December 10, 2011 |
President Obama played coin-flipper, color commentator and spectator as he attended his first Army-Navy game as commander-in-chief Saturday. The 112th meeting of the two service academies was played for the first time in the Washington area, drawing not only the president but also Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Obama flipped a special Ronald Reagan centennial coin to determine home field advantage before the game. It came up tails, as called for by the Army captains.
November 21, 2011 |
Coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets on Monday was fined $75,000 by the NFL for screaming an obscenity at a spectator. Ryan made the foul-mouthed remark during halftime of the Jets' loss to New England on Nov. 13 at MetLife Stadium after a spectator suggested that Patriots Coach Bill Belichick is superior to Ryan at his job. As Ryan walked into the tunnel minutes after the Jets gave up an 80-yard touchdown drive, a spectator yelled, "Hey,...
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October 15, 2011 |
A string of angry shouts, including "I hate you! I hate you!" tore through a packed Santa Ana courtroom Friday as the man accused of killing eight people and wounding a ninth at a Seal Beach beauty salon made his first court appearance. The defendant, Scott Dekraai, showed no emotion amid taunts from the spectators, who included dozens of the victims' family members and friends. Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty against Dekraai, who is charged with eight felony counts of special circumstance first-degree murder, and one felony count of attempted murder in connection with the worst mass killings in Orange County history.
September 17, 2011 |
The National Championship Air Races in Reno are the last of their kind in the country, and the organizers take obvious pride in their embrace of risk and speed. At a news conference Friday night in Reno, Mike Houghton, the head of the Reno Air Racing Assn., said, "Every racing pilot understands the risks. They are perhaps the best pilots in the world. " Some of the airplanes in the races can reach speeds of more than 500 mph and fly as low as 50 feet above the ground as they soar around an oval course that is as long as 81/2 miles.
September 17, 2011 |
Investigators were scrambling to determine what caused a powerful World War II vintage racing plane traveling at up to 400 mph to plunge toward spectators at the fabled Reno air races late Friday afternoon, leaving a shattered trail of twisted debris and broken bodies. At least three people were confirmed dead, including the pilot, and more than 50 were injured, about 15 of them critically. Because of the number and the extent of the injuries, the death toll could rise, officials said.
August 4, 2011 |
When two-time defending U.S. Open surfing champion Brett Simpson was eliminated in his heat Wednesday, his week did not end there. Instead, he made appearances at Huntington Beach bars on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and will do so again Friday, in partnership with Pacifico Beer. Pacifico also has a healthy presence at the beach, though not a drop of alcohol is served at the event. Then why is Pacifico here? Well, it is just one of many sponsors who make the nine-day competition completely free for its hundreds of thousands of spectators.
June 5, 2011 |
The afternoon was disorienting enough for the Angels, who, while suffering a 5-3 loss to New York, put up with chants of "Let's go, Yankees!" in their home stadium and ear-splitting ovations after each of New York slugger Mark Teixeira's two home runs. The Angels are used to boisterous Yankees fans in Anaheim, but Sunday's crowd was so pro-New York that some Angels probably walked out of the stadium looking for the No. 4 train to Manhattan. Then things became truly bizarre in the eighth inning, when, after Nick Swisher's home run put the Yankees up 5-3, fans in the right-field pavilion showered Angels right fielder Torii Hunter with $1 bills.
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May 15, 2011 |
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies broke up a large-scale cockfight in the backyard of a Valinda home Saturday, discovering more than 40 live fighting birds and arresting four alleged spectators as about 100 people managed to flee. Deputies found at least 11 dead roosters and two more with sharp metal spurs lashed to their legs still fighting when they arrived at the home shortly after 10:20 a.m., said sheriff's Sgt. Tom Wilson. The two birds were "gasping for their last breath" and were so badly injured that they will have to be euthanized, he said.
February 28, 2011 |
A pair of explosions tore through a group of spectators at an illegal dogfight Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than a dozen others in the latest in a string of deadly insurgent attacks in crowded public places. In the last five weeks, more than 100 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in bloody assaults across the length and breadth of the country. The targets ? a supermarket, a shopping mall, a bank, a wedding hall, a government records office, a sporting event ?
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February 16, 2011 |
Interrupting a witness in mid-testimony Tuesday, a judge for the second time admonished a spectator in his Los Angeles courtroom to stop giving signals to a witness in the Bell corruption hearing. This time, however, Judge Henry J. Hall ordered a bailiff to remove the husband of Lourdes Garcia, one of Bell's top financial officials. The bailiff said Jose Garcia, who was sitting in the back row, was signaling his wife as she testified about her dealings with former City Administrator Robert Rizzo and City Council members.