CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1990 |
A convicted drug dealer from Thousand Oaks officially gave up his collection of 87 vintage electric guitars Monday to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The exotic old guitars, valued at $150,000 to $250,000, will be auctioned off some time in the next two years, along with houses, boats and other spoils from county narcotics raids, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael J. Smith. The next sheriff's auction for such property has not been scheduled.
April 12, 1993
Re "The Marriage Gap" (March 28): I'd like to thank you for yet another article addressing the problems of black females finding a suitable mate with a decidedly pro-female slant. If you ever decide to do a balanced article on the topic, please take a little time to interview guys like me. I'm 31, African-American, single, degreed, employed in an impressive (but average-paying) white collar job and single. It is as difficult for a black man to find a desirable black female in Los Angeles as it is for black females to find an eligible black man. Also, if a black person is a better match for a person outside the race, so be it. I say be happy; complaining and going to war every time one sees an interracial couple is much more damaging than the "sin" of leaving the race for one's need to love and belong with someone.
March 10, 1986 |
The crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger, with the remains of astronauts aboard, has been found 100 feet beneath the sea off the coast of Florida, NASA officials announced Sunday. Sonar equipment tentatively identified the crew compartment Friday afternoon and family members of the five men and two women, who died in the U.S. space program's worst disaster, were notified of the possible find. The Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch from Cape Canaveral on Jan. 28.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1995
I would like to offer a different perspective on the New West Symphony that was not brought into focus by the April 27 story in Ventura County Life. No union or musicians representative of either orchestra was included in discussions during the planning stages for the new orchestra. Musicians in both orchestras learned of the dissolution in a surprise news conference and were not given the courtesy of an announcement from their respective employers. Ventura music director Boris Brott is quoted in the Life article as saying: "We're not talking about jobs here.
March 7, 1988 |
The federal government and Morton Thiokol Inc. bought annuities for $7.735 million to settle the claims by survivors of four of the astronauts who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger, according to documents released today. Morton Thiokol, the company that produced the faulty booster rocket blamed for the Jan. 28, 1986, explosion, paid 60% of the total cost of buying the annuities, the Justice Department acknowledged. The government's share was 40%.
July 30, 1988 |
A critical launch pad test-firing of the space shuttle Discovery's main engines was delayed Friday for three more days, and it seemed almost certain that the first post-Challenger shuttle flight would slip into October. The postponement of the firing from Monday until Thursday, the third delay in a week, came while the launch team was pumping propellant into Discovery's huge external fuel tank, the first time a shuttle had been fueled since Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff on Jan.
January 27, 1987 |
About 50,000 schoolchildren honored the seven Challenger crew members Monday, two days before the first anniversary of their deaths, and paid tribute as well to the three Apollo 1 astronauts killed 20 years ago today. "They meant a lot to all of us," said Carrie Coultry, a fifth-grader at Challenger 7 Elementary School at Port St. John, near the space center. "It was really bad what happened to the Challenger (but) the space program shouldn't stop--it should go on."
May 6, 1987 |
Alleging a "conspiracy of silence and deceit," in the building of space shuttle rocket boosters, the widow of Challenger pilot Michael J. Smith filed a $1.5-billion lawsuit today that also demands that Morton Thiokol Inc. be barred from further work on the shuttle program. The suit, filed in federal district court in Orlando, Fla., asks $500 million in actual damages from three defendants and $1 billion in punitive damages from Morton Thiokol for "reckless disregard for human life."
March 23, 2006 |
An Army dog handler was sentenced Wednesday to six months behind bars for using his animal to torment prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Sgt. Michael J. Smith, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was sentenced the day after a military jury convicted him of five charges that involved maltreatment of prisoners, conspiring with another dog handler in a contest to try to frighten detainees at the Iraqi prison into soiling themselves and directing his dog to lick peanut butter off other soldiers' bodies.
July 29, 1986 |
The seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger probably remained conscious for at least 10 seconds after the disastrous Jan. 28 explosion and they switched on at least three emergency breathing packs, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Monday.