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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2005 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
For three years, his painstaking work to preserve Civil War tombstones in a Santa Ana graveyard was lavished with praise -- from history buffs, veterans groups, cemetery officials and a congresswoman. But now, Gene-o Platt is watching in dismay as a squad of Boy Scouts prepares to undo his labor of love. Under orders from the Orange County Cemetery District, the marble headstones at Santa Ana Cemetery will soon be stripped back to their earlier state.
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NATIONAL
December 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The family name of Hacking has been removed from the gravestone in Orem of a woman whose husband, Mark Hacking, has been charged with killing her and dumping her body in a trash bin. Lori Hacking's family changed the headstone, which now reads "Lori Kay Soares." Police found Hacking's body Oct. 1 at a landfill they had been searching since her disappearance in July.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two white teenagers were charged in Jasper with desecrating the grave of James Byrd Jr., the black man dragged to his death from the back of a pickup truck in 1998. Joshua Lee Talley, 19, of Jasper and John Matthew Fowler, 18, of Call, were each charged with one criminal mischief charge related to the desecration. They were also charged with seven unrelated theft, burglary and mischief charges.
NATIONAL
May 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
The tombstone of a black man who was dragged to his death was found broken with an obscenity and racial epithet carved into a metal plate on the bottom of the stone, police said. "We hoped he could rest in peace," said Stella Byrd, the mother of 1998 dragging victim James Byrd Jr. "They've done enough to him already." Two people at the Jasper City Cemetery tending to a relative's gravesite Thursday afternoon noticed the damage, police said.
NEWS
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.
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.
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