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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.
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.
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.
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.
April 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Stephen Ceasar
Christian leaders called for prayers Saturday in an outpouring of support for Rick Warren and his family after the suicide of the Orange County evangelical pastor's youngest son. Among those offering condolences was Harvest Christian Fellowship leader Greg Laurie, who tweeted followers to join him in a prayer for Warren and his wife, Kay. Laurie, whose adult son Christopher was killed in a 2008 car crash, noted on his blog that he had...
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.
March 5, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Two days after Rush Limbaugh issued a tepid apology to Sandra Fluke, the woman whom he called a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her advocacy for expansion of access to birth control, Fluke dismissed Limbaugh's statement as insufficient. The 30-year-old Georgetown law student noted in a Monday appearance on "The View" that Limbaugh had only apologized for his choice of words, as she sought to refocus the discussion on access to contraceptives being a matter of women's rights.
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.
October 2, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent was fatally shot Tuesday while patrolling near the Mexico border in Arizona, according to Department of Homeland Security officials. The agent was shot and killed while patrolling near Naco, Ariz., about 1:50 a.m. MDT, according to a statement sent to the Los Angeles Times by Tucson Border Patrol spokesman Victor Brabble. Another agent was wounded in the shooting and taken to a hospital  with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the statement.
March 17, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man recently named by Newsweek as the mysterious creator of bitcoin, has hired a law firm and issued a statement late Sunday night in what he says was an attempt to "clear my name. " The statement came in an email from Ethan D. Kirschner, a Los Angeles lawyer.  "This firm has been retained by Dorian S. Nakamoto, the subject of the recent Newsweek cover story on Bitcoin," Kirschner said in an email. "He has issued the attached prepared statement.
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