February 28, 2014 |
Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose involving a powerful cocktail of drugs, authorities announced Friday. Heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine were found in the actor's system, causing "acute drug intoxication," according to the report from New York's Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Hoffman's body was found Feb. 2 in the bathroom of his New York apartment with a syringe still in his forearm, so confirmation of an overdose wasn't unexpected, though the details shed some further light on the extent of the actor's drug use. Taking heroin with cocaine is known as "speedballing," which also killed stars John Belushi and River Phoenix.
May 21, 1986
Glass salesman Kerry Lynn Brown pleaded innocent to first-degree murder in the slaying of a postal worker. Trial of Brown, 25, held without bail, will begin July 1, U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon said. Brown was arrested April 26 in the death of Dale J. Hooker, 39, who was shot while delivering mail to the Los Angeles home where Brown lived with his parents. A medical examination to determine if Brown were fit for trial was requested by Assistant U.S. Atty.
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November 2, 2003 |
David Katz's day at the Van Nuys courthouse started like any other Friday. The Traffic Court judge spent the morning hearing cases, as he always does. After clearing his calendar a little after 10, he headed toward the parking lot to leave. But as he neared his car, he heard shots. The next few minutes would force change on his routine and thrust him into the media klieg lights-- at least temporarily. A short distance away, a shoving match had quickly escalated.
January 2, 2000 |
With the advent of the second millennium now safely behind us (that is, unless one accepts the more correct dating of the new era from 2001), perhaps the salient fact about the great moment was its insignificance. Not only was there no sign of millennial panic, but the most notable indication of fixation on the transition was not spiritual but carnal: All the world's best restaurants had been booked solid for years for the evening of Dec. 31.
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October 30, 2008 |
Eddie Mendiola thought his troubles were over when a federal judge dismissed the case against him for entering the country illegally. But weeks after the ruling, the Orange County resident remains in custody while the government presses ahead with efforts to deport him. In August, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles did not oppose his attorney's motion to dismiss the case, seemingly clearing the way for Mendiola's release from custody. David A.