CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2002 |
After eight hours of deliberation, a jury Tuesday convicted a former county toxicologist of murdering her husband with an overdose of a powerful painkiller allegedly stolen from her job at the county medical examiner's office. Kristin Rossum, 26, burst into tears, shook her head, and looked imploringly at her parents as Superior Court Judge John Thompson announced the verdict.
June 14, 2000 |
The Recording Industry Assn. of America filed evidence late Monday supporting its motion against Napster Inc., and asked the U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco to shut down the popular online song-swapping service. The trade group, along with the National Music Publishers Assn., also submitted an industry-financed study that claims record sales have plummeted at music stores near college campuses with high-speed Internet connections.
November 19, 1987 |
Top-seeded Steffi Graf routed Zina Garrison, 6-0, 6-3, Wednesday night in the opening round of the Virginia Slims Championships, sweeping the first eight games before losing her serve in the third game of the second set. But the 18-year-old West German regained control, broke Garrison's serve to take a 4-2 lead and closed out the 47-minute match at New York's Madison Square Garden with an ace. "I haven't played a tournament for three weeks, so I was eager to play the match," Graf said.
July 29, 1988
Unseeded Marty Davis continued a string of upsets in the Volvo International tennis tournament Thursday by eliminating fifth-seeded Aaron Krickstein, 6-3, 6-4, at Stratton Mountain, Vt. Davis, 2-3 in his career against Krickstein, waited out a four-hour rain delay and came from behind twice. There were four consecutive service breaks in the second set until the ninth game, when Davis held serve and then broke Krickstein to close out the match.
March 20, 1986
Mater Dei High School rallied for six runs in the seventh inning Wednesday to gain a 12-9 Angelus League victory over Bishop Amat at Bishop Amat Wednesday. The Monarchs entered the top of the seventh trailing 9-6, but had runners on first and second with two outs. A two-run single by Tony Copeland made it 9-8. Two walks and a passed ball led to the Monarchs' tying and winning runs. John Dworzak then hit a two-run double to provide the Monarchs with a comfortable margin.
August 5, 1988 |
Robert Seguso upset second-seeded Jimmy Connors, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, Thursday night in the third round of the U.S. Men's Hardcourt Tennis Championships at Indianapolis. Third-seeded Brad Gilbert, sixth-seeded Aaron Krickstein and eighth-seeded Peter Lundgren also were eliminated. However, top-seeded Boris Becker breezed to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Rick Leach, and John McEnroe, seeded fourth, defeated 11th-seeded John Frawley, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, after a struggle.
May 21, 2001 |
Three years after emerging as a cyber rebel ready to upend the record industry's corporate establishment, online music firm MP3.com Inc. said Sunday it has agreed to be purchased by Vivendi Universal, the world's largest music conglomerate, for $372 million. The deal would end the independent existence of the San Diego-based start-up, which has been handicapped by a series of lawsuits filed against it by record labels--including Vivendi's Universal Music Group, which won a $53-million judgment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2001 |
A wrongful-death claim has been filed against San Diego County in the case of a former coroner's toxicologist accused of using her expertise to poison her husband and trying to cover up the crime. The claim, filed by the family of the victim, Gregory de Villers, accuses the coroner's office of failing to properly supervise the suspect, Kristin Rossum, and of misdiagnosing de Villers' death as a suicide. Such claims often precede a lawsuit.
December 6, 2000 |
MP3.com Inc. relaunched its online music locker service Tuesday with a twist: a $50-per-year fee for consumers who want to store and play more than a few dozen CDs. The fee reflects the legal drubbing that San Diego-based MP3.com took this year after it briefly offered the My.MP3.com locker service without licenses from the record labels or music publishers. The new version is licensed by the five major labels and music publishers, which will collect small sums from MP3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 |
A former county toxicologist wept Wednesday as prosecutors filed charges that could bring the death penalty if she is convicted of using her expertise to poison her husband and then trying to cover up the crime. "I do, Your Honor," Kristin Rossum said in a barely audible voice when asked by the judge whether she agreed with her lawyer's request for a delay in her arraignment.