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November 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alphonse Halimi, 74, a former world bantamweight boxing champion from France who was nicknamed "The Little Terror," died of pneumonia Nov. 12 in Paris. He had Alzheimer's disease. The Algerian-born Halimi held the world bantamweight championship title from 1957 to July 8, 1959, when he was knocked out by Jose Becerra of Mexico before a crowd of 15,110 at the first event held in the newly opened Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
The city will have a park concert this weekend over the objection of several neighborhood residents who are concerned about traffic and noise. City Council members thought the Sunday concert at Rimgate Park, near Lake Forest Drive and Trabuco Road, was too close at hand to cancel. "Why do that?" asked Councilwoman Ann Van Haun. "Let's go ahead and have it because we've never put one on before."
NEWS
February 5, 1989
Paul Robi, an original member of the Platters, one of popular music's most successful vocal teams in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday. Robi's daughter, Franchesca, said her father was 57 and died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital. Another member of the original group, David Lynch, died on Jan. 2, 1981, also of cancer. At a time when rock 'n' roll was becoming the nation's signature music, the Platters managed to appeal to both rock and traditional movements.
NEWS
December 27, 1994 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rossano Brazzi, who played a series of aristocratic romantics in films ranging from "South Pacific" to "The Barefoot Contessa" before reverting to character parts in his later years, has died in Rome, Italian news agencies said Monday. One of them, ANSA, quoting sources close to the actor's family, said Brazzi died Saturday in a Rome hospital from an undisclosed virus that affected his nervous system. He was 78. Brazzi played in more than 200 movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2002 | SORINA DIACONESCU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Martha Schoeman, a retired social worker from New York City who will turn 80 next week, sat in a dressing room on the Hollywood lot of TV station KTLA last week and waited for her turn to perform a rap routine built around the lyric "I'm a sexy granny." Her hair was styled in blond curls. She wore a short skirt and a lace blouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Julius Schwartz, the influential DC Comics editor whose successful revamping of the Flash, Green Lantern and other defunct 1940s superheroes in the late 1950s and early '60s led to what became known as the "Silver Age" of comics, has died. He was 88.
NEWS
September 2, 1993
Bernie Baum, 63, songwriter who co-wrote the 1950 Teresa Brewer hit "Music, Music, Music." In the 1950s and 1960s, Baum contributed music and lyrics to songs recorded by such performers as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Eartha Kitt and Peggy Lee. He also wrote "That's Old-Fashioned" for the Everly Brothers in 1962 and "You're the Devil in Disguise" for Elvis Presley in 1963.
SPORTS
August 6, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- Uh, hello? The U.S. men's basketball team continued to play with substantially less fire than the Olympic flame, muddling through a preliminary game against Argentina and emerging with a 60-59 halftime lead Monday at Olympic Park basketball arena. The U.S. hasn't looked sharp for three halves of basketball, including a 99-94 victory over Lithuania two days ago. Manu Ginobili has 16 points for Argentina, which had no problems scoring at all, shooting 63% and making all 14 of its free-throw attempts in the half.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2002 | RICHARD CROMELIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
B.J. Baker, a backup singer on dozens of recordings from the 1950s and '60s, including hits by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke and Bobby Darin, died April 2 in Rancho Mirage of complications from a stroke. She was 74. In addition to her work at the microphone, Baker was a highly regarded vocal contractor--a person who selects and directs background singers for recording sessions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
William T. Orr, the Warner Bros. executive who launched the movie studio's entry into television production in the mid-1950s and for nearly a decade presided over a string of hit shows that included "Cheyenne," "Maverick" and "77 Sunset Strip," has died. He was 85. Orr, a former actor who became studio head Jack L. Warner's executive assistant in the mid-1940s, died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. As the head of Warner Bros.
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