April 28, 1986 |
A day before the funeral for the Duchess of Windsor, the Daily Mail newspaper today began printing secret love letters of the duke and duchess that it said will put their "romance of the century" into new perspective. "I hide my face but send you all love," the twice-divorced Wallis Warfield Simpson wrote in one letter to King Edward VIII, who would soon abdicate in 1936 for the woman he loved.
December 29, 2010 |
The British media is abuzz with news that a triplet was born 11 years after her twin sisters. It seems that, in the age of frozen embryos, all is possible. The Daily Mail newspaper says experts proclaim the delayed birth to be a "record gap" for babies conceived at the same time via in vitro-fertilization. Twins Bethany and Megan Shepherd were born in Britain in 1998 and their remaining sister, Ryleigh, was born last month. Apparently the Shepherds have more embryos from the same batch on ice, the story says.
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August 5, 2001 |
The Earl of Longford, a politician, passionate social reformer and champion of society's outcasts, has died. He was 95. The earl, Francis Aungier Pakenham, died Friday at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, his family said. Born and brought up a Protestant aristocrat and Conservative, he ended up a Socialist, a Roman Catholic and an Irish Nationalist.
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.
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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."
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.
April 1, 2009 |
After taking in a libel law panel the other night in Beverly Hills, I'm ready to stipulate: Nicolas Cage did not steal a Chihuahua. Britney Spears did not make a sex tape. And Cameron Diaz did not snog (translation later) some MTV producer in the bushes behind Justin Timberlake's back. We can thank the plaintiff-friendly English libel system for clearing Cage and Diaz of those tabloid charges. Spears tried to get similar satisfaction in America's courts.
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.