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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1990 | MACK REED
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.
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March 10, 1986 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 7, 1988 | Associated Press
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%.
NEWS
July 30, 1988 | Times Wire Services
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.
NEWS
January 27, 1987 | United Press International
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."
NEWS
May 6, 1987 | Associated Press
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."
WORLD
March 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 29, 1986 | MAURA DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 19, 1996 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Air Force authorities launched an investigation Sunday into why a U.S. military cargo plane providing support for President Clinton slammed into a Wyoming mountainside, exploding into a fireball that could be seen for miles. The four-engine C-130 had been assigned to bring equipment from Jackson, Wyo., where the first family had been vacationing, to New York City for Clinton's 50th-birthday celebration.
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