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November 21, 1993 | Associated Press
Floodwaters pushed down the White River Friday in southwestern Indiana, forcing people from their homes and sparking frantic sandbagging efforts. The river was running 9 to 12 feet above flood stage in some areas. Residents of Dodge City and Smithville were urged to evacuate. "We're told the river will reach 26 feet by Monday morning," Petersburg Mayor Randy Harris said. "That's about a half foot higher than in May, 1990, when we lost our water supply."
July 20, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Arvo Ojala, a legendary Hollywood quick-draw expert and gun coach who appeared as the anonymous bad guy who loses the gun duel with James Arness' Marshal Matt Dillon in the opening of the long-running weekly TV series "Gunsmoke," has died. He was 85. Ojala died of natural causes July 1 at his home in Gresham, Ore., his family said.
January 11, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
George Walsh, who became known as the voice of "Gunsmoke" after he introduced the western series on CBS radio for nearly a decade then followed the show to television as its announcer, has died. He was 88. Walsh, an announcer and a newscaster at KNX-AM (1070) from 1952 to 1986, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 5 at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, said his daughter, Fran.
March 4, 1987 | Associated Press
The National Weather Service today suspended warning tests by its local offices until officials can correct a computer problem that has resulted in several false warnings. The action came hours after a false tornado warning was issued in Dodge City, Kan., and only a few days after similar problems on Long Island, New York, and in Washington, Chicago and Brownsville, Tex.
December 5, 2005 | From the Associated Press
Kansas State has hired Virginia offensive coordinator Ron Prince to replace Bill Snyder as head coach, Athletic Director Tim Weiser said Sunday. Weiser said the school would formally announce the hiring today. The 36-year-old Prince, raised about 20 miles from Manhattan, Kan., in Junction City, will become only the fourth black head football coach in Division I-A, joining UCLA's Karl Dorrell, Washington's Tyrone Willingham and Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom.
May 21, 1989 | Elliott Almond \f7
In 1966, John Griggs robbed a man of LSD at gunpoint, according to a former friend's testimony before a grand jury. The act dramatically changed Griggs' life. A week later, Glen Lynd testified in 1973 before the Orange County Grand Jury, Griggs experimented with the LSD, "threw away his gun and was running around hollering, 'This is it.' That's how it all began." Lynd in 1973 was describing the origins of the Laguna Beach-based Brotherhood of Eternal Love, which by then was alleged to be an international drug ring.
May 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The wild West Side of Manhattan became Dodge City for a pair of horses turned loose in traffic when a truck collided with a 120-year-old stagecoach. The hit-and-run collision occurred as the Wells Fargo stagecoach headed to a promotional appearance in Union Square. The collision sent the coach's driver flying and flipped the coach on its side. Princess and Hero, the horses pulling the coach, escaped without injury, but continued on through traffic, police said.
August 17, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Actress Amanda Blake, the earthy Miss Kitty who ran the Longbranch Saloon on the long-running television series "Gunsmoke," died of oral and throat cancer in Sacramento's Mercy Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said late Wednesday. Blake, 58, underwent surgery for oral cancer in 1977 and afterward made appearances throughout the country on behalf of the American Cancer Society. She was once a two-pack-a-day smoker.
Jay Allen, a book publicist who enhanced the careers of such writers as Jacqueline Susann, Gore Vidal and Joseph Wambaugh, has died. He was 79. Allen, sometimes called "book publishing's Johnny Appleseed of the West," died Wednesday night of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Allen really wrote the blueprint for book plugging and promotion in this [Los Angeles] market," radio host Michael Jackson wrote for The Times when Allen retired more than 15 years ago.
June 4, 2011 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
James Arness, the towering actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon, the strong and commanding symbol of frontier justice on the landmark TV western series "Gunsmoke," died Friday. He was 88. Arness died of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, said family spokeswoman Ginny Fazer. "Gunsmoke" debuted Sept. 10, 1955, on CBS and, with the start of "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" on ABC four days earlier, a new era in television horse operas was launched: the adult western.
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