Advertisement
 
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsTragedy
IN THE NEWS

Tragedy

FEATURED ARTICLES
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Police and municipal officials in Austin, Texas, are set to discuss an incident that left two dead at SXSW, the city's annual arts, cinema and interactive festival. Watch the news conference live below: (That livestream event is over. More here from KXAN Austin.)
ARTICLES BY DATE
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The gig: Ramona Pierson, 51, is chief executive of Declara, a start-up based in Palo Alto that has developed a way for companies to use sophisticated techniques and advanced Internet search to create workplace tools. In two years, it has grown to 57 employees, and the company has attracted $5 million in funding from such notable investors as Peter Thiel. The journey: As impressive as the company's start has been, it's Pierson's back story that is particularly special.
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
Meet the Macbeths, a charming, upwardly mobile couple grieving over the death of their only child. Director Jessica Kubzansky's interpretation of Shakespeare's “Macbeth,” currently on view in a satisfyingly foggy, bloody production by the Antaeus Company, opens with a funeral. Macbeth (Rob Nagle in the performance I saw; all the roles are double-cast) and his wife (Tessa Auberjonois) place a tiny shrouded body in a coffin, wordlessly but movingly communicating the couple's grief and mutual love.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Doctors who treated those injured in an overnight crash at the SXSW festival, including the driver, said at least two remained in critical condition. “These are the worst injuries we see and not everyone survives,” said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, who was among those treating the victims. Two people were killed and 25 injured when a speeding car struck a crowd outside a busy nightclub in Austin, Texas, early Thursday. The number of victims was later revised downward . PHOTOS: Emergency crews respond at SXSW The driver, whose name has not been released, had been stopped by police on suspicion of drunk driving.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2009
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Tim, a New York City firefighter, knew instinctively when his co-worker and best friend, Terry, cocked his head and wordlessly indicated that he was heading into a flaming World Trade Center tower that it was the last time he would see him. Ling, who was burned in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, could do little for months afterward but sit on the couch and watch "Murder, She Wrote. " Basically, "here's this little old lady who somehow figures everything out," she says was her reaction to the show, and it brought her a strange comfort.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
Taking its name from the tail number of a crashed airplane, “One November Yankee” at the NoHo Arts Center is about a disaster rather than being a disaster, which is always the better side of the equation for a new play to be on. Still, there's room for improvement in playwright-director Joshua Ravetch's meditation on the aftermath of tragedy told through three interwoven stories about conflicted brothers and sisters played by screen and stage...
NATIONAL
July 16, 2013 | By David Horsey
A string of misperceptions has driven the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy from the very beginning, including the public misperception that perfect justice can be found in a court of law. The misperception that propelled events from the very start was Zimmerman's assumption that a black kid in a hoodie did not belong in his neighborhood. If he had known Martin was the guest of a local resident with no other mission than to reach home with the package of Skittles he had just purchased, Zimmerman would not have followed the young man. In fact, if he had simply not held a stereotype in his head that a young African American in a hoodie is very likely a criminal, Martin would be alive today and Zimmerman would not have had his own life turned upside down.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
For retired school psychologist Cathy Paine, the shooting in Newtown, Conn., evoked painful memories of that day nearly 15 years ago when her school district suffered a similar tragedy. Paine, 63, was one of the first counselors to arrive at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., after a student opened fire in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 25. Today, she belongs to the National Assn. of School Psychologists and leads a team that provides assistance to schools, families and communities dealing with crisis.
OPINION
February 4, 2006
David Ehrenstein sees "Brokeback Mountain" as just "a well-closeted romance" (Opinion, Feb. 1), missing its compelling demonstration of the tragedy of the closet. That may not be particularly controversial to him, but it is to many. He forgets that the political movement whose success made the film possible was also led by "chameleons," as gays were taught to be. ROGER JANEWAY Los Angeles
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Police and municipal officials in Austin, Texas, are set to discuss an incident that left two dead at SXSW, the city's annual arts, cinema and interactive festival. Watch the news conference live below: (That livestream event is over. More here from KXAN Austin.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Todd Martens and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas -- Artists and venues slowly appeared to be returning to normal Thursday hours after a car plowed into a crowd of revelers, leaving two dead and 23 injured. Venues near the tragedy canceled afternoon events and stated that concerts for this evening were "still pending," although early indications were that those shows would go on. Meanwhile, images of pop star Lady Gaga rehearsing at a venue just blocks from where the accident occurred have flooded social media.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Wednesday's incident at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas,  in which two people were killed and nearly two dozen others injured by a suspected drunk driver who police say drove into a crowd outside a club while trying to evade officers, was just the latest tragedy to hit during a heavily populated music event. Here are a dozen others, from Pukkelpop to Altamont. 2012: Radiohead, Toronto: A drum technician was killed when a stage roof collapsed in fair weather before the English band was scheduled to perform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland was a respected surgeon and bioethicist at Yale University and author of two modestly successful books when he was approached in the early 1990s by a young literary editor. The agent was looking for someone to write a book about what happens to the body and mind during the process of dying, and Nuland had been recommended to him. "I thought surely there were hundreds of books already" on the topic, Nuland later said, but the agent said there were not and encouraged him to check his libraries.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much. In writer-director Jenée LaMarque's twee indie, Kazan does double duty, playing mousy rural Laurel, who lives with her parents, as well as sister Audrey, the popular one with the big city job and boyfriend (Ron Livingston). After a car accident kills Audrey and briefly gives Laurel amnesia, the wallflower takes advantage of the identity confusion and claims to be Audrey, adopting her sister's life as a kind of instant - albeit psychologically fraught - personality injection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Gold
It had already been a tough winter in the Central California farm town of Riverdale. The drought had crippled some farms and caused some of the almond trees, long a sign of pride and prosperity, to wither and die. "Everybody's been tightening their belts," said Kathryn Ervin, 60. "Times are hard. " But no one was prepared for what unfolded Saturday night: A horrific accident that sent an SUV carrying a mother and her four children hurtling in flames toward a nearby house. A man pulling up seconds later, sprinting toward the wreckage to help, burning his hands and arms as five people died in the flames - his people.
NATIONAL
May 27, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
MOORE, Okla. - Preston and Nikki McCurtain are exhausted. It's been a week since a massive tornado tore through this Oklahoma City suburb, leaving thousands homeless and 24 dead, including 10 children. Seven were students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, where Nikki McCurtain was about to finish her first year as a fourth-grade teacher. As Nikki grieves - one of her 26 students lost a sibling, and she knows the children who died - her husband helps others with their pain. He manages Moore Funeral and Cremation in this wounded city.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2014 | Tina Susman
When the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens in mid-May, it will have shards of the fallen World Trade Center towers. It will have walls covered with portraits of the nearly 3,000 victims, and the watch worn by Todd Beamer when he declared, "Let's roll," and helped launch an attack on the Flight 93 hijackers. It will have a burned-out ambulance that raced to save people, and helmets of firefighters who battled dust and flames to reach those trapped in the ruins. It will also have a $24 admission fee, which directors say is needed to maintain the site, a cost that critics say undercuts the idea of ensuring that all the world can visit and learn from the tragedy of Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Chris Kraul and Andres D'Alessandro
Argentine poet Juan Gelman, an exile whose writings were colored by personal tragedy he suffered at the hands of his country's brutal military dictatorship, died in Mexico City on Tuesday. He was 83 and had been battling leukemia. Gelman, a leftist with working-class origins, won the Cervantes Prize, perhaps the most prestigious Spanish language literary honor, in 2007 for his stark, soulful verse. But the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants also personified the tragedy suffered by thousands of Argentinian families under the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|