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June 20, 1995 | SHAV GLICK
Charles Barkley once wrote his autobiography and then complained that he was misquoted. Tennis star Mary Pierce might have gone one better. After writing her autobiography, instead of taking it on the traditional book tour, Pierce has appealed to a French judge to ban its publication. With a decision still pending, "Mary Pierce: My Life On Court, Off Court" quietly made its way into French bookstores this month.
June 24, 1986
Tom Herr, who went 5 for 5, singled home the winning run with the bases loaded in the 11th inning Monday night at St. Louis as the Cardinals rapped out 15 hits in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Herr, who had a double and four singles, drove in both of the Cardinals' runs as St. Louis won its fourth straight game, matching its season high. Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, and the Cardinals tied it in the fifth.
January 17, 1986 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Thursday postponed until July 15 the trial of Orange County Municipal Judge Bobby Youngblood's $10-million civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Brad Gates. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr., sitting in Los Angeles, also said he would consider motions filed by Gates' attorneys to dismiss the 3-year-old case, which alleges that Gates spied on and harassed Youngblood and two of his friends.
April 6, 1990 | Leslie Berkman / Times staff writer
Wright Medical Inc., a fledgling company in San Clemente, is filling its first order for its most promising invention--a multifocal lens that can be implanted in the eye. The lens is supposed to eliminate the need for patients to wear glasses after cataract surgery. Gene Currie, the company's vice president of manufacturing, said the first shipment of 500 lenses is headed to a distributor in France. The interocular lens is not yet approved for sale in the United States.
October 18, 1986 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Mission Viejo High School ran and held, passed and clipped its way to a 40-0 South Coast League victory over Irvine Friday night at Irvine. The Diablos (1-0, 3-3) were penalized 11 times for 85 yards. The mind shudders to think of the possibilities had Mission Viejo avoided those mistakes. "It's been a problem for us all year, it's not just tonight," Mission Viejo Coach Bill Crowe said. "Holding and those other things. They drive you crazy."
April 23, 1987
Rancho Santiago College instructors and officials are outraged to learn that secret tape recordings of a classroom lecture by an instructor critical of Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates turned up in the sheriff's intelligence files. It's a justifiable reaction. The 1981 taping of a lecture by George Wright, who teaches police administration, poses the chilling possibility of police intrusion into the classroom where academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas should flourish.
August 17, 1986
I recently attended an Orange County Board of Supervisors' budget hearing where Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. James Enright, Sheriff Brad Gates and Supervisor Bruce Nestande expressed concern about the proliferation of drugs in the county and the crime and corruption that usually accompanies those drugs. Now we have President Reagan officially launching his war on drugs. It seems that politicians are finally realizing that merely going after the producers and distributors of something is not always, if ever, the most effective route.
Fullerton City Councilman Don Bankhead, who is challenging Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates in the June election, kicked off his campaign Thursday by promising to "bring integrity back" to the county's highest law enforcement post. In a brief speech to about 75 people, the retired Fullerton police captain capitalized on civil rights lawsuits filed against Gates and said that, if elected, he would establish an ethics unit and make such lawsuits unnecessary.
A man who shot at a Los Angeles police officer outside a Pacoima house Sunday morning was killed when the officer returned fire, police said. Officer George Wright, an 18-year veteran, fired eight shots at a 29-year-old man hiding behind a fence after the man fired three times at Wright and his partner, said Lt. William Hall, head of the Los Angeles Police Department's officer involved shooting unit.
June 21, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates of claims that he lied under oath in denying that his staff spied on one of his political rivals. The investigation was conducted by the department's Office of Public Integrity, which is responsible for looking into suspected law violations by federal, state and local public officials. "We failed to find a violation of any federal criminal law," John Russell, a Justice Department spokesman, said Monday in Washington.
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