December 9, 2010
David Seidler may have struggled with a profound stutter as a child, but he's recovered with a vengeance. Discussing his script for "The King's Speech," a pet project he pursued over decades and through a cancer bout (he's now in remission), he talks in long, uninterrupted paragraphs, with nary a hiccup to betray his former difficulties. Born in England and raised in the U.S. ? he maintains dual citizenship ? Seidler gravitated to the story of George VI (played by Colin Firth), known to his family as Bertie, whose paralyzing stutter was minimized with the help of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush)
October 5, 2007 |
A man whose amputated, embalmed leg was sold at an auction will get the limb back despite objections from the buyer, who wanted to include it in a macabre, money-making Halloween display, police said Thursday. The dispute over the leg John Wood lost in an airplane crash three years ago was resolved when police decided the buyer, Shannon Whisnant, had given up ownership by initially calling authorities and asking them to take it away.
November 3, 1990 |
Antelope Valley 43, Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 6--Junior tailback Freddy Edwards rushed for 245 yards in 19 carries and scored four touchdowns to carry Antelope Valley (27, 1-3) The game was called with 3:35 left when John Wood of Burroughs suffered a neck injury and was taken to the hospital. The extent of the injury was unknown. Edwards scored on runs of 84, 73 and 31 yards and caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Dow.
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May 31, 2007 |
On a warm May weekend in this Central Valley town, the irony was as thick as melting fudge. As usual, the annual Chocolate Festival was drawing hordes of fun-seekers. However, they were streaming in by the thousands just two weeks after Hershey Co. -- Oakdale's biggest employer and the nation's biggest candy company -- announced its plan to close its sprawling plant, eliminate all 575 jobs and open a new factory in Monterrey, Mexico.
November 26, 2003 |
Rock star Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, his record label said Tuesday. He had a catheter ablation -- a procedure in which tissue is removed to restore a normal heartbeat -- on Friday at the Wellington Hospital in St. John's Wood, London, and left on Saturday, said his U.K. record label, Mercury. The 52-year-old star collapsed Nov.
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January 7, 1988
The owner of Pasadena's historic Blacker House, who caused a national stir in 1985 when he stripped the famed Craftsman-style home of its light fixtures, now wants to replace the stained-glass front doors and nine windows with replicas. The request by Texas rancher Barton English was rejected this week by the city's Cultural Heritage Commission.
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August 3, 1989
A 15-year-old Seattle youth called Garden Grove police from a telephone booth Wednesday evening to surrender as a suspect in the killing of his mother, authorities said. The youth, whose name was being withheld because of his age, left Seattle after the woman was found dead on July 28, Garden Grove Police Lt. John Wood said. Seattle police detectives had notified Garden Grove police that the youth might be in the area, Woods said. According to Woods, the youth called about 8:15 p.m.
September 24, 1986 |
The European Space Agency has committed $400 million to a mission to land a space probe on a comet and bring back as much as 30 pounds of its nucleus to Earth, a scientist said today. "We're not just talking about a hypothetical mission. It's going to fly," said John Wood of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. The launch could happen as early as 1995, he said, but probably will be at least several years after that.
July 12, 1998
Brad Gennaro hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Vigilantes to their fourth consecutive victory, defeating Pacific, 6-5, Saturday night at Saddleback College in front of an announced crowd of 2,235. It was the final game of the first half for the Vigilantes, who beat Pacific (12-32) for the seventh time this season. Before the game, the Suns fired Manager Jim Derrington.