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February 2, 1994
A federal fugitive managed to elude FBI agents and Los Angeles police officers for more than two hours Tuesday. Then they brought in the police dog. And just like that, Eduardo Hernandez was apprehended, in the 45-gallon plastic trash can where he was hiding. "It was amazing," said FBI Special Agent John Hoos. "Within five minutes, he had him." Hernandez, 26, who was wanted on suspicion of murder in Texas, was shot at by at least one FBI agent during the confrontation. He was not hit.
February 17, 1992 |
For more than three years, Bill Suff answered telephones, sorted mail and assisted customers at John's Service Center on Main Street in this formerly elegant resort town, now frayed at the edges. "He seemed real nice--he used to buy sodas for all the grandkids," said Eric Snyder, grandson of the store's owners. When Suff showed him a book he was writing, though, even the young Snyder was struck by its macabre premise.
October 28, 2000 |
A defendant in a capital murder trial does not have an absolute constitutional right to have an attorney who stays awake for the entire trial, a sharply divided federal appeals panel in New Orleans ruled Friday. The ruling came in the case of Calvin J. Burdine, whose death sentence for a 1983 murder in Texas drew considerable--and unfavorable--attention to that state's death penalty system.
May 4, 2010 |
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the death sentence of a Caribbean-born woman convicted of murder in Texas, clearing the way for the first execution of a British woman in 55 years. British officials and pro bono lawyers had appealed to the justices to order a new trial for Linda Carty, citing what they said were gross errors by her court-appointed lawyer during the 2001 trial, in which prosecutors said Carty killed her neighbor to steal her newborn son. Paul Lynch, Britain's consul general in Houston, said Carty would have been provided a more effective lawyer and British government support during her trial had Texas authorities informed Carty of her right to consult with British diplomats.
July 3, 2012 |
Andy Griffith, who died on Tuesday at age 86, never strayed far from his native North Carolina. He grew up there and returned there in his later years, but he's most closely identified with a place in North Carolina that never existed. "The Andy Griffith Show," which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1968, was set in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., and starred Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor. (The series was actually shot in Los Angeles.) Besides making stars of Don Knotts and young Ron Howard, the series was also a huge ratings hit and featured a distinctive theme song forever associated with Griffith.
August 29, 2003 |
University of New Mexico basketball player Billy Feeney hanged himself in an apparent suicide early Thursday morning in downtown Albuquerque. The 20-year-old Feeney was found dead at 5:15 a.m. outside an apartment complex, Albuquerque Police Chief Gilbert Gallegos said at a news conference. "The evidence points that he hanged himself," Gallegos said. "We are following up on the premise that it is a suicide." No suicide note was found at the scene, police said.
October 29, 2011
What if the state executes an innocent person? That's a central question in the debate over the death penalty that David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman did not address in their Oct. 26 Op-Ed article defending capital punishment on constitutional grounds, says Thomas Wright of Oak Park, Ill.: "Rivkin and Grossman have good arguments but miss an elephant: the likelihood of irreversible error. There being no appeal from the grave, we have to accept the certainty of a mistaken execution when we accept the death penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2012 |
Andy Griffith was starring on Broadway in the 1959 musical comedy "Destry Rides Again" when he told his agent that he was ready for a new challenge: He wanted his own television series. His chance came in 1960, when Sheldon Leonard, the producer of "The Danny Thomas Show," developed an idea that would exploit the actor's homespun image: Griffith would play Andy Taylor, the sheriff in a series set in a mythical North Carolina town called Mayberry. "The Andy Griffith Show" made its debut that fall with Ronny Howard as the widowed sheriff's young son, Opie, and Frances Bavier as matronly Aunt Bee. The series quickly became one of the decade's most popular shows and made Griffith one of television's most beloved stars.
November 6, 2005 |
President Bush has said immigration reform ranks near the top of his second-term agenda, but he and Mexican President Vicente Fox passed up an opportunity this weekend to discuss the controversial issue at a hemispheric summit here. The omission raised fresh questions about whether Bush will be able to push through Congress a guest-worker program that is dividing members of his own party.