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May 21, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN
"It's ironic," said an admirer of Richard Thomas here at the Hartford Stage Company, "that if he lives to be 100, the headline on the obit will be 'John-Boy Dies at 100.' " Indeed it seems ironic but true. The relatively few seasons Richard Thomas spent as John-Boy on "The Waltons" are indelible. The identification remains upon him so strongly that passers-by here in Connecticut still call out, "Hey, John- Boy!"--with great affection--when they see him. His friend is probably right about the headline, too. The larger irony is that John-Boy was such a far cry from Thomas' own earlier life and is so removed in time and tenor from his subsequent life.
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February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Ralph Waite, best known for starring in the CBS series "The Waltons" from 1972 to 1981, died Thursday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., at the age of 85.  The actor played John Walton Sr., the kind-hearted patriarch of a large, poor family living in rural Virginia in the Great Depression. The wholesome series, which also starred Michael Learned as his wife, Olivia, and Richard Thomas as his eldest son John-Boy, famously ended with a vignette in which the family said goodnight as they turned off the lights.
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February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Ralph Waite, best known for starring in the CBS series "The Waltons" from 1972 to 1981, died Thursday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., at the age of 85.  The actor played John Walton Sr., the kind-hearted patriarch of a large, poor family living in rural Virginia in the Great Depression. The wholesome series, which also starred Michael Learned as his wife, Olivia, and Richard Thomas as his eldest son John-Boy, famously ended with a vignette in which the family said goodnight as they turned off the lights.
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February 13, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Ralph Waite, an actor who played the patriarch of a Depression-era Virginia family on the classic television series "The Waltons," has died. He was 85. Waite, a Palm Desert resident, died Thursday, his manager, Alan Mills, told the Associated Press. The cause was not immediately determined, Mills said. Waite had been in good health and appeared last year in episodes of the series "NCIS," "Bones" and "Days of Our Lives. " "The Waltons," which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981, starred Waite as John Walton; Richard Thomas played his oldest son, John-Boy, an aspiring novelist.
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February 13, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Ralph Waite, an actor who played the patriarch of a Depression-era Virginia family on the classic television series "The Waltons," has died. He was 85. Waite, a Palm Desert resident, died Thursday, his manager, Alan Mills, told the Associated Press. The cause was not immediately determined, Mills said. Waite had been in good health and appeared last year in episodes of the series "NCIS," "Bones" and "Days of Our Lives. " "The Waltons," which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981, starred Waite as John Walton; Richard Thomas played his oldest son, John-Boy, an aspiring novelist.
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April 21, 1989
A man was killed Thursday when he was hit by a pickup truck while crossing a street in Simi Valley, police said. The 19-year-old Simi Valley resident, whom authorities did not identify pending notification of relatives, died at Simi Valley Adventist Hospital shortly after the 4:15 p.m. accident in the 1300 block of Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley Police Lt. Richard Thomas said. The driver of the pickup was not charged, Thomas said.
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October 16, 1993
One man was injured Friday when gunfire broke out after rival gangs exchanged hand signs outside John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, Los Angeles police said. The victim, who was treated at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, was hit in the chest and left arm as he sat in a car outside the school at 12431 Roscoe Blvd., Sgt. Richard Thomas said. His injuries are not life-threatening. Two students and one adult who were in the car with the victim were not injured.
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March 5, 1993 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took two years, but Brethren Christian forward Scott Thomas finally realized that his dad was right all along. He really can shoot. He simply has to be willing to take the shot. Thomas took the decisive shots against Brentwood Tuesday in the Division V-AA semifinals and made them all. Thomas' last shot, a three-pointer, gave the Warriors and his father and coach, Richard, a chance to win their first Southern Section title tonight against Palos Verdes Chadwick.
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March 12, 1993 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Brethren Christian Warriors are going to the Southern California Division V finals Saturday. Whether their coach or their fans will have any nerves left by then is in doubt. Brethren Christian played its third heart-stopper in four games, but the top-seeded Warriors remained poised down the stretch again and came through with a 48-43 overtime victory over Fontana Ambassador Christian Thursday at Cypress College.
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June 23, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER
Richard Thomas, the former top administrator in Santa Barbara, has accepted a position as Ventura's interim city manager, Ventura Mayor Tom Buford announced Wednesday. Thomas' contract must still be approved by the council at its weekly meeting Monday. Thomas, selected by the City Council from a slate of four applicants, is scheduled to start work July 6.
