February 14, 2014 |
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 |
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.
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January 22, 2014 |
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.
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December 16, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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.