CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1990 |
An NBC attorney attempted Friday to persuade federal appeals court judges in Pasadena to strike down the largest libel verdict against an American news organization--a $5.3-million judgment that the network defamed singer Wayne Newton in newscasts that linked him to organized crime figures. NBC lawyer Floyd Abrams said the stories were the product of aggressive reporting, not ill will, and should be protected by the First Amendment. But Newton's lawyer, Morton R.
September 25, 1991 |
Los Alamitos officials have proposed 1992 racing dates that would shorten the current quarter horse meeting but provide quarter horse racing at Hollywood Park for the first time since 1987. The proposal was presented Monday to a California Horse Racing Board Committee. It asks for 32 weeks of quarter horse racing, 43 weeks of harness racing and three weeks of thoroughbred and quarter horse fair racing. Under the plan, quarter horse racing would end at Los Alamitos on Jan. 18 instead of Feb. 8.
September 11, 1994 |
When the fire came, some hid in wells or cisterns. They died. Some escaped to a swamp, and they suffocated. But others survived, boarding trains to outrace the flames or wading into water to avoid their reach. One hundred years ago, on Sept. 1, 1894, a firestorm swept over 480 square miles of northeastern Minnesota's white pine forest. In just four hours, six towns were reduced to rubble and the forest to a wasteland of charred stumps. And in that time, at least 418 people died.
May 1, 1997 |
What did the Detroit Red Wings ever do to Ron Wilson? Well, they fired his father, Larry Wilson, as coach in 1977. They fired his Uncle Johnny too, in 1973. Then there was the time they told Ron's father he'd be playing in the minors for a few games. "Two weeks of conditioning," Ron remembers, still incredulous. "It ended up being 13 years." And all that was long before the Red Wings beat the Mighty Ducks in the first game in franchise history--smoking the Ducks, 7-2, on Oct.
June 12, 1993 |
A World War II German submarine containing the remains of more than 50 sailors and spies has been found four miles east of Cape Cod, where the U.S. Navy sank it in 1944, a commercial diver said. Edward Michaud said he found the U-boat in 41 feet of water, partly buried in shifting sand, on June 5 after three years of research. The 251-foot-long sub was sunk Oct. 28, 1944, after its commander used a Coast Guard radio frequency to communicate with Germany in code.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989 |
An ongoing weekend car swap at Fullerton College was ordered closed this week because it allegedly competed with car dealerships in an "inappropriate" manner. The Fullerton City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to deny permission for CarFaire Inc. to continue operating a used-car swap meet on vacant parking lots on the community college campus. "The use of public land for this type of enterprise is inappropriate," City Councilman Don Bankhead said.
October 2, 1992 |
Two days after announcing his return to the NBA, Magic Johnson signed a one-year contract extension Thursday for the 1994-95 season believed to be worth a record $14.6, payable even if he does not play. That gives Johnson the largest single-season salary in team sports, and, considering the $2.5 million he will make each of the next two years, makes the next three seasons worth $19.6 million.
October 24, 1988 |
By the time Joey Sindelar was 12, he probably had played more golf than most will play in a lifetime. Instead of growing up with a basketball hoop on the garage, Sindelar had a putting green in his front yard, a golf course in the back, and a father intent on making little Joey a golfer.
July 13, 1996 |
As the summer travel season heats up, Southwest Airlines fired the first salvo in a new fare war Friday by dropping many of its prices for travel in the West and Midwest to as low as $25 one way. United, American and Trans World Airlines quickly followed suit, and other competing airlines are expected to do so as well. But there's a big catch: Seats for the special fares will be limited. In United's case, reportedly as few as 10% of a typical flight's seats will get the special fare.
February 19, 1985 |
Larry Bird had 30 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 9 steals for the Celtics to come within one steal of recording a quadruple-double as Boston beat the Utah Jazz, 110-94, at Salt Lake City. But, when informed of his opportunity, Bird chose not to go back into the game after being taken out in the third quarter. He totaled 33 minutes.