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January 31, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The high school student charged with a hate crime for allegedly setting the clothes of an Oakland teen who identifies as non-gender on fire pleaded not guilty. Luke "Sasha" Fleischman, 18, was asleep on an Oakland city bus Nov. 4 when the high schooler's skirt was allegedly set ablaze by 16-year-old Richard Thomas, who was charged as an adult with  assault and aggravated mayhem with hate-crime enhancements. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the incident that he set Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
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January 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A high school student who allegedly set fire to another teenager's skirt on a bus in Oakland will be tried as an adult. An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected arguments from defense attorneys that 16-year-old Richard Thomas should be tried as a juvenile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Instead, Richard will face hate-crime charges as an adult. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the Nov. 4 incident that he set 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
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November 29, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The teenager who was set on fire after falling asleep on a bus in Oakland says he doesn't think the accused attacker, also a teen, should be charged as an adult. Authorities say Richard Thomas, 16, told an officer that he set 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic. " He has been charged with a hate crime as an adult. Fleischman, who identifies as neither male nor female, was released from the hospital earlier this week after undergoing treatment for second- and third-degree burns suffered in the Nov. 4 attack,  according to CBS San Francisco . Fleischman told the station that because of the injuries, "I can't walk as fast, and I need to be more careful physically.
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March 25, 2007 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
THE voice came from the middle of Row F in the orchestra section at Sacramento's Community Center Theater during a recent matinee performance of "Twelve Angry Men" -- rather loudly, in fact: "Can you look at him and not think of 'Cheers' "? This unscripted line accompanied the stage entrance of actor George Wendt, who portrays Juror One in the Reginald Rose drama. Those seated near the woman could only be grateful that the speaker had not jumped to her feet and shouted: "Norm!"
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November 26, 2004 | Blake Green, Newsday
Fans of "The Waltons" and Richard Thomas, a star of the popular '70s television series, will be jarred to hear the former squeaky-clean John Boy described as looking like "the manager of a pornographic bookshop" or "a meatball cooked in fat." But here it is, 2004, and Thomas, 53, who played a self-described "sexual omnivore" when last seen on the New York stage, has been cast as a spy in "Democracy," Michael Frayn's latest history-based drama to come to Broadway.
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November 28, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Richard Thomas Goldhahn, a singing cowboy with the stage name of "Dick Thomas" who wrote "Sioux City Sue," a Western anthem popularized by Bing Crosby and by Gene Autry in a movie of the same title, has died. He was 88. Goldhahn died Saturday in his sleep at a hospice in Abington, Pa., of heart failure. A favorite among fans of the singing cowboy genre, "Sioux City Sue" began with the lyrics: "Sioux City Sue, Sioux City Sue.
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January 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A high school student who allegedly set fire to another teenager's skirt on a bus in Oakland will be tried as an adult. An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected arguments from defense attorneys that 16-year-old Richard Thomas should be tried as a juvenile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Instead, Richard will face hate-crime charges as an adult. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the Nov. 4 incident that he set 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
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January 31, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The high school student charged with a hate crime for allegedly setting the clothes of an Oakland teen who identifies as non-gender on fire pleaded not guilty. Luke "Sasha" Fleischman, 18, was asleep on an Oakland city bus Nov. 4 when the high schooler's skirt was allegedly set ablaze by 16-year-old Richard Thomas, who was charged as an adult with  assault and aggravated mayhem with hate-crime enhancements. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the incident that he set Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
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September 19, 2000
Richard B. Thomas, 69, a former Time magazine publisher who helped develop People magazine. Born in Middletown, Conn., Thomas graduated from Dartmouth College, served two years in the Marines and then went to work for Time. He spent 31 years with the company, rising from advertising director of Money magazine to publisher of Time, the post from which he retired in 1988. In the mid-1970s, he helped launch People as its advertising director.
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June 23, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER
Richard Thomas, the former top administrator in Santa Barbara, has accepted a position as Ventura's interim city manager, Ventura Mayor Tom Buford announced Wednesday. Thomas' contract must still be approved by the council at its weekly meeting Monday. Thomas, selected by the City Council from a slate of four applicants, is scheduled to start work July 6.
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