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December 29, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos and Laura King
AMMAN, Jordan - Mourners in Beirut paid emotional tribute Sunday to a well-known Lebanese politician who was killed Friday in a car bomb, an attack that heightened tensions stemming from Syria's bitter civil war . Security was tight for the funeral of Mohamad Chatah, a former ambassador to the United States and an adviser to successive Lebanese leaders, who died along with six others in the massive bombing in the heart of Beirut's commercial district. ...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | Thomas Curwen
After the vigil, the remembrances, the tales of heroism recounted, what remains is the sorrow. On a blustery, bright morning in El Monte, the friends and family of Adrian Castro came together at the Church of the Nativity to say goodbye to the 19-year-old, who died earlier this month in a traffic accident in Northern California. "We are gathered today in grief and sadness for our brother, Adrian," said Father Beto Villalobos. Adrian, a senior at El Monte High School, had joined other students for a spring tour of Humboldt State University when their charter bus was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento.
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NATIONAL
December 17, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Brian Bennett
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- One loved to play and build things and the other loved his New York Giants football. Grief-stricken relatives buried them separately on  Monday, the first of a series of funerals tugging at a nation's sensibilities. Twenty children and six adults were shot to death when a lone gunman invaded the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning. The suspect, Adam Lanza, began his rampage by killing his mother, Nancy, and ended it by shooting himself to death, authorities said.
NEWS
April 5, 2014 | By Kari Howard
Two of this week's Great Reads were about music, which in my book means it was a good week for the Great Reads. (Hmm, maybe I can organize a musical theme for the entire week sometime...) But the two genres of music were so far apart, it was like they were from different planets. One was about L.A.'s accordion culture, a world of polka throwdowns and Weird Al Yankovic and twentysomethings with pixie haircuts. The other was about Brazil's “ostentation funk,” a dance music born in the hard-luck favelas that's full of economic braggadocio and beats so heavy they'd shake your house like an earthquake if a car drove by blasting them from the stereo.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON -- At the South African Embassy in Washington, mourners left bouquets of roses in front of a statue of Nelson Mandela that was unveiled in honor of the revered civil rights champion just three months ago.  Although the statue was shielded by a chain-link fence because of construction in front of the embassy, part of the cordon was opened to allow visitors to place bouquets and candles in memory of Mandela after word of his death Thursday...
WORLD
April 23, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security forces opened fire Saturday on thousands of angry mourners pouring into the streets in politically charged funeral marches for some of the scores of people shot dead at nationwide mass demonstrations a day earlier, according to witnesses and amateur video footage posted online. At least 107 people were killed in Friday's violence, according to a list of names compiled by a human rights activist. Mourners appeared somber but defiant, chanting, "The people want the overthrow of the regime" as they marched down narrow streets holding coffins aloft, some raising clenched fists, as shown on video footage uploaded to the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
As hundreds of mourners gathered at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, Joanna Ramos' grieving mother fought back tears and said she would always remember her 10-year-old daughter as a "good and happy little girl who dreamed of being a singer and a star. " "What happened to Joanna could happen to anybody," Cecilia Villanueva, 41, said before the service. "Parents need to be careful and try to watch over their children, even when they are at school with friends. " Relatives, friends and strangers assembled at the cemetery's chapel for a funeral service to honor the fifth-grader, who died after a fight with a classmate near their elementary school in Long Beach.
WORLD
April 24, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security forces opened fire Saturday on protesters mourning the scores of demonstrators killed a day earlier in a deadly repeat of violence against an increasingly bold antigovernment movement. "Stop! Stop!" a voice from a mosque loudspeaker is heard calling out in a video on the Internet as security forces in a white pickup spray gunfire on mourners in the Damascus suburb of Barze. Witnesses reported that 12 people died in Saturday's violence. A compilation of names of the dead by human rights activists showed that at least 107 people were killed Friday in the suburbs of Damascus and smaller cities and towns around the country as forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad attempted to crush a democracy movement inspired by revolutions and uprisings sweeping the Arab world.
NEWS
June 12, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Two Iranians died and thousands fainted as huge crowds flocked to the grave of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Sunday for a memorial service marking a week since his death. Iran's most powerful leaders were among the more than 1 million mourners at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, 10 miles south of Tehran, according to Iranian press reports monitored in Nicosia. "Soon this site will become a shrine to attract the Muslims of the world," said Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani, who broke into tears during his speech.
