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June 27, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
A legally blind and deaf graduate student was killed in an alleged attack by four men who apparently picked him up hitchhiking, authorities said Sunday. Ernie King, a 38-year-old father of two, died Friday night at Santa Cruz Community Hospital after suffering multiple skull fractures. He was pushed or fell from a pickup truck, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies said.
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March 14, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Gallaudet University's board of trustees Sunday chose I. King Jordan to be the first deaf president in the 124-year history of the school for the hearing impaired, and announced that board Chairwoman Jane Bassett Spilman has resigned. Jordan, dean of the school's college of arts and sciences, was chosen to replace Elisabeth Ann Zinser, a hearing woman, who resigned early Friday after protests from students seeking a deaf leader had virtually paralyzed Gallaudet's campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1994 | THOM MROZEK
Concluding an unusual and complicated case, a hearing-impaired judge on Thursday convicted a deaf man of second-degree murder in the shooting of another deaf man during an apparent gang-related dispute. Stalling what promised to be a lengthy trial with a host of sign language interpreters, Val Lamar Smith, 23, of South-Central Los Angeles agreed Tuesday to waive his right to a trial and let a judge decide his fate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The planning of a new school on Bloomfield Street for students who are deaf and hard of hearing is underway. The School of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is being forced out of its current location at San Marino Elementary School in Buena Park because of class-size reductions, ending its 30-year tenure in the Centralia Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1993 | ED BOND
Burbank police have set up a special phone line that will allow hearing-impaired callers to communicate directly with dispatchers using a keyboard and a small computer screen. "When you're talking about an emergency situation, a couple of minutes will make a difference," said Judie Sarquiz, who trained Burbank police dispatchers to use the telecommunications device for the deaf, known as a TDD. The program was set up to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
NEWS
November 8, 1997 | From Reuters
A deaf Mexican admitted Friday that he was an "enforcer" for the group that smuggled other deaf Mexicans into the United States, where they were forced to sell trinkets and turn over their earnings. Ivan Gomez Sanchez, 23, pleaded guilty to the most serious charge in a multi-count indictment before Brooklyn Federal Magistrate Roanne Mann.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1998
A public interest law firm filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against Los Angeles County, claiming that the probation department discriminates against deaf youths by denying them the same programs and opportunities for rehabilitation as the other inmates in juvenile facilities. The Center for Law in the Public Interest alleges in its lawsuit that the county has failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
The courtroom for the Ronald James Blaney Jr. murder trial in Santa Ana will be filled with sign language when testimony begins this week. One interpreter will help Blaney, deaf since birth, understand what is said in court. One is a backup. A third will help Blaney and his lawyer talk to each other. The spectators, most of them deaf or partially deaf, will communicate by sign too. But it is not the need for signers that makes deafness a predominant factor at Blaney's trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999
A federal education official has been selected to head the National Center on Deafness at Cal State Northridge, succeeding Herb Larson, who is retiring after a 42-year career in education of the deaf. CSUN officials said they hired Merri C. Pearson, who supervised more than $61 million in federal grants as a program officer at the U.S. Department of Education and taught at Gallaudet University, the nation's oldest university for the deaf. A formal announcement is expected today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A young deaf man with a history of psychological problems was convicted Tuesday of murder with torture in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend and of the murder of her mother at their Santa Ana home two years ago. The jurors, who had deliberated five days at the four-month trial in Santa Ana, must now decide whether 32-year-old Ronald James Blaney Jr. of Fountain Valley was sane at the time of the killings. A hearing is scheduled to begin before Superior Court Judge Leonard H.
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