August 15, 1999 |
Thirty years ago, in a time of national soul-searching as Americans suffered through a bloody war in Asia and assassinations and civil strife at home, Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" unleashed a torrent of guilt over the sins of the country's domestic conquests. A generation later, amid prosperity at home and a pax Americana abroad, introspection about the victims of our own empire building is largely a forsaken endeavor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2009 |
A former Cedars-Sinai Medical Center employee was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty Monday to stealing patient information to defraud insurance firms of $354,000. The hospital had sent letters in December to more than 1,000 patients, warning them that their information had been found during a search of the home of James Allen Wilson, who worked in the billing department from 2003 to 2007.
December 1, 1985 |
Jose (Dreamer) Gonzales was trapped on enemy turf. The Halloween night brawl between two rival Long Beach street gangs had run its brutal course, but Gonzales was stranded when his friends piled into their beat-up cars and screeched away. Frantically trying to escape, Gonzales scampered down an alley. It was a mistake; half a dozen toughs from the rival gang cornered the 20-year-old. They swarmed over him, landing blows with fists, two-by-fours and a shovel.
March 1, 1997 |
Three Hartford police officers were arrested on charges stemming from the videotaped pistol-whipping of a motorist and an alleged cover-up attempt. A camera inside a police cruiser caught 10 seconds of the Feb. 14 beating outside the police station in suburban Bloomfield, which followed a 3-mile chase from adjacent Hartford. The officers said they chased 37-year-old James Wilson because they thought he was a fugitive who had attacked a police officer in a separate incident.
June 12, 1986 |
Janitor-turned-Long Beach Councilman James Wilson, who resigned last month after being sentenced to three years in prison for accepting bribes from fireworks king W. Patrick Moriarty, died today. Wilson, 58, free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction, was taken by rescue squad to St. Mary Medical Center in full arrest from an apparent heart attack.
July 31, 1994 |
In the morning's mail there is a manila envelope with Mark's return address in Berkeley. I heft the parcel: just a few pages. As usual I go through all the other things first--the bills, a weekly solicitation for an environmental cause, a magazine from the college sorority of which I was briefly a member. Skimming this silly publication, habitually tossed in the trash immediately upon receipt, briefly delays the moment I will finally pick up the envelope and open it.