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September 5, 2009 |
Keith Waterhouse, a British writer, raconteur and wit whose works include the enduringly popular novel "Billy Liar," died in his sleep early Friday at his London home, his family said. He was 80. Waterhouse had his first major success in 1959 with "Billy Liar," the story of a funeral parlor worker who escapes into a world of fantasy. It became a hit 1963 movie starring Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie, and spawned a television series. Waterhouse also helped write some of the best-known British films of the 1960s, including "A Kind of Loving" and "Whistle Down the Wind."
June 3, 1987 |
--Adult peanut butter lovers are coming out of their shells and proclaiming that the food isn't just kids' stuff. The Adults-Only Peanut Butter Lovers Fan Club, organized by peanut growers in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, has grown to nearly 15,000 members in a little more than a year. "It's just been overwhelming," said Marilyn Moore, director of food and consumer services for the Georgia Peanut Commission. "The people writing in are saying, 'Oh, we're so glad you started this.
June 23, 2000 |
Prosecutors on Thursday charged a Dutch truck driver with 58 counts of manslaughter in the deaths of a group of illegal Chinese immigrants who suffocated in his vehicle, police said. Perry Wacker, the first person to be charged in the case, has been held since Sunday, when authorities found the bodies and two survivors in an airtight compartment of the truck.
June 21, 1988 |
--A record-breaking heat wave continued to scorch the nation's midsection, sending temperatures soaring over 100 degrees and adding to the woes of farmers who face the worst drought in more than five decades. But relief is on the way, according to Leonard Crow Dog, a Sioux medicine man who conducted a rain ceremony near Clyde, Ohio. Crow Dog says he has performed 127 such ceremonies without a failure. He predicts that rain will fall on the parched fields of northwest Ohio beginning Thursday.
May 9, 2012 |
Were you among the millions of people who gasped in horror -- and maybe a little glee -- at the story of the scorned dentist who yanked out her ex-lover's teeth in revenge? Turns out the story appears to be a hoax. And among those who fell for it? Yours truly, and the Los Angeles Times. On May 1, I wrote how the story of a vengeful dentist in Poland named Anna Mackowiak was richocheting around the Internet and setting social media channels on fire. On Facebook alone, it was shared thousands upon thousands of times.
November 12, 2013 |
Well, that's awkward: A white supremacist who made headlines worldwide for plotting to take over a town in North Dakota received the results of a DNA test -- and the results say he's 14% black. And this all happened while cameras were rolling. Craig Cobb, 61, who has tried to create a white enclave in tiny Leith, N.D. , submitted a DNA sample to the "Trisha Goddard" talk show and got the results back during a recent taping. The UK's Daily Mail newspaper got a copy of the segment of the show, which is nationally syndicated by NBC, and posted video of the moment Goddard read out the results to Cobb in front of a studio audience.
November 20, 2010 |
Question: While traveling in Britain this past summer, I parked my car in a Scottish parking garage and went to explore a shopping mall. When I returned to my car, I had received a ticket for parking in a designated disability spot, even though my California handicapped parking placard was prominently displayed. Officials told me the placard was either a fake or not valid. I received a fine of about $130. If I didn't pay it, I would be taken to court. I had checked before I left the U.S. and was assured my placard would work.
February 19, 1992 |
To prove to the world that the suspects are not dead and have not disappeared, as some U.S. intelligence sources speculated last week, the Libyan government on Tuesday paraded before invited Western reporters the two men accused by the United States and Britain in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland.
January 6, 2004 |
Ruud Gullit, one of the great names in Dutch soccer history and a former world and European player of the year, Monday was named coach of the Rotterdam club Feyenoord. Gullit, 41, will have to be released by the Royal Netherlands Football Assn. (KNVB) from his position as coach of the Dutch under-19 national team to accept the position, but he expects no difficulty in that regard. "I always wanted to work as coach of Feyenoord," Gullit said. "The club still means something special to me.
September 29, 2002 |
He's already known as a critic of modern architecture, an advocate of organic farming and a fan of hunting with hounds. But Prince Charles, it seems, is also a foe of political correctness and what he calls an "American-style" growth in personal litigation. Charles' office, which confirmed that he has been sharing his opinions with government ministers, says it's part of his royal role. Officially, the government doesn't mind.