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February 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Del Courtney, 95, a Bay Area big-band leader in the 1930s, died Saturday at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu after a weeklong bout with pneumonia. His band performed at four presidential inaugural balls -- for Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Among the songs associated with Courtney, known for a sweeter big-band sound, were "Three Shades of Blue" and "Good Evening."
April 20, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Moses Lasky, 94, a prominent San Francisco trial lawyer whose clients included the Oakland Raiders and J. Paul Getty, died April 7 of complications from pneumonia at a San Francisco hospital. Born in Denver, the son of Polish immigrants, Lasky entered the University of Colorado at the age of 14 and financed his education by selling books door to door. Before his 21st birthday, he had earned his bachelor's and law degrees.
August 2, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
NAPA, Calif. -- On the same day the newest Oakland Raider stepped back into the spotlight, the oldest Raider lured it away. Then again, what could just-signed Daunte Culpepper possibly say Wednesday that would be remotely as entertaining as the annual address on the state of the silver and black from Al Davis?
August 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NAPA, Calif. - Terrelle Pryor, the last draft pick made by Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, can now make a remarkable admission for an NFL quarterback. Until this year, he didn't really know how to throw a football. That may be a little extreme. He thought he knew how to throw, and he could pick up a ball and wing it. But his body mechanics were so inefficient and his tosses were so scattershot, he said, he had no future in the pros. "I look back on last year, and I just knew I wasn't ready," said Pryor, 23, entering his third NFL season and now an intriguing figure in the Raiders' quarterback mix, probably as a change-of-speed option to presumed starter Matt Flynn.
When Mike White tried to walk onto the the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum field Saturday for the first time as Raider coach, he found his path barred by a security guard. "Who are you?" the guard asked. That guard, whose name will forever be lost in infamy, was in the minority among the estimated 46,000, who sounded at times like 90,000 in a stadium that seats 51,000 for football.
August 4, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Bubba Smith, a former All-Pro football player turned actor and commercial pitchman who delighted TV viewers by wrenching off the tops of "easy-opening cans" of beer, was found dead Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 66. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of the photo caption with this article misidentified Jim Kiick of the Miami Dolphis as Jim Klick. The cause of death has not been determined, the L.A. County coroner's office said. A caretaker found Smith at his Baldwin Hills home, police said.
March 13, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Anthony Wayne Smith, a former defensive end for the Oakland Raiders, lured a Lancaster mechanic to a remote stretch of desert highway and together with two accomplices murdered the man, prosecutors told a jury Monday at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. Smith, 44, who played professional football with the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders between 1991 and 1998, is charged with the October 2008 murder of 31-year-old Maurilio Ponce. Also charged are Charles Eric Honest, 42, of Los Angeles and Dewann Wesley White, 33, of Bloomington.
May 11, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
To celebrate its 30th anniversary last year, ESPN mounted "30 for 30," a still-unfolding series of new documentary films about sports over the last three decades. Installments already aired include Barry Levinson's "The Band That Wouldn't Die," about the Baltimore Colts; Peter Berg's "Kings Ransom," about Wayne Gretzky's trade to the Los Angeles Kings; Ron Shelton's "Jordan Rides the Bus," about Michael Jordan's adventures in minor-league baseball. "The Birth of Big Air" ( Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville on BMX rider Mat Hoffman)
August 21, 2013 | Helene Elliott
While NFL quarterbacks are studying playbooks and jostling for jobs as the season approaches, Matt Leinart has been working out, spending time with his son, and, apparently, eating alone. A photo of a solo Leinart in a Manhattan Beach bar/restaurant has shown up on several websites recently, including "Unemployed Matt Leinart seems to be lonely," one caption read. Said another, "Over/under he's searching Craigslist for work?" Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner at USC and No. 10 pick by Arizona in the 2006 NFL draft, has been out of a job since the Oakland Raiders didn't re-sign him after last season.
March 27, 2004
It has been several weeks since you used disparaging words about the Oakland Raiders. You must be slipping. Frank Lopez Lakewood
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