August 14, 1999 |
A group of black World War II veterans on Friday remembered colleagues lost in an ammunition explosion 55 years ago and urged President Clinton to clear the names of 50 black sailors court-martialed after the tragedy. "We're going to give those men and their survivors the due that they deserve," said John Lawrence, an aide to Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez), who is one of the lawmakers leading the pardon effort. "Mr. President, please hear us," said veteran Yale Lewis of Washington.
April 23, 1999 |
Independent consultants reviewing safety at Tosco Corp.'s Avon oil refinery, where a blast killed four people in February, said in a draft report that worker-supervisor disputes impaired safety at the site. The report, prepared by Arthur D. Little for Contra Costa County Health Services, said an adversarial relationship between workers and their managers had impeded communication at the plant.
March 27, 1999 |
Hundreds of people complaining of breathing problems flooded hospitals after an explosion at a Chevron Corp. refinery spewed black smoke over the area. The Thursday blast at the 97-year-old refinery on the edge of San Francisco Bay prompted Richmond officials to sound sirens, warning residents to stay indoors. An estimated 600 people went to three area hospitals. Some said they were nauseated and had a metallic taste in their mouths or a burning sensation in their throats.
March 26, 1999 |
"I am blind because this is what the Lord wanted me to be," says Robert Routh Jr., one of the survivors of the Port Chicago explosion, which forms a backdrop for "Mutiny," a two-hour NBC teleplay executive-produced by three-time Oscar nominee Morgan Freeman. After the explosion, Routh, who now lives in Los Angeles, lay in his hospital bed, wondering how a young man, blind at 19, would be able to make a living. "Lying in my hospital bed--I confronted the Lord with just that.
March 26, 1999 |
Actor-director Morgan Freeman adds executive producer to his resume with Sunday night's NBC movie "Mutiny," a story of the aftermath and controversy surrounding the largest home-front disaster of World War II. The two-hour historical drama traces the complicated series of events surrounding the July 17, 1944, naval mutiny at Port Chicago, some 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.
February 7, 1999 |
A 3-month-old girl was in critical condition with burns Saturday and dozens were left homeless after the infant's father allegedly disconnected a gas line in their apartment in a suicide attempt, causing a blast heard half a mile away. The 5:15 a.m. explosion forced all 34 residents of the two-story building to evacuate indefinitely. Five people were treated for cuts and bruises, while the baby's mother, Anna Owczsarska, 21, was in good condition with minor burns at Valley Medical Center.