December 10, 2013 |
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
May 2, 2011 |
They celebrated in New York, they celebrated in front of the White House, they celebrated in Lawrence, Kan., and in towns and cities across America. And they celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden in a place that didn’t exist when the 9/11 attacks took place -- Facebook. Dozens of “Osama bin Laden is Dead” Facebook pages sprung up Sunday evening, giving that social network's denizens an opportunity to celebrate, vent or -- the Internet being what it is -- posit conspiracy theories that refuted the notion that Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan (or that he had even existed in the first place)
February 14, 2014 |
Jim Fregosi, 71, who was a star shortstop for the Angels from 1961 to 1971 and managed them to their first division title in 1979, died Friday in Miami after suffering an apparent stroke earlier this week, the Angels announced. “The Angels organization joins the rest of the Major League Baseball community in mourning the loss today of Jim Fregosi," the Angels said in a statement. "His contributions and passion for the Angels, both as a player and manager, have served as the standard for others within our organization through the years. "Jim was one of Mr. Autry's all-time favorite players, and a man who remained in the hearts and memories of long-time Angel fans.
January 2, 2013 |
Justin Bieber on Wednesday sent "thoughts and prayers" to the family of a 29-year-old paparazzo killed Tuesday while he was shadowing the pop star's Ferrari, trying to obtain pictures during a traffic stop. "While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement obtained by L.A. Now . "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves.
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February 16, 2014 |
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man in Palmdale early Sunday. About 4:30 a.m., deputies responded to 57th Street East and East Avenue S in Palmdale where an adult male was found dead, according to the Sheriff's Department. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim No additional details were available. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323)
January 17, 2013 |
Saturday is Gun Appreciation Day, an occasion to feel good about a consumer product that is guaranteed to play a role in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans this year. That's not hyperbole. Roughly 30,000 people have been killed annually by guns in this country since 1979, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are available, the body count was 31,672. That places guns in unique company as a legal, over-the-counter product that, in the hands of some users, will kill people.
September 14, 2009 |
Foul play is not suspected in the death of indicted financier Danny Pang of Newport Beach, the Orange County coroner's office said Sunday. But no cause of death was given after an autopsy on Pang, 42, who had been charged with a series of frauds, including bilking millions from investors. The cause will not be given until the completion of toxicology tests, said Deputy Mitchell Sigal of the coroner's office. "That could take two to three months," he said. Paramedics arrived at Pang's home Friday afternoon and found him not breathing, police said.
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May 26, 2013 |
A 62-year-old skydiver was killed Saturday after he became entangled in a parachute and plummeted into a Lake Elsinore backyard, authorities said. Ken Oka, of Mira Loma, was performing a maneuver with a group of skydivers shortly after 3 p.m. when he got ensnared in the chute and couldn't free himself, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Oka landed in the 19000 block of Sweetwood Lane and was pronounced dead at a hospital, the department said. A sheriff's investigation is underway.
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September 15, 2013 |
A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in Hollywood early Sunday morning, police said. Los Angeles police received a call at 2:30 a.m. reporting a fight at Hollywood Boulevard and Whitley Avenue , said Officer Cleon Joseph. When officers arrived, they found a man with stab wounds. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, Joseph said. No description of the suspect was given. The motive is unknown. ALSO: Mother of two children found dead in hotel identified, arrested South Bay power outage leaves 115,000 homes without electricity 37 Hawthorne families displaced as workers try to cap methane leak Twitter: LATangel firstname.lastname@example.org
August 30, 2012
Re "Judge rules for Israel in U.S. activist's death," Aug. 29 Rachel Corrie's death in Gaza beneath an Israeli bulldozer was indeed tragic, but we shouldn't blame the victim. Or the bulldozer operator. Or the Israeli judicial system. The real culprit in this tragedy is the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian group that sends young activists into a dangerous military zone to place their bodies in front of condemned Palestinian homes. The rationale is the belief that somehow a Westerner's life is more valuable than an Arab's.