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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1999 | DARRYL FEARS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Sunday, Denise Williams returned to the little beige house in Pomona where a day earlier she had found her 13-year-old daughter lying on a bedroom floor, dead from apparent stab wounds. Williams, fighting back tears, walked up to a police officer at the scene. "Have they found who did this?" she asked. But the officer provided no answers to the slaying of Nicolette Hayes, a mystery that some anxious bystanders quietly compared to the unexplained death of tiny-tot beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
A different set of "Golden Girls" sprints into action this week, as the newest offering by Louise Page ("Salonika") opens Friday on South Coast Repertory's Mainstage. "It's about a British women's track team," said actress Margaret Marx, who plays one of the runners. "They've been running freely, without corporate sponsorship. Then they get the sponsorship-- which doesn't corrupt their integrity, but it does influence it.
NEWS
July 3, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The security guards figured he was just another well-heeled lawyer. He wore a dark suit with suspenders, carried an attache case and towed a large leather bookcase strapped to a dolly. But when his elevator stopped on the 34th floor, Gian Luigi Ferri slung two guns over his shoulders, grabbed a satchel full of ammunition and headed straight for the conference room of the law firm of Pettit & Martin, where he shot four people he had never met, who happened to be there by a fluke.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1989 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
"E ntertainment Tonight" will air its 2,000th show on Friday. Although thumped by critics since it debuted on Sept. 14, 1981, the syndicated program has survived. Entertainment reporters are now as common on TV as weather reporters, in part because of "ET," which has remained television's leading news show devoted solely to the entertainment industry. Last September, at the start of its eighth season, "ET" introduced a new format, with glitzier graphics, strobe-light pacing and two new features--its opening Inside Story and the ET Insider, a gossip-column-style commentary by co-star John Tesh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since then, according to a comprehensive analysis of the death penalty's costs. The examination of state, federal and local expenditures for capital cases, conducted over three years by a senior federal judge and a law professor, estimated that the additional costs of capital trials, enhanced security on death row and legal representation for the condemned adds $184 million to the budget each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Contrary to speculation that actor Corey Haim died of a drug overdose, the Los Angeles County coroner's office announced Tuesday that the former child actor died of pneumonia . Neither illegal nor prescription drugs were a factor in the actor's death, the coroner's office found — a marked contrast to early reports from authorities. The autopsy found that Haim, 38, died of respiratory distress related to pneumonia with the presence of an enlarged heart and narrowing blood vessels.
SPORTS
March 17, 2009 | Associated Press
World Series most valuable player Cole Hamels left training camp Monday and flew to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti. "He's had a little bit of a persistent soreness in his elbow. We do not believe it's serious," Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But at least at this time we thought it was important for Dr. Ciccotti to check him out and see if there's anything more serious than we think it is."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
This is not "The Cosby Show." Bill Moyers, a bespectacled white journalist who resembles a teacher's pet even in middle age, is interviewing young black mothers in a Newark, N.J., ghetto. "Tell me, raise your hand if you're married," he begins. No hands. "Raise your hand if you would like to be married to your baby's father." One hand. The others laugh. "The rest of you don't plan to get married," Moyers continues. "Why don't you plan to get married? I'd like to know that."
BUSINESS
May 23, 2002 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atlanta lawyer R. Neal Batson was nominated Wednesday as special court examiner for Enron Corp., in charge of investigating the complex transactions that led to the company's collapse. U.S. Trustee Carolyn Schwartz, a Justice Department official who monitors bankruptcy proceedings, selected Batson after reviewing "at least two dozen excellent candidates," she said in a statement Wednesday. The nomination must be approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Arthur Gonzalez.
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