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December 15, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
What began as a student's joke about a gun at Diamond Bar High School quickly warped into an ominous warning of a Columbine-style attack -- complete with rumors of a hit list for a Friday pep rally -- spread by text messages, phone calls and the Internet. And Principal Denis Paul's every effort to extinguish the growing rumor fueled it instead. By Friday morning, staff estimated that as many as half of the school's 3,260 students were absent.
November 21, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives were searching Tuesday for three grandchildren of Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-Diamond Bar) who were believed to have been kidnapped by their mother. Detectives were dispatched to the 22000 block of Cello Drive in Diamond Bar late Monday to investigate the suspected abduction of the three boys, Deputy Oscar Butao said. The oldest child, Brian, is 8 and his brothers, Evan and Christian, are 6-year-old twins, Butao said.
May 18, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The overnight delivery packages that arrived with regularity from Asia at the Spanish-style home in suburban Diamond Bar were labeled "toys" and "action figures." But inside, authorities said, crawled rare, endangered tortoises illegally plucked from native habitats across Asia, including India.
April 17, 2007 | Richard Winton and Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writers
Authorities on Monday discovered an eighth huge marijuana-harvesting center in an upscale home in the eastern San Gabriel Valley suburbs, with some officials wondering whether the pot ring is getting more sophisticated. The latest pot house was found amid million-dollar homes on Farben Drive in Diamond Bar, a suburb about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
March 30, 2007 | Tony Barboza and David Pierson, Times Staff Writers
Diamond Bar Mayor Steve Tye never noticed anything unusual about the upscale, three-bedroom suburban home a block from his house. That is until Wednesday, when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies burst in and found the entire house had been converted into a massive indoor marijuana farm, complete with elaborate irrigation system and overhead lights on timers that were hooked up illegally to bypass meter readings.
January 31, 2007 | William Heisel, Times Staff Writer
The FBI is investigating Rep. Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) for a series of land transactions in which he avoided paying capital gains taxes after saying he had been forced to sell under eminent domain in Monrovia and Fontana. The federal investigation was initiated after The Times reported in August that officials in both cities denied that they had acquired Miller's property using eminent domain, which enables governments to buy land for certain purposes even if owners do not want to sell.
December 12, 2006 | William Heisel, Times Staff Writer
With community activists packed into the Monrovia Community Center one winter night in 2000, U.S. Rep. Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) implored City Council members to purchase 165 acres he owned in the foothills and turn the land into a wilderness preserve.
October 21, 2006
IN AN ELECTION YEAR IN WHICH grumpy voters from coast to coast are gunning for the scalps of doddering Republicans, Rep. Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) would seem a vulnerable target.
April 23, 2006 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
A Diamond Bar company headed by former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi could get fees exceeding $1 billion from the VA, much of it on contracts approved and amended while he ran the agency, records show. Principi was president of the medical services company QTC Management Inc. before he joined President Bush's Cabinet in 2001. He ran the VA for four years, then returned to the firm as chairman of the board.
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