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A homeless man who spent the last few weeks sleeping on a shabby yellow couch a few feet from the railroad tracks opposite an Oxnard rescue mission was crushed Tuesday by a train, police and witnesses said. Oxnard firefighters found Ralph Beyer's body pinned beneath a railroad car about 3:30 p.m. Next to Beyer were a blue sleeping bag, a near-empty case of beer and sections of a crushed yellow couch, Oxnard Fire Capt. Mike O'Malia said.
November 22, 2008 | John McCormick, McCormick writes for the Chicago Tribune.
Malia and Sasha Obama are headed for the Washington-area private Quaker school that Chelsea Clinton attended, aides to the future first family confirmed Friday. The Obamas picked Sidwell Friends School, where Vice President-elect Joe Biden's granddaughters also attend. The school is known for its rigorous standards and for educating children from some of Washington's most prominent and wealthy families. It is also the alma mater of President Nixon's daughters and Al Gore's son.
A fire early Saturday destroyed six large trailers loaded with donated clothing and forced the evacuation of two dozen guests at the Wagon Wheel Motor Inn, authorities said. The blaze began shortly after 1 a.m. in the 2700 block of Buckaroo Avenue and took 30 firefighters more than two hours to douse, said Mike O'Malia, a battalion chief for the Oxnard Fire Department. Damage to the trailers, owned by Goodwill Industries, topped $120,000, authorities said.
March 21, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The arrival in China of President Obama's daughters, 15-year-old Malia and 12-year-old Sasha, for a weeklong trip with their mother, prompts the question: What about President Xi Jinping's daughter? Xi's daughter, Xi Mingze, never appears in public. The 21-year-old is believed to be a student at Harvard University, enrolled under a pseudonym. That has never been mentioned in the Chinese press and searches of her name on the Chinese Internet are blocked. The most recent photo of her available was from when she was about 10. The only other confirmed photograph, released last year by Chinese state media, shows her riding on the back of her father's bicycle when she was about 5. In contrast, the Obama girls have been splashed all over the Chinese media, deplaning in shiny taffeta skirts on Thursday.
December 4, 1998
Paul Orfalea, who grew a single copy shop into the giant Kinko's Inc. chain, has pledged $2.5 million to the University of Southern California to endow the Kinko's Chair in Entrepreneurship. A graduate of USC's Marshall School of Business, Orfalea was named 1997 Entrepreneur of the Year by USC's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Thomas O'Malia, director of the center, will be the first holder of the endowed chair. Privately held Ventura-based Kinko's has 900 sites.
March 18, 2007 | Vani Rangachar
Clueless about Hawaii? The Volcano Radio podcast,, will steer you to places that those lucky enough to live in the islands know about. What's hot: The podcast is a little tourism and a lot island culture -- slack key guitar, pollution in the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki, the scene in Chinatown, learning to surf in Waikiki. Husband-and-wife hosts Stewart Yerton and Malia Boyd keep things low-key and conversational.
July 15, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
With painstaking care, a team of scuba divers from the Oxnard Police and Fire departments searched the depths near Channel Islands Harbor on Monday for the body of presumed drowning victim Alex Cabrera, 15. Alex disappeared into the surf on Friday while swimming with two friends at Oxnard State Beach near the Embassy Suites Hotel. A novice swimmer, Alex apparently was caught in the rough surf churned by a north wind and a south swell.
October 28, 2008 | Associated Press
No $150,000 wardrobe malfunctions for Michelle Obama. "Actually, this is a J. Crew ensemble," the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told comedian Jay Leno on Monday on his talk show. She wore a yellow sweater, skirt and blouse. "You can get some good stuff online," she added.
March 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Malia Obama, President Obama's eldest daughter who is on spring break in Mexico, is safe after a powerful earthquake shook the region this afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama's office said in a statement. "In light of today's earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger," said Kristina Schake, communications director for the first lady. The first daughter, 13, is reportedly traveling in Oaxaca with friends, accompanied by the Secret Service. In commenting on her safety, the White House also reiterated its longstanding request for reporters to "respect the privacy and security of the Obama children and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents.
August 28, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Firefighters and dispatchers with the Union Pacific Railroad tried to warn a Metrolink train Thursday morning as it sped toward a truck stopped on the tracks, but the train couldn't stop in time, officials said. At 5:40 a.m., two firefighters were aiding the driver of the truck, who had been involved in an accident a few minutes earlier, when the warning gates came down and they saw the train coming, said Deborah O'Malia, a spokeswoman for the Oxnard Fire Department. The Oxnard dispatch center had contacted the Union Pacific response center to alert it to the disabled truck, and the response center in turn called the railroad's dispatch center, which tried to call the Metrolink engineer, officials said.
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