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May 29, 2010 | By Richard Stayton
What went down behind those corrugated steel walls of Dennis Hopper's Venice fortress as he lay dying at age 74? He was divorcing his fifth wife after 18 years together, obtaining an "emergency restraining order" to keep her at a 10-foot distance. They battled over his valuable artworks. She also filed complaints about him keeping marijuana joints throughout his compound, ready to provide quick relief from pain, and loaded guns in strategic locations, ready to provide quick resolutions.
She was the most notorious mother-in-law in Ventura County history. Elizabeth Ann Duncan was her name, but she became known simply as Ma Duncan. And it was 34 years ago today that the state of California executed the matronly, gray-haired woman for hiring two drifters to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law.
September 9, 1990
Thanks to Faye Fiore for the timely reminder (Times, Aug. 19) to all former Long Beach Ford employees that our old plant is, indeed, "near the end of the line." That plant really impressed me, a sailor stationed at the Naval Air Base on Terminal Island in 1942. It was then a U.S. Army supply depot with antiaircraft guns high on the roof by the big "Ford" sign. West of the plant was a fleet of barrage balloons protecting strategic L.A. Harbor. Discharged from the Navy after V J Day, I drove down to the plant to apply for a job at Ford.
May 10, 2010 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
U.S. troops marched through Red Square for the first time in a Victory Day parade on Sunday as Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was a scene cut from Russia's Cold War nightmares: 71 Americans in dark blue dress uniforms carried the U.S. flag over the cobblestones, past the mausoleum of Vladimir Lenin and the towers of the Kremlin wall to salute Russian leaders. French, British and Polish soldiers also took part in the parade in a tribute to the role the Allies played in what Russia called the Great Patriotic War. Under clear skies, the reviewing stands were packed with Russian officials, foreign dignitaries and hundreds of aging war veterans.
August 26, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
There's never been an airplane quite like the P-38 Lightning. Just ask Huntington Harbour resident Richard E. Willsie, who made a narrow escape from German soldiers in one of the twin-engine, twin-fuselage planes in one of the remarkable exploits of World War II. Willsie, 71, will be on hand Friday when a bronze replica of one of the war's most versatile fighter planes is unveiled Friday at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Many Americans still remember the harrowing ordeal of U.S. soldiers captured by the Japanese early in World War II--the grueling Bataan Death March in the Philippines, the execution of Army pilots in Japan. But the British and Commonwealth Allies had more prisoners of war taken by the Japanese, who were equally cruel to soldiers who surrendered in Singapore, Hong Kong and other Far East outposts.
August 19, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Long known for being genteel and charmingly indifferent to headline news, the New Yorker in recent years has earned a reputation of skewering political and cultural figures with its cover art. Barry Blitt's infamous 2008 Barack and Michelle Obama fist bump cover poking fun at the perception of the then-presidential candidate, for instance, spawned countless satiric imitations. With "Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See" (Abrams), art director Fran├žoise Mouly gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process.
March 4, 1988
American voters are sometimes strangely tolerant of sins and shortcomings in their political leaders. Who can ever forget the spectacle of Boston voters donating their nickels and dimes to help pay the fine lodged against their legendary mayor, James Michael Curley, after he was convicted of fraud? Or of former Rep. Adam Clayton Powell twice winning reelection from Harlem despite a House committee's finding that he misused public funds?
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