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April 29, 1994 | ED BOND
Fear, rather than loneliness, has become a big reason why many senior citizens have started looking for roommates in the days since the Northridge earthquake, according to a woman who finds compatible housing matches. "They're scared to death," said Alzora Cormack, the Share Housing coordinator for the Family Service Agency based in Burbank. Cormack said the number of senior citizens coming to her to find roommates increased by about 25% since Jan. 17.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
Authorities have arrested a man suspected of stabbing his roommate to death at their West Hollywood apartment complex, officials said. Deputies went to the suspect's apartment in the 900 block of Palm Avenue about 5 p.m. Saturday to conduct a welfare check, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. When they arrived at the scene, the deputies were told that the individual who lived in the unit may have killed his roommate and may be trying to kill himself, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1994
The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Sunday identified the victim of an apparent suicide as Harry Lytle, 55, who shot himself Saturday at the Eagle Rock home he shared with Los Angeles Police Commissioner Art Mattox. Investigators said Lytle appeared to have died from a gunshot wound to the head. Autopsy results, however, will not be available until today. A gun was recovered near Lytle's body, sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Authorities said Tuesday that they had arrested a man suspected of killing his 67-year-old roommate at their shared home in Westmont on Sunday. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies detained Toriano Benford, 43, at 12:20 p.m. on Monday as a suspect in the slaying of Ernest Dewitt Brannon, 67. Benford's bail was set at about $1 million. Authorities said Benford and Brannon, a minister, were both renting a room in a house in Westmont , an unincorporated neighborhood with one of the highest homicide rates in the county.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the films in the latter part of the 15th annual Israel Film Festival (screening at the Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills) are several especially strong offerings. The 57-minute made-for-TV "Purple Lawns" (Saturday at 5 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 5:15 p.m.) is a crisp, incisive yet sensitive study of a friendship developing between several women. The film allows us to see just how dire life can be for ultra-Orthodox women.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2010 | By Mary Umberger
Among the ranks of the nation's renters? Here are a few considerations: • You're a tenant. You have a dog or a cat. Those used to be mutually exclusive situations — that is, landlords were known for banishing pets from apartments. That began to change a few years ago when landlords caught on to the reality that pet ownership is huge in this country: Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Jackie Praskin, 83, petite, alert as a finch and a C-SPAN junkie, shared her North Hollywood home for nearly two years with Paval Vinokuroz, 58, a Ukrainian immigrant who ignored headlines to play computer games. Yet somehow they clicked. At first their relationship was all business, a way for Jackie to get help with household tasks and to feel less lonely. But after a year or so, Jackie began to view the snowy-haired Paval as a son. Paval, too, grew fond of Jackie.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a movie as stylized as Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress,"decor is destiny, so it's no accident that the dorm room shared by Violet (Greta Gerwig) and her roommates at a northeastern liberal arts college prominently features the poster for Max Ophüls' maudit masterwork "Lola Montès. " Violet, an amateur self-help guru who practices her questionable theories on her unfortunate classmates, doesn't share much with Ophüls' eponymous heroine, a Scottish dancer who reinvented herself as the Spanish mistress of a Bavarian king.
SPORTS
September 12, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
To go from bitter high school rivals to college roommates doesn't happen very often, but it's taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, where freshmen football players Dylan Muscat (Santa Monica High) and Cameron Countryman (Beverly Hills) have suddenly found themselves sharing a microwave, television and refrigerator in their dorm room. "We're trying to get a bean bag," Muscat said of his new friendship with Countryman. For four years of high school they went head to head on opposite sides of the ball.
