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January 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A brain-dead Texas woman who was 22 weeks pregnant was removed from life support Sunday, and her body was expected to be turned over to her family, attorneys for her husband announced. Marlise Muñoz, 33, had been on life support for about two months at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after falling unconscious in her home in November with a possible blood clot in her lung. Although she was brain dead, and considered dead under Texas law, the hospital refused to take her off life support, citing a state  law that prohibits hospitals from suspending "life-sustaining treatment" for patients who are pregnant. Marlise Muñoz was about 14 weeks pregnant when she fell ill on Nov. 26. H er husband, Erick Muñoz, sued the hospital for "cruel and obscene mutilation" of a dead body . On Friday, a state judge ordered the hospital to take her off life support by 5 p.m. Monday.
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September 19, 1993 | Associated Press
A woman who reported finding sewing needles in a can of Coca-Cola at the height of a hoax over foreign objects in soft drink cans pleaded guilty Friday to tampering. Deborah Sue McGuire told police in June that she opened a can of Coke and found nine sewing needles. She pleaded guilty to a federal charge of making a false statement about product tampering and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing was set for Dec. 3.
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June 11, 1994 | Associated Press
A woman who was terrified of hospitals delayed getting an ovarian tumor removed, and when her family finally got her to agree to surgery last month it had grown to 156 pounds. Evelyn Geffers, 63, of San Angelo, Tex., says she wants to learn to roller skate with her grandchildren now that doctors have cut her weight in half by removing the benign growth.
NEWS
January 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire named Elizabeth Watson to head the city's police department. If approved by the City Council, Watson would be the first woman to lead Houston's police force, and Houston would apparently be the largest police force in the nation to be directed by a woman. Watson, 40, a deputy chief, would succeed Lee Brown, who stepped down to become police commissioner in New York City. Houston Police Officers Assn.
NEWS
February 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
A state board unanimously rejected Karla Faye Tucker's bid for clemency Monday, leaving only the Supreme Court and the governor with the power to halt the pickax killer's scheduled execution today. Despite pleas of mercy, the gruesome nature of her crime left the Board of Pardons and Paroles with no qualms, rejecting her plea, 16-0, with two abstentions, board chairman Victor Rodriguez said.
NEWS
December 15, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman whose family burned to death in a 1982 car fire won a $43.2-million judgment in a state court in Houston against Toyota, the largest award ever entered against the company. Nike Adegbite, 36, had watched while her husband and two daughters died in the burning car. Two other people also died in the fire when the woman's 1973 Toyota Corona station wagon caught fire after being rear-ended on a Houston highway.
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November 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman who said she was desperate when she went to the men's room at a concert was found not guilty of illegally using the restroom. Jurors deliberated for 23 minutes before acquitting Denise Wells of violating a Houston ordinance that prohibits people from using restrooms intended for members of the opposite sex in a manner calculated to cause a disturbance. She faced a maximum $200 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor.
NEWS
April 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
Ninety-year-old Gena Scarbrough said she learned how to shoot when growing up on a farm but had never pointed a weapon at anyone until this week, when she stopped a burglar with a borrowed pistol. Police say Scarbrough stood in her carport Tuesday night waiting for an intruder to leave the house. When the burglar climbed out a window carrying a stereo and speakers, Scarbrough aimed the .22-caliber pistol at him. "I told him: 'Put it down right there and don't move.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1986 | DAVID HOLLEY and CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writers
Leila Gonzalez-Correa, a Texas city official who is considered an expert in the financing of low-income housing, has been named executive director of the Los Angeles City Housing Authority, officials announced Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1992 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hey, Rickey Dale Thomas, you're finally back in San Diego after almost an entire year of false incarceration in a no-name Texas jail cell. You've got your jubilant family and friends screaming your name, your 2-year-old daughter, Simone, cradled lovingly in your arms. So, what are you gonna do? "I'm going to Sea World," came the response from the skinny man basking in the light of television cameras. "I'm going to take my little daughter to see the fish."
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