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May 22, 1991
It seems as if Dianne Klein set out to promote a notion that all the women of Leisure World who have lost their husbands are desperately marching up and down the streets trying to shove casseroles into the hands of widowers. It isn't so. I lost my wife six months ago, and so far the widows I met are just as heartbroken and crushed as I am. No one has been knocking on my door, nor setting any traps. The widows and widowers need words of encouragement, of understanding, not a degrading article like Dianne Klein wrote.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter is certainly an artful emotional manipulator, as evidenced in “Be a Good Little Widow,” now in its Los Angeles premiere at the NoHo Arts Center. Even though you may be keenly aware that your feelings are being slyly exploited, you just might reach for a hankie anyway. A simple premise suffices for Brunstetter's obvious but nonetheless effective comedy-drama. Up-and-coming corporate attorney Craig (Donovan Patton) is juggling the affections of two women -- his free-spirited new wife, Melody (Larisa Oleynik)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Mary Todd Andrews, 86, an actress and the widow of screen star Dana Andrews, died Jan. 17 in Palm Springs of Alzheimer's disease. Born and reared in Santa Monica, she studied acting and became a leading comedic actress and ingenue at the Pasadena Playhouse in the 1930s. There she met the recently widowed Andrews, who had hitchhiked from Houston and was studying to become an actor. They were married in 1939 at the home of her parents, the J.W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Mary Cheever, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, has died, after surviving by decades a husband who used their lonely but lasting marriage as an inspiration for some of his most memorable stories. She was 95. She had been battling pneumonia and died Monday night at her colonial-style manor in Ossining, N.Y., her daughter, Susan Cheever , said. The home served as a well-publicized backdrop to John Cheever's facade as the gentleman scribe of "The Swimmer" and "The Five-Forty-Eight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
A famous family's grief spilled over in court Friday as Carroll O'Connor's daughter-in-law recalled the last days of her husband Hugh's tormented life and visits to the man she believes supplied him with cocaine. Angela O'Connor, struggling for composure, finally burst into tears as she told jurors in the slander trial of Carroll O'Connor about her husband's drug-induced suicide on the day of their third wedding anniversary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1986 | DOROTHY TOWNSEND, Times Staff Writer
Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson was a good swimmer, the only surfer in the band, and drugs had nothing to do with his drowning death, an attorney for Wilson's widow and child told Los Angeles Superior Court jurors Thursday. The panel will decide if an insurance policy on the musician's life was valid. Shawn Love Wilson, 21, sued Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Co.
NEWS
September 21, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
Rosie Nunez figured that the end would be a tragic one. Her husband's cocaine habit, a string of run-ins with the law over drugs and burglaries, frequent trips in and out of jail, and finally, the robbery of his own wife's store just weeks ago, all seemed to trace the downward spiral of Ernest Henry Nunez. She just never figured that the end of Nunez's 31-year life would come so suddenly, so violently and so frighteningly near to the disbelieving eyes of their own three children, she said.
SCIENCE
July 2, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Science Now blog
As far as anyone knows for certain, brown widow spiders have only resided in Southern California for a decade or so -- the first in the region was spotted in Torrance in 2003. But a new survey conducted by California entomologists shows that the spider is now making itself quite comfortable in our neck of the woods.  In some Southern California habitats, including the outdoor areas around suburban houses, the brown widow far outnumbers its cousin the black widow - a California native long feared for its venomous bite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998
Thank you, Al Martinez, for your June 5 column on black widow spiders. I, too, live in a canyon, have for 37 years. I haven't experienced a meeting with a black widow that I know of but, seemingly, every other spider known to man. In a house with no screens and doors and windows open to the sun and the air (prior to the arrival of a daughter with her two cats), rats have lost their sense of menace. The occasional snakes and skunks, and the frequent howl of the coyotes that have dinner on outdoor pets, even the occasional torrent of rain that sends mud running down the street, are no deterrent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1998
Let me get this straight: Jasmin Salehi loses her right to stay in the U.S. after her hard-working husband, a citizen, gets murdered on the job at Denny's (Oct. 22). Then it takes the House, the Senate and President Clinton's involvement to get approval for the widow to stay in the U.S. I don't know if I should be grateful that democracy works or furious that no one at any level in the INS seems to have an ounce of common sense or compassion. STAN BROTHERS Glendale
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: My wife of 34 years died five years ago. Her father is 94. He has accumulated a large amount of wealth over the last 40 years. I always made a point of staying out of financial discussions between my father-in-law and his daughters. He told us for years that upon his death all his wealth is to be divided between us (my wife and me) and her sister. Recently, a gold digger reappeared on the scene. My father-in-law and his late wife took her in at a young age when her parents died.
