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As a Los Angeles high school student in the 1950s, Eddie Isaac impressed classmates as a hustler by hawking flowers from street corners after school. The son of a neighborhood shopkeeper, Isaac later worked the downtown Los Angeles flower markets, operated a flower shop in West Hollywood and eventually bought a small ranch near San Fernando. But riches eluded him until 1979, when Isaac--who by then had changed his name to Edwin M.
June 1, 2003 | Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The three family murders were chillingly similar in detail, a few months and not many miles apart. In each, a deeply religious and financially troubled father killed, or is accused of killing, his wife and children. But there, the similarities seem to end. Sociologists say little is known about familicide, but upstanding people are just as likely to do it as someone with a clouded past.
May 21, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Brad Pitt says "I have very few friends," and the reason for the exclusive inner-circle is because he believes he has an awesome family. "I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven't known life to be any happier. I'm making things. I just haven't known life to be any happier," the "World War Z" actor tells Esquire, whose June/July issue he covers with an effortless bad-boy air. Pitt, 49, plays zombie-fighting family man and ex-U.N. investigator Gerry Lane in the upcoming film, which hits theaters June 21. But he's quite the patriarch in real life as well.
June 19, 2013 | By Brian Vander Brug and Matt Stevens
Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday for the funeral of a father and daughter slain during a gunman's rampage through Santa Monica earlier this month. Friends and family filed into St. Monica Catholic Church behind two caskets - one holding Carlos Franco, the other his daughter Marcela.   During a 13-minute shooting frenzy, authorities say John Zawahri, 23, killed his father, Samir, 55, and older brother, Christopher, 25, at their Santa Monica home before forcing a woman at gunpoint to drive him to Santa Monica College.
January 26, 2001
A man convicted of murdering a 16-year-old boy in Bellflower was sentenced Thursday to 50 years to life in prison. David Johnell Jones, 23, was guilty of first-degree murder and personal discharge of a firearm causing death. Jones was riding in a car driven by his brother when he got out and shot and killed Jonathan Curbelo on Aug. 25, 1999, over a neighborhood dispute. "It's a sad ending to a sad case," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Kraig St. Pierre.
September 10, 1994 | Associated Press
Among those killed in the crash of USAir Flight 427 was a family of five, who were returning from the funeral of a 9-year-old relative in Chicago. "It's hard to believe that no one is coming home next door," neighbor Bruce Brindle said Friday. He had lived next to Earl and Kathleen Weaver and their three children for the last eight years in the comfortable Pittsburgh suburb of Upper St. Clair. "Their children were best friends with our three children," he said.
December 10, 2003 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
When the question came, Freddie Kessee was applying cream to the scar, a burnt circle the size of a quarter on her adopted daughter's chest. "What happened to me?" 3-year-old Alycia Turner quietly asked as she watched Barney on television. That was three weeks ago. Kessee knew the questions would come as Alycia grew older and began to wonder about the scar, about the absence of her mother and cousin and father, about the trips to the cemetery. She had steeled herself for them.
February 10, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
An Oxnard farm worker who drowned in rain-swollen Conejo Creek was mourned by his family Tuesday as a loving, hard-working man. Jose Valdivia, 49, was a husband, a father of five and a grandfather of 15 who rose from field worker to the rank of foreman during his 2 1/2-year tenure with Oxnard-based Skyline Flower Growers and Shippers.
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