September 7, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. For Dick Cooksley, the nightmares from that most trying and lethal time of his life still linger: slogging through island jungles in the dreaded Bataan Death March, watching as some of his fellow soldiers and friends were beheaded by their Japanese captors. But Cooksley, now 92 and living in Arizona, survived it all - three long years of enemy captivity in seven different camps. This week, nearly seven decades after his release, the retired Army captain received long overdue recognition of his suffering: the Bronze Star Medal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2012 |
Harry Eisen, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who founded Norco Ranch Inc. in western Riverside County in the 1950s and built it into one of the state's leading egg producers, processors and distributors, has died. He was 95. Eisen died July 19 of complications of lung disease at his home in Beverly Hills, said his daughter, Frances Miller. When Eisen and his Polish-born wife, Hilda, immigrated to Los Angeles in 1948, they had no money and spoke no English. Eisen had managed a sausage factory and three outlets in Warsaw before World War II, but with his lack of English he could only get a job cleaning out meat barrels in a hot-dog factory in Vernon.
March 7, 2012 |
As the Republican presidential candidates savage one another in the GOP nominating contest, advisers to President Obama said Wednesday his campaign is busy laying the groundwork for their fall campaign, registering voters, opening field offices and recruiting volunteers. Next week, they will release a 17-minute documentary about the challenges the nation was facing when Obama took office and the work his administration has done to improve the economy since then. Additionally, Vice President Joe Biden will begin a series of speeches across the nation about the administration's accomplishments.
HOME & GARDEN
May 20, 2011 |
The longtime Bel-Air home of actress Elizabeth Taylor has come on the market at $8.6 million. Owned by Taylor since 1981, the 1960s ranch house with brick motor court sits on 1.27 acres. The 7,000-square-foot home features a wood-beam ceiling and wood-burning fireplace in the living room, which like a sitting room and the dining room, can access the pool terrace. A galley-style kitchen, powder room, a master suite, two other bedrooms, maid's quarters, an office and a bathroom with sauna complete the downstairs.
March 20, 2011 |
Wearing No. 20 patches to honor their slain teammate, Middle Tennessee stayed close in the early going before falling to sixth-seeded Georgia, 56-41, Sunday in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament at Auburn, Ala. Jasmine James scored eight of her 18 points over the final 5 minutes 40 seconds to lead the Bulldogs (22-10) over the 11th-seeded Blue Raiders (23-8), whose teammate Tina Stewart was stabbed to death March 2. "With everything that we have been through, it took a little bit more than pride for us to continue playing, because no one around the country has been through what we have been through," Middle Tennessee guard Kortni Jones said.
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August 24, 2009 |
Nathan Alan Morgan, 25, was found beaten to death and buried under a mound of sand on Venice Beach on the morning of March 10, 2008. More than a year later, police still don't know who killed him or why. Just hours before his battered body was found in the area where the Venice Beach drum circle is performed, Morgan had been treated in Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center's emergency room for an injury to his left elbow. Coroner's records show that he told hospital officials he had hurt himself while "doing gymnastics drunk."