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February 21, 2001
Charles Bernard Willock, 86, inventor of a revolutionary home kidney dialysis machine. Willock, with no college training, became chief design engineer for a Portland sawmill manufacturer and invented several useful items. Using spare parts he found in his basement, he created his home dialysis machine in 1964 after hearing about a patient who was forced to sell his home to pay for $30,000 in dialysis treatments. To add to the patient's woes, his wife ran off with the proceeds from the sale.
December 29, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
As chancellor of California State University, Charles B. Reed became a symbol of the problems and the promise of the massive public higher education system. He has received national recognition for his efforts to increase the number of underserved students - low income, minorities, veterans - and for steering the country's largest four-year university system through a period of crippling budget cuts at a time of large enrollment growth. He has been mocked in effigy by students critical of rapidly increasing tuition and slammed by lawmakers for granting executive pay hikes as others in the system were forced to tighten belts.
Charles B. FitzSimons, the longtime executive director of the Producers Guild of America, has died. The brother of actress Maureen O'Hara, FitzSimons died Wednesday of liver failure at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 76. FitzSimons began his 41-year career as the location supervisor for John Ford's "The Quiet Man." But he became best known as executive director of the Producers Guild, a post he held from 1981 until his retirement in 1999.
October 5, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
An immigrant and first-generation college student who rose through the ranks of California's public higher education system was named Thursday to lead the sprawling California State University as it wrestles with critical academic and budget issues. The Board of Trustees announced that Timothy P. White, 63, currently chancellor of UC Riverside, will succeed Charles B. Reed, who is retiring after 14 years at the helm. White will become the seventh chancellor of the nation's largest four-year university system with 23 campuses and 427,000 students.
March 8, 2010
Charles B. Pierce Filmmaker influenced 'Blair Witch' Charles B. Pierce, 71, an independent filmmaker whose inexpensively made documentary-style drama "The Legend of Boggy Creek" influenced the hit film "The Blair Witch Project" decades later, died Fridayat a Dover, Tenn., nursing home of natural causes, his daughter, Amanda Squitiero, said. Pierce was born June 16, 1938, in Hammond, Ind., but grew up in Arkansas and ran an advertising agency in Texarkana. But it was his 1972 low-budget movie that earned him fame.
May 25, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed announced Thursday that he is retiring after 14 years of leading one of the largest public university systems in the nation through a tumultuous period of cutbacks, spiraling tuition and controversy over executive pay. Officials said that Reed, 70, had been contemplating retirement for some time but wanted to oversee the search for new presidents, which is nearly compete, at seven of the...
January 16, 1997
Charles B. Huggins, 95, Nobel Prize winner in medicine for research on prostate and breast cancers. Huggins shared the prize in 1966 with virologist F. Peyton Rous for research on the relationship between hormones and the two types of cancer. Their prize was only the second Nobel awarded for cancer research. Their research paved the way for treating advanced cancers by showing their dependence on chemical signals, ending the belief that cancers were autonomous and self-perpetuating.
March 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Charles Bradley Mulholland III, 65, former president and chief executive of Matson Navigation Co., died Feb. 20 in Oakland from complications of cancer, the company announced. A fourth-generation Californian known as C.B. or Brad, Mulholland was born May 24, 1941, in Los Angeles and grew up in Seal Beach. After graduating from USC in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in economics, he went to work at Matson's Wilmington offices as an assistant booking clerk.
Teacher Luis Lopez was reading "Charlotte's Web" to his students Tuesday when the emergency bell sounded. "Drop!" Lopez ordered the fifth-graders, who immediately crouched under their desks, holding the backs of their necks with one hand and clutching the desk legs with the other. A routine day at Victory Boulevard Elementary School in North Hollywood was interrupted by a scenario involving the aftermath of a 7.8 earthquake.
September 30, 1987 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
Auto magnate Henry Ford II, who for 35 years ran the automobile company founded by his grandfather, managing it from the brink of disaster to the top rank of industrial power, died Tuesday in a Detroit hospital. Ford, 70, who had a history of heart problems, was admitted to Cottage Hospital in suburban Grosse Pointe Farms on Sept. 9 for treatment of pneumonia he contracted while living at his country estate outside London. He was transferred Sept.
September 22, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
California State University will not seek a second tuition increase this academic year even if it suffers a further $100-million cut in state funding, the system's chief executive said Wednesday. Chancellor Charles B. Reed, addressing trustees who were meeting in Long Beach, also rejected adopting a multi-year budget that would incorporate annual tuition increases. Some higher education leaders argue that such a move, though controversial, would provide stability and help campus leaders, students and parents better manage education costs.
December 28, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Charles B. Rangel, whose 40 years in the House have come under a cloud because of an ethics scandal, announced Tuesday he has established a new defense fund to help pay off past legal expenses and to deal with pending and new complaints. Rangel (D-N.Y.) was censured by the House earlier this month for financial and fundraising misconduct and had to stand on the chamber’s floor to listen to Speaker Nancy Pelosi read the censure resolution, which passed 333-79. The new fund, called the Charles B. Rangel Legal Expense Trust, was approved by the House ethics committee, Rangel announced in a prepared statement.
November 16, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
A House panel hearing ethics violation charges against New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel decided Monday to accept the prosecutor's evidence as uncontested after the Harlem Democrat walked out of the proceedings. Rangel's decision not to participate ? after arguing that it was unfair for him to face the charges without legal representation ? short-circuited what was expected to be a weeklong proceeding involving a dozen witnesses. Instead, after briefly considering and then rejecting a motion to delay, the eight-member panel of the House Ethics Committee decided to forgo witnesses and hear only the presentation of Blake Chisam, chief counsel for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
October 8, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Prominent Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Charles B. Rangel will face ethics trials after the November elections, the head of the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday, in what will be rare, back-to-back congressional proceedings. The trial for Waters (D-Los Angeles) will begin Nov. 29. The proceedings for Rangel (D-New York) are scheduled to begin Nov. 15. "After an investigation that has lasted over a year, I am eager to have the opportunity to clear my name," Waters said in a statement Thursday.
September 14, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
It was 7 a.m. a week before the Democratic primary here, and Joyce Johnson already had spent two hours in her chartreuse Volkswagen bug delivering "Joyce Johnson for Congress" leaflets to campaign workers. A passerby peeked in the window and inquired, "Do you know where I can find Joyce Johnson?" "I am Joyce Johnson," she said. Joyce Johnson is not exactly a household name in the 15th Congressional District in northern Manhattan, yet the 62-year-old community activist, who has never won an election, has the unlikely endorsement of the powerful New York Times — and at least a shot at taking down a hero of Harlem and one of the great lions of Congress, Rep. Charles B. Rangel.
August 4, 2010
Republicans are gleeful over the possibility that two prominent Democratic members of Congress, Reps. Charles B. Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, could face high-profile ethics "trials" this fall, just in time for the November elections. The party line was summed up on "Fox News Sunday" by House Minority Leader John A. Boehner: "[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi said four years ago that it was time to drain the swamp…. But the fact is, she has not kept her promise.
October 3, 2007 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Charles B. Griffith, a screenwriter and director best known for writing low-budget Roger Corman movies, including "The Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Wild Angels," has died. He was 77. Griffith died Friday at his home in San Diego, said his cousin, Ron Fellows. The cause of death has not been determined. In a Hollywood screenwriting career that began in the mid-1950s, Griffith wrote more than two dozen films.
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