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December 8, 2006 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
A ferocious summer storm strikes the East Texas town of Bethlehem, leaving an image of Jesus on the screen door of the modest home of a feisty, middle-aged African American woman. This sequence is staged with dramatic force and economy by first-time feature filmmaker Kirk Davis and suggests accurately that what will follow in "Screen Door Jesus" is not going to be just another trite small-town comedy-drama -- and indeed it turns out to be a slyly observed slice of Americana.
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September 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Not even death has been able to end the horrific case of Ariel Castro, convicted of kidnapping and torturing three women for more than a decade in his house in Cleveland. Just days after his body was found hanging in a single-occupancy cell in an Ohio prison, his voice from beyond the grave is raising questions about the events that had mesmerized the nation since spring. Four hours of video from the police interrogation of Castro after his arrest in May were obtained and released by NBC on Friday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1988
An elderly woman who police believed may have been a homicide victim in her Southeast San Diego home Thursday died of natural causes, Lt. Phil Jarvis said. An autopsy completed Friday showed that Mary Powell, 81, whose body was found by relatives in her Teak Street home, died of ruptured stomach ulcers, Jarvis said. Blood on the living-room floor where she was found came from the ruptured ulcers, he said.
NATIONAL
August 10, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
Holding back time is a big job. But out here in the high mountain desert, where rattlesnakes and sagebrush outnumber people, it is a task Dean Coombs shoulders each week with a certain glee. Tuesday is press day at the Saguache Crescent, now in its 134th year. Coombs is the disheveled guy hunkered down amid the dust and dilapidation of the newspaper's office, hunting and pecking at the keyboard of the same Linotype machine his grandparents used when Warren G. Harding was in the White House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An ongoing dispute over a broken screen door led to Sunday's shooting spree in an Orange mobile home park that left two people dead and three others wounded, authorities said Monday. Joel Stanley Martin, 66, armed with a .22-caliber rifle, broke into his neighbor's home about 5 p.m. and shot two women, killing one, police said.
REAL ESTATE
March 22, 1992 | A. J. HAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The days of the old-fashioned coil-spring screen door closer are gone forever. And with good reason. Sure, those old springs were simple, and they kept the door closed. But they also gave rise to the perennial parental warning: "Don't let the screen door slam!" And they also transformed the simple act of entering or leaving the house with an armful of packages into a test of quickness and agility. The modern pneumatic door closer has put an end to those problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1992
A 23-month-old boy drowned in a back-yard swimming pool Sunday evening after apparently opening the latch to a screen door. Police said the toddler, Adam Mancino, was asleep in the den of a house at 6061 Doyle Ave. Also in the home, according to Lt. Jeff Cope, were the boy's mother and grandparents. The drowning occurred about 6:40 p.m., Cope said, after the youngster woke up and managed to get outside. Adam's grandfather found him floating in the pool a short time later.
MAGAZINE
July 15, 1990 | MARTIN ZIMMERMAN
TEN YEARS AGO, carpenter Ciro C. Coppa needed wooden screen doors. He couldn't find them. "I started making them for remodeling jobs," he says, "because putting an aluminum screen door on a woodsy house wasn't right--a wood screen door just fits these houses. And then friends and neighbors started asking me to do it for them. I made up the screen designs in my head to go along with the design of the house."
NATIONAL
September 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Not even death has been able to end the horrific case of Ariel Castro, convicted of kidnapping and torturing three women for more than a decade in his house in Cleveland. Just days after his body was found hanging in a single-occupancy cell in an Ohio prison, his voice from beyond the grave is raising questions about the events that had mesmerized the nation since spring. Four hours of video from the police interrogation of Castro after his arrest in May were obtained and released by NBC on Friday.
