events of Sept. 11. It was headed "Just Be Aware" or "Don't Want to Scare You." For something trying not to alarm, it did an appalling job, warning of West Coast terrorist attacks this last weekend while bearing all the marks of an urban legend.
March 21, 1986 |
Fire destroyed Hope Lutheran Church at 6720 Melrose Ave. three years ago, and flames are being used to help rebuild it. Since last Friday, sculptor Todd Vander Pluym II and volunteers have been working with about 160 tons of sand to re-create the old city of Jerusalem on the front patio of the house of worship, which is being reconstructed. Buildings in the two-story sand creation, which is taking roughly a week to complete, will include about 1,000 miniature windows. Beginning at 7 p.m.
October 19, 1997 |
While millions of mourners have sought comfort in Elton John's new version of "Candle in the Wind" since the death of Princess Diana, John himself has turned to a hauntingly optimistic song from another writer. The tune, "Sand and Water," is the title track from an album by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman that deals with the pain surrounding the 1994 cancer death of her husband.
December 13, 2009 |
Red caps have faded toward pink. Sympathy cards have yellow tinges around the edges. The rainbow of stuffed monkeys -- red, blue, beige, brown, purple -- has dulled. The tender loving care has not. We lost Nick Adenhart eight months ago. The baseball season has come and gone, and still fans come to Angel Stadium, to celebrate and to mourn, to smile and to cry, at that special place in front of the ballpark. "That's a new candle," Susan Weiss said the other day. Weiss is the tender loving caretaker.
February 28, 1988 |
Shawn Robbins, psychic, author and mail-order entrepreneur, has turned her big hazel eyes toward Wall Street since the stock market has become so volatile. A shaky market is good for people in her line of work, she says. "For psychics," she says, "the market is boring when it's good, but now is the chance to really shine with psychic abilities. This is a good time to go to a 'reputable psychic.' "Be careful, though. This is not the time to go to Madame Ripoff on the corner with your portfolio.