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March 26, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronald Bell's nightmares have not recurred in years. His period of mourning ended long ago. But he will be haunted always by the gruesome images of his father's death 23 years ago. Bell is the son of Aaron Mitchell, the last person executed in California, and he knows more than any son should about his father's death. An artist was there to sketch it. Reporters detailed the final gasps. What Bell doesn't know about his father's death, he can readily conjure.
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March 26, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronald Bell's nightmares have not recurred in years. His period of mourning ended long ago. But he will be haunted always by the gruesome images of his father's death 23 years ago. Bell is the son of Aaron Mitchell, the last person executed in California, and he knows more than any son should about his father's death. An artist was there to sketch it. Reporters detailed the final gasps. What Bell doesn't know about his father's death, he can readily conjure.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1988 | DON SNOWDEN
* 1/2"HANGING FIRE. Jimmy Cliff. Columbia. Cliff In a potentially intriguing exercise in cross-cultural cross-pollination, the Jamaican reggae singer enlisted producer Khalis Bayyan--Ronald Bell of Kool & the Gang--to angle for the mainstream black audience in "Hanging Fire," but the results are bland and characterless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Claydes Charles Smith, 57, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, died Tuesday in Maplewood, N.J., after a long illness, publicist David Brokaw said. The cause of death was not announced. Kool & the Gang grew from jazz roots in the 1960s to become a popular musical group of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk, R&B and pop. After a downturn, the group enjoyed a return to success in the '80s.
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December 3, 1987 | Associated Press
The state Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of robbing a Richmond jewelry store in 1978 and shooting two employees, one fatally. The 6-1 decision said Ronald Lee Bell was not denied a fair trial despite numerous improper comments by the prosecutor, including a reference to inadmissible evidence and his suggestion that Bell's lawyer doubted his innocence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Bryce Alderton
Two Laguna Beach men have been arrested on suspicion of selling counterfeit artwork, Laguna Beach police said Thursday. Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, are accused of selling fake artwork that they claimed was by Damien Hirst, an English-born artist who has exhibited throughout the world, online and through auction houses. Both men are accused of first-degree identity theft and operating a scheme to defraud. They are being held at the Orange County jail awaiting extradition to New York, where the investigation began.
NEWS
February 7, 1986 | Associated Press
A hatch underneath a huge bin of coal was opened accidentally Thursday, and five workers standing atop the pile suffocated as tons of the finely processed coal collapsed and engulfed them, authorities said. The five men did not suffer bruises or broken bones, but could not breathe because the coal packed in around them, county coroner Charles H. Koon said. "The coal just kept sliding on top of them," he said.
NATIONAL
November 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the death sentence of a killer who was 17 when he chained a man to a tree, beat him, set him on fire and then finished him off with a meat cleaver. In the 4-3 decision, the high court said the trial judge didn't give enough consideration to Ronald Bell's age at the time of the murder of Cordell Richards over two days in February 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
Robert Alton Harris, another Death Row inmate and their relatives are suing the state for prohibiting visits by family members and spiritual counselors in the final hours before execution. The suit, filed Thursday in Marin County Superior Court, was joined by Harris' criminal lawyer and psychiatrist, both of whom would also be prevented from seeing him in his last hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1988 | Mike Boehm
Kool & the Gang have bopped through the 1980s as the decade's most successful singles band, out-charting all other contenders with 16 Top 40 hits. But the Gang that has made the Top 40 its steady turf is no longer all here. James (J.T.) Taylor, the lead singer whose arrival in 1979 sparked Kool & the Gang's ascendancy, left the group early this year to begin a solo career. The revamped lineup--including three new singers who share lead vocals--makes its U.S.
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March 22, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Bobby Short, the celebrated Manhattan cabaret singer-pianist who reigned at the Cafe Carlyle for more than three decades and became the elegantly clad symbol of a bygone era in classic American popular music, died Monday. He was 80. Short died of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital, said longtime publicist Virginia Wicks. Short, thinking that he had diverticulitis, had gone into the hospital last week, Wicks said.
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