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October 22, 2013 |
A lawyer for the family of a man who died in a confrontation with Riverside County sheriff's deputies at a Burger King drive-through is disputing official reports about how the 41-year-old plumber died. Raymond Lewis Johnson died Oct. 11 after deputies kicked, pepper-sprayed, Tasered and used a baton to extract him from his vehicle; but the coroner determined he died not from those actions but from preexisting physical problems. At least six to seven deputies were involved in the confrontation that lasted about 10 minutes, said Rickey Ivie, who represents the Johnson family and held a news conference Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles.
October 19, 2013 |
Two convicted murderers who were released from a Florida prison using forged documents were captured Saturday night at a Panama City motel, authorities said. Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, were taken into custody without incident about 6:40 p.m. at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. They were arrested a few hours after family members held a news conference to urge the men to turn themselves in. A woman who answered the phone at the motel told the Associated Press she saw police go into room 227. The woman, who didn't want to give her name, said authorities didn't stop by the office before moving in. Jenkins and Walker were serving life sentences at the Franklin Correctional Facility in Florida's Panhandle region, about 300 miles from Orange County, where they were convicted.
October 15, 2013 |
When 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick leapt off an abandoned cement plant in Lakeland, Fla., on Sept. 10, her death was ruled a suicide and instantly became a national tragedy. Tuesday, police announced the arrest of two classmates, ages 12 and 14, for felony aggravated stalking in the bullying case. At least one of her alleged tormentors wasn't sorry, police said. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the arrests came after one of the girls posted the following message on Facebook on Saturday: "Yes ik [I know]
October 12, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- If the Dodgers don't retain Don Mattingly as their manager next season, could they replace him with Tony La Russa? It doesn't sound like it, based on what La Russa said Saturday at a news conference before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. La Russa admitted Saturday that he missed parts of managing. “If I could only manage October, I would be back every year,” he said. “This is so much fun. But I don't miss the managing. I miss winning and losing.
October 9, 2013 |
A passenger landed a plane at Humberside Airport in Britain after the pilot collapsed at the controls, according to news reports. The two were the only people on board the four-seater Cessna 172 when the pilot became ill Tuesday evening as they headed back to Sandtoft Airfield, near the northeastern town of Doncaster, Reuters news agency reported. John Wildey told the British Broadcasting Corp . that he had never flown a plane when he grabbed the controls from the pilot and called “Mayday, mayday, mayday.” “I hadn't a clue what to do to get down,” he said.
October 9, 2013 |
A University of Southern California professor and colleagues from Stanford and Harvard universities were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their pioneering use of computer modeling programs to help predict complex chemical reactions. Their work, which began in the 1970s, has revolutionized chemistry research, where scientists now work with computers as much as they do with test tubes. “Chemical reactions occur at lightening speed,” read an announcement from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
October 4, 2013 |
The motorcyclist who was severely injured Sunday during a confrontation on Manhattan's West Side Highway is a devoted family man who was trying to defuse the situation, his family and lawyer said Friday. Edwin Mieses Jr., 32, sustained back and leg injuries when an SUV ran over him after a group of motorcyclists surrounded the black Range Rover. The vehicle's driver fled, and the motorist was later beaten by other bikers. One person has been charged in the incident, which is being examined by a Manhattan grand jury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 |
OAKLAND -- Police and prosecutors on Tuesday announced arrests in the July slaying of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine , who was gunned down while at a slumber party here in what authorities say was an attempted retaliation for the killing of a Berkeley man earlier in the evening. The slaying of the girl, known by her family as “Ladybug,” shook a city that is in many ways numbed by a high crime rate, and prompted legislation now on the governor's desk that would allow Oakland to create its own gun registry.
September 30, 2013 |
Pat Haden stood at the lectern and uttered the simple sentence that said it all. "I believe this decision is best for USC," he said. The sentence wasn't clever or sexy. It sounded like boilerplate stuff you'd expect at a news conference to announce the firing of a football coach. The difference lies in the person saying it. It wasn't boilerplate to Haden. It was doctrine. To understand that, and him, opens new corridors to the future of USC football post-Lane Kiffin. Haden needs his job like a Porsche needs a trailer hitch.
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September 26, 2013 |
With her attorney Gloria Allred at her side, model Brittanie Weaver told a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday that in secretly taking video up her dress at a pet store, Julio Mario Medal made her feel violated, humiliated and "like a piece of meat. " "This has been a time-consuming and stressful battle to protect my dignity," she said in a victim impact statement. "I was so upset by what he did to me that I missed out on career opportunities, suffered a lack of trust in those around me and withdrew from two semesters at my university.