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November 24, 2010 | Mark Heisler
Showing I'm as much in the little box we could call Lakerdom, or Clipper Nation, or fans of any team in any town, I didn't set out to do it. I was thinking about Tuesday night's Lakers game against the Bulls, which I was assigned to cover, what it meant, what I could say about it when it struck me. A 2-year-old boy died in Staples Center at a Lakers game not 48 hours before. As storied as the arena has become in its 11 years, nothing that important ever happened there.
October 11, 2009 | George Ducker
The death of a loved one nearly always leaves us bewildered, mumbling self-assuring axioms to fill the void. In Jim Krusoe's new novel, "Erased" (Tin House: 216 pp., $14.95 paper), that void takes on entirely unexpected dimensions: Theodore "Ted" Bellefontaine's dead mother, Helen, appears to have gone neither to heaven nor to hell, but to Cleveland. Helen is not the ideal mother -- not by any means. After leaving 4-year-old Ted in the care of a foster parent following her husband's death, she spends the majority of her life pursuing her own ends.
June 26, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Celebrities and filmmakers are mourning the death of prolific writer, director and journalist Nora Ephron, who passed away Tuesday in New York City. Responsible for hits such as "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally... " and "Julie & Julia," Ephron was known for her wry, insightful and distinctly female work. "Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why," Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson said in a touching joint statement to the Ministry.
December 5, 2010 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Lexington, Va. The meandering path to the cabin where Sally Mann once photographed her young children is through a forest of towering oak, maple and hickory. It's on the Maury River, a mile and a half from the house and studio she designed for herself, and as she walks loudly through a thick layer of leaves and branches, she mentions something about bears. She saw a couple of black bears here just the other day while on horseback. "They're perfectly harmless," she insists, still crunching through the leaves, her dogs barking around her in the fading afternoon light, "but they shake you up a little bit. " The cabin is empty now and her three kids grown, each the subject of ongoing curiosity whenever spotted at one of their mother's openings, art stars by birth.
February 26, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
IOC President Jacques Rogge says the death of a Georgian luger will forever be associated with the Vancouver Games, just as the slaying of Israeli athletes remains a legacy of the Munich Olympics. Rogge says the International Olympic Committee accepts "moral responsibility" but not legal responsibility for the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili . The IOC chief says the training crash death will always cast a shadow over the Vancouver Olympics, but should be taken separately from the overall success of the Games.
August 28, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas -- A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to death in connection with the mass shooting at this central Texas Army post four years ago that killed 13 and wounded more than 30. Hasan, 42, an Army psychiatrist, was convicted last week of 13 counts of premeditated murder and lesser charges in connection with the attack on Nov. 5, 2009. On Wednesday, the same jury of 13 officers, all Hasan's rank or higher, deliberated about two hours before sentencing him to die. The jury president, a colonel and the highest-ranking juror, announced the sentence.
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Chen “Michael” Deng traveled with a group of as many as 30 friends to a sparsely populated area of Pennsylvania for a weekend of what was supposed to be fraternal bonding. It cost him his life, officials say. Deng, 19, a freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan, was with three other pledges of his school's chapter of Pi Delta Psi fraternity at a rented house in Tunkhannock Township in the Poconos, some 75 miles west of New York. There the pledges were hazed, officials said. “He was blindfolded, in the dark, carrying some weight and asked to get from point to point while several of his brothers were striking, tackling, punching and pushing him,”  Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Harry Lewis told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.
March 16, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Babies born in the United States in 2009 have a record life expectancy of about 78 years and 2 months. That's the latest from preliminary figures released Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Life expectancy didn't rise all that much from 2008 -- just two-tenths of a year for men to 75.7 years and one-tenth of a year for women to 80.6 years. The National Vital Statistics Reports also show that white women have the highest life expectancy followed by black females, white males and black males.
October 13, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Eric Sondheimer
The Los Angeles County coroner's office will investigate the death of a 16-year-old football player who collapsed during a high school game last week, a department official said Sunday. The agency will try to determine what caused the death of Dodi Soza, who was playing for Downey High School when he collapsed Thursday during a game at Lynwood High. Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said Soza's young age was the main reason why her office had decided to investigate. Soza, a running back, was playing for his school's junior varsity team when he collapsed on the field, according to KTLA . He died Saturday.
March 23, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
Geraldo Rivera has entered the public discussion about Trayvon Martin's death by blaming the Florida teenager's choice of dress. “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as much as George Zimmerman was,” the Fox News host said Friday on “Fox and Friends.” Martin, 17, was shot and killed Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer.
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