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July 21, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN and NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Irvine rehabilitation specialist Janni Smith always believed that the Texas millionaire she claims arranged to have her shot--leaving her paralyzed from the waist down--would one day be captured. After a 14-year wait, her fugitive ex-lover was behind bars. Richard Minns, 64, was arrested Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on suspicion of obtaining several passports with fraudulent information and names.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Out on the edge of the Pacific, on a patio stretching below the swank Ritz-Carlton hotel, the groom smiled nervously. His bride looked radiant, hair encircled with flowers, wedding dress trailing behind as she stepped slowly down the aisle, father at her side. In most ways, the Saturday fete was like any other wedding. Except one. The bride is paralyzed from the chest down. But she was able to stride delicately across the bricks because of the ingenuity of the man she was marrying.
NEWS
July 26, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the decade since gunshots left her paralyzed from the chest down, Janni Smith has gained national recognition. As a wheelchair athlete, she won more than a dozen marathon races and competed in trials for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. And as president of the Irvine-based Petrofsky Centers for Rehabilitation and Research, she has helped develop medical technologies that enable paralyzed muscles to move for exercise as well as for walking and hand movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN and NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Irvine rehabilitation specialist Janni Smith always believed that the Texas millionaire she claims arranged to have her shot--leaving her paralyzed from the waist down--would one day be captured. After a 14-year wait, her fugitive ex-lover was behind bars. Richard Minns, 64, was arrested Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on suspicion of obtaining several passports with fraudulent information and names.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Out at the edge of the Pacific, on a red-paved patio stretching below the swank Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the groom smiled nervously. His bride looked radiant, her hair encircled with flowers, wedding dress trailing behind as she stepped slowly down the aisle, her father at her side. In most ways, the Saturday fete was like any other wedding. Except one. The bride is paralyzed from the chest down. She doesn't have the use of her legs.
NEWS
July 22, 1991 | Dennis McLellan
TRUE CRIME: It's billed as "a shocking true story of how love, obsession and power almost killed Barbra Piotrowski." . . . That would be "Sleeping With the Devil"--Suzanne Finstad's book about the love affair between Texas millionaire Richard Minns and Piotrowski, a former California beauty queen. After the relationship soured, Piotrowski was shot four times by a paid assassin. It left her paralyzed from the chest down. But Minns was never questioned. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990 | HERBERT J. VIDA
Janni Smith of Irvine, who was paralyzed in a gunshot accident 10 years ago, was named Outstanding Young Person of the World in the medical innovation category by the International Jaycees. Earlier this year, she was named one of the Outstanding Persons of the United States by the U.S. Jaycees, which placed her in contention for the international title. The National League of Nurses also honored her with its Heart of Gold Award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1989 | Herbert J. Vida
The sound of waves crashing on the beach or birds chirping might be Curtis Visca doing his thing. "Sometimes when I'm drawing, I make weird sounds," said the first-grade teacher and cartoonist who thinks cartoons are something "silly and simple." It's no wonder a friend gave him the nickname "Wingnut." No matter. Visca often uses his cartooning skills to present an educational concept to his students at Truman-Benedict Elementary School in San Clemente. "I teach kids how to draw, and the cartoons they make help them tap hidden resources," he said.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Out at the edge of the Pacific, on a red-paved patio stretching below the swank Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the groom smiled nervously. His bride looked radiant, her hair encircled with flowers, wedding dress trailing behind as she stepped slowly down the aisle, her father at her side. In most ways, the Saturday fete was like any other wedding. Except one. The bride is paralyzed from the chest down. She doesn't have the use of her legs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Out on the edge of the Pacific, on a patio stretching below the swank Ritz-Carlton hotel, the groom smiled nervously. His bride looked radiant, hair encircled with flowers, wedding dress trailing behind as she stepped slowly down the aisle, father at her side. In most ways, the Saturday fete was like any other wedding. Except one. The bride is paralyzed from the chest down. But she was able to stride delicately across the bricks because of the ingenuity of the man she was marrying.
NEWS
July 26, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the decade since gunshots left her paralyzed from the chest down, Janni Smith has gained national recognition. As a wheelchair athlete, she won more than a dozen marathon races and competed in trials for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. And as president of the Irvine-based Petrofsky Centers for Rehabilitation and Research, she has helped develop medical technologies that enable paralyzed muscles to move for exercise as well as for walking and hand movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1993 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kids today have their Big Wheels, their scooters, their dirt bikes. Only a few have the CooperCar. The go-cart-like toy can zoom forward with the wiggle of a toe, the turn of the head, even the flicker of an eye. It could rival the high-tech store Sharper Image in gadgetry, but it is many times more practical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Terri McHugh took a little walk Saturday morning, trudging a mile in a bit more than three hours. But her painfully slow stroll was as remarkable in its own way as a world-record marathon. McHugh, 28, is paralyzed from the chest down. This Cal State Fullerton student isn't about to let such factors stand in her way. About 7 a.m., McHugh strapped on a pair of clear plastic leg braces and taped a dozen electrodes to her legs.
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