February 7, 2000 |
Federal prosecutors have named three additional defendants in a drug-smuggling case that at one point included an Orange County deputy district attorney accused of providing sensitive law enforcement information to the leader of the alleged crime ring. Donovan J. Pantastico, Louis T. Ferreira Jr. and Troy Eugene Lopp are the latest defendants in a case that prosecutors described as an elaborate drug and money-laundering scheme based in Orange County. In June, a federal grand jury indicted 12 alleged members of the drug ring, including Bryan Ray Kazarian, 35, a six-year veteran of the district attorney's office, and John David Ward, 28, who authorities say led the group.
February 15, 1999 |
There's still nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, but the tour last summer featuring the Dead's surviving core came as close as possible, and this document of those shows offers surprisingly guilt-free pleasure. Pianist Bruce Hornsby, two guitarists and a sax player add new personality while honoring the spirit of Jerry Garcia. And--Jerry, forgive us--at times there's more rhythmic drive here than the Dead often mustered.
August 18, 1996 |
The parking lot scene at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre earlier this month had all the sights, sounds and smells of a Grateful Dead concert: sweaty vendors hawking tie-dyed T-shirts, patchouli-scented waifs begging for free tickets, veggie burritos sizzling on a portable gas grill. The only thing missing was the Grateful Dead, the improbable music industry success that called it quits after the Aug. 9, 1995, death of Jerry Garcia, the band's spiritual and musical soul.
August 3, 1996 |
The birthday boy couldn't be there--at least not in the flesh--but they threw a great party for Jerry Garcia at the Ventura County Fairground's Seaside Park on Thursday, the day the Grateful Dead guitarist would have turned 54. This first of two Southern California stops for the Furthur Festival, a concert tour topped by bands featuring former Dead members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, wasn't a recreation of the Dead, musically speaking. But the Deadheads didn't seem to mind.
June 29, 1996 |
Following the Grateful Dead on the band's extensive tours was, according to guitarist Jerry Garcia, one of the last great road adventures a person could have in present-day America. "You can't hop the freights anymore," Garcia said a few years ago. "But you can still chase the Grateful Dead around." For legions of fans, known as Deadheads, that option also came to an end after Garcia's death in August and the subsequent dissolution of the band, which formed in 1965.