OPINION
January 5, 2014 | By Becky Aikman
When the Crawley clan of "Downton Abbey" returns to American television this weekend, I will take more than a sporting interest in the fate of the newly widowed Lady Mary. As someone who was widowed at a relatively young age myself, my fondest hope is this: that she will be no lady. Perhaps she can help the rest of us sort out what constitutes proper behavior for a woman whose husband has died. Being a widow is one of the few female roles for which social norms still lag in a bygone era, reinforced by literature and popular culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's widow, is engaged to be married, four years after her first husband's 2009 death.  Niemi, 57, and Swayze, who died at 57 after a nearly two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer, were married for 34 years. Swayze of course starred in films including "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost. " Albert DePrisco, 58 and a jeweler, proposed on Christmas Eve, Niemi's rep told People over the weekend. The two have been dating for a year and a half after meeting through mutual friends at a birthday party for Niemi, the magazine said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Gantt told his wife to remarry if he didn't come back from the war. She told him no. He had a hard enough time getting her to say yes. He was it.  For 63 years, the World War II and Korean War veteran was missing in action and presumed dead, but Clara Gantt, 94, held out hope and never remarried. On a cold, dark Friday morning on the Los Angeles International Airport tarmac, the widow stood from her wheelchair and cried as her husband's flag-draped casket arrived home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by a Marine widow who claimed she was convicted of murdering her husband because investigators and prosecutors unfairly focused on her libertine lifestyle. After Sgt. Todd Sommer, 23, died mysteriously in February 2002, his widow, Cynthia, had her breasts enlarged, had sex with three other Marines, held raucous parties and participated in a thong and wet T-shirt contest in Tijuana. In November 2007, a Superior Court jury convicted Cynthia Sommer of murdering her husband, largely on the basis of forensic evidence showing traces of arsenic in his body.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By David Ng
T.S. Eliot never lived to see the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical "Cats," based on Eliot's collection of poems "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. " But Eliot's second wife and widow, Valerie, did live long enough to profit from the musical, amassing a sizable fortune from the royalties, which she used at least in part to buy art. On Wednesday, Valerie Eliot's art collection was auctioned off for approximately $12.9 million, including buyers' premium, at a Christie's auction in London.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2002
"The Merry Widow" on public television Dec. 25 was a glorious production. Gorgeous singers, gorgeous singing, costumes, sets, orchestra, musical tension, everything! Reviewer Chris Pasles just didn't get it ("Despite the Music, 'Merry Widow' Barely Survives Its Update," Dec. 25). I think it is the best production since the Elizabeth Schwarzkopf versions of 50 years ago, and in some ways better. The translation realized every nuance in blessedly understandable English. The stage business, which Pasles called "shtick," such as the waiter tossing a full tray to another waiter, told us what we should understand: This is musical theater of the highest fun, beauty and art. Daniel N. Fox Pomona
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
Re "Ex-Sheriff Block's Widow Gets $233,000 Yearly Pension," Nov. 5: The Times should call for a legislative review of the pension plan that rewards the widow of a public employee $233,000 annually. This award should be an outrage to all, especially another group of public employees, namely the teachers of our children. Where is the fairness in our public policy? Public safety is important, but how did it happen that the L.A. County sheriff became the highest paid public official in the nation?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
Four popular characters introduced by East West Players in “The Nisei Widows Club” (2003) and “The Nisei Widows Club Holiday on Ice” (2004) return for a new comic adventure directed by Amy Hill: “The Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back.” The now elderly widows (Nisei are the American-born children of Japanese immigrants) are rallying around Tomi (Jeanne Sakata), whose only son has died. Sumi (Takayo Fischer), Hana (Emily Kuroda) and Betty (June Kyoko Lu) look for new activities that will push all four of them out of their comfort zone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old man was sentenced to death Tuesday for raping, torturing and fatally stabbing an 84-year-old widow after breaking into her Anaheim home. Authorities said Anthony Darnell Wade drank champagne and smoked a cigar as he left the crime scene. Wade, a Los Angeles resident, broke into the home of Bessie Whyman through a broken window on January 2010 and attacked her. He raped Whyman and bound her hands and feet before punching and kicking her, according to Orange County prosecutors.
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