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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1996 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
July 7, 1995 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1995
Re "Iwo Jima: Commemorating the Past While Ignoring its True Meaning," Opinion, March 19: The commemoration on Iwo Jima did not ignore the true meaning of the past, or the sacrifices that were made by the individuals who commemorated the battle that took place there. The historical significance of the Pacific war may be lost on many of today's generation, but not because a handful veterans met to remember what occurred 50 years ago. The commemoration was for the veterans of both sides.
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