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June 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Davies, 77, an audio engineer known for his prowess in restoring old jazz records, died May 25 of cancer at his home in Burnham, England. Davies played trombone, saxophone and other instruments in traditional jazz bands and developed a deep appreciation for early jazz. His most successful band was the Temperance Seven, whose records of the early 1960s were produced by George Martin, the noted producer for the Beatles.
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September 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Heeeerrrrre's Johnny! NBC announced Thursday it is developing a miniseries about late night pioneer Johnny Carson. The project will be based on Bill Zehme's  "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement.  The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show. "  And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like.
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December 24, 1999 | From The Washington Post
John Paton Davies Jr., a Foreign Service officer whose candid appraisal favoring American support for Communist over Nationalist forces in China in the 1940s made him one of the most prominent people purged from the State Department in the Red scare of the 1950s, died Thursday at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 91.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2011
Frank Potenza Jimmy Kimmel's uncle and comic foil Frank Potenza, 77, a former New York City police officer who turned to comedy as "Uncle Frank" on his nephew Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show, died Tuesday. In a statement, ABC's"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show confirmed the death but released no other details. The silver-haired Potenza had spent 20 years as a police officer and 10 more as a private security guard in Las Vegas when Kimmel asked him to join his fledgling show as a security guard and cast member in 2003.
NEWS
March 3, 1993 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Davies is Gov. Pete Wilson's personal attorney, close friend and, in recent days, an especially juicy target for Wilson's political enemies. That's because in addition to being an old friend, he is Wilson's nominee for a seat on the prestigious University of California Board of Regents. Davies must appear today before the powerful Senate Rules Committee for a confirmation hearing. By month's end, the nomination will go to the full Senate, where a taste for battle is already apparent.
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March 4, 1993 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday narrowly approved the appointment of Gov. Pete Wilson's personal attorney to the UC Board of Regents, rejecting opposition that the governor's pick was based on gender, wealth and political connections. A 3-1 vote of the five-member committee sent the appointment of John G. Davies to the full Senate for confirmation, where Senate leader David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys) forecast Davies probably will be approved later in the month.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1996 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Greg Miller covers high technology for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7830 and at greg.miller@latimes.com
The computer industry is littered with companies that go by vague, "concept" names. The Orange County roster, for instance, includes Pinnacle, Platinum and Printrak, Cerplex and Compex, NetSoft and Sunsoft. That is why it was not surprising, although some might say disappointing, that one local company with a rather colorful name--American Turnkey--suddenly decided to start calling itself Optum Software.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Heeeerrrrre's Johnny! NBC announced Thursday it is developing a miniseries about late night pioneer Johnny Carson. The project will be based on Bill Zehme's  "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement.  The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show. "  And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1991 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Newport Beach woman accused of killing her stepdaughter's husband by running him down with her Mercedes-Benz testified Monday that she had no idea she had hit him and only fled in her car because he had smashed her windshield in a fit of anger. "He kept bashing, bashing, bashing," said Betty Young Davies, using her right arm to demonstrate for jurors. "I was terrified. I thought he was going to kill me."
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March 9, 1991 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Friday in the manslaughter trial of a Lido Isle woman accused of running down her stepdaughter's husband with her Mercedes-Benz after the jury announced it could not reach a verdict. After five days of deliberations, the jurors deadlocked 10 to 2 to convict Betty Young Davies, 60, of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run driving in the Dec. 19, 1989, death of James Ward, 31, in front of his home on Congress Street in Costa Mesa. Superior Court Judge James K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
John Davies, a major civic figure in San Diego for decades, particularly in education, urban planning and the revitalization of a once-crumbling downtown, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at his home in downtown San Diego. He was 76. Along with his civic involvement in San Diego, Davies was a member and then chairman of the University of California Board of Regents and also a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation. Davies was a confidant and political ally of Pete Wilson during the latter's tenure as mayor, U.S. senator and California governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
It may have taken 18 months, but the state Public Utilities Commission has finally pulled the plug on a humming backyard electric transformer that a Cerritos man says kept him awake at night. The Southern California Edison Co. has replaced the noisy ground-mounted transformer behind John Davis' house with a quieter, more expensive model ordered by the commission. Replacement of the unit, which converts high-voltage electricity to 110 volts for Davis' home and about 20 neighbors, ended a year-and-a-half-long dispute between him and electric company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2008 | Christine Hanley and Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writers
Seeking to spread the workload after the abrupt departure of two top assistants, acting Orange County Sheriff Jack Anderson on Tuesday temporarily elevated a captain and a civilian to his command staff. Capt. John B. Davis, who was overseeing the department's Central Jail Complex, will be in charge of investigations, filling the vacancy left when Assistant Sheriff Steve Bishop retired last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
John Frederick Davis, 75, a chemical engineer who helped develop the lightweight plastic polypropylene, died Nov. 4 in Edmonds, Wash., of declining health caused by dementia. Born in Wakefield, R.I., Davis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in chemical engineering and took graduate classes at Yale. Davis worked for Shell Oil Co. for 33 years, playing a key role on a team that refined and developed applications for polypropylene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Davies, 77, an audio engineer known for his prowess in restoring old jazz records, died May 25 of cancer at his home in Burnham, England. Davies played trombone, saxophone and other instruments in traditional jazz bands and developed a deep appreciation for early jazz. His most successful band was the Temperance Seven, whose records of the early 1960s were produced by George Martin, the noted producer for the Beatles.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
While "Ordinary Sinner" manages to capture the sense of confusion and uncertainty a young man experiences at a crossroads in his life, it is a slack and preachy business that never comes to grips with its underlying theme of homophobia. It suffers further from the curse of many another awkward first film: an incessant hearts-and-flowers score that ordains every response. Peter (Brendan P.
NEWS
May 26, 1988 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Those little touches in Carolyn Leavens' campaign aren't the work of Carolyn Leavens. The repeated demand for debates with her opponent, incumbent Supervisor Susan K. Lacey? They were the brainstorm of Santa Barbara political consultant John Davies. The wine-and-cheese parties at which she woos influential community leaders? Also Davies' suggestion. The distinctive peach hue of her campaign signs? She discussed it with Davies first.
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October 9, 1990 | BETH ANN KRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You know the '60s are really back when the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi starts talking to the press again. The maharishi, the Indian guru best known for introducing meditation to the West in the '60s through the Beatles and other celebrity followers, has an unusual plan for ending the crisis in the Persian Gulf. And, though he rarely grants media interviews, he wanted to talk about it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Lamont "Rajohn Lord" Davis, the patriarch of a fanatical desert family accused of murdering one child and chaining up two others to shelter them from the outside world, hanged himself with a bedsheet Friday in a jail cell, sheriff's officials said Saturday. San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, who operate the county's jail system, found Davis at 10:15 p.m. Friday night, sheriff's spokeswoman Robin Haynal said.
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December 24, 1999 | From The Washington Post
John Paton Davies Jr., a Foreign Service officer whose candid appraisal favoring American support for Communist over Nationalist forces in China in the 1940s made him one of the most prominent people purged from the State Department in the Red scare of the 1950s, died Thursday at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 91.
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