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September 12, 2001 | Matea Gold and Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
In the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States, hijackers struck at the preeminent symbols of the nation's wealth and might Tuesday, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and killing or injuring thousands of people. As a horrified nation watched on television, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan collapsed into flaming rubble after two Boeing 767s rammed their upper stories. A third airliner, a Boeing 757, flattened one of the Pentagon's five sides.
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BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
A bizarre custody battle between the children of automotive legend Carroll Shelby and the last of his seven wives has left his body stuck in a Dallas County morgue while a Texas court decides who gets to dispose of his remains. Shelby, a famed auto designer, has been in the morgue since his death May 10. His children want to cremate him, and his surviving wife has said she wants to decide what happens to his remains. Adding to the imbroglio is a cryptic comment by Dallas County Medical Examiner Dr. Jeffrey Barnard, who said he was in control of the body "because an allegation was made which falls within" Texas laws pertaining to criminal procedure.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011
Ten leading crime writers are competing for the honor of having a morgue named after them. Scotland's University of Dundee said Monday that it would name its new morgue and research facility after whichever writer gets the most votes in an online poll and fundraising effort. Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid are among the authors taking part in the "Million for a Morgue" campaign. Each person who votes donates $1.60 to a money-raising campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Lindsay Lohan avoided a lengthy jail sentence Wednesday when a judge ordered her to serve 30 days behind bars for violating her probation, which will probably be reduced to only about a day because of overcrowding. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner warned the troubled actress that she would receive plenty of jail time if she slips up again. Expressing her displeasure with the "Mean Girls" star, Sautner ordered Lohan to perform her remaining 400-plus hours of community service at the county morgue because a women's shelter where Lohan might have worked said she would be a "bad example" for its clients.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Actress Lindsay Lohan may have been greeted with flashbulbs for her highly anticipated arrival at the Los Angeles County coroner's office Friday morning, but once inside, she'll be treated just like everybody else, coroner's officials said. Lohan arrived early for her 8 a.m. appointment at the morgue to begin serving her 120 hours of community service, part of her shoplifting sentence. "She is not getting any special treatment," Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. "She's going to be cleaning toilets, mopping floors and emptying the trash bins.
WORLD
August 24, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The mood on the front steps of the morgue at Tripoli's Central Hospital is far from triumphal. Every few minutes, a fearful resident, covering his mouth with a surgical mask, makes his way into the brick building filled with dozens of disfigured bodies decomposing in the August heat. And every few minutes, someone walks out, sobbing uncontrollably. Omar Salem had already tried to go inside once Wednesday. But the smell drove him back. Now, as he stood outside, seeking to summon the courage to reopen the door, Salem described his plight to sympathetic bystanders.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: Lindsay Lohan posts bail less than an hour after her probation is revoked pending a Nov. 2 hearing. ( Los Angeles Times ) Lohan's next stop: performing community service at the L.A. County morgue. ( Los Angeles Times ) Soulja Boy is out on bail after being arrested on drug and weapon charges. The rapper tells fans he's innocent. ( Los Angeles Times ) "Hustle & Flow" producer John Singleton is suing Paramount for $20 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Kern County grand jury report says the area's morgue should be moved because the stench of dead bodies is hurting business at a nearby pharmacy. The coroner's office shares a ventilation system with the pharmacy. A civil grand jury report found that, in the summer, the smell of corpses permeates the building to the extent that pharmacy customers have complained of smelling rotting garbage or dirty diapers. John Van Rensselaer, the supervising deputy coroner, said the county planned to move the morgue but that a bad economy was likely to delay relocation, which he said could cost millions of dollars.
