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October 6, 1989 | From Reuters
Kidnapers have freed Brazilian businessman Luiz Salles, owner of an advertising agency, after receiving a ransom of $2.5 million, police said Thursday. Salles had been held for 65 days.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi spend their days in Santa Monica, sitting side by side at a shared desk in identical chairs in their backyard office, wearing headphones, working at their laptops. Across a cool green expanse sits their Spanish-style house, hidden behind a vine-covered wall. "I really loved books about secret worlds, like 'The Secret Garden' and the 'Bridge to Terabithia,' " says Riggs, whose young adult novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" was a bestseller in 2011.
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NATIONAL
March 14, 2010 | Chicago Tribune
How much is a life worth? Cook County prosecutors said Saturday that a man charged with kidnapping accepted $700 to set his victim free. Terrance Warren was charged with felony aggravated kidnapping after prosecutors said he held his victim for ransom. But the tables were turned Saturday when Warren was jailed in lieu of $1-million bail. On Jan. 9 at 9:45 p.m., Warren, 26, was reportedly riding in an SUV with two other people when they turned in front of another vehicle, causing it to crash.
SPORTS
December 14, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Question for wannabe NBA general managers: If you had a chance to add an inefficient scorer who plays passable defense while possessing one of the league's worst contracts, you'd pass, right? Pete D'Alessandro wouldn't. The new Sacramento Kings general manager couldn't resist the allure of Rudy Gay, who scores points galore but needs a lot of shots to do so. His player efficiency rating was 116th in the NBA at the time of the seven-player trade between the Kings and Toronto Raptors, which cost the Kings a lot more than starting point guard Greivis Vasquez and a passel of nobodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1996 | ELAINE DUTKA
Exceeding expectations, "Ransom" rode roughshod over the competition, turning in the year's second-biggest three-day weekend, after "Twister's" $41-million take in May. (Both "Independence Day" and "Mission: Impossible" exceeded this total during the Friday-through-Sunday portion of their lengthier opening stretches, with $50.2 million and $45.4 million, respectively.
WORLD
November 8, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Al Qaeda-linked militants have freed a nurse they held hostage for four months in the southern Philippines after her family paid a ransom, officials said. Regional police commander Chief Superintendent Bensali Jabarani said the Abu Sayyaf group handed over Preciosa Feliciano to provincial authorities on the island province of Basilan near the southern port city of Zamboanga. Gunmen snatched the 24-year-old nurse in July and took her by boat to Basilan. Her family said she was missing for a week before the kidnappers called asking for ransom.
SPORTS
June 23, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Making his first start as a 6-year-old, A Ransom did what he was supposed to on California Champions Night Saturday at Los Alamitos. The 1-2 favorite and defending champion in the $159,250 Spencer L. Childers Handicap, the world champion quarter horse of 2000 broke well and proved clearly best over 11-1 shot Whosleavingwho and four others. The final time for the 400 yards in the Grade I was 19.66 seconds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two men and a woman were arrested early Monday by Los Angeles police on suspicion of kidnapping for ransom, robbery and carjacking in the alleged attack against two men Sunday evening at an El Sereno park. Police spokesman John Pasquariello identified those who were arrested as Manuel Perry, 28, of Azusa; Richard Gomez, 28, of San Bernardino; and Reanita Bell, 20, of Highland Park. Those allegedly abducted were not identified.
NEWS
May 23, 1986 | United Press International
Two jewelers held captive for 15 hours by kidnapers in the heart of Manhattan's diamond district paid their own ransom by turning over $1- million worth of gold and gems from their company safes, police said Thursday. Police sought four men who held brothers Naftali and Izzy Bochner before releasing them Wednesday at separate locations.
