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September 11, 2009 |
A Caltech graduate student convicted five years ago of conspiracy and arson for vandalizing 125 SUVs has had his arson convictions overturned and his sentence vacated by a federal appeals court. William Cottrell, 29, should have been allowed to present evidence during his 2004 trial that his suffering from Asperger's syndrome prevented him from forming the specific intent to commit the arson attacks, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in an amended opinion this week. Cottrell's conspiracy conviction was upheld, but the 100-month prison sentence imposed on him for all of the offenses was vacated.
February 2, 2005 |
Kami Craig, the only high school player on the U.S. water polo national team at the 2005 FINA Junior Women's World Championships in Perth, Australia, scored a goal in the team's 11-9 victory over Russia in the championship game Sunday. Craig, a senior at Santa Barbara High who plans to play at USC, also scored a goal in a 5-4 semifinal victory over Australia on Saturday. It was the second year in a row that the U.S. won the title.
October 1, 2006 |
The memory of getting blown out at Virginia Tech simmered for Georgia Tech all year. Now, the Hokies know how it feels. Reggie Ball and the No. 24 Yellow Jackets made their second consecutive visit to Lane Stadium a huge success Saturday, jumping out to a big lead and beating the 11th-ranked Hokies, 38-27, at their own disruptive game. "I challenged our guys to go out and win on special teams," Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey said. "There was a lot of positive things today.
November 29, 1988 |
Winning league titles and advancing to the semifinals of the Southern Section basketball playoffs has become almost routine at Capistrano Valley High School, so why should the 1988-89 season be any different? Capistrano Valley, under veteran Coach Mark Thornton, has won the league title 6 of the past 8 years and has reached the final four of the playoffs five times.
September 17, 1990 |
"Stormy Monday" figured to be a mighty popular song at the 11th annual Long Beach Blues Festival at Cal State Long Beach on Saturday. This year's event was dedicated to T-Bone Walker, who wrote that classic blues, but none of Saturday's headliners mentioned Walker. Nor were there any references to another Texas blues guitarzan, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
March 24, 1993 |
The New York Knicks lost three players after a brawl, then lost their poise in the second half. And after the Phoenix Suns beat New York, 121-92, Tuesday night, the Suns were calling for the season-long suspension of Knick guard Greg Anthony, who charged on the court in his street clothes to punch Phoenix guard Kevin Johnson. "I put a good pick on Doc Rivers and ran off the court. Then the guys proceeded to chase myself, so you have to defend yourself," said Johnson, the Suns' point guard.
August 30, 1995 |
French food, cancan girls and a replica of the Eiffel Tower made 150 guests feel like Americans in Paris at the 1995 Founders Plus Gala. Called "A Parisian Affair," the French-themed soiree took place at the Cowan Heights chateau of Mark Chapin Johnson on Sunday. The $100-per-person gala was open to members of Founders Plus, a service organization of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
February 27, 1999 |
Valley Pac-8 Conference rivals Poly (15-11) and North Hollywood (14-12) will meet today at 2 p.m. in a City Section Division boys' basketball semifinal at L.A. Southwest College. Poly relies on 6-foot-3 senior guard James Word, who scored 29 points in a quarterfinal victory over San Fernando. Since returning from academic ineligibility, Word is averaging 23.3 points in 10 games. "He makes everybody else better," Poly Coach Jay Werner said.
July 3, 2009 |
Hollywood's Democratic activists may still be uncertain about which way to jump in California's gubernatorial race, but many of the industry's heavy political hitters already are lining up behind San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in her run for state attorney general.