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October 20, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
John Thomas Shutters, a Newbury Park business that started in the founder's garage and now has 43 employees, has been named a 1992 Business of the Year by the Southern California Assn. of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The company's founder, John Thomas, worked part time at a shutter-making concern while attending law school. After becoming a lawyer, he decided to give up his profession and start his own shutter company.
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April 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Officials are looking into an electronic sign near USC apparently hacked to display inappropriate messages about the Los Angeles Police Department, a university official said Thursday. Various pictures of the sign surfaced on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday morning, showing the crude message, which included references to the Police Department, a posterior and "probing. " John Thomas, chief of USC's Department of Public Safety, confirmed the sign had been hacked but noted it was not on campus.
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January 11, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
John Thomas, a prominent Los Angeles lightweight boxer who fought 61 matches and then became a referee for more than two decades, has died. Thomas succumbed to prostate cancer on Jan. 4 at a hospice in Los Angeles. He was 83. In an eight-year career that began in 1940, Thomas' biggest victory was a 1944 unanimous decision over Henry Armstrong, a champion in three weight classes and considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters of all time.
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April 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
An electronic sign near USC whose display was changed to flash inappropriate messages about the  Los Angeles Police Department  was unlocked and the message altered using a control panel, the USC police chief said Thursday. Various pictures of the sign surfaced on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday morning, showing the crude message, which included references to the Police Department, a posterior and "probing. " John Thomas, chief of USC's Department of Public Safety, said the department considered it a "prank" and won't be wasting resources looking for the culprits.
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April 7, 2002 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even among the bohemians of Venice, John Thomas stood out. He was 6 feet 4, weighed 300 pounds and spoke in a rolling, resonant baritone that left no one behind. But, more than that, he was a poet--"the best unread poet in America," according to Charles Bukowski, the infamous bard of lowlife Los Angeles who knew Thomas for 30 years.
SPORTS
August 27, 1987 | Jim Murray
No one ever threw a left jab any better than John Thomas. Not Willie Pep, not Jim Corbett--who practically invented the punch--not Gene Tunney, Jack Johnson or any fighter in the ring today, including Sugar Ray Leonard. There used to be a fighter named Young Griffo who, it was said, could stand in one place and defy you to hit him. John Thomas never stood in one place but he was as hard to hit as the Pick Six. First, you had to find him. He was as smooth as a dance act.
NEWS
February 21, 1993
It pains me to draw attention to the fact that something was lost in the putting together of John Glionna's article on John Thomas' poetry class at Chino prison ("Freedom by Expression," Jan. 14). Eddie Garza's poem, "Billy's Addiction," is printed with the article, and a line from his poem "For Jack Abbot: Life Without Parole" is in the body of the article. The clear impression is that Garza is an inmate of Chino's medium or minimum security unit and a member of John Thomas' poetry class.
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April 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Officials are looking into an electronic sign near USC apparently hacked to display inappropriate messages about the Los Angeles Police Department, a university official said Thursday. Various pictures of the sign surfaced on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday morning, showing the crude message, which included references to the Police Department, a posterior and "probing. " John Thomas, chief of USC's Department of Public Safety, confirmed the sign had been hacked but noted it was not on campus.
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April 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
An electronic sign near USC whose display was changed to flash inappropriate messages about the  Los Angeles Police Department  was unlocked and the message altered using a control panel, the USC police chief said Thursday. Various pictures of the sign surfaced on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday morning, showing the crude message, which included references to the Police Department, a posterior and "probing. " John Thomas, chief of USC's Department of Public Safety, said the department considered it a "prank" and won't be wasting resources looking for the culprits.
SPORTS
March 21, 1997 | JIM RHODE
UCLA (24-7) vs. MINNESOTA (30-3) Midwest Regional Final at San Antonio Saturday,12:40 p.m. * MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE--The Golden Gophers won a survival-of-the-fittest Sweet 16 game against Clemson, defeating the Tigers, 90-84, in double overtime. There were 56 fouls in the game but the roughest play--point guard Eric Harris separating his shoulder when running into an apparent moving screen--was not called. * UCLA AT A GLANCE--Play it again, Cameron.
