Man dies after setting fire to keep warm in Cudahy, authorities say



A man died Monday night in Cudahy after apparently starting a fire in an enclosed dumpster area in an attempt to keep warm, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire behind a store in the 4500 block of Santa Ana Street about 10:30 p.m. and found two dumpsters burning. They put out the flames and discovered the man’s body.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the man climbed into a walled-in and gated enclosure where dumpsters are stored and set a fire beside them to heat himself, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said. He then caught fire, suffering significant burns and probable smoke inhalation, Alfred said.

The man is believed to have been homeless. His name was not immediately released.





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Anna Korina, Acclaimed French New Wave Actress, Dies At 79 : NPR


Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who in the 1960s established herself as a fixture in films directed by Jean-Luc Godard, died on Saturday in Paris. She was 79.

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Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who in the 1960s established herself as a fixture in films directed by Jean-Luc Godard, died on Saturday in Paris. She was 79.

France’s culture minister confirmed the news, saying on Sunday that “her look was the look of New Wave. It will remain so forever.”

Danish-born Karina hitchhiked to Paris at the age of 17 following a short stint as a cabaret singer. Soon after, she met fashion designer Coco Chanel, who convinced her to change her name to Anna Karina from her birth name, Hanne Karin Bayer.

Best known for typifying 1960s cool with her on-screen mix of cunning and nonchalance, Karina’s roles helped popularize a type of visually gripping and technically precise filmmaking that still holds influence today.

When Godard was working on his debut feature film, Breathless, he noticed Karina in a Palmolive ad in which she was in a bathtub covered in soap suds.

Karina was an inexperienced actress at the time, but Godard was inspired by her and offered her a part in the film. She turned it down because the role required a nude scene.

As Karina told NPR in a 2001 interview, Godard did not forget about her. Three months later, the director rang her up and asked her to star in the film The Little Soldier.

“So I said, `Do I have to take my clothes off?’ He said, `No, no. You have to play the main part.’ So I said, `Well, you know, I’m not even 18. I could never do that.’ And he said, `Well, you don’t have to,'” she said. “‘You just have to do what I tell you to do.'”

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The following year, Karina and Godard were married and the two formed both personal and artistic bonds, launching a period in Godard’s career that historians call the Karina years.

“He taught me so, so many things,” Karina told NPR. “It was like Pygmalion,” she said, referring to the play by George Bernard Shaw.

During that time, Godard directed films such as My Life to Live and Pierrot Le Fou, often casting Karina as a high-spirited and capricious thrill-seeker who seduced men and even killed some of them.

Although Godard and Karina become something of a celebrity couple in the art film world, the two divorced after just four years.

“He would say he was going out for cigarettes and then come back three weeks later,” she told the Guardian.

Yet the acclaim she attracted from her work across seven films with Godard led her to be cast by other prestigious directors, including Luchino Visconti, George Cukor and Jacques Rivette.

But it was her work with Godard that remained the most influential of her career. In her 2001 NPR interview, she said Godard’s working methods were just as distinctive as they were misunderstood. For instance, her roles were highly scripted, she said, not acts of improvisation, as Godard had done in other instances.

“He would not change one word. Never. Of course, if you had a good idea once in a while, he would use that. But if not, we’re not allowed to say a word for another,” Karina told NPR. “They’re so natural that people, most of the time, thought that you were just talking, you know, saying whatever we wanted to say, which is totally false.”

Karina went on to direct some of her own films, mostly recently the 2008 French-Canadian film Victoria. A lifelong singer, she also collaborated on music with Serge Gainsbourg and she wrote several books.

New Yorker film critic Richard Brody, who published a book on the work of Godard, said the Karina’s acting career, especially in the 1960s, left a substantial mark on French New Wave and more recent film-making alike.

“First, the films liberated the cinema from nostalgia for superseded aesthetics sustained by a hidebound industry,” Brody wrote in a 2016 appreciation in The New Yorker. “Then, decades later, they nourished a new wave of nostalgia for the very era of radical change that they’d helped to create.”





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Sir Peter Snell, New Zealand’s athlete of the century, dies aged 80 | Sport


New Zealand is mourning the loss of its most revered athlete following the death of middle-distance great Sir Peter Snell. The three-time Olympic champion died in his sleep aged 80 at his Dallas home on Friday.

Snell had been suffering from heart problems in recent years but his wife Miki said he had been leading an active life right up until his death, having made plans to cook a meal after a midday nap.

Snell bestrode the track in the early 1960s, winning gold over 800m in the 1960 Olympics in Rome before bagging a famous 800m-1,500m double in Tokyo four years later. He remains the only man to secure such a double since 1920, underlining his dominance at the time.

The 1960 gold came less than an hour before compatriot Murray Halberg was victorious over 5,000m, with the twin results representing New Zealand’s emergence as an international sporting entity in the eyes of many.

The winner of two Empire Games gold medals, the holder of various world records during his career and never beaten in a major international race, Snell was in 2000 voted New Zealand’s athlete of the century. He was knighted soon afterwards. Ten years earlier, he was the first inductee into the freshly created New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

New Zealand Olympic Committee president Mike Stanley said Snell’s impact on his country can’t be overstated.

“His achievements are at the heart of New Zealand’s sporting history and have helped shape our national identity,” Stanley said. “The Golden Hour in Rome 1960 was followed by back-to-back gold medals at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. These incredible races stand out in many Kiwis’ minds as among our greatest sporting achievements.”

Coached by Kiwi athletics legend Arthur Lydiard, Snell was the spearhead of a memorable era in New Zealand athletics. Massive crowds flocked to see him compete against invited athletes around the country.

In January, 1962 in Wanganui, he became the first New Zealander to break a four-minute mile and eclipsed the world record held at the time by Australian great Herb Elliott. A week later in Christchurch, Snell lowered world records for 880 yards and 800m running on grass. Both of those times remain New Zealand records.

After retirement, he studied at the University of California and then at Washington State University, where he gained a PhD. He moved to Dallas to do a post-doctoral fellowship and continue research into exercise physiology.

Snell is said to have enjoyed the relative anonymity of living in the United States but stayed close to New Zealand, where he took some figurehead roles for sports organisations in the 1990s.



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Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott dies


Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott SC has