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February 24, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The cost of executions is soaring, especially in the state that conducts the most: Texas. The reason? The necessary drugs have become increasingly hard to get. A year ago it cost the Texas Department of Criminal Justice $83.55 for the drugs used to carry out an execution -- sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Then last March the state was forced to replace sodium thiopental with pentobarbital after the U.S. supplier of the former drug halted distribution amid international protests.
June 30, 1985
Morris (Morey) Mirkin, who opened the first Budget Rent-a-Car office at Wilshire and Robertson boulevards in Los Angeles in 1958, died of cancer Thursday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 66. Mirkin, an Air Force veteran of World War II, also was a thoroughbred horse breeder. Horses under his colors have won the Hollywood Park Gold Cup and the All-American Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.
August 27, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent was hospitalized with a broken neck Monday after rear-ending his girlfriend's Cadillac and hitting a traffic signal, authorities said. Sheriff's officials said Vincent, 52, was following his girlfriend, 28-year-old Nicole Wallace, to her mother's house at Lake Mission Viejo when his 1988 Mazda rear-ended her 1985 Cadillac. Vincent then spun out of control and struck a traffic signal.
January 14, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Donna Reed, who won an Oscar as a prostitute in "From Here to Eternity" but found her widest success as the ideal wife and mother on television's "The Donna Reed Show," died at her Beverly Hills home today from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 64. Her husband, retired Army Col. Grover Asmus, was at her side when she died, family spokesman Harry Flynn said. Miss Reed had been hospitalized several months ago for ulcers. She went into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Dec.
July 29, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Two rock climbers were killed when they were struck by lightning atop famed Half Dome here, park officials said Sunday. Three others were injured, two of them critically. The five were sitting in a cavern on top of the monolith overlooking Yosemite Valley Saturday about 6:30 p.m. when a series of lightning flashes started a few small fires and struck the climbers, a spokeswoman said.
A 17-year-old Dorsey High School baseball player died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while aboard the team bus as it returned from a game Tuesday, police said. Wilford Wright, the team's starting shortstop, was playing Russian roulette in the back of the bus when his .22-caliber pistol went off, said the team's coach, former Dodger outfielder Derrel Thomas. But Los Angeles Police Department investigators said the shooting could have been a suicide.
February 18, 2002 | Associated Press
Offered for just three years, power adjusters for gas and brake pedals have become Ford Motor Co.'s best-selling optional feature. Ford markets the adjusters as a convenience that allows drivers to sit farther from the steering wheel while still reaching the pedals. The feature has been popular with consumers of all sizes, and other auto makers are beginning to offer adjusters.
When you walk into your neighborhood fish market or grocery store, the display case is filled with "fresh" swordfish, "fresh" salmon, "fresh" shrimp, "fresh" petrale sole. But then you take your catch home and find that your "fresh" filet has a frozen center. Or your fork finds mush instead of firm flesh. How long has your dinner been away from the ocean? And what has happened to it since it left the waves behind?
February 9, 1997
I read "Fergie Takes On a Heavy Load as Spokeswoman" (Jan. 16) with interest and amusement. First of all, could Weight Watchers not have found an American, or is the United States so obsessed with trashy white women? This woman has absolutely no talent, and her only claim to fame is that she married another no-talent who should be thankful that his grand-uncle abdicated the throne. No surprise that she came to the United States. Are there no honey-hued American women (Kathleen Battle jumps to mind)
September 30, 1998 | DAVID SAVAGE
The Supreme Court's new term began on a sad note. Toni House, who represented the court as its first spokeswoman, died Tuesday after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was 55. Working for the publicity-shy justices, House's job did not call for promoting herself, the court or its decisions. The opinions "speak for themselves," she often said.
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