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April 21, 1999 | JULIE CART and ERIC SLATER and STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Laughing as they killed, two youths clad in dark ski masks and long black coats fired handguns at will and blithely tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates Tuesday inside a suburban high school southwest of Denver, littering halls with as many as 23 bodies and wounding at least 25 others.
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NEWS
February 3, 1985 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL and ROBERT WELKOS, Times Staff Writers
Whenever Samuel Benitez, who now lives in Portland, Ore., even thinks about his old job as a Los Angeles policeman, he says he starts coughing. And the closer he gets to Los Angeles, the worse the hacking gets. Benitez, 35, claims that the cough is caused by stress from working for the Los Angeles Police Department. Complaining that the cough disabled him, he recently won a lifetime tax-free disability pension of $1,480 a month, plus $51,390 in back benefits.
NEWS
October 17, 1991 | LIANNE HART and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, a man crashed his pickup truck into a cafeteria crowded with lunchtime patrons here Wednesday afternoon and began firing rapidly and indiscriminately with a semiautomatic pistol, killing 22 people. The gunman later was found dead of a gunshot wound in a restaurant restroom, police said. The massacre resulted in injuries to 20 others, many of them listed in "very critical condition."
SPORTS
February 19, 1998 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old wounds, physical and spiritual, healed long ago. When Lou Zamperini returned to Japan recently, it was in the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. If any American during World War II had earned the right to hate, it was Louis Silvie Zamperini. Once one of America's best track and field athletes, he was beaten almost daily for 2 1/2 years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps and fed a near-starvation diet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1986 | BILL BILLITER and ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writers
Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles. Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff's deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The chirping of birds and the whoops of children frolicking in the grassy hollow give the hilltop a sense of serenity now. It was different 40 years ago. There was a gurgling sound, a warning scream and finally a whooshing roar as death and destruction swept down a ridge into a Los Angeles neighborhood. The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
A 24-year-old Ventura man died at a local hospital Sunday night after being freed from a kelp bed that he got trapped in while scuba diving near the harbor, authorities said. The man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, died about 6:30 p.m. at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard after being pulled from the water 30 minutes earlier, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Teacher Luis Lopez was reading "Charlotte's Web" to his students Tuesday when the emergency bell sounded. "Drop!" Lopez ordered the fifth-graders, who immediately crouched under their desks, holding the backs of their necks with one hand and clutching the desk legs with the other. A routine day at Victory Boulevard Elementary School in North Hollywood was interrupted by a scenario involving the aftermath of a 7.8 earthquake.
NEWS
September 1, 1989 | From Reuters
Princess Anne insisted on a separation from her commoner husband Mark Phillips despite his pleas to save their 16-year marriage, newspapers said today. "Princess Anne chose the freedom to lead her own life instead of being trapped in a phony marriage--against the wishes of Capt. Mark Phillips," the Daily Mail said.
SPORTS
May 5, 1991 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside Resurrection Gym, in a fierce East Los Angeles neighborhood, a young man named Pepe emerges from a car. Pepe is looking for a fight. But this kid carries no gang affiliation. Not a single tattoo mars his body. No red or blue or green bandanna is knotted around his head. The young man is Pepe Reilly, and the only fight he is looking for is inside the gym, inside the boxing ring and within the rules. His weapons will be a pair of heavily padded fists.
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