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May 17, 2006
May 17, 1974: A deadly gun battle broke out after hundreds of officers surrounded a suspected hide-out of the Symbionese Liberation Army in South Los Angeles. Six people inside the house were killed when the building erupted in flames, possibly from tear-gas canisters fired through the windows. In February, the SLA had kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. In the chaotic aftermath of the shootout, some people thought she had been killed.
February 1, 1985 | United Press International
Investigators have uncovered a plot to kidnap one of the five sisters who run Italy's Fendi fashion empire, police sources said Wednesday. The plan came to light over the weekend when police found a piece of paper bearing the names of the five Fendi sisters at a kidnap gang's hide-out in the rugged countryside near Rome. Police raided the cave hide-out Saturday, arresting eight suspected gang members and freeing a rich cattle dealer, Gianni Comper, after 110 days of captivity.
April 8, 1985 | United Press International
A smiling Claus von Bulow strolled by a throng of reporters and into court today to begin his second trial on charges of twice attempting to murder his heiress wife. The Danish-born Von Bulow, 58, arrived at the Providence County Courthouse at 10:20 a.m. "Yes, I am," he said when asked if he is optimistic about the outcome of his second trial on charges that he twice tried to kill his diabetic wife with insulin overdoses to collect $14 million from her estate and marry his New York lover.
August 26, 2008
Re "McCain blunder leaves him looking for political shelter," Aug. 22 Wouldn't you know that Barack Obama is trying to exploit the fact that John McCain and his wife own seven homes? For Obama's information, the father of our country, George Washington -- in large part through his marriage to Martha Custis, a wealthy heiress like Cindy McCain -- owned many thousands of acres of land and may have been the richest man ever to become president. Washington's wealth never prevented him from doing a good job as a leader of the American Revolution or president of the United States.
May 21, 2012 | By David Zucchino and Matt Pearce
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jurors are set to resume deliberations Monday morning over whether John Edwards conspired to violate election laws to cover up an affair during his unsuccessful campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. They have sat through 17 days of oft-lurid testimony about Edwards' dalliance with Rielle Hunter and the baby they had together. Prosecutors say Edwards, 58, illegally solicited $925,000 from 101-year-old heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and the late Fred Baron, a Texas lawyer, to hide the child from Edwards' cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, and prevent his campaign from imploding in scandal.
May 10, 1992 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Young males in contemporary novels seem to be perennially coming of age without ever arriving at it--as if adolescence were a burden they had to push along throughout their lives, like Sisyphus' rock. "Ripples" centers on the naive Brenton Heathersfield, who comes to Ocean City with his old prep school buddy, Christian, for one last summer of fun before entering college.
November 10, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
Guests at the White House dinner given by President and Mrs. Reagan on Saturday night in honor of Prince Charles and Princess Diana: Oliver Wright, British ambassador to the United States, and Lady Wright. John Riddell, the prince's private secretary. Michael Shea, the Royal Family's press secretary. David Roycroft, assistant private secretary to the prince. Anne Beckwith-Smith, lady-in-waiting to the princess. Lt. Cmdr. Peter Eberle, personal attendant to the prince.
If "Sunset Boulevard" had an opium-induced sequel, "Tarantula" would be it. Imagine Norma Desmond as a dime-store heiress, hiding in an island estate to write her memoirs after spending decades in an asylum. The demented heiress and B-movie star has snared two stud hustlers in her moneyed web. But there's an obstacle to the autobiography's completion: Opium addiction has eroded her brain. Now imagine Norma Desmond as portrayed by Tina Preston, one of L.A.
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