CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence Monday for a man who was forced to wear a stun belt during his trial, rejecting arguments that the prospect of being electrically shocked adversely affected his demeanor before jurors. In a 6-1 decision, the majority noted that the prosecution had conceded the court erred in requiring the stun belt, but the justices concluded that it did not affect the outcome of the trial. The ruling came in an appeal by Jonathan Keith Jackson, who was convicted of murdering Monique Cleveland during an attempted drug-related robbery in Riverside County in 1996 and attempting to murder her husband, Robert.
September 10, 2013 |
Keith Jackson has some stories, all right. Of riding his horse four miles to his rural Georgia high school. Of nights carousing with Paul "Bear" Bryant. Of the time Howard Cosell, smelling like a Russian distillery, set Jackson's pants on fire during a telecast of "Monday Night Football. " "He had the cigar, all that vodka," he recalls. "I almost threw him out of the booth myself. " It's not just the stories that are so captivating, either. It's The Voice, the envy of cellos everywhere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 |
BANNING - As the Silver fire continued to spread Friday in Riverside County, crews battled flames on the ground and from the sky, and weary residents who lost their homes struggled with the question of whether to rebuild. Burning about 90 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Mountains, the Silver fire has blackened about 17,500 acres and destroyed 26 homes. Six people have been injured - a firefighter and five civilians. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the county late Friday.
September 12, 2008 |
USC and Ohio State. The Coliseum. A national championship perhaps at stake. ABC, Saturday afternoon, 5 p.m. What more could a college football fan ask for? How about Keith Jackson behind the mike? Unfortunately, those days are history. The 80-year-old Jackson retired almost a decade ago, was lured back, then retired again after the 2006 Rose Bowl and he plans to stay that way. No third acts for him. No more descriptions of rumblin', stumblin', fumblin' players by the venerable voice of the game for four decades, one of the most colorful announcers to ever put on a pair of headphones.
May 1, 2006 |
If Keith Jackson, who announced his retirement from broadcasting last week, has a signature phrase, it's "Whoa, Nellie!" However, Jackson claims he never said it, at least not until Roy Firestone put it into his stand-up act. "My mule was named Pearl," Jackson said. The origin: Reader Jack Rosenberg remembers wrestling announcer Dick Lane saying, "Whoa, Nellie! Don't put your coffee pot on yet, folks."
April 28, 2006 |
Before Keith Jackson's previous retirement, after the 1998 college football season, there were gifts, speeches, news conferences -- a season-long farewell tour. Six months later, offered a schedule of mostly West Coast games, which involved considerably less travel, he decided to unretire. Jackson, 77, has retired again, this time for sure, he says, and this time amid little fanfare.