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November 28, 2011 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ruth Stone, a leading American poet whose career was halted, then inspired by tragedy as her sharp insights into love, death and nature brought her widespread acclaim in later years, has died. She was 96. Stone, who won the National Book Award at 87 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist at 93, died Nov. 19 of natural causes at her home in Ripton, Vt., said her daughter, Phoebe Stone. The poet was poised to publish her first book of verse, "In an Iridescent Time," in 1959 when her husband, poet and novelist Walter Stone, committed suicide by hanging at 42. Left with three daughters to raise, Ruth Stone struggled to feed her family, moving around the country to teach at a seemingly endless string of universities.
November 2, 2011 | Meghan Daum
I didn't see any Ruth Madoff masks on Halloween night, but it wouldn't have surprised me if I had. The wife of disgraced Wall Street Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff is Pariah No. 1 this week, followed closely by her son, Andrew. The two, along with Andrew's fiance, appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday night to promote their "authorized family biography," "Truth and Consequences. " "I have been eager, I would say almost desperate, to speak out publicly and tell people that I'm absolutely not involved," Andrew told Morley Safer.
September 12, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Mary Fickett, who for decades played nurse Ruth Martin on "All My Children" and in 1973 won the first Emmy Award given to an actress in a daytime drama after her character made an impassioned anti-Vietnam War speech, has died. She was 83. Fickett, who also acted in theater, film and prime-time television, died Thursday at her home in Callao, Va. ABC spokeswoman Jori Petersen confirmed Fickett's death, but the cause was not given. "All My Children," created by Agnes Nixon, first aired Jan. 5, 1970, and soon became known for its socially relevant story lines.
May 24, 2011
Bill Summers He helped build racer that set speed record Bill Summers, 75, who with his brother Bob built a four-engine racer called Goldenrod that in 1965 set a speed record for wheel-driven cars, died May 12 at his home in Ontario of natural causes, said his daughter, Maggie Peace. Goldenrod streaked across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utahon Nov. 12, 1965, at an average top speed during two runs of 409.277 mph. The record was later broken. Bob Summers, who drove the car, died in 1992.
November 4, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
One bright spot for Democrats on election night: Liberal stalwart Rep. Raul M. Grijalva apparently held onto his congressional seat representing southern Arizona. Grijalva, a four-term representative who had easily won reelection in the past, got into trouble after urging a boycott of his state once it enacted a tough immigration law in April. Grijalva, 62, said the law would promote racial profiling. After portions of the law were suspended by a federal court judge, he reversed course.
September 24, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
An inspiring documentary about a remarkable woman, "Ahead of Time" deftly recounts the career highlights — and what highlights they are! — of pioneering journalist, humanitarian and feminist Ruth Gruber, who turns 99-years-young next week. Director Bob Richman (cinematographer on such docs as "The September Issue" and "An Inconvenient Truth") utilizes wonderful recent interviews with the vital, gently charismatic Gruber in concert with excellent archival clips and rare photos, many of which were shot by Gruber during her landmark assignments.
July 21, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Clint Hartung, a pitcher and outfielder with the New York Giants who became a bit player in one of the most dramatic moments in baseball history, has died. He was 87. Hartung was on third base when the Giants' Bobby Thomson hit a home run off the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca in the third game of a 1951 playoff to win the National League pennant. Hartung died July 8 in Sinton, Tex., a spokeswoman for the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home confirmed. No cause was given. Stardom had been predicted for Hartung when the Hondo, Tex., native came to the Giants in 1947.
July 10, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Bo Jackson led off the 1989 All-Star game at Anaheim Stadium with a 448-foot home run, a majestic moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic. A look at some others: 1933: It's the first All-Star game, and Babe Ruth hits the first home run. 1934: Carl Hubbell strikes out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order. 1949: Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and Larry Doby break the All-Star game color barrier. 1955: Stan Musial hits a walk-off home run — not that the term had been invented yet — as the NL erases a 5-0 deficit and wins, 6-5. 1970: Pete Rose knocks over Ray Fosse to score the winning run, separating Fosse's shoulder.
June 27, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
Georgetown University law professor Martin D. Ginsburg, the husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died Sunday of cancer, the Supreme Court announced. He was 78. Though he was among the nation's foremost experts on tax law, Ginsburg relished his role as the outgoing half of one of Washington's prominent couples. Marty and Ruth Ginsburg were married for 56 years, and friends often described theirs as a successful marriage of two seemingly quite different individuals.
May 29, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Gary Sinise is probably best known for his long-running role as Det. Mac Taylor on CBS' "CSI: NY" and his Oscar-nominated performance as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump," but the Valley resident will show his true colors — as in red, white and blue — on Sunday night, co-hosting "The National Memorial Day Concert" on PBS. "It's a magnificent show that they hold right in front of the Capitol building," says Sinise. "I did this for the first time back in 2005. I was in Germany at the time on a USO tour with my band, the Lt. Dan Band (ltdanband.
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