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WORLD
February 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The family of South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius denied Friday that the Olympic athlete had murdered his girlfriend, releasing a statement shortly after he broke down and wept during his first court appearance. Pistorius, revered for overcoming his disability to compete in the London Olympics last year, is facing a murder charge in the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, a tragedy that shocked and divided South Africans.
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SPORTS
October 31, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Griffen Kramer, a backup quarterback at Thousand Oaks High, was found dead Sunday at a friend's house in Agoura Hills, school officials said Monday. Kramer was 18. Kramer is the son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer, who played at Burbank Burroughs High and Pierce College, and started for the Chicago Bears from 1994-96. In a statement, the school, with information it said was provided by the family, announced that "initial indications suggest his passing was due to alcohol poisoning.
SPORTS
May 15, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
We've been waiting three weeks for the Lakers to make a statement, a real postseason statement, not some meaningless opening-game banter or desperate deciding-game scream. We've been waiting for the NBA's best regular-season team to put on the sort of consistent display that would remind the rest of the league--and, OK, us--exactly where they are headed. Well, that statement has been made. It was Sunday in Phoenix. It was loud enough to be heard from Los Angeles to Portland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1991 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Wednesday spurned the confession of a woman who claimed that she and several friends were responsible for the 1988 slaying of Carol Montecalvo, whose husband was convicted last year of the murder. The prosecutor in the case said that Suzan Brown, 45, was lying when she suddenly stepped forward last month and confessed her role in the fatal shooting of Montecalvo in her Burbank home. "After an extensive investigation of Ms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2011
Wyatt Knight, 56, an actor best known for portraying Tommy Turner in the three "Porky's" films, committed suicide Oct. 25 in Maui, said Eileen O'Farrell, a family spokeswoman. An autopsy determined that Knight died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Associated Press reported. In 2003, Knight underwent a bone-marrow transplant for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and the resulting radiation therapy left him in physical and emotional pain, according to a statement from the family. "He was tired of the pain and after much contemplation, chose to end his life in a beautiful and a serene place," the statement said.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Don Perry, head spokesman for Chick-fil-A, has died. The Atlanta-based company said Perry died "suddenly" Friday morning. Perry, who most recently was vice president of public relations, had worked with the chain for nearly 29 years, according to Chick-fil-A. “He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him,” the company said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Local news outlets reported that Perry suffered a heart attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Todd Martens
R. Kelly  has been vocal about his voice issues. After the R&B superstar underwent surgery last summer to drain an  abscess on one of his tonsils, Kelly wrote about the operation and any speculation that he might  have permanent voice problems in last year's song, "Shut Up. " In the angry little slow jam, Kelly thanked the heavens for keeping the doctors focused and made it clear that his voice was in fine form.  However, Kelly doesn't appear...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Riverside City College student body president convicted of kidnapping and committing lewd acts with a child confirmed his status as a sex offender Thursday. But Doug Figueroa, 40, emphasized that he pleaded guilty, in part so that he “could immediately engage in … proactive change in my life.” In an email to The Times, Figueroa said he enrolled in school and became involved on campus to help foster that change. “My heart does go out to any victim of any kind of abuse,” he wrote in the email.
SCIENCE
April 29, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
The nation's pediatricians have some advice for expectant parents who are considering giving birth to their child at home: Don't. Home birth is not very common in the United States - fewer than 1% of babies are born outside of a medical setting on purpose. But among a certain subset of white women, it's becoming a trendy thing to do. In 2009, 1 out of every 90 babies born to white mothers was born at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That rate was 36% higher than in 2004.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar testified Sunday about allegations that he had beaten and choked his 15-year-old daughter. Except he wasn't in court. "The truth is, she was not choked, she was not punched," Dollar told his congregation from the pulpit at World Changers Church International, according to Reuters . Dollar is one of the most visible preachers in the United States, presiding over a 30,000-member congregation in College Park, Ga., and standing at the center of a constellated worship network of churches in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.
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