May 7, 1993 |
Mechanic Craig Witzel looked up from a Volkswagen engine when he heard a scream Thursday morning. Then he froze as he watched a gunman stroll calmly, almost robot-like, away from the scene of a murder. "The guy was just casually walking away down the alley," Witzel said. "It was surreal," added one of his co-workers at a nearby gas station. "People were screaming and pointing at him, saying he just shot someone. But he was just calm."
February 25, 1993 |
Webster's defines "pandemonium" as the abode of all demons; the capital of Hell in Milton's "Paradise Lost"; any place of wild disorder, noise or confusion. To club promoter Danny Aguilar, long-time operator of the county's Visions one-nighters, Pandemonium is a place bombarding the senses with loud, pulsating music, bright laser lights, mood-altering caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, and luxurious fabrics covering the walls and furniture.
October 13, 1992 |
One of the most powerful earthquakes in Egypt's modern history plunged this teeming capital into panic Monday, collapsing buildings and tumbling huge mosque minarets. At least 370 people were killed and more than 3,000 others injured, authorities said. The destructive temblor, with a 5.9 magnitude, rocked Cairo shortly after 3 p.m., at the height of midday traffic. It caused bloody traffic pileups and gridlocked the city's already crowded thoroughfares for much of the afternoon.
September 17, 1992 |
The deepening monetary crisis in Europe sharply boosted the dollar on Wednesday as investors viewed the greenback as a safe haven for the time being. The dollar's rally, to 1.514 German marks from 1.491 Tuesday, boosted speculation that the U.S. currency may be mounting a sustained comeback from its recent all-time lows of just below 1.40 marks. In Asia early today, the dollar continued strong at 1.516 marks. Meanwhile, gold prices rose sharply in New York Wednesday.
February 1, 1992 |
A charter bus carrying a group of teen-age girls from Orange County to a "Wild Winter Weekend" church retreat near Idyllwild ran off the side of a winding mountain highway 12 miles southwest of here Friday, leaving 31 injured. Authorities said 26 teen-agers and four chaperons from Coast Hills Community Church in Laguna Niguel suffered minor to moderate injuries when the bus tipped over on its right side and slid down a hill after veering off California 74 between Palm Desert and Pinyon Pines.
December 12, 1990 |
After 12 days of deliberation the jury in the second Central Park jogger assault and rape trial on Tuesday convicted the younger of the two teen-age defendants on all charges, including attempted murder and rape, but found his co-defendant guilty only on lesser counts. The two youths--Kevin Richardson, 16, and Kharey Wise, 18--broke down in tears and members of their families shrieked in shock and anguish as the verdict was read in the seventh-floor courtroom in Manhattan state Supreme Court.
October 25, 1990 |
In a move not exactly calculated to draw huge crowds, the Alternative Repertory Theatre in Santa Ana has mounted a play called "The Three Cuckolds," a Renaissance-style pageant of comic lewdness and venal sin. The production, based on Leon Katz's 1986 adaptation of several 16th-Century commedia dell'arte sketches, features eight actors outfitted in evocative masks and colorful costumes.
September 22, 1990 |
"It's Time time again--you know what I'm sayin'," crowed Morris Day, the breezy, preening hipster who personifies the swagger and rollicking spirit of the Time's funky R&B music. What he was really saying is that the Time, after an untimely split seven years ago, has reunited. Day spent the good part of a late-afternoon interview boasting about the group's new album "Pandemonium," which has gotten rave reviews.