CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 |
Reporting from Los Angeles and The Angeles National Forest -- Everything that has made the Angeles National Forest wildfire so fierce and intractable -- extreme heat, treacherous terrain, bone-dry conditions left by years of drought -- seems to have converged on the lonely hilltop where Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones died. Hidden in the forest, high above the Antelope Valley to the north and Los Angeles to the south, the hilltop is a hostile place now. By Monday, the flames had reduced the bluffs in every direction to a blackened moonscape, interrupted only by boulders, plumes of smoke and downed power lines draped like bunting from the gnarled limbs of charred trees.
October 28, 1993 |
Loc Thien Ho wrote about his experiences in Vietnam and escape to America as part of a school assignment when he was a junior at Santiago High in Garden Grove. Ho prepared this account with the help of Jesse Cook, a sophomore at Santiago. I was born in Vietnam in 1976. The previous year, on April 30, the North Vietnamese tanks drove into Saigon. Hanoi, the communist capital, quickly imposed a Lenin-Stalinist dictatorship on all of Vietnam. The communist regime began confiscating our property and put my whole family on trial.
May 5, 2002
Roy Williams states ("Placing Courage in Social Context," letter, May 2) that "the bravery of a suicide bomber is no more in doubt than the bravery of a Sept. 11 hero." This is an insult to the truly brave. Suicide is simply an escape--from real or imagined suffering, from responsibility, from self-loathing or from prosecution for one's actions. It's also forbidden by both the Bible and the Koran. As Williams correctly notes, intentional killing of unarmed, noncombatant civilians is "evil" and considered both a crime and unethical throughout much of the world.
December 28, 2008 |
Two frostbitten, emaciated horses were recovering inside a warm barn thanks to volunteers who spent the week before Christmas digging the animals out of snow in the mountains of northeastern British Columbia. Birgit Stutz said the rescuers cheered when they finally finished digging a half-mile escape route through the snow for the animals. The horses had been abandoned by a hunter and faced almost certain death. Over the course of a week, a growing number of residents trudged up the mountain with shovels in hand to dig out the escape pathway through 6-foot-deep snow.
September 10, 2008 |
A San Diego woman who escaped from a Michigan prison more than 30 years ago and remade her life as a suburban mother pleaded guilty to escape after a judge said he would give her probation. Susan LeFevre, 53, was in court for a routine hearing on the escape charge. But that changed after the unexpected offer from Wayne County Circuit Judge Leonard Townsend, defense attorney William Swor said. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. LeFevre must serve at least 5 1/2 years on the drug charge that led to her original sentence before a chance at parole.
July 1, 2005
Re "A Penny Exposes Jail's Weak Points," June 28: When Francisco Puemas used a penny to make his escape from jail you could certainly say that he got his money's worth! Donald J. Crowell Huntington Beach