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November 7, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John H. Davis, the first "tough kid" to join Our Gang when those cherished films began in the early 1920s but who soon abandoned films for what was to become a distinguished medical career, has died. The Los Angeles native, who was groomed for pictures by Harold Lloyd, the famous comedian who was to become Davis' brother-in-law, was 78 when he died Tuesday of respiratory failure at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica where he had been on the staff.
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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.
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BUSINESS
June 7, 1994 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometimes in Hollywood, the son also rises. Having carved out a role in the past 18 months as one of Hollywood's most active movie producers, John Davis, son of billionaire Marvin Davis, this week becomes the latest entertainment figure to plunge into the much-touted interactive business. Davis and his partners are launching Catapult Entertainment Inc., which by November is expected to begin selling a modem linking video game players by telephone lines.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1987
Unlike Superman Chuck Norris, I personally have nothing against Oliver Stone's "Platoon," per se. Its depiction of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia is accurate, disturbing, horrifying and, above all, honest. However, did any moviegoer notice throughout this film that about 40%-50% of its dialogue was just about indecipherable? JOHN DAVIS Rowland Heights
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December 31, 1990 | MARC FISHER, THE WASHINGTON POST
"And now the Moment of Truth!" says Frank Farian, creator of Milli Vanilli, inventor of Rob and Fab, the pretty faces who--can you believe it!--people actually thought were singing. Farian, the German producer who blew the whistle last month on his own fraud, swivels around from his 84-track mixing console, the Pontiac-size machine on which Milli Vanilli was really made, and furnishes the promised honest-to-God truth. It's a record album.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mother accused of torturing two of her sons and contributing to the death of another one has changed her plea of innocent to innocent by reason of insanity. Carrie Lee Davis, 42, amended her plea Friday in a Joshua Tree courtroom. Davis' two children, now ages 13 and 18, have told police they were chained up in their home and held captive by their mother, their father, John Davis, 53, and Faye Potts, 47. The boys said they endured years of beatings and were underfed.
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September 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A mother accused of torturing two of her sons and contributing to the death of another has changed her plea of innocent to innocent by reason of insanity. Carrie Lee Davis, 42, amended her plea last week in a Joshua Tree courtroom. Davis' two children, now ages 13 and 18, have told police they were chained up in their home and held captive by their mother, their father, John Davis, 53, and Faye Potts, 47. The boys said they endured years of beatings and were also underfed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A mother accused of torturing two of her sons and contributing to the death of another has changed her plea of innocent to innocent by reason of insanity. Carrie Lee Davis, 42, amended her plea last week in a Joshua Tree courtroom. Davis' two children, now ages 13 and 18, have told police they were chained up in their home and held captive by their mother, their father, John Davis, 53, and Faye Potts, 47. The boys said they endured years of beatings and were also underfed.
NEWS
March 18, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the jailhouse suicide of a man suspected of murdering one son and chaining two others in a bedroom, prosecutors vow to forge ahead with the charges against two women, one now a widow, who lived with the man in a camouflaged desert compound near Twentynine Palms. John "Rajohn Lord" Davis, 53, hanged himself March 9 with a bedsheet in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Morongo Basin substation jail. An investigation into his death continues, sheriff's officials said Friday.
NEWS
September 23, 1987
Poland and the United States will soon exchange ambassadors, marking a return to full diplomatic relations after more than four years, spokesman Jerzy Urban said in Warsaw. He did not specify a date. The United States scaled down its Warsaw representation to the charge d'affaires level in early 1983 as one of a series of measures in retaliation for the suppression of the Solidarity trade union under martial law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mother accused of torturing two of her sons and contributing to the death of another one has changed her plea of innocent to innocent by reason of insanity. Carrie Lee Davis, 42, amended her plea Friday in a Joshua Tree courtroom. Davis' two children, now ages 13 and 18, have told police they were chained up in their home and held captive by their mother, their father, John Davis, 53, and Faye Potts, 47. The boys said they endured years of beatings and were underfed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two psychologists found that a man accused of killing one child and chaining others to shield them from society was legally sane, though he periodically believed he was Jesus and was at times unwilling to speak to his attorney, insisting that God would "make it right." The psychologists, whose reports were unsealed Friday by a judge, also said John Davis experienced auditory and visual hallucinations and attempted suicide shortly after his arrest.
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