NEWS
February 7, 1985 | United Press International
The Hawaiian Telephone Co. has fired the directory assistance operator who last week gave two persistent Boston disc jockeys the Honolulu city morgue's telephone number as that of television star Tom Selleck. The company would only say that "appropriate action" had been taken. But the Honolulu Advertiser reported that the unidentified operator was sacked after four months on the job. The operator said he was wrong to do what he did and regrets it, the newspaper said.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2005 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
At the gates of the makeshift state morgue, anguished family members begged reporters to bring them information about the bodies of loved ones. Inside, where reporters were being briefed, state coroners asked for patience and defended the slow pace of identification of those who died in Hurricane Katrina more than seven weeks ago. "There is no reason we would want to keep those bodies any longer than we have to," said Louis Cataldie, the state's medical examiner.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011
Ten leading crime writers are competing for the honor of having a morgue named after them. Scotland's University of Dundee said Monday that it would name its new morgue and research facility after whichever writer gets the most votes in an online poll and fundraising effort. Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid are among the authors taking part in the "Million for a Morgue" campaign. Each person who votes donates $1.60 to a money-raising campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Actress Lindsay Lohan may have been greeted with flashbulbs for her highly anticipated arrival at the Los Angeles County coroner's office Friday morning, but once inside, she was treated just like everybody else, coroner's officials said. Lohan arrived before sun-up for her 8 a.m. appointment at the morgue to begin serving her 120 hours of community service, part of her shoplifting sentence. "She is not getting any special treatment," said Ed Winter, assistant chief of the coroner's office.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Actress Lindsay Lohan may have been greeted with flashbulbs for her highly anticipated arrival at the Los Angeles County coroner's office Friday morning, but once inside, she'll be treated just like everybody else, coroner's officials said. Lohan arrived early for her 8 a.m. appointment at the morgue to begin serving her 120 hours of community service, part of her shoplifting sentence. "She is not getting any special treatment," Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. "She's going to be cleaning toilets, mopping floors and emptying the trash bins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Actress Lindsay Lohan showed up late for her community service at the county morgue Thursday morning and was turned away, coroner's officials said. Things are not going well for the actress, who received a tongue-lashing a day earlier from L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner. Lohan was handcuffed and briefly jailed after Sautner found that she had violated her probation and deliberately "blew off" the 360 hours of community service that she had been ordered to complete at the Downtown Women's Center as part of her sentence for shoplifting.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: Lindsay Lohan posts bail less than an hour after her probation is revoked pending a Nov. 2 hearing. ( Los Angeles Times ) Lohan's next stop: performing community service at the L.A. County morgue. ( Los Angeles Times ) Soulja Boy is out on bail after being arrested on drug and weapon charges. The rapper tells fans he's innocent. ( Los Angeles Times ) "Hustle & Flow" producer John Singleton is suing Paramount for $20 million.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Time
Several prop houses in Los Angeles County have been killed off in the last decade by the flight of production from Southern California to cheaper locales. But one local business has managed to survive by catering to Hollywood's morbid obsession with death. Vidal Herrera, a former deputy field investigator for the Los Angeles County coroner's office, has built a small but thriving business in East L.A. by supplying mortuary props to the film and TV industry. An offshoot of his private autopsy business, Morgue Prop Rentals sells and rents body freezers, crypts, autopsy tables, dissecting equipment and embalming instruments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Actress Lindsay Lohan showed up late for her community service at the county morgue Thursday morning and was turned away, coroner's officials said. Things are not going well for the actress, who received a tongue-lashing a day earlier from L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner. Lohan was handcuffed and briefly jailed after Sautner found that she had violated her probation and deliberately "blew off" the 360 hours of community service that she had been ordered to complete at the Downtown Women's Center as part of her sentence for shoplifting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Lindsay Lohan avoided a lengthy jail sentence Wednesday when a judge ordered her to serve 30 days behind bars for violating her probation, which will probably be reduced to only about a day because of overcrowding. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner warned the troubled actress that she would receive plenty of jail time if she slips up again. Expressing her displeasure with the "Mean Girls" star, Sautner ordered Lohan to perform her remaining 400-plus hours of community service at the county morgue because a women's shelter where Lohan might have worked said she would be a "bad example" for its clients.
WORLD
August 24, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The mood on the front steps of the morgue at Tripoli's Central Hospital is far from triumphal. Every few minutes, a fearful resident, covering his mouth with a surgical mask, makes his way into the brick building filled with dozens of disfigured bodies decomposing in the August heat. And every few minutes, someone walks out, sobbing uncontrollably. Omar Salem had already tried to go inside once Wednesday. But the smell drove him back. Now, as he stood outside, seeking to summon the courage to reopen the door, Salem described his plight to sympathetic bystanders.
WORLD
February 23, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
About an hour after President Hosni Mubarak's resignation this month, when other Egyptians were dancing in the streets, Ahmed Amin logged on to a Facebook group he had created two weeks earlier to write a message. "Tarek, you made it, you made the victory, and I am really proud of you," Amin wrote to his 36-year-old cousin. He asked God to bring Tarek home safely, and promised to do his part. Tarek Aktash left home at 10 a.m. Jan. 28, telling his wife he was going to his job as a safety manager at an oil company.
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