NEWS
May 3, 1989 | From Reuters
An Italian woman kidnaped six months ago was released unharmed by her abductors Tuesday after her husband raised a $3 million ransom. Silvana Dell'Orto, 45, was left with her feet and hands tied beside a highway outside the northern city of Parma where police found her after an anonymous telephone call. Dell'Orto's husband, Giuseppe Zannoni, a local industrialist, announced three weeks ago that he had raised $3 million in ransom money and wanted proof that his wife was alive before paying.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By David Ng
The archives of Ed Ruscha will reside at the University of Texas at Austin, whose Harry Ransom Center has acquired the artist's personal collection of documents, photographs and sketches. Officials said on Wednesday that the materials would eventually be accessible to the public at the Ransom Center after the items were cataloged and processed. A small selection of materials from the archive will be on display in the Ransom Center's lobby through Dec. 1. The archives contain Ruscha's five personal journals containing preliminary sketches and notes, correspondence and photographs, as well as materials related to the making of his artist's book of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - When is a pirate not a pirate? A federal court may provide an answer in a trial that opened in Washington this week of a Somali official who helped win release of a hijacked Danish cargo ship and crew for $1.7 million ransom, but who played no part in seizing the vessel or holding it for 71 days. U.S. courts have convicted dozens of Somali pirates in recent years, part of a vast multinational effort that has helped curtail the rampant hijacking of oil tankers, freighters, sailboats and other ships off the Horn of Africa.
WORLD
October 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Dominik Neubauer stared into the camera, the steel barrel of an assault rifle pointed at his head. A Yemeni "tribe" had taken him hostage, the 26-year-old Austrian student said in English, a tear rolling down his left cheek. If they aren't paid a ransom, he continued, "they will kill me seven days after this video is published. " In May, three months after the video appeared on YouTube, Neubauer was freed along with a Finnish couple who had also been kidnapped near an Arabic language school in Sana, Yemen's capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
At the prestigious Ransom Center, between the works of Don Delillo and Ezra Pound, you'll soon be able to find "Conan the Barbarian" by pulp author Robert E. Howard. Best known for the noble barbarian brought to life on screen by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Howard was a prolific fantasy writer in the early part of the 20th century. He published more than 100 stories in magazines before his death at age 30 in 1936. Howard was 18 when he published his first story, "Spear and Fang," in the magazine Weird Tales.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
For 15 years, Dave Eggers' McSweeney's publishing enterprise has helped readers discover all things cool and quirky. On Wednesday, the Harry Ransom Center, the humanities library at the University of Texas, announced that it has acquired the archive of McSweeney's publishing company, which includes McSweeney's books, DVD journal Wholphin, the Believer, the food magazine Lucky Peach and the center's flagship literary journal first published in 1998, Timothy...
WORLD
May 20, 2013 | By Don Lee and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
DALIAN, China - Among fishermen in this historic seaport city, the danger of steering their boats near North Korean waters is well known. North Koreans took three Chinese ships and their crews hostage a year ago, and Chinese maritime officials have repeatedly warned fishing operators over the last several years that they would be slapped with heavy fines if they got too close. Still, the Korean waters were highly attractive for their abundance of fish. And so it came as little surprise to fishermen like Cao Zhanyuan when he and many others in China learned Monday that a boat off the coast here had been seized by North Koreans this month.
NEWS
November 13, 1985 | From Reuters
A 17-year-old schoolgirl kidnaped 11 months ago was freed early Tuesday in the mountains of Calabria in the toe of Italy. The release of Enza Rita Stramandinoli came three days after her family handed over the second and last installment of an 800- million lire ($450,000) ransom at a secret location in central Italy, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
SPORTS
July 26, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Two-thirds of the participants in tonight's Vessels Maturity Trials will be back for the finals in two weeks. The 10 fastest qualifiers among the 15 entrants in the two trials will return for the 400-yard Maturity on Aug. 10 and it will be one of the biggest surprises if A Ransom isn't among the finalists. The former world champion will be favored in the second trial while making his second start of 2002 for owners John or Kathie Bobenrieth and trainer Connie Hall.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
As a kidnapped 5-year-old boy cried for his mother from an underground bunker in Alabama last week, Larry Park, Jodi Heffington Medrano and others relived a decades-old California drama with uncanny similarities: Chowchilla, when gunmen snatched a school bus full of children and buried them alive in a ransom attempt. Park, now 43, hadn't forgotten the hell that started on a hot school bus ride when he was 6, nor the men who buried him, the bus driver and 25 other children in a moving van. But he was finally in a good place.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Painting a grim picture of the economic fallout from such a move, President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill not to use the federal debt limit as leverage to win budget cuts and accused them of threatening to "blow up the economy. " "They can act responsibly and pay America's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis," Obama said at a news conference Monday. "But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.
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