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May 1, 2009
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Speed hasn't been ruled out as a factor in a highway crash that killed three Minnesota college juniors who were members of a nationally ranked ultimate frisbee team, authorities said Saturday. Five Carleton College students were packed into a 1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV that spun out of control Friday afternoon, sliding into oncoming traffic on the icy and undivided two-lane highway. A semi-truck smashed into the SUV. Dead at the scene  were James P. Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, Minn.; and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.
November 5, 2009
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Gold
Residents of tiny Riverdale, Calif., struggled with grief Monday over the deaths of a woman and four children in a fiery car accident that authorities said was caused by another motorist running a stop sign. The Fresno County coroner Monday identified the victims as Esmeralda Saucedo, 29; Isaac Saucedo, 1; Nikko Saucedo, 3; Jada Saucedo, 6; and Breanna Reyes-Saucedo, 11. “It's just a tragedy that can't be described,” said Kathryn Ervin, 60, said of Saturday evening's crash.
July 15, 2009
June 28, 2009
May 21, 1989
Chalk another one up for myopic capitalist greed. CAROLINA P. BRIONES Pomona
May 13, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Three children whose deaths in a horrific freeway crash captured the hearts of Orange County residents and people throughout the country were remembered Saturday as loving and independent little "angels" in an emotional church service that brought mourners to tears.
November 23, 2003 | AL RIDENOUR
Any self-respecting postmodern dandy knows the color black is tragically hip, but Kevin Jones can tell you why. Jones curated the ghoulishly fabulous Victorian displays on view downtown in ''Mourning Glory: Fashion's Untimely Demise,'' at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Authentic right down to the human hair jewelry, the tableaux document the fetish for the funereal that swept the world during Queen Victoria's 40-year bereavement after the death of Prince Albert in 1861.
May 30, 1993
"The Talk of The Town" by Bob Sipchen (May 11) belongs more properly in the obituary section. As one of very few survivors who can boast of having cut his literary teeth on Harold Ross' first edition of a once-noble institution, I mourn its passing. Publisher S. I. Newhouse and (Editor) Tina Brown have killed the New Yorker and converted the corpse to the Journal of the Middle Finger Generation. I shall not renew my subscription, which follows that of my parents for almost 70 years continuity.
February 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Just weeks before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is due to face trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend, he posted a Valentine's Day message on his website, calling the shooting a “devastating accident.” The killing of Reeva Steenkamp, which took place on Valentine's Day last year, and the subsequent charges against Pistorius shocked South Africans. A bail hearing attracted massive global media attention. "No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved -- and continues to love Reeva,” said the athlete, who rarely makes public statements or appearances.
January 29, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The passing of a Hollywood executive is often greeted with pleasant industry remembrances and kind emails. But the death of Tom Sherak at the age of 68 set off a round of intensely warm reactions not just from fellow Hollywood players but also from personalities as wide-ranging as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Their depth of feeling and the breadth of people expressing them underscore a legacy that goes well beyond movies. Sherak, who died Tuesday at his home in Calabasas after a fierce battle with prostate cancer, served as a long-running executive at 20th Century Fox and then Revolution Studios, as an advisor to Marvel Studios and as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
January 22, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A day after the first Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer was killed in the line of duty in the agency's 42-year history - gunned down accidentally by a fellow officer - the department struggled to come to terms with the loss of Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith. "We're in shock, disbelief, we're numb, we're grieving," BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey told reporters at BART's Oakland headquarters, describing the 23-year veteran who headed the detective unit as "very supportive of his personnel, just a really really happy guy, a family man. " Smith, 42, is survived by his wife, Kellie, a BART police officer who heads the department's K-9 unit, and their 6-year-old daughter.
December 16, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" costars opened up over the weekend as his ashes were interred during a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. Tyrese Gibson, who reportedly attended the private ceremony along with fellow "Fast and Furious" cast members Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Michelle Rodriguez, referred in a post on Instagram to the "13 years of laughter and grace" he shared with Walker. "For selfish reasons we all wanted you to stay, another laugh, another take, another talk, another moment," Gibson wrote.
December 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
SOWETO, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela's "long walk" was over. His state memorial service Tuesday began with rousing cheers, and the words “Comrades! Long live the spirit of Nelson Mandela! Long live!” in the style of the liberation struggle meetings of the African National Congress going back decades. “In many ways we are here to tell Madiba [Mandela's clan name] that his long walk is over, that he can finally rest. His long walk is over but ours is only beginning,” said South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, opening the memorial.
December 6, 2013 | Robyn Dixon
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.
December 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After 10 days of national mourning, anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be buried on Dec. 15 in a private service in his home village of Qunu, President Jacob Zuma told journalists Friday. The former president, who died Thursday, will be accorded a state funeral in Pretoria after lying in state in the Union Buildings, the seat of government, for three days beginning next Wednesday, Zuma said. Huge crowds are expected as South Africans and visitors try to see Mandela for a last time and pay respects to the man who peacefully negotiated an end to the brutal system of apartheid.
December 5, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World leaders and human rights activists from around the globe mourned the death of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela on Thursday, praising the long-ailing 95-year-old as an inspiration to the abused and downtrodden worldwide. "We've lost our greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said in announcing Mandela's death, which occurred at 8:50 p.m. at Mandela's home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. At the White House, President Obama praised Mandela as an inspiration and a paragon of moral strength "that all of humanity should aspire to. " PHOTOS: Nelson Mandela through the years "Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. And so long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him," Obama said of the man whom he met only once, in Washington in 2005.
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