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Apr 26, 2014

NBA investigating if Clippers owner made racist comments on tape

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (Reuters) – NBA officials are
reviewing an audio recording posted online of Los Angeles
Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly telling his girlfriend
not to post photographs of herself with black people and not to
bring African-Americans to Clippers games, a league spokesman
said on Saturday.

Celebrity news site TMZ.com published the 10-minute
recording on its website late on Friday, describing it as a
taped conversation between Sterling and a model who goes by the
name V. Stiviano.

Apr 24, 2014

On newly released tape, ‘Squeaky’ Fromme says was outside ‘the system’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson who in 1975 tried to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford told a mental health examiner in a decades-old taped interview that an “X” she carved in her forehead was meant to set her apart from “the system.”

The Sacramento Bee won a release of the tape from a federal judge and posted portions of the recording involving now-65-year-old Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme on its website late on Wednesday.

Apr 24, 2014

Father thanks God for stowaway son’s survival on Hawaii flight

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Somali immigrant whose 15-year-old son survived a flight from California to Hawaii stowed away amid freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels in the wheel well of a jet said in a radio interview that he thanks God his son is alive.

The 15-year-old boy from the San Francisco Bay area city of Santa Clara, who ran away from home and sneaked into Mineta San Jose International Airport to creep into a Boeing 767 that took off on Sunday, is one of a fraction of stowaways to walk away alive from such a treacherous trip.

Apr 23, 2014

Stowaway slept in wheel well of plane at California airport, FBI says

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet’s cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said.

The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose name has not been released, is one of a fraction of stowaways to survive such a treacherous trip.

Apr 23, 2014

Teen who stowed away on Hawaii flight resting in hospital

April 22 (Reuters) – A teenage boy who stowed away on a
flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived
wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on
Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the
Pacific, a Hawaii official said.

The teenager, whose name has not been released, is “resting
comfortably” at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld,
spokeswoman of the state’s Department of Human Services, said in
a statement.

Apr 22, 2014

Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii remains hospitalized

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said.

The teenager, whose name has not been released, is “resting comfortably” at a hospital in Hawaii, spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of state’s Department of Human Services said in a statement.

Apr 16, 2014

California city ex-manager gets 12 years in prison for corruption

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city administrator of Bell, California, who came to represent local government corruption when news surfaced of his annual salary of nearly $800,000, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, officials said.

An apologetic Robert Rizzo, 60, who pleaded guilty last year to 69 state criminal counts – from perjury to misappropriation of public funds – also was ordered to pay $8.8 million in restitution to the city, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Apr 16, 2014

Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.

The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis.

Apr 6, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, author-adventurer, co-creator of Paris Review, dies at 86

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Naturalist Peter Matthiessen, an award-winning American author who helped create the Paris Review and brought to life tales from the wilderness centered on his excursions to faraway lands, died on Saturday at age 86, his publishing company said.

“Peter passed away this evening,” Riverhead Books said in a statement on its Facebook page. “We are honored to have known him and his beautiful and wild mind.”

Mar 11, 2014

Joe McGinniss, author of ‘Fatal Vision,’ dies at 71

March 10 (Reuters) – Journalist Joe McGinniss, an author who
got up close to his subjects for revealing books such as “The
Selling of the President” and “Fatal Vision,” died on Monday at
age 71, his friend and attorney said.

McGinniss died of complications from prostate cancer at
UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts,
lawyer Dennis Holahan said in an email. The author had announced
last year that he was in the advanced stage of the disease.