REAL ESTATE
May 17, 1998
In my earliest forays into home-buying hell, the sneers, jeers, groans and grimaces I elicited from real estate agents were legion. I was a single woman with a part-time job who'd rented 10 places in 10 years in Southern California and had developed an allergy to things urban and a disdain for things suburban. That didn't leave a lot to choose from. What I wanted was a small house on a large lot in a quiet, private setting. However, I was constrained by a hummingbird-sized nest egg.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2013 | Steve Lopez
When Mickey Fruchter started teaching at the Neighborhood Music School in Boyle Heights in 1964, they didn't tell him how much he'd get paid. The violinist simply showed up, did his job and went home, figuring he'd get the going rate of between $4 and $6 an hour. "When I got my first paycheck, I freaked out," says Fruchter, who was 25 at the time. He was paid 75 cents for a half-hour lesson, or $1.50 an hour. For someone who played professionally and also taught at Cal State L.A., it didn't seem worth the trouble to work for small change.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
One of the daughters of the man accused of holding three women prisoner for about a decade in Cleveland says her father preyed on her friends. Two of the women held prisoner went to school with two daughters of Ariel Castro, the former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and rape in the case, according to the suspect's daughter Emily. She spoke in a jailhouse interview with a private investigator, Chris Giannini;  ABC News said Thursday it had obtained a recording of the interview.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Michael Muskal
CLEVELAND - Amanda Berry, one of the three women who was kidnapped and held prisoner for about a decade in a Cleveland house, returned to the embrace of her family on Wednesday. Berry, now 27, arrived at her sister Beth Serrano's Cleveland home, several miles from the house on Seymour Avenue where Berry, her 6-year-old daughter and two other women were imprisoned. Yellow ribbons were tied to the trees and the front of the house was festooned with balloons, stuffed animals and a huge banner proclaiming: “WELCOME HOME AMANDA.” PHOTOS: Kidnapping victims found Berry and her family entered through a back door, away from a media horde outside the home and moments later her sister came forward.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Art Linkletter estate in Bel-Air has sold above its asking price for $10.6 million. Built in 1957, the 5,000-square-foot Midcentury Modern house includes two atriums, sculptural metal screens, pocket doors, two stone fireplaces and walls of glass. Carports and a motor court can accommodate about 20 cars. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The 4.6-acre city-view site contains a solar-heated swimming pool, a sports court and a lawn dotted with flagstone pathways. Linkletter, who died in 2010 at 97, hosted the long-running radio and television shows "People Are Funny" starting in the 1940s and "House Party," which was renamed "The Art Linkletter Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2012 | By Patricia Rust
Winston didn't want to go to school, but knew he had to. He didn't even want to go to baseball practice. His sister, Allison, was worse. She had to be pushed out the door to school in tears, but she went — even though she barely heard a word the teacher said. Bruno, the family's black-and-white mutt, had died. He was old. So it wasn't a surprise. But the kids had known him all their lives. He was a part of them. After a few days, their parents sat Winston and Allison down and Mr. Jones said, "Kids, we miss Bruno as much as you do. " "No, you don't," said Winston.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2006 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
A ferocious summer storm strikes the East Texas town of Bethlehem, leaving an image of Jesus on the screen door of the modest home of a feisty, middle-aged African American woman. This sequence is staged with dramatic force and economy by first-time feature filmmaker Kirk Davis and suggests accurately that what will follow in "Screen Door Jesus" is not going to be just another trite small-town comedy-drama -- and indeed it turns out to be a slyly observed slice of Americana.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
One of the daughters of the man accused of holding three women prisoner for about a decade in Cleveland says her father preyed on her friends. Two of the women held prisoner went to school with two daughters of Ariel Castro, the former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and rape in the case, according to the suspect's daughter Emily. She spoke in a jailhouse interview with a private investigator, Chris Giannini;  ABC News said Thursday it had obtained a recording of the interview.
HOME & GARDEN
December 14, 1991 | JOHN MORELL
Question: I have an 8-year-old Maytag washer that runs great except that it seems to fill with water very slowly. I'm wondering whether over time, sediment has built up to block the water outlets. Could this be the case? N.Y. La Mirada Answer: "This is something that affects a lot of people, especially in areas that have more sediments in their water than normal," says Tom Houlihan of Orange County Appliance Parts in Garden Grove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An ongoing dispute over a broken screen door led to Sunday's shooting spree in an Orange mobile home park that left two people dead and three others wounded, authorities said Monday. Joel Stanley Martin, 66, armed with a .22-caliber rifle, broke into his neighbor's home about 5 p.m. and shot two women, killing one, police said.
OPINION
November 14, 2004 | Jonathan Turley, Jonathan Turley teaches law at George Washington University.
It was perhaps the last and most signature act of Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft. On his way out of the Justice Department last week, Ashcroft asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Oregon law on physician- assisted suicide. California is also considering such a law. Abandoning the core Republican belief in states' rights, or federalism, Ashcroft wanted to impose one last moral tenet on Oregon and California -- two states that have been nothing short of an obsession for him.
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