NEWS
April 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Mourners rioted Thursday at the funeral of a boy killed during protests against government price increases, and one man died when authorities opened fire, residents said. Another report said a policeman also was slain. Mourners pelted police with stones and burned several buildings, including the house of a local official accused by Mazar residents of killing the boy, witnesses said. Violent demonstrations were reported Thursday in several other villages in southern Jordan.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Mick Jagger was among those mourning the death of L'Wren Scott on Tuesday during a small funeral held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and attended by close friends and family only. The well-known fashion designer and stylist, who'd been with the Rolling Stones frontman since 2001, committed suicide March 17 in her New York apartment. She was 49. The Los Angeles cemetery was closed completely during the service, which ran approximately an hour and was led by the Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints Church in Pasadena, according to a statement from Jagger's rep obtained by the Associated Press.
WORLD
December 29, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos and Laura King
AMMAN, Jordan - Mourners in Beirut paid emotional tribute Sunday to a well-known Lebanese politician who was killed Friday in a car bomb, an attack that heightened tensions stemming from Syria's bitter civil war . Security was tight for the funeral of Mohamad Chatah, a former ambassador to the United States and an adviser to successive Lebanese leaders, who died along with six others in the massive bombing in the heart of Beirut's commercial district. ...
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON -- At the South African Embassy in Washington, mourners left bouquets of roses in front of a statue of Nelson Mandela that was unveiled in honor of the revered civil rights champion just three months ago.  Although the statue was shielded by a chain-link fence because of construction in front of the embassy, part of the cordon was opened to allow visitors to place bouquets and candles in memory of Mandela after word of his death Thursday...
NATIONAL
July 3, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - They were simple yet personalized images of grief - shovels, crosses and toy firetrucks - assembled on a chain-link fence that served as the canvas for a town's collective sorrow over its lost crew of firefighters. Many of the memorials came in groups of 19, a grim flourish to symbolize the 19 members of the Granite Mountain hotshots who died Sunday fighting a wildland fire that doubled back on them, consuming them as they scrambled to don a last-ditch layer of protective gear.
NATIONAL
May 22, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of mourners packed a church Wednesday for the funeral of a 21-year-old university student accidentally shot by police responding to a break-in at her home, which her uncle says could have been avoided if the officer had tried to negotiate an end to the standoff. Several of Andrea Rebello's sorority sisters from Hofstra University on Long Island spoke about their friend at the service as they and her twin sister, Jessica, fought back tears. The Journal News of Westchester County, north of New York City, said St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow was filled nearly to capacity for the service, which came five days after an ex-con named Dalton Smith burst into the home the Rebello twins rented near the university.  Two other students were in the house that night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Authorities on Wednesday asked mourners not to place memorial items on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge where five women died after flames consumed their limousine. Leaving flowers or items on the bridge where the fiery tragedy occurred could create a safety hazard, the California Highway Patrol said. "In times of emotional pain such as this, we are sensitive but we must also remain diligent in our mission of safety," CHP officials said in a statement. PHOTOS: Fatal limo fire The victims, four of whom were nurses , were going to a bridal party for one of the women who was in the limousine.
NEWS
June 6, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Millions of frenzied mourners carried away with grief tore the white shroud from the body of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, toppling his half-naked corpse to the ground, before the Iranian leader was buried today. Mourners blocked the path of a van carrying Khomeini's body in an open coffin to the cemetery from the square where it had lain in state for 24 hours in an air-conditioned glass cubicle. In a scramble for mementos, they grabbed the tightly wrapped white shroud in which Muslims are buried and tore it to shreds.
WORLD
July 31, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Protesters swarmed Tehran's main cemetery and fanned out across a large swath of the capital Thursday, defying truncheons and tear gas to publicly mourn those killed during weeks of unrest, including a young woman whose death shocked people around the world. The protests marked the 40th day since the shooting of Neda Agha-Soltan was captured on video and posted on the Internet. For Shiite Muslims, the 40th day has religious importance, often an occasion for an outpouring of emotion and grief.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
With more of a sigh than a fanfare, Boylston Street, the scene of the twin bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line, reopened on Wednesday. Even as mourners began to gather on Wednesday for a memorial service for Sean Collier , the MIT officer slain during the frantic manhunt for the bombing suspects last week, the street where the week of terror began was open, hours after maintenance people removed the barricades. It was on the north side of Boylston Street where two devices exploded about 100 yards and 10 seconds apart April 15, killing three and injuring more than 200. The street has been closed since the attack.
WORLD
March 6, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Her neighborhood on the outskirts of this capital city is a dangerous, gang-infested barrio where homes are often made of corrugated tin and other collected refuse. It is by no means the ideal place to raise a family. But Taina Carrillo, a 35-year-old homemaker, said the slum of Petare was even worse before Hugo Chavez took over Venezuela. "Now we have a three-story medical clinic in the middle of the barrio," said Carrillo, one of hundreds of thousands of mourners who packed Caracas on Wednesday, crying and chanting as the coffin containing their fallen leader was pulled through the streets.
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