CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2009 |
W.D. Snodgrass, the prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who had a nearly 40-year teaching career, has died in upstate New York. He was 83. His family said he died Tuesday at his home in Erieville, N.Y., just east of Syracuse, after a four-month battle with inoperable lung cancer. Snodgrass won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1960 for his first book, "Heart's Needle," which grew from heartbreak at losing custody of his daughter in a bitter divorce.
August 11, 1988 |
The City Council amended a police tax initiative this week in a way that officials say will make it less confusing and more equitable, increasing the chance that voters will pass it in November. Voters will be asked to approve a tax on their monthly telephone bills to pay for more police protection.
August 23, 1990 |
Despite recall threats from a crowd of about 75 angry residents, the City Council officially fired City Administrator Bruce Spragg at a special meeting this week. The council's decision set off a chorus of boos from the audience, which consisted mostly of Spragg supporters. Mayor Robert A. Philipp at one point threatened to have police officers clear the council chamber. The council allowed comments only from Spragg and his attorney, Martin J. Mayer, during the Monday morning session.
April 20, 1993 |
Changing hats may have helped the Cincinnati Reds change their losing ways, at least for the moment. Kevin Mitchell drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning Sunday as the Reds beat the New York Mets, 3-2, to end a five-game losing streak. Before the game, relief pitcher Rob Dibble persuaded his teammates to wear their all-red caps rather than the red-and-white pinstripe caps they had been wearing at home this season.
February 23, 1989 |
Mayor Odell L. Snavely has pleaded no contest to charges that he harbored two teen-age girls at his toy store last April when he knew they should have been in school. Snavely, 70, was charged Feb. 14 with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the truancy of a minor, said Kenneth Freeman, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. Each count is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Sentencing is scheduled for April 28 in Huntington Park Municipal Court.
February 9, 1986
If 1982 was a year that the industrial city of South Gate would rather forget, Tuesday may be the start of much better times for the devastated community located about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the city's redevelopment agency concludes the $12-million sale to Goldrich & Kest Industries and Sheldon Appel Co. Inc., joint-venture developers of the 90-acre site now occupied by a former General Motors assembly plant.