OPINION
October 8, 2009
Re "A touchy subject on campus," Oct. 3 I was appalled at the callous disregard of the students in this story who kept their roommates out of their college dorm rooms for extended periods during sexual activities -- or worse, kept their roommates awake for much of the night while carrying on in the same room. Why should parents sacrifice to send their children to college, only to endure such abuse? Maybe the sacrosanct ideal of parents sending young people off to a distant college should be reconsidered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 59-year-old Monterey Park man has been arrested in connection with the death Wednesday of one of his roommates. Authorities found a 51-year-old male roommate dead on the floor of an attached garage after responding about 3:40 a.m. to the 500 block of Florence Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man was not immediately identified. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim After four men who live at the location were detained for questioning, the Sheriff's Department announced that Yao Zhomg Shi, 59, would be booked on suspicion of homicide.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy - American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend were found guilty Thursday in the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate, as an Italian appeals court reversed the two defendants' 2011 acquittal. Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison, more than the 26 years she received after being convicted in the first trial in 2009. The former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was sentenced to 25 years, the same sentence he received previously, and was instructed to hand over his passport and forbidden to leave the country pending confirmation of the decision by Italy's Supreme Court.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend were found guilty on Thursday in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher . It was the third verdict in the case for Knox, 26, and Raffaele Sollecito, 29, who were found guilty in 2009 of killing Kercher. That conviction was overturned two years later on appeal, only to have the decision later overruled. Knox was not in court Thursday when Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced her to 28-1/2 years in prison, more than the 26 years she received at her first trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | Meredith Blake
Hey, remember when "The Real World" was an earnest show about diverse but well-meaning people from different walks of life sharing a house for a few months, a series that forced millions of teen and twentysomething viewers to think about issues of race, religion and sexuality? Well, MTV is doing its best to make us forget all that. For the upcoming 29th season of the long-running reality series, premiering Jan. 15, the network has cast the usual assortment of young and attractive people.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
An anonymous caller told police his roommate was headed to Yale University in New Haven, Conn., to shoot people, and witnesses spotted a man with a shotgun or rifle in the area, prompting Monday's campus shutdown, police said. In a phone call that lasted only a few seconds, a male caller told a 911 operator that "his roommate was on his way to the university, to Yale University, to shoot people," said New Haven Police Department spokesman David Hartman in a televised news conference.  No shots or injuries have been reported as police swarmed the Ivy League campus, and Hartman could not confirm any arrests or detentions, nor provide a description of the suspect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Three white students at San Jose State University have been charged with misdemeanor hate crimes after allegedly hanging a Confederate flag in a shared dormitory suite and calling a black roommate "three-fifths," among other derogatory names. The three students -- Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield. Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre -- also allegedly locked the roommate in his room, wrote a derogatory slur on a board in the living room and fastened a bicycle lock around his neck,  according to  the San Jose Mercury News.
HOME & GARDEN
January 1, 2011 | By R. Daniel Foster, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Gee whiz, it's good to see you again!" With a solid punch to my arm, Freda Amsel banished decades of distance. She has that effect on people ? especially the 113 roommates who have shared her three-bedroom home since 1977. Twenty years have passed since The Times published my first feature about Amsel and her boarders, who totaled 44 on Jan. 3, 1991. Back then, I termed Amsel a "New Age Donna Reed," which was dated even for '91. "They call me Mother Freda, Mama-san, Mamacita and my favorite, Sugar Mamma," she said, showing one of many roommate photo montages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A roommate of Paul Anthony Ciancia dropped off the shooting suspect at LAX on Friday before, authorities say, he killed a Transportation Security Administration worker during a rampage, documents say. Authorities revealed new details on Ciancia's journey to Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport in an affidavit released Monday. One of Ciancia's roommates interviewed by the FBI said Ciancia entered his room unannounced and asked to be driven to LAX. The roommate agreed and drove him in a black Hyundai Accent to what the affidavit called "the Virgin Airlines airport terminal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The former roommate of the man accused of killing a Transportation Security Administration agent at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday said he was "absolutely shocked" and that the incident didn't square with what he knew of the 23-year-old New Jersey native. John Mincey told KABC-TV on Friday that  Paul Anthony Ciancia -- identified by police as the LAX shooter -- never spoke of " any kind of hatred, or any hatred group, or anything like that. " "I'm absolutely shocked," Mincey said.
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