December 28, 1999 |
This is a sad story, one that shouldn't have happened, except no one knew how to stop it, or what they would do if it happened again. It has no heroes and one victim, Leon Smith of the Dallas Mavericks, now suspended without pay and in a Dallas psychiatric facility. Smith, 19, was 4 when he was taken from his mother in an abuse and neglect hearing and made a ward of the state of Illinois, to be raised in Chicago group homes.
December 5, 1999 |
Troubled NBA rookie Leon Smith is due back in a Chicago courtroom Monday on charges he vandalized a car belonging to his former girlfriend's mother. Smith, who attempted the jump from Chicago's Martin Luther King High to the NBA this season, was charged Saturday with two counts of criminal damage to property and one count of violating an order of protection, both misdemeanors, police said.
May 8, 1993
I was wrong! I apologize! As soon as the Calgary Flames creamed the Kings in Game 3 at the Forum, I began preparing my routine "they-blew-the-playoffs-again" letter. Suddenly, instead of faltering, the Kings beat the Flames in six games. Good luck, guys. On to the Stanley Cup. No more sour letters from me, regardless of the outcome. LEON SMITH Bonsall
April 10, 1993
I was going to take the time to write to berate the Dodgers for stumbling their way to yet another loss, this time on opening day to the expansion Florida Marlins, but I'm too disgusted with Lasorda and Co. to do so. LEON SMITH Bonsall
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December 11, 1992
If our troops are successful in quelling gang activity in Somalia, maybe they can do the same here upon their return. LEON SMITH Bonsall
October 31, 1992
I'm disappointed that Canada has taken the World Series baseball title away from the United States. However, I'm elated that the title did not wind up in the city where Jane Fonda resides. LEON SMITH Bonsall