October 2, 1991 |
There's a videotape making the rounds. Copies are scarce, and when I finally tracked one down, it was in the hands of a faculty member at the Annenberg school over at USC. To get it sprung, I had to promise a 24-hour return. But this video was worth the scramble. The footage reveals a salient moment in the recent debate over the now-vetoed gay rights legislation. The sequence was taken from the cameras of Cal-Span, which televises the doings in our state Legislature.
December 31, 1998 |
Just weeks before Democrats were to take control of the state, Republicans on the California Earthquake Authority locked into the $160,000-a-year director's job a former GOP lawmaker vehemently opposed by consumer groups. Former Assemblyman David Knowles, once described by consumer activist Ralph Nader as a lawmaker known for "obeisance to [the] insurance industry," will start work as the agency's executive director on Monday.
February 18, 2000 |
For desperate Manhattan apartment seekers, it shimmers like a mirage, the classified ad a man who calls himself "Jefferson" runs every summer: "Prime location, SoHo sublet. July 1 to Sept. 1. Pristine 1 BR. Hrdwd flrs. Air-con. $400/mo." It's not a mirage, though; it's bait. The apartment is just as good as advertised, but the rent is low for a reason: Applications flood in, and Jefferson can choose his tenant--always an attractive, single woman.
May 20, 2003 |
Korey Stringer's widow will ask an appeals court to reinstate her $100-million lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings now that she has settled with the last defendants. Kelci Stringer reached a deal with the Vikings' training camp physician, David Knowles, and his Mankato Clinic for an undisclosed sum, Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson said Monday. Last month, Larson dismissed all of Stringer's claims against the Vikings and team officials.
April 19, 1996 |
The Assembly on Thursday passed an insurance industry-backed version of a bill to create a $10.6-billion state fund to cover homeowners' earthquake losses. But the vote, the second attempt at approving the bill, was not a victory for the industry but an attempt to advance the bill into a conference committee in order to seek a compromise with a more consumer-friendly version passed by the Senate.
May 19, 1997 |
Rescue crews plucked 142 whale hunters from the Arctic Sea ice off northern Alaska early Sunday after the ice cracked and sent them drifting out to sea. The whalers used marine radios to notify search-and-rescue teams, which launched two helicopters to ferry the group back to town. The rescue took more than seven hours and was complicated by fog. The whalers used hand-held global positioning systems to guide rescuers.