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September 30, 1987 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
Auto magnate Henry Ford II, who for 35 years ran the automobile company founded by his grandfather, managing it from the brink of disaster to the top rank of industrial power, died Tuesday in a Detroit hospital. Ford, 70, who had a history of heart problems, was admitted to Cottage Hospital in suburban Grosse Pointe Farms on Sept. 9 for treatment of pneumonia he contracted while living at his country estate outside London. He was transferred Sept.
November 22, 1987 | SANDRA HANSEN KONTE, Konte is a San Francisco journalist
I can't wait until I'm 45 and get all those great parts. --Elizabeth Hartman, in a 1971 interview. The first reports of 43-year-old Elizabeth Hartman's June 10 suicide here were sketchy. Homicide detectives weren't sure just who the slight woman was who had thrown herself from the fifth-story window of her efficiency apartment. A handful of neighbors volunteered what they knew. She was an unemployed actress, they thought, who had starred long ago in some movie with Sidney Poitier.
December 29, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON
With one of the two juries in the Menendez brothers murder trial listening again to snatches of testimony, another day passed without a verdict. Lyle Menendez's jury, in a 10th day of deliberations, requested the rereading of testimony about his hairpiece and about the origins of a tape-recorded session between the brothers and their Beverly Hills psychologist, L. Jerome Oziel, on Dec. 11, 1989.
August 18, 1996
It is always tragic when a child dies. After reading the July 30 article, "Victor's Legacy: A Trail of Broken Hearts," I felt sympathy and compassion for little Victor as well as his mother and all the health-care professionals who tirelessly cared for him. My sympathy, however, was tempered with disbelief and anger. This 16-year-old single mother who seemingly could not afford health care for her child, or to bear the expense of his funeral, is now pregnant again! How does Ms. Gonzales propose to provide for this child?
October 22, 1987
The Oct. 1 earthquake may have sent shock waves throughout the Southland, but it also brought support and sympathy from around the world. Take this letter that was recently received at City Hall: "We have heard the news about your unhappy disaster and are worried about our friends in Pasadena. Feel free to contact us if we can help you. "Words seem so futile at such a time, yet the sympathy of friends may help just a little to give you strength and courage.
April 29, 2001
Re "Life in Shadow of Plant Gets Darker," April 25: I have no sympathy for the homeowners who whine about the noise and fumes from the nearby AES power plant. When they bought their homes, did they somehow fail to notice the great big power plant right next door? If these people are so unhappy, let them sell their ocean-view properties and move inland. Something tells me they will have no difficulty finding buyers. ARNIE BELL Huntington Beach
September 23, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writer
Less than half a mile of Intracoastal Waterway lies between the South Carolina mainland and its beachfront neighbors here, Sullivans Island and the Isle of Palms. But, in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo on Friday, that gulf had come to seem enormous. Across the water lay the hint of disaster: Nowhere had the mighty storm struck with such devastating force. Up to 20 citizens who had defied orders and waited out the storm on the oceanfront could be in grave peril. No one knew their fate.
March 27, 2004
Re "Irish Bartender May Be Deported," March 24: I wonder if your report on the lovable, singing Seal Beach barman facing deportation would have had such a sympathetic slant had the subject been a Moroccan with a conviction for aiding and abetting murder instead of an Irishman. Paula Taylor Los Angeles
December 28, 2006
Re "Living in Limbo, Keeping It Real," Dec. 21: Let's see, Ricky Walters is an alien convicted of shooting two people yet he merits a sympathetic article with the subtext of "leave the guy alone!" because our government has an indisputable reason to deport him? This kind of media indulgence resulted in the senseless murder of Richard Adan by a similarly favored criminal named Jack Henry Abbott, or don't you all remember? HASAN A. BENLER Poway
June 8, 2003
Re: "Disney, 'Lizzie' Star Parting Ways After Pay Dispute," May 24: When I was 16 years old, I accepted a job shelving books at my local branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia at a salary of $1.11 per hour (compared with the minimum wage of $1). I remember telling the director of personnel that I thought it was a "fine salary." Later, after college and grad school, my first job paid but $10,200 a year. So when I read that the bright, perky and talented Hilary Duff finds her "Lizzie McGuire" salary of $15,000 a week unacceptable and wants $100,000 a week for the new series, I guess I don't have much sympathy.
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