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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.
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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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jennifer Lopez on Sunday was apologizing for singing "Happy Birthday to You" to the president of Turkmenistan at a concert Saturday night in that country. Seems the concert was put together on behalf of China National Petroleum Corp. for the entertainment of their executives working in Turkmenistan, according to a statement from J.Lo's rep obtained by E! News , and "was not a government sponsored event or political in nature. " "The event was vetted by her representatives, had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended," the statement continued.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A conservative student group that sparked controversy with plans to stage a "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game at the University of Texas at Austin has canceled the event under mounting pressure from critics.  The Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at the university planned to play the game Wednesday. The object of the game was for students on campus to try to catch club members wearing “illegal immigrant” signs, then turn them in to the Young Conservatives' recruiting table in exchange for  $25 gift certificates.
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.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Wanted: An attorney who will put up with the media circus that will likely follow Casey Anthony for the rest of her life. The attorney who previously held that position, Jose Baez, released a statement to the media Wednesday announcing that he is no longer representing Anthony. If you'll recall, Baez stood alongside Anthony, clutching her hand, when she was found not guilty last year of killing her daughter, Caylee. Anthony's acquittal outraged many and led one online poll to dub her the most hated person in America.
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...
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