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January 25, 2013 | Rebecca Trounson
He was the overwhelming favorite in his event, so much so that U.S. sportswriters covering the 1960 Summer Olympics boasted that if Americans won just one gold medal over the rival Soviet Union at that year's Games, it would be his. A skinny 19-year-old from Boston, John Thomas had been the first high jumper to leap 7 feet indoors, setting the mark when he was only 17. When the Summer Games began, he was the world record-holder in the event, by...
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October 8, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
It was hardly your typical stump speech, and that's just the way the young strategist wanted it. "Show them how you do your job for the taxpayers," John S. Thomas had advised his client, a candidate for L.A. County district attorney who three years earlier had won the murder conviction of music producer Phil Spector. Thomas watched approvingly that June day as Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson walked a group of Republicans through the Spector case, talking animatedly about blood spatter as his audience lunched on line-caught Pacific swordfish and heirloom tomatoes.
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April 2, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Andrew Blankstein and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A former insurance claims adjuster who was suspected of terrorizing women in the 1970s as the Westside Rapist has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for seven murders that were committed in two waves of killings and sexual assaults. John Floyd Thomas Jr., 74, sat with his hands manacled to a waist chain and used sheets of paper to shield his face from a photographer as he was sentenced for the killings that took place in a swath stretching from Inglewood to Claremont.
HOME & GARDEN
September 4, 2010 | By Emily Young, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Collector John Thomas is crazy about all things Art Deco. How crazy? So crazy that he bought three Art Deco mantelpieces — one marble, one bird's eye maple and one birch — and brass railings from the old Argyle Hotel (now the Sunset Tower Hotel on the Sunset Strip) even though his two-bedroom condo in Long Beach has neither a fireplace nor a staircase. "The running joke is that the availability of Art Deco is drying up because I've got it all," Thomas says with a grin.
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September 24, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Twenty-six years ago, police discovered the partially nude body of 85-year-old Isabel Askew in a vineyard near Ontario International Airport. She had been reported missing from her Claremont apartment more than a week earlier. The cause of death could not be determined because of the condition of her body. But three years later, her daughter, Adrian Askew, was found strangled in the same West Bonita Avenue apartment where she had lived with her mother. The 56-year-old retired school crossing guard was found lying face-up with bedding pulled over her head and she had been sexually assaulted.
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May 30, 2009 | Joel Rubin
By the time homicide Det. Dennis Kilcoyne met with Diane Webb last fall to discuss the maddening search for a serial killer who has stalked South L.A. for decades, he was wide open to suggestions. Despite more than a year of chasing leads, Kilcoyne and his team of detectives were no closer to catching the man suspected of sexually assaulting and murdering at least 10 young black women.
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July 2, 2000
On June 21 you reported on the upcoming arraignment of John Thomas for allegedly contaminating the Bolsa Chica wetlands and his lawyer's comments that he disagrees that any crime has been committed. I hope that if Thomas is convicted of a crime, they throw the book at him, not just to "make an example of him," as his lawyer claims, but to set a new standard of responsibility for environmental crimes. I am sick of reading about companies committing immoral and illegal acts of dumping hazardous waste into the environment, with an occasional halfhearted slap on the wrist as punishment.
SPORTS
October 1, 1999 | JASON REID
John Thomas, president of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, has emerged among the leading candidates for the Dodger presidency, baseball sources said Thursday. Thomas is one of six candidates who Rick Welts, Fox Sports Enterprises president, is actively pursuing. Welts fired Bob Graziano on Wednesday, less than two years after Graziano took the position. Calls to Thomas' Arco Arena office in Sacramento were not returned Thursday.
OPINION
May 26, 2008
Editor's note The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are regular concerns of The Times' editorial pages, and undoubtedly will be much debated in the coming presidential campaign. Today, however, is not for politics or policy, but rather for honor. And thus we pay our respects to the women and men of our armed forces who have given their lives in defense of this country and its freedoms. Below, those who made that sacrifice from Jan. 1, 2008, through midnight Saturday. Jim Newton, Editor of the Editorial Pages -- [ IRAQ ]
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May 20, 2006 | Kelly-Anne Suarez, Times Staff Writer
An obscure Beat-era poet who died in custody in 2002 has become the subject of a lawsuit that could affect the way ailing Los Angeles County prisoners are treated. John Thomas, 71 and obese, died less than three weeks into a term at the L.A. County Jail. He spent part of his last night gasping for air on the floor of his cell. Thomas had been sentenced after pleading no contest to a charge of oral copulation in an incident that occurred decades ago; the victim was his teenage daughter.
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