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October 6, 1996 | Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
As a sixth-grader in Dallas, Douglas Wright fulfilled an art class assignment by drawing a baroque and bloody portrait of a decapitated Medusa. "That's really lovely, Douglas," Wright remembers the teacher telling him, "but I don't really think it's appropriate for the bulletin board on parents' night." If the 32-year-old playwright tells the story with the relish of a kid with a peashooter, it's because 20 years later he's pushing the same limits.
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June 22, 2003 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to The Times
Surviving the oppressive regimes of the Nazis and the East German Communists as a man dressed in a black shift and pearls would, in itself, be a singular achievement. But the transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf went one better. She was also a noted antiques collector, a self-proclaimed murderer, a decorated national hero and a spy. The fascinating true story of Von Mahlsdorf is at the heart of "I Am My Own Wife."
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June 22, 2003 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to The Times
Surviving the oppressive regimes of the Nazis and the East German Communists as a man dressed in a black shift and pearls would, in itself, be a singular achievement. But the transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf went one better. She was also a noted antiques collector, a self-proclaimed murderer, a decorated national hero and a spy. The fascinating true story of Von Mahlsdorf is at the heart of "I Am My Own Wife."
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October 6, 1996 | Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
As a sixth-grader in Dallas, Douglas Wright fulfilled an art class assignment by drawing a baroque and bloody portrait of a decapitated Medusa. "That's really lovely, Douglas," Wright remembers the teacher telling him, "but I don't really think it's appropriate for the bulletin board on parents' night." If the 32-year-old playwright tells the story with the relish of a kid with a peashooter, it's because 20 years later he's pushing the same limits.
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May 3, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The five men accused of plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland have been indicted, federal officials announced Thursday. The men also face a new charge -- attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction to destroy property in interstate commerce. The indictment, filed with the court Thursday, was announced by U.S. Atty. Steven Dettelbach. All five men have also been charged with conspiracy and attempted use of an explosive device to destroy property in interstate commerce.
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October 12, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An owner of a Garden Grove house where a swimmer was electrocuted in the pool last year was indicted on a homicide charge Wednesday after authorities alleged he had ignored previous wiring problems. The Orange County Grand Jury charged John Whyte Wright, 58, of Westminster with involuntary manslaughter, which could mean up to four years in state prison if he is convicted in Orange County Superior Court. Wright said Wednesday that he had not known of the electrical problems at the pool.
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February 19, 2000
I am totally in agreement with Brian Lowry regarding "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" ("Women: As They Roar . . . or Choose Richer Over Poorer," Feb. 15). This is just another example of how the tabloids are taking over all forms of entertainment. We've gone backward to the turn of the last century, when freak shows were all the rage. It's a shame that modern-day television executives feel that they have to cater to the lowest common denominator. It's humorous in a twisted way, but how sad do these women's lives have to be for them to be willing to marry a total stranger?
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September 3, 1997 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
No virtuous heroine ever had worse luck running into strangers than Justine, whose horrendous adventures were chronicled with exquisite perversity in the novel by the Marquis de Sade. As adapted and directed by Leon Katz for the stage, "Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue" is now a lugubriously arty, short vault not so much into the wonderfully miscreant mind of Sade as into the agonies of his much-abused heroine, who had remained so much a blank in the book.
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November 21, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Three men who pleaded guilty to participating in a failed plot to bomb an Ohio bridge in April were sentenced Tuesday to federal prison. The case involved a paid confidential informant who provided a dummy bomb and other help to the men as FBI agents listened in on their plans. The plot culminated with a failed detonation attempt on a bridge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the eve of leftist May Day protests in Chicago and elsewhere. In the antigovernment plot outlined by prosecutors, the men had participated in the Occupy movement, but channeled their political frustration into planned violence.
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July 25, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
One of the five defendants in what officials called an anarchist plot to blow up a bridge in Ohio pleaded guilty  Wednesday and agreed to testify against the other defendants, according to a federal official. Anthony Hayne, 35, pleaded guilty to three charges in U.S. District Court, said Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office, in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. In exchange for the guilty plea, Hayne agreed to testify against the others facing a variety of charges in connection with the plan to blow up a bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, south of downtown Cleveland, said Tobin, speaking for the office headed by U.S. Atty.
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May 1, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Five men, including three "self-proclaimed" anarchists, have been arrested in connection with a plot to blow up a bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park south of downtown Cleveland, federal officials said Tuesday. The men were arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy and the attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ohio. All are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Tuesday.
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