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March 21, 2001 |
A state appellate court has thrown out the 12-year sentence of a drunk driver who killed an engineer in a traffic accident, saying that the driver's eight previous drunk driving convictions make him eligible for up to life in prison. "We're pleased with the ruling, and we expect the case to go back to court in about a month," said Sandi Gibbons of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Johnny Castro, 39, killed Mahdad Koosh in a January 1998 accident on the Golden State Freeway.
April 27, 2007 |
Marilee Jones, a prominent crusader against the pressure on students to build their resumes for elite colleges, resigned Thursday as dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after acknowledging she had misrepresented her academic credentials. Jones has been a popular speaker on the college admissions circuit, where she urged parents not to press their kids too hard and told students there were more important things than getting into the most prestigious colleges.
January 1, 2002 |
There must be a recession--even Bill Gates is cutting back. And he's not alone. The super-rich are becoming much more frugal with their charitable giving. The 10 largest single gifts to charity in 2001 totaled $4.6 billion, down nearly 60% from $11.08 billion the previous year. Gates, the chairman of Microsoft Corp., retained the top spot on the list of large individual gifts compiled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
September 15, 1991 |
All Rose Goldenberg of Beverly Hills was looking for was a warmer climate when she moved from her native Canada to Los Angeles. She found that, but she also found a love that has lasted 30 years. This month the 79-year-old teacher celebrates her 30th anniversary at the Beverly Hills Educational Center. "I had looked at nine different schools but when I saw BHEC, I immediately fell in love," she said. "It was a small family school and I knew that this was the place I wanted to be."
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April 19, 2007 |
Chauncey Starr, an internationally known nuclear energy consultant who worked with physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer during World War II and later became a dean at UCLA, has died. He was 95. Starr, who still worked six days a week, died Tuesday at his home in Atherton, Calif. His heart stopped beating during a morning nap before heading into the office, said Clay Perry, a spokesman for the Electric Power Research Institute, which Starr founded in 1972.
November 8, 2002 |
Electric razors that had been rigged with explosives blew up in the faces of two men, wounding both, authorities said Thursday. Federal and local investigators urged shoppers to be careful when buying electric razors, and to call authorities if they see a razor left in a public place. "There is a very strong possibility that there are other razors out there," Sheriff Dan Keating said. Keating added that the razors had been similarly rigged.
March 16, 1989 |
Minuteman Tech, a regional, vocational-technical high school in the western Boston suburb of Lexington, is a far cry from the old image of a vocational high school. Minuteman looks more like a high-tech office park than a school.
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March 25, 2014
Dave Brockie Frontman for heavy metal GWAR Dave Brockie, 50, who as "Oderus Urungus" fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades, was found dead Sunday evening at his home in Richmond, Va. Detectives currently don't suspect foul play, according to Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh, and the medical examiner's office will determine cause of...
November 12, 1989 |
Among America's more than 250,000 model railroaders, John Nehrich is a living legend. When he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972, he gave up a career as a chemist to devote his life to a model railroad layout in the basement of a college dorm. He spends at least 60 hours a week working on the massive layout that he and RPI students painstakingly have put together over the last two decades.
April 4, 2003 |
The major record companies intensified their attack on piracy Thursday, suing four students at three universities who allegedly operated Napster-like music-copying services on their campuses' computer networks. The students -- one at Princeton University, one at Michigan Technological University and two at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- each could be ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars in damages if a court finds that they operated the services and redistributed copyrighted music.