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August 24, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Julius A. "Jud" Leetham, a former Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who served as chairman of the county Republican Central Committee in the 1960s, has died. He was 90. Leetham, a longtime resident of San Marino and Pasadena, died Aug. 16 at a Walnut Creek nursing facility from complications of a stroke he suffered about two months ago, said his son, William C. Leetham. Julius Leetham had moved to Walnut Creek, in the East Bay Area, several years ago. Appointed to the Superior Court in 1969 by Gov. Ronald Reagan, Leetham served on the court for nearly 20 years, including two as the supervising judge of the criminal courts in Los Angeles County.
Isa Haruni wakes up each morning wondering if this day will be his last. He and his 75 male relatives are potential targets in a 7-year-old blood feud sparked by a killing committed by a cousin. "Every day, I kiss my children before I leave home thinking I might not have another chance," says the merchant, his broad shoulders slumping and dark eyes twitching. Haruni, 42, and his relatives aren't the only potential victims. Under decades of communist rule, deadly family feuds were rare in Albania, but communism is history, and nearly everyone in Albania has a gun. Old debts are being settled, and new blood is being shed.
July 27, 1986 | MARY BARBER, Times Staff Writer
At first Rodrigo Nunez thought he would always be a migrant farm worker--that's what he was and all he could hope to be, when he was stricken with a deadly blood disease at the age of 18 in 1978. Then he thought he'd die far from his family in Mexico, among people who did not understand his language or his terror. Last Wednesday Nunez spoke of miracles, in perfect English, to others whose lives were saved by bone marrow transplants, and they understood him perfectly.
October 31, 1988 | CRAIG LEE
Almost a decade after they started, the Cramps remain hermetically sealed in their stylistic crypt. The increasingly reclusive quartet's first hometown appearance in more than two years at a half-filled Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday showed that little has changed for these Norma Desmonds of psychobilly, as the group roared through a trashy set of swap-meet Gothic sex-rock.
April 6, 1998
California has played host to some of the most dramatic presidential primary elections in American political history. There was Barry Goldwater's victory over Nelson Rockefeller in the GOP primary in June 1964; Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's win in 1968, nullified moments later by a gunman's bullet, and George McGovern over Hubert H. Humphrey in 1972. And then. . . . Well, that's about it. California's June primary quickly became an exercise in political impotence.
August 6, 1992
Blood collection days at the Glendale-Crescenta Valley chapter of the American Red Cross have been changed to the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The community bloodmobile will be at 1501 S. Brand Blvd. from 2:15 to 7 p.m. Blood donors are asked to make reservations: (800) 974-2113.
May 4, 1989 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
The list of candidates for the coaching job that became available when the Kings fired Robbie Ftorek Tuesday is taking shape. It is being compiled by General Manager Rogie Vachon and probably won't include anyone who would demand to be general manager as well as coach. "Rogie is our general manager and he'll be back; that's for sure," owner Bruce McNall said Wednesday from New York, where he is attending meetings of the National Hockey League's expansion committee. "I know you're hearing about some good coaches who would only come if they could be general manager, too. I've heard the same thing.
February 10, 2000 | Diane Pucin
So UCLA did it. The Bruins beat USC Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. Wow. Without two of its top six players, USC couldn't quite complete the season sweep of UCLA. Let the party begin. Instead of only having hopes of an NIT invitation, the Bruins can still cling to hopes of an NCAA tournament bid, can still maybe fool themselves that a national championship might still be theirs this season. How sad is this though? Celebrating a season split with USC.
Madison Offenhauser, a 29- year-old real estate agent with a lot of nervous energy and good business connections, is the kind of donor/volunteer the Music Center would like to see more of. For it to survive and flourish in the decades to come, the center must encourage younger Angelenos with time and money to spend it on the Music Center. Offenhauser, an agent with June Scott & Associates, has been involved with the center's upcoming L.A. Alive!
Each year, as many as 5 million Americans show up at hospital emergency rooms with symptoms of heart attacks. Although only 10% to 15% are actually suffering a cardiac episode, ruling out a heart attack usually takes six to 24 hours and can be quite expensive. But new blood tests can reliably rule out an attack within 90 minutes, according to researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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