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September 2, 2001 | HELEN O'NEILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For more than 40 years, the Boscia children wondered how the child had died. They tried to imagine the life she might have had, what she had looked like, where she had lived. They would troop to the cemetery every year on holidays and on the anniversary of their father's death, all nine of them: Monica, Mances, Nick, Celie, Chris, Mike, Clare, Billy and Betty. After planting flowers at their father's grave, they would walk a few yards to the worn marble headstone beneath the big oak tree.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Civil War goes on for Gene-o Platt. For the last three years, he has set up his tools at Santa Ana Cemetery and gone about restoring the markers of the 483 graves of Civil War veterans buried there. Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving, it doesn't matter. He's out there with his drills, brushes and sealer, scraping off the dirt, the fungus and the lichen from the Georgia marble tombstones of John Purtteman, Company L, Seventh Illinois Cavalry, or Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Civil War goes on for Gene-o Platt. For the past three years, he has set up his tools at the Santa Ana Cemetery and gone about restoring the markers of the 483 graves of Civil War veterans. Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving, it doesn't matter. He's out there with his drills, brushes and sealer, scraping off the dirt, the fungus and the lichen from the Georgia marble tombstones of John Purtteman, Company L, 7th Illinois Calvary, or Capt. LaFayette Harlan, Company B, 9th Kentucky Infantry.
NEWS
May 3, 2001 | Associated Press
A tombstone fell on a third-grader and killed him during a field trip to a Revolutionary War cemetery Wednesday. Nine-year-old James Wies appeared to have died of a skull fracture, said Richland County coroner's investigator Paul Jones. He said the boy jumped atop the 5-foot-tall tombstone and grabbed it when it toppled backward. "It was just a freak accident," Jones said. "With the injury he sustained, and with the way it landed on him, it was definitely fatal. No one could have done anything."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2000
Tuesday's crash of an Air France Concorde jet outside Paris, an accident that killed all 109 people on the craft and four on the ground, may herald the end of a technology that has little place in commercial aviation today. Until Tuesday, this Concorde and its sister supersonic jetliners had posted an enviable safety record.
NEWS
October 11, 1999 | ROY RIVENBURG
E-Ticket Afterlife: Graveyards and roller coasters usually don't mix, but that could change in the near future, courtesy of a company called the Final Curtain. Hoping to revolutionize the funeral industry, Final Curtain wants to build a chain of theme park cemeteries featuring rides, shops and outlandish tombstones designed by artists. The ideas for gravestones (which can be viewed at http://www.finalcurtain.
BOOKS
September 12, 1999 | JONATHAN LEVI, Jonathan Levi is a contributing writer to Book Review
In his widely acclaimed first novel, the autobiographical "Dreams of My Russian Summers," Andrei Makine recollects the first thrill of literary creation. As a 14-year-old boy, ice fishing in the depths of a Russian winter with his illiterate friend Pashka, the Franco-Russian hero gives the summary of a half-remembered poem of Victor Hugo's taught to him by his French grandmother. Even that twice-removed fragment causes such turmoil in Pashka that it drives him "naked into the snow."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1999 | Associated Press
In what supporters call a victory for religious freedom, Israelis now have a choice between religious and secular calendars for date inscriptions on their tombstones. Israel's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a petition from the family of Rosa Greital, who died in 1986 and was buried in a cemetery in Rishon Lezion, a city south of Tel Aviv.
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