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August 12, 2013 |
Several witnesses said they didn't hear gunfire or see a shooter immediately after a convenience store clerk in Victorville was shot to death outside of his work Sunday night, authorities said. Officials confirmed that Daniel Olivera, 26, of Hesperia, was fatally shot in the upper torso Sunday after getting off work at about 11 p.m. Olivera was chatting with a security guard outside the front doors of the AM/PM store at a gas station in the 15700 block of Roy Rogers Drive when he was killed, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's D epartment spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
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August 10, 2013
Barbara Mertz Bestselling mystery writer Barbara Mertz, 85, a bestselling mystery author who wrote dozens of novels under the pen names Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, died Thursday at her home in Frederick, Md., her daughter Elizabeth told her publisher HarperCollins. She had cancer. Mertz wrote more than 35 mysteries as Peters, including her most popular series about a daring Victorian archaeologist named Amelia Peabody. She also wrote 29 suspense novels as Michaels, and under her own name, she wrote nonfiction books about ancient Egypt.
August 9, 2013 |
In 85 years, she wrote more than 70 books -- so many that she needed to publish under three different names. Barbara Mertz was 85 when she died at home in Frederick, Md., on Thursday. Born in a small town in Illinois as Barbara Louise Gross, she attended the University of Chicago on scholarship. Despite having a Ph.D., she was unable to find work in her chosen field, Egyptology. Instead she became a stay-at-home mom who tried in her spare time to write books. When her first novels failed to sell, she published two nonfiction books about Egypt under her own name.
August 7, 2013 |
It's tough to beat a good crime drama for many reasons, only some of which have to do with guns, car chases and wise but weary men saying things like "I'm too old for this. " Crime punctures the delicate scrim of daily life: The perfect family, the orderly office, the quiet town. Its investigation goes even further, yanking the coverlet from the unmade bed of human nature, exposing the stains, the cigarette burns, the secrets. That's why murder mysteries remain the most popular stories on television - through them we can safely examine the tenuous nature of civilization.
July 25, 2013 |
NASA offered a peek of the first batch of images and physical data from its new IRIS solar observatory, the first detailed look at a little-understood layer of the sun sandwiched between the surface and glowing outer corona. Researchers have just begun to analyze the data from IRIS, which is known officially as the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. The ultimate goal of the mission is to shed light on how this mysterious layer - known as the interface region -- powers the sun's atmosphere and churns the solar winds that flow through the entire solar system.
July 18, 2013 |
A harsh critic of James "Whitey" Bulger, who had once been expected to testify against the gangster at his trial, was found dead in his home Wednesday, with no obvious signs of trauma on his body. There will be an autopsy on to determine the cause of death of Stephen Rakes, who was 59. It's the latest strange twist in a decades-long story full of death, double-crossing, and mystery. In 1938, 8-year old Whitey Bulger moved into public housing in South Boston, known as Southie. He worked his way up in the local crime syndicate while his brother became a state senator and later president of the University of Massachusetts.
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July 17, 2013 |
The search for a Los Angeles woman who 53 years ago was a Sports Illustrated cover girl has ended sadly for a collector of autographs from cover subjects. Model Dolores Greer, 81, died last month on the same day that cover autograph collector Scott Smith was being interviewed by The Times for a story that was published Tuesday. Greer's obituary appeared in Sunday's Times. The saga of Smith's search for the model who illustrated the magazine's Oct. 17, 1960, cover story on the “new look in sports clothes” has spanned more than three decades.
July 13, 2013 |
On Feb. 22, 1999, 4-year-old Luke Burgie hopped up from the couch and announced: "My tummy doesn't hurt anymore, Mommy. " The terrible sickness that had ravaged his body for six months had vanished. His doctors were as baffled by the sudden and complete recovery as they had been about what had caused his illness in the first place. His mother, Jan Burgie, called it a miracle. Sister Margaret Mary Preister, one of two nuns at a local convent who had been praying for Luke's recovery, was less sure.
July 12, 2013 |
University of Washington cops first noticed Justin Miles Jasper when he sat up in the bed of his truck, which was parked at the Seattle campus on the night of July 2. He was shirtless and in a sleeping bag. Police did not learn until the next day that the truck was stolen and that Jasper was armed, according to court documents. Jasper, 22, made an initial appearance in federal court Thursday to answer an indictment in which he is charged with possessing Molotov cocktails, stolen weapons and body armor, which police say they found in the truck.
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July 11, 2013 |
The dead seal stinking up Malibu has been hauled away, apparently by a private citizen in a rubber boat, officials said Thursday. Andrew Hughan of state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the seal was carted away from the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road sometime Thursday afternoon. California Department of Transportation spokesman Patrick Chandler said a maintenance employee was told that “someone pulled up...