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January 27, 2002
The body of a 51-year-old man was found floating next to his docked sailboat Saturday at Channel Islands Harbor. The man's identity has not been released, and the cause of death was not known, Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Thomas said. Thomas said the man's mother discovered him floating face down in the water next to his boat slip sometime after 4 p.m.
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June 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A Compton jury Friday awarded $7.5 million to the parents of a man shot dead by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. According to the parents' attorney, Robert Thomas Jr. was standing outside with about 60 others at a party in Willowbrook in 2010 when two deputies pulled up. One stopped Thomas and frisked him. Thomas then bolted, and the two deputies gave chase. A sheriff's spokesman said the deputies saw Thomas reach for a gun that was sticking out of his pocket. Deputy Victor Lemus fired nine shots, hitting Thomas seven times and killing him, said John Sweeney, the Thomas family's attorney.
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SPORTS
November 16, 2001 | Steve Henson
Robert Thomas was announced Thursday as one of three finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Thomas, a senior middle linebacker, joined Rocky Calmus of Oklahoma and E.J. Henderson of Maryland on a conference call Thursday. "Last year I was a semifinalist, and now to be among three elite is something special," Thomas said. Thomas leads the Pacific 10 Conference with 99 tackles, including 22 for loss, which ties the UCLA record held by Marvcus Patton.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2009 | Michael E. Ruane
Robert Thomas, 83, breezed into the National Archives with a smile, a white hankie peeking out of his suit coat pocket and an old briefcase containing the two rare books he filched in Germany 64 years ago. He was a World War II GI then, fresh from the horrors of combat. He had blundered into one of the notorious salt mines where the Germans stashed their national treasures. And this one contained books. Millions and millions of books from institutions across Germany. Thomas poked around, saw two that looked old and took them.
SPORTS
July 25, 1998 | SCOTT MOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After landing one of the nation's top football recruiting classes, UCLA will be the best-represented university at tonight's Shrine All-Star Classic at Cerritos College. Kickoff is at 5. The game, which for the fourth consecutive year features the best high school seniors from California against those from Texas, will include 10 players who will be in Bruin uniforms next year.
SPORTS
October 6, 2001
The Dodgers are another fading memory, the Lakers are weeks away, and USC is only a couple of inches from free fall. That leaves UCLA as the L.A. team of the moment. Even though the coaching staff, particularly Phil Snow, was the only real question mark going into the season, the media had to see it demonstrated that a defense anchored by such talents as Robert Thomas, Ken Kocher, Kenyon Coleman, Marques Anderson and Ricky Manning could actually hold an opponent under 30 and finally erase the nightmare of those Bob Field-and Nick Aliotti-led washouts.
SPORTS
October 14, 1989 | CHRIS BAKER, CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Linebacker Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs blasted into the Raider backfield as soon as the ball was snapped, and quarterback Jay Schroeder never had a chance, Thomas knocking him to the turf like a rag doll. Thomas also sacked Schroeder once more during the Chiefs' 24-19 victory over the Raiders last month in Kansas City, so the Raiders will be going all out to stop Thomas when they play the Chiefs again Sunday at the Coliseum.
SPORTS
October 18, 2001 | Mike Bresnahan
DeShaun Foster earned prose and poetry as he high-stepped, swiveled and streaked his way to a litany of UCLA records against Washington. And though the spotlight around him is almost blinding, as evidenced by the group of reporters who interviewed him after Saturday's game and throughout this week, he isn't the only Bruin setting records.
SPORTS
November 9, 1991 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Derrick Thomas was 5 years old when the squadron of B-52s took off on a bombing run over Vietnam in December, 1972. In one of those eerie twists of fate, the Air Force had decided to call this mission "Operation Linebacker." His father, Capt. Robert Thomas, never made it back. After making sure his crew had successfully escaped his damaged plane, Robert Thomas bailed out moments before the B-52 erupted in a fireball. The crew survived to tell the story, but Robert Thomas was never seen again.
SPORTS
July 24, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
First-round draft pick Robert Thomas signed a five-year deal with the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday. Thomas was the 31st overall pick in April's draft. St. Louis has Thomas penciled in to start as a weakside linebacker. He was a three-year starter at middle linebacker at UCLA. The outside spot generally entails more pass-coverage responsibilities, but the Rams believe that with his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Thomas is capable of handling the pass-coverage duties.
SPORTS
July 24, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
First-round draft pick Robert Thomas signed a five-year deal with the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday. Thomas was the 31st overall pick in April's draft. St. Louis has Thomas penciled in to start as a weakside linebacker. He was a three-year starter at middle linebacker at UCLA. The outside spot generally entails more pass-coverage responsibilities, but the Rams believe that with his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Thomas is capable of handling the pass-coverage duties.
SPORTS
April 21, 2002 | CHRISTINA TELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Louis and Charlotte, N.C., are separated by about 700 miles, but on the football map, they're worlds apart. The Rams, last season's NFC champions, are one of the best teams in the NFL, while the Panthers won all of two games in 2001. The teams gained some common ground Saturday when St. Louis selected UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas in the first round and the Panthers took UCLA running back DeShaun Foster in the second round. Thomas was the 31st pick overall; Foster was the 34th.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2002
The body of a 51-year-old man was found floating next to his docked sailboat Saturday at Channel Islands Harbor. The man's identity has not been released, and the cause of death was not known, Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Thomas said. Thomas said the man's mother discovered him floating face down in the water next to his boat slip sometime after 4 p.m.
SPORTS
November 16, 2001 | Steve Henson
Robert Thomas was announced Thursday as one of three finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Thomas, a senior middle linebacker, joined Rocky Calmus of Oklahoma and E.J. Henderson of Maryland on a conference call Thursday. "Last year I was a semifinalist, and now to be among three elite is something special," Thomas said. Thomas leads the Pacific 10 Conference with 99 tackles, including 22 for loss, which ties the UCLA record held by Marvcus Patton.
SPORTS
October 18, 2001 | Mike Bresnahan
DeShaun Foster earned prose and poetry as he high-stepped, swiveled and streaked his way to a litany of UCLA records against Washington. And though the spotlight around him is almost blinding, as evidenced by the group of reporters who interviewed him after Saturday's game and throughout this week, he isn't the only Bruin setting records.
SPORTS
October 6, 2001
The Dodgers are another fading memory, the Lakers are weeks away, and USC is only a couple of inches from free fall. That leaves UCLA as the L.A. team of the moment. Even though the coaching staff, particularly Phil Snow, was the only real question mark going into the season, the media had to see it demonstrated that a defense anchored by such talents as Robert Thomas, Ken Kocher, Kenyon Coleman, Marques Anderson and Ricky Manning could actually hold an opponent under 30 and finally erase the nightmare of those Bob Field-and Nick Aliotti-led washouts.
SPORTS
September 25, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Thomas is unbeaten UCLA's leading tackler, a Butkus Award favorite and prized NFL prospect. The senior inside linebacker is a headliner, the leading man in the maelstrom in the middle. Stan Thomas is Robert's brother. These days, that's enough for him. Once he was star lineman at Texas and a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears. Once he looked forward to a bright career.That was before the club-hopping, the fights, the bullet to the head. Robert witnessed it all.
SPORTS
April 21, 2002 | CHRISTINA TELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Louis and Charlotte, N.C., are separated by about 700 miles, but on the football map, they're worlds apart. The Rams, last season's NFC champions, are one of the best teams in the NFL, while the Panthers won all of two games in 2001. The teams gained some common ground Saturday when St. Louis selected UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas in the first round and the Panthers took UCLA running back DeShaun Foster in the second round. Thomas was the 31st pick overall; Foster was the 34th.
SPORTS
September 25, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Thomas is unbeaten UCLA's leading tackler, a Butkus Award favorite and prized NFL prospect. The senior inside linebacker is a headliner, the leading man in the maelstrom in the middle. Stan Thomas is Robert's brother. These days, that's enough for him. Once he was star lineman at Texas and a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears. Once he looked forward to a bright career.That was before the club-hopping, the fights, the bullet to the head. Robert witnessed it all.
BOOKS
May 16, 1999 | STANLEY KARNOW, Stanley Karnow, author of "Vietnam: A History," was awarded the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in history. His latest book is "Paris in the Fifties."
Coincidentally yet appropriately, Robert McNamara's middle name is Strange. From 1961 to 1967, as defense secretary in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, he was the chief architect and principal promoter of America's deepening involvement in Vietnam. He managed the war the way he had run the Ford Motor Co., his job before becoming a bureaucrat.
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