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May 26, 2011 |
A motorcycle officer with the Hawthorne Police Department was killed and a motorcycle officer from the El Segundo Police Department was in "extremely critical condition" after a traffic crash during a funeral procession for another officer Thursday, officials said. The officers were escorting the funeral procession -- for a recently deceased Manhattan Beach officer -- through Torrance about 12:30 p.m., when they were involved in a crash, Torrance Police Sgt. J. Hart said. The Hawthorne officer was thrown from his bike into traffic by the collision and hit by a vehicle traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard near 227th Street, Hart said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2011 |
Manning Marable, an influential historian whose forthcoming biography of Malcolm X could revise perceptions of the slain civil rights leader, has died only days before the book described as his life's work was to be published. He was 60. Marable died Friday of complications of pneumonia at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said his wife, Leith Mullings. She said Marable had suffered for 24 years from sarcoidosis, a disease characterized by inflammation in the lungs or other tissue, and had undergone a double lung transplant in July.
March 3, 2011 |
Ruling in a case that pressed the outer limits of free speech, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that even anti-gay protesters who picketed the funerals of U.S. troops with signs reading, "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," cannot be sued. In an 8-1 decision, the justices upheld an appellate court's decision to strike down a jury verdict against Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Phelps and his family gained national attention ? and stirred deep anger ? for using military funerals as a backdrop to proclaim an anti-gay and anti-military message.
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February 12, 2011 |
An impressively long line of classic lowriders from throughout Southern California and beyond joined the funeral procession that began at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in East Los Angeles and ended at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. On a flatbed truck behind the hearse at the head of the parade Feb. 5 was one of the icons of the lowriding world: "Gypsy Rose," a fuchsia-colored 1964 Chevy Impala whose body is adorned with hand-painted, multihued roses and whose hot-pink interior includes swivel seats in the front and a cocktail bar and two small light fixtures in the back.
October 6, 2010
Time to grow up Re "Free surgeries are a 'blessing,' " Oct. 3 I've read this article more than once and am feeling both satisfaction and sadness. What a wonder and a delight that there are people in this world of such generosity and compassion. And yet, how very, very sad that in a country awash in money, so many of my fellow citizens are reduced to suffering while they wait for medical charity. What on earth are they thinking, those who decry universal healthcare, those who fume that socialized medicine is a bad thing?
March 29, 2010 |
Nine members of an anti-government militia that posted its warrior exercises on the Internet and allegedly plotted to kill police officers were indicted in Detroit Monday on conspiracy and weapons charges. The indictment said that members of Hutaree see law enforcement as the enemy and that they planned to kill a police officer, possibly at a traffic stop, and then attack the funeral procession to kill more officers. U.S. Atty. Barbara McQuade said federal agents moved to arrest the leaders of the group over the weekend because they had discussed carrying out an attack in April.
December 12, 2009 |
Before he went on to his career as a police officer in Washington state, Mark Renninger was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., and on Friday, more than 1,000 people from his hometown gathered to say farewell to the man who was gunned down with three fellow officers last week near Seattle. Residents braved numbingly cold winds outside Liberty High School, where Renninger was a standout strong safety and an A student, to watch the funeral procession. The procession, which lasted most of the day and wound throughout the city, drew family, friends, police officers and people who had never met Renninger but had heard what happened in a coffee shop in Lakeland, Wash.
August 30, 2009 |
Victims of the worst military massacre during Peru's war with Maoist rebels were laid to rest, a quarter-century after the slaughter in Putis, a remote Andean village. The burials culminated a two-day funeral procession through the southeastern state of Ayacucho, the epicenter of Peru's bloody fight with Shining Path guerrillas from 1980 to 2000. Dozens of families in traditional dress and carrying flowers walked 30 miles with 92 white coffins, many containing only partial remains.