November 30, 1986 |
An exhibit booth--just the booth, not the people--was once taken hostage by a New York trucking company in a dispute with an air freight firm over an unpaid bill. The kidnaping stunt worked. The panicked company that owned the booth scurried to scrape together something--anything--else for the trade show that was about to open in Washington. Meanwhile, it pleaded for a settlement and, barely in time, the deal was made and the booth set free.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 |
No one saw the superhero in mild-mannered Clark Kent. Jim O'Connor keeps his students fooled too. In his algebra and calculus classes at St. Francis High School, he is stern - no excuses, no coddling. "If you look at the clock," said senior Michael Tinglof, who had O'Connor in his freshman year, "you're on his bad list for the rest of the class. " The 70-year-old teacher's look also is all business: spine straight, close-cropped silver hair. When he cracks a joke, he's so deadpan that the boys often miss it, senior Pat McGoldrick said.
August 18, 1985 |
A young man from La Mirada and his friends are riding inner tubes on the Lower Kern River. The young man is suddenly pulled by the current into a white-water area and is knocked off his inner tube. His body is found three days later. A man from Bakersfield is standing on a mossy rock in the Lower Kern River, fishing. He falls into the river. His wife, eight months pregnant, clutches his hand for a few seconds, but he slips away, into the current. Eight days later, his body still is not found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 |
Officials at three school districts that hired a former teacher now accused of sexually assaulting two female students -- one of whom made her accusations public in a YouTube video -- said that each time, she passed all necessary background checks. Riverside County prosecutors filed felony charges Monday against 40-year-old Andrea Michelle Cardosa, who was arrested later in the day. Cardosa -- who resigned from her post as vice principal at Alhambra High School shortly after the YouTube video surfaced -- faces 16 counts related to aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, officials said.