November 8, 2009 |
Joe Theismann has a brief but memorable part in "The Blind Side," a soon-to-be-released movie depicting the remarkable story of Baltimore Ravens left tackle Michael Oher . The heartwarming movie, which hits theaters Nov. 20, runs two hours, eight minutes -- all but two minutes of which Theismann plans to watch. The Washington Redskins great might want to get popcorn at the beginning, because the story opens with actual footage of his gruesome, career-ending injury in 1985, when his lower leg snapped under the weight of a tackle by the Giants' Lawrence Taylor . "I will never -- and I say this to you unequivocally -- I will never look at it again," said Theismann, who watched a replay of the injury four years ago, at a reporter's request, as part of a 20th anniversary story.
October 15, 1995 |
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
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January 26, 2013 |
More than a dozen years after being bounced from office by the voters of Los Angeles, Gil Garcetti doesn't want to forget his time as district attorney so much as he wants to reframe it. "You can mention that I am a former district attorney somewhere along the line," Garcetti tells people who introduce him at public events. "But I am a photographer, first and foremost. " With a slight pause, he adds: "The best line, though, is going to be being introduced as the father of the mayor of Los Angeles.
October 11, 1995 |
Arnelle Simpson has always had a famous father. There were always people interrupting their dinners out to ask for his autograph; there have always been exchanged whispers-- "That's O.J. Simpson's daughter"-- when she showed up somewhere. "I've dealt with that all my life. I can read lips," she said with a chuckle. But that was scant preview of the kind of fame that would be bestowed upon her in the past 16 months between her father's arrest and her father's acquittal.
July 31, 2012 |
O.J. Murdock spent parts of what turned out to be the last days of his life contacting friends and coaches, mostly by text message, thanking them for all they had done for him and his family. Al McCray, who coached Murdock at Middleton High in Tampa, Fla., and at Fort Hays State in Kansas, received an early-morning text from the Tennessee Titans receiver just hours before he was found in his car Monday with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. "I got a text at 3:30 in the morning, where he said: 'Coach, I want to thank you for everything you've done for me and my family.
January 20, 2012 |
Will JPMorgan Chase & Co. play its part in makingO.J. Simpson's house into a "Meat Is Murder" museum? That is the question the animal rights group PETA is asking in what must be the most bizarre letter received by the bank Thursday. PETA wrote a letter directly to JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon asking if the bank would donate Simpson's former home in Florida to the group for use as a museum. "Our museum will contain exhibits that give visitors a sense of the terror that animals used for food experience.
July 20, 1997
Re O.J. Simpson's estate, July 15: Who would've ever thought that Mike Tyson's bite would cost more than O.J.'s Brentwood mansion. PAUL ECKER Diamond Bar
February 11, 1996
O.J., like the TV commercial's pink rabbit, just keeps going and going and going . . JOHN BEST Sierra Madre