CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2010 |
The five day laborers were huddled over some dice and coins they'd tossed on the asphalt of a Home Depot parking lot in Westlake. They were passing the time on a late afternoon, after another fruitless day waiting to be hired. I asked them about another day laborer, Manuel Jamines, who was holding a large knife when he was shot by police just a block away. The shooting led to a near riot and ongoing protests, and I'd come to the neighborhood to get a feel for what was happening.
May 3, 1987 |
Rep. Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.) knows how it feels to be deceived. As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee while the Administration was secretly selling arms to Iran and diverting profits to the Nicaraguan contras , he was assured by key players in the scheme that nothing improper was going on. Hamilton believed them then. Now he knows otherwise. The lesson he learned will loom large in the forthcoming congressional hearings on the Iran-contra scandal.
March 25, 1987 |
The search for a missing Air National Guard fighter jet piloted by Dean Paul Martin, eldest son of entertainer Dean Martin, was suspended at nightfall Tuesday after rescuers in the air and on the ground failed to find a crash site on blustery Mt. San Gorgonio, authorities said. The search, aided by helicopters, observation planes and 18 rescuers on foot, was to resume at daybreak on the rugged southern face of the 11,500-foot, snow-covered mountain, authorities said.
July 2, 1995 |
Reprinted from recently discovered pages of Benjamin Franklin's long-lost personal journal, July, 1776. Near Philadelphia, July 4, 1776: My invention of the Franklin Collapsible Three-Legged Cookery Stove, as portable as any Canoe or the heaviest of Portmanteaus, can this day be pronounced a Success, earned by way of its ideal Utility, as demonstrated before an appreciative gathering at the house of Thos.
January 27, 1985 |
The proposed Library Square project submitted to the City Council last week has stirred a sharp debate among officials. The debate could determine the future shape and texture of downtown Los Angeles for generations to come. The debate is over whether the project--involving the refurbishment and expansion of the landmark Central Library and the construction of three distinctive office towers, a park and a monumental stairway--should be linked by a series of pedestrian bridges.
June 1, 1986 |
Los Angeles Police Officer John Hamilton surveyed the grisly scene: the lifeless body of 15-year-old Matthew Marshall, his mangled Peugeot bicycle and a Volkswagen Rabbit, its windshield smashed, a Coke can lodged in the headlight cavity. Following standard LAPD procedure, the veteran traffic accident investigator diagramed what he saw that March night in 1985 on twisting Roscomare Road near Mulholland Drive in Bel-Air. He also took down the names of three witnesses who arrived after the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1997
Regarding the death of poor Pal, the pug: We have coyotes all over the place here in Agua Dulce. They are sighted daily. Last year our Queensland blue healer was found severely injured. It looked as though she had been scalped. Both ears were hanging below her neck and her skull was visible. Due to the nature of the wound, I was horrified that someone may have done this deliberately to my dog. However, our veterinarian told us that his experience dictated that the injury was the result of a coyote attack and said it was accompanied by puncture wounds around the neck and body.
December 25, 1987 |
Kennedy High has jumped out to a 6-0 start this season, but Coach Yutaka Shimizu--who is often called Shim for simplicity's sake--says the team has not faced any earth-shaking opposition. "The teams we've played haven't given us the kind of competition we'll see in league play," he said. "But we should know how good we are sometime next week." Kennedy plays in the Valley League, which currently has three teams ranked in The Times' Valley Top 10.
February 4, 2013 |
"Drugs had destroyed my body and my mind and my spirit. I could no longer experience happiness or surprise. I couldn't remember the last time I felt spontaneous joy. Why was I even alive?" Josh Hamilton in his autobiography, "Beyond Belief" WESTLAKE, Texas -- It was 2 a.m. when Josh Hamilton, strung out on crack cocaine, his once-robust 6-foot-4, 230-pound body withered to 180 pounds, most of his $3.96-million signing bonus squandered on booze and drugs, staggered up the steps to his grandmother's house in Raleigh, N.C. Homeless, dirty and barely coherent, Hamilton was a few days removed from a suicide attempt -- an overdose of pills -- and in the fourth year of a harrowing drug addiction that caused the former can't-miss prospect to be banned from baseball for three full seasons.
February 15, 1987 |
They way they're playing, UCLA should be investigated. What? They are? The Bruins have been playing under the cloud of a Pacific 10 and NCAA investigation of their basketball program for some time now and it seems to have caused an unexpected reaction from the conference co-leaders. Through it all, the Bruins keep on winning. UCLA completed a difficult 48-hour period Saturday with a 77-65 victory over USC in the Sports Arena.