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October 30, 2002 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Federal authorities in Tennessee said Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty against three reputed Los Angeles gang members accused of killing seven people and wounding a 3-year-old girl, allegedly to protect a vast drug enterprise. It was the latest development in an ongoing investigation in which 40 people have been indicted for gang-related drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses in Los Angeles, Nashville, Oklahoma and Memphis.
February 10, 2008 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
C. Barton Crattie, a Georgia land surveyor, did not expect to start a border war when he penned a newspaper article about a flawed 1818 survey that placed his state a mile below the Tennessee River. The mistake in calculating Georgia's northern corner, he figured, was just an odd historical footnote, an interesting digression for those who fret that the drought-stricken state will soon run out of water. "Unfortunately for . . .
May 5, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Nashville on Friday blocked the execution of a man who has been on Tennessee's death row for more than 20 years, based on a challenge to the state's new lethal injection procedure. Attorneys for Philip Ray Workman demonstrated a likelihood of success on their claim that the protocol exposes their client "to a foreseeable and likely unnecessary risk of unconstitutional pain and suffering in violation of the Eight Amendment," U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell wrote.
October 22, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
In his paint-splattered sweatshirt and battered baseball cap, Chris Foust stopped by on his lunch break last week to listen to Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., the Democratic Senate nominee, at a downtown rally. Foust, a soft-spoken regular churchgoer who worries about illegal immigration and opposes gay marriage, usually votes Republican and backed President Bush in 2004. But he's grown disillusioned with Bush, especially over the Iraq war.
November 3, 2005 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Nissan Motor Co. is likely to announce as early as next week that it will move its North American headquarters, and 1,300 jobs, from Gardena to Tennessee as a cost-cutting measure, according to sources inside and outside the company. About a dozen people, including Nissan managers, auto consultants and government officials, all of whom asked not to be identified, said the automaker had set things in motion to move its headquarters to the Nashville area, where Nissan's largest U.S.
July 2, 2002 | From Associated Press
Residents hoping to get driver's licenses and summer tourists looking for information ran into "closed" signs Monday, the first day of a partial government shutdown while the Tennessee Legislature tries to resolve the state's budget. For weeks, lawmakers have haggled over proposed taxes to help resolve an $800-million deficit in the budget that was to take effect Monday. Their negotiations were continuing. But because lawmakers missed a deadline, Gov.
Tennesseans have gained a reputation as legendary hunters and trappers. Their latest quarry: California businesses. In one of the most aggressive efforts yet to capitalize on the Golden State's energy woes, 20 economic development officials from Tennessee descended on Southern California this week to meet with local companies considering a move or an expansion. Californians would be wise to shelve the Beverly Hillbillies jokes. The Tennesseans have come loaded for bear.
November 8, 2006 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
For a moment, it seemed as if the King was back. Satellite news trucks snaked around the Peabody Hotel downtown while reporters from around the world fanned across the city, interviewing locals at strip malls, barbecue joints and churches. It was all for a politician: Democratic Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., 36, who was locked in one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races.
February 8, 2008 | Richard Fausset and Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writers
They knew they couldn't set this little country community right in a day -- the storms had been too brutal for that. But at least, they figured, they could clean it up. All along the two-lane road through town, men in hunting jackets moved around quickly in heavy machinery, plowing and piling debris. Farmers in ball caps amputated horizontal cedars, poplars and pines with buzzing chain saws. Church ladies in fresh makeup and work gloves tidied the yards in front of roofless homes.
Twenty-nine years ago, hijackers took over an airliner with 27 passengers and four crew aboard and threatened to crash into the government's nuclear weapons production complex in Oak Ridge. "They let us know that if we didn't have the money by X hour then we were going to dive into Oak Ridge," co-pilot Harold Johnson recalled from his Memphis home. "And there was no doubt in my mind that we would have done just that."
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