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December 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Porsche engineers will visit L.A. next month to help detectives gather data from the Carrera GT in which actor Paul Walker and his business partner were killed. L.A. County Sheriff's Capt. Michael Parker said traffic investigators will meet with engineers from Porsche to analyze the data retrieval system in the car. An investigation of the crash that killed the "Fast and Furious" actor and Roger Rodas on Nov. 30 in Santa Clarita has reached no conclusions, Parker said. "Information that might possibly be obtained from the computer is speed, RPMs, throttle opening, air bag deployment, seatbelt use and other possible information," Parker said Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" costars opened up over the weekend as his ashes were interred during a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. Tyrese Gibson, who reportedly attended the private ceremony along with fellow "Fast and Furious" cast members Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Michelle Rodriguez, referred in a post on Instagram to the "13 years of laughter and grace" he shared with Walker. "For selfish reasons we all wanted you to stay, another laugh, another take, another talk, another moment," Gibson wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Earlier this year, two young men stood on a bluff overlooking the unusual camp that homeless man Charles Ray Walker built in Boyle Heights and surveyed the bamboo-pricked hill, seeing how they could revive the swath of land into the green wonderland it had once been. Below them, hundreds - maybe thousands - of toys, signs and assorted oddities dotted the land, noticeably dustier than they were before Walker died last year. "We want to do this in his honor, to get this place like a community garden," said Randall Foster, 27, a conceptual artist who met Walker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Family members and several co-stars attended the funeral Saturday for “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker . The private ceremony took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. According to various reports , Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez were among the celebrities in attendance. Rodriguez later tweeted: “I said goodbye to a great man today, a man I never got to show just how much I love his spirit and his golden heart, 'stay golden pony boy'.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2013 | From a Times Staff Writer
“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker was laid to rest Saturday in a private funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills attended by family and close friends, according to news reports. Those attending the service included his father, Paul Walker Sr., his mother, Cheryl Walker, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, according to eonline.com . Walker's body was released to his family this week after the L.A. County coroner completed an autopsy. Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed Nov. 30 when a 600-horsepower 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas, 38, crashed into a concrete light pole and a tree on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul D. Ryan are friends and political allies, one helping the other in 2012 when Walker faced a recall attempt and Ryan ran for vice president on the Republican ticket. But when it comes to winning the White House, Walker has sounded less than supportive of a candidacy by his fellow Badger State lawmaker, suggesting someone more like himself. "There's no doubt, as much as I love Paul and some other people mentioned, in my mind it's almost a given that not only for the future of the party but for the future of the country we need to elect either a current or a former governor," Walker, a possible 2016 contestant, recently told USA Today.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Hours," one of Paul Walker's last films and arriving in theaters just two weeks after his death in a fiery crash, comes as a modest memorial to the 40-year-old's career. But it is not the stirring emotional performance many hoped for, nor will it redefine the actor, best known for playing opposite Vin Diesel in "The Fast and Furious" franchise. This drama, about an ordinary guy trying to keep his infant daughter alive in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, is sincere but struggles as much as its hero.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
A second suspect charged with stealing part of the wrecked Porsche  in which "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker died has turned himself into authorities, the Sheriff's Department said Tuesday night. Anthony Janow, 25, surrendered to authorities Tuesday at the San Fernando courthouse. He was arrested and released after posting $60,000 bail, sheriff's officials said.  Janow and Jameson Witty, 18, each face one felony count of grand theft of personal property, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
It seemed like the right place to meet: the Polo Lounge, home of the power lunch for Hollywood's elite. But when Paul Walker and first-time director Eric Heisserer showed up at the Beverly Hills Hotel haunt in 2011, they quickly felt out of place among the sea of suited studio executives picking at elaborate bread baskets. "Both of us were a little awkward," recalled Heisserer. "We ordered beer. " Perhaps the setting should have felt more natural to Walker - after all, he'd made millions from starring in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise and had certainly been to his fair share of stuffy meetings after a decade in the business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Actor Paul Walker's body was released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office to Forest Lawn Mortuaries to make arrangements for his final resting place. Ed Winter, assistant chief of coroner's investigations, said the "Fast & Furious" actor's remains were turned over to Forest Lawn, where many of Hollywood's most famous stars are buried. Walker, 40, died Nov. 30 from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche crashed in Santa Clarita and erupted in flames, the county coroner's office reported last week.
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