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September 17, 2005 |
A Colorado man has acknowledged that he called media outlets to report that a 7-foot alligator had been captured at a Los Angeles lake -- a report that turned out to be a hoax. Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said Friday that James Solvig is under investigation on suspicion of criminal impersonation. No charges have been filed. The alligator, known as "Reggie," was dumped in a Harbor City lake several months ago.
July 19, 2013 |
A group of parents have decided to fight back against the decision of Corona Santiago's administration to force out boys' basketball coach David Humphreys. In an email, representatives say they have more than 150 petitioners requesting a school board meeting or hearing seeking the reinstatment of Humphreys, who had been the coach for five years. "Our parents are outraged," according to the email sent to media outlets. This is the second controversy this summer involving the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
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January 16, 2014 |
Huntington Beach police on Thursday were looking for additional possible victims of a man charged with using social media to gather lewd photos of underage victims. The 10 victims included at least one boy and ranged in age from 11 to 15 years old, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department. Police said Jackson Roland Westermeyer used a Kik Messenger app to solicit photos from some of the victims. He allegedly identified himself as a woman and used the name "KatKat777" when messaging victims, according to police.
January 30, 2013 |
Ancient manuscripts feared to have been burned as Islamic extremists fled Timbuktu, Mali, appear to have been largely spared, researchers with the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project said Wednesday, citing local sources familiar with the collections. Sources told the research team that some items had been damaged or stolen, but “there was no malicious destruction of any library or collection,” the University of Cape Town-based project said on its website . “The custodians of the libraries worked quietly throughout the rebel occupation of Timbuktu to ensure the safety of their materials.” Reports that the papers were torched spread quickly after the Timbuktu mayor told the Associated Press and other media outlets that the Ahmed Baba Institute had been burned.
February 23, 2012 |
The National Enquirer's cover photo of Whitney Houston lying in a casket has sparked outrage in the media world. On Twitter and on Facebook, on blogs and on media websites, the pundits are harrumphing and accusing the supermarket tabloid of finally going too far. And that's why we'd like to offer a completely different view -- from Marc Cooper , an associate professor at USC and the director of the Annenberg Digital News. "To use a cliche, it's much ado about nothing," Cooper said.
November 1, 2012 |
No timetable is set to replace Randy Bernard, whose departure as chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series sparked a storm of protest from some media outlets and fans this week, interim IndyCar Chief Executive Jeff Belskus said Thursday. Making his first public comments since Sunday, when IndyCar announced that Bernard had stepped down, Belskus acknowledged in an interview that "Randy was very popular" and that IndyCar "has a lot of passionate fans. " "We do plan to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement," said Belskus, who is also CEO of IndyCar's parent, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.
August 9, 2012 |
DENVER -- James Egan Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20, is expected to be in court Thursday in a hearing to unseal more details about the case. Twenty news media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, have joined in a motion to ease a strict gag order imposed on the case by District Court Judge William Sylvester. That order bans anyone connected with the case from discussing it, including those at the University of Colorado.
November 8, 2000 |
Television networks, newspaper headlines and Web sites declared George W. Bush the 43rd president of the United States on Tuesday. Then they took it back early today. The tight race in Florida wreaked havoc with presidential projections Tuesday, prompting one of the national media's most embarrassing moments in history. "If you're disgusted with us, frankly, I don't blame you," Dan Rather told CBS viewers at one point in the evening.
November 13, 2012 |
The last time someone accused David H. Petraeus of a betrayal, the case was a lot more overtly political and the four-star general had a lot more coverage from across the ideological spectrum. Petraeus had been celebrated by hawks, in particular, for directing President George W. Bush's 2007 “surge” in Iraq, which was credited, in part, with quelling sectarian violence in the country the U.S. invaded in a vain search for weapons of mass destruction. The liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org, though, attacked Petraeus in 2007, calling him “General Betray Us” in a full-page ad in the New York Times and saying he had been “cooking the books for the White House” in order to exaggerate progress in the unpopular war. PHOTOS: Political sex scandals That provoked a furious response from many in Washington, including then-presidential candidate John McCain, who called the MoveOn ad a “McCarthyite attack on an American patriot.
June 14, 2012 |
The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of 1,247 confidential Boy Scouts of America files, the first step toward publicly lifting the veil on 20 years of alleged child sexual abuse by troop leaders and others within the organization. Also known as the "ineligible volunteer" or "perversion" files, the 20,000 pages ordered to be unsealed span two decades beginning in 1965, a portion of such records the Scouts have kept under lock and key since the 1920s. The files played a key role as evidence in a landmark Oregon lawsuit in 2010 that resulted in the largest judgment ever against the Scouts in a molestation case.