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October 31, 2007 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
What do you say to the man who murdered your sister? Kim Hoynes had 23 years to think about it -- longer than her sister Robin lived. Now in a chilly, wood-paneled courtroom in Torrance, Kim, 47, stood at a lectern and smoothed her dark blue linen skirt suit. William Charles Marshall was just moments away from being sentenced to life without possibility of parole. Kim had been writing notes to herself in the weeks since the jury took only five hours to find Marshall guilty.
April 19, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus sobbed in court Friday as he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. At one point, sheriff's deputies had to calm Brandon Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table. He was convicted in February on four counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting, the first on the campus in decades. Four people were shot and injured. Nearly 50 friends and family members sat behind Spencer as he tried to compose himself and ask the judge for a second chance.
October 22, 2009 | Kenneth Turan
Halloween's fans are legion, so its no wonder that local theaters can't wait until the 31st to celebrate the ghoulish holiday. On Sunday and Monday, the venerable New Beverly will show "Spine Tingler!," an excellent biopic on legendary horror-meister William Castle. And on Saturday, the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale will do more than just screen the 1963 classic "The Haunting," starring Claire Bloom and Julie Harris, at both 2 and 8 p.m. Before each screening, it will present Michael J. Kouri, described as the theater's "resident psychic medium," to talk about the place's haunted history.
February 10, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire on a rival gang member in the first shooting on the USC campus in decades was convicted Monday of four counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors argued that Brandon Spencer, 21, was seeking retaliation for his own gunshot wound -- suffered a year earlier -- when he shot at Geno Hall in October 2012. The shooting escalated from feuding on Twitter with Hall, the City Section high school football player of the year in 2009 . On Halloween night, among a crowd waiting to enter a party, Spencer shot six times in Hall's direction with a black revolver.
October 10, 2009 | David A. Keeps
While the kids go door to door for sweets, some adults might celebrate Halloween with something a little stronger. Whip up a batch of bloody Marys or zombies, and you can deploy the frozen skulls and crossbones of the Bone Chillers ice cube trays, $9.95 each from Z Gallerie -- ideal for bartenders who like to take orders by asking, "What's your poison?" -- David A. Keeps
October 30, 2010
On Halloween, Heritage Square Museum will hold trick or treating for children ages 1 to 12 with a parent. Festivities run from 4 to 7 p.m.
October 21, 2010
Halloween is upon us, which means it's time for the most ridiculously alarmist warnings from doctors, dentists and healthcare specialists about the evils of the holiday. You thought you and your kids were going to have a good time? Forget it. It's all gloom and doom. The second you step out your door or put one piece of candy in your mouth it's over. Got that? Over. Tooth decay, obesity and an airplane hangar full of germs are one Snickers away. Let's start with the news release we got from an orthodontist reminding us that October is National Orthodontic Health Month.
October 27, 2000
While most people will go out of their way to avoid ghoulish characters, others seek them out. For those Angelenos crazy for Halloween, now the second-highest-grossing holiday for retail sales in the nation, here's a sampling of horrifying haunts available this weekend and on Halloween.
January 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire outside a Halloween party at USC in 2012, wounding four people, was retaliating for his being shot by a rival gang member, a prosecutor said Wednesday on the first day of his trial. Brandon Spencer, 21, is charged with four counts of attempted murder in the shooting amid a large crowd of people waiting to enter a Halloween night party at the USC student center's ballroom. Spencer believed a Crips-affiliated gang member had been responsible for shooting him in the stomach, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist.
December 24, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND -- Tis the season to be jolly? Not so much with the Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Though the Clippers will play the Warriors in Oakland on Christmas night, don't expect the teams to be full of good tidings toward each other because in the past year there has been more acrimony than kindness. The teams couldn't even hold chapel service together when the Clippers played host to the Warriors on Halloween Night at Staples Center. Golden State was angry, saying this violated the NBA custom of teams holding chapel service together, calling it a spiteful gesture by Los Angeles.
November 15, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Linthicum
An investigation into how a man burned to death at West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival has confirmed witness statements that he accidentally set himself ablaze while lighting a cigarette, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced. Video from the event shows Gilbert Estrada, 51, engulfed in flames while some festival-goers continued to dance to electronic music and cheer. A department investigation revealed Estrada “attempted to light some type of cigarette and accidentally caught his costume on fire,” according to a statement released Thursday.
November 13, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
College student Leslie Barrett was diagnosed with Bell's palsy in August , but she didn't let the disease that's temporarily paralyzing her face ruin her Halloween. In fact, she used the holiday as a chance to help herself cope. A year after McKayla Maroney stood on the podium at the London Olympics with her now-famous "not impressed" look, Barrett decided to dress as the U.S. gymnast for Halloween. Maroney's facial expression, which she displayed after falling during the vault competition and winning the silver instead of the gold, garnered instant fame after a Tumblr was created in its honor . Even President Obama got in on the joke . After Halloween, Barrett posted a photo of herself alongside Maroney to Maroney's Facebook page , saying someone had pointed out that her face looked like Maroney's unimpressed expression.
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It turns out we can thank Patrick Stewart's wife for the seemingly unending stream of joy that comes from the "X-Men" star's Twitter feed. The actor appeared on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Thursday and Jon couldn't wait to show the photo Patrick posted around Halloween time showing the former "Star Trek" star in a full lobster costume reclining in a bathtub. It turns out the costume was purchased by Patrick's wife, jazz singer Sunny Ozell. And it was definitely presented to him against his wishes.
November 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, there was no gun, no violence, no shots fired, no victims, no angry manifesto -- just a massive police response and a big campus scare at Central Connecticut State University, all prompted by a student's Halloween costume on Monday. Senior David Kyem, 21, the son of a professor at the New Britain school just southwest of Hartford, apologized for the confusion, and said he was wearing his costume because he couldn't fit all of it into his backpack. He was dressed as Snake Eyes from the "G.I.
November 5, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Festival-goers can be seen on a video dancing to electronic music and cheering as a man becomes engulfed in flames during West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival. Gilbert Estrada, 51, later died. The video posted on YouTube shows him lying unresponsive after the fire was extinguished. Detectives say it appears Estrada may have accidentally started the fire while trying to light a cigarette. As Estrada flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others help put out the flames.
November 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Ten sex offenders were arrested for allegedly violating their parole on Halloween, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. In an effort dubbed “Operation Boo,” the Sheriff's Department's Regional Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Halloween night and checked on 358 sex offenders to make sure they were staying away from trick-or-treaters and obeying their curfews,...
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