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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Riverside City College student body president is a registered sex offender who has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and committing lewd acts with a child less than 14 years old. School officials knew about the status of Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, prior to his run for office, but in a statement, they said they had “determined that there was no policy, statute or ordinance that could prohibit this student from seeking office as student body president”...
BUSINESS
May 7, 1985 | Associated Press
Uniroyal Inc. and Clayton & Dubilier Inc. agreed Monday to merge in a leveraged cash buy-out worth nearly $746 million, a deal that would essentially make Uniroyal a private company. In a joint statement, the two companies also announced that they had reached agreement with financier Carl C. Icahn to end his unfriendly takeover bid for Uniroyal, the nation's fifth-largest tire company. In the agreement, Uniroyal said it will pay Icahn $5.9 million to end a bid by his Robin Acquisition Corp.
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.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Revealing a 30-year-old family secret, retired U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) acknowledged that he fathered a son outside his marriage with the daughter of former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt. In a story published Wednesday in the Albuquerque Journal, the 80-year-old Domenici said he and onetime Republican lobbyist Michelle Laxalt of Alexandria, Va., are the parents of Las Vegas attorney Adam Paul Laxalt. Both said they decided to announce their secret because they believed someone else was about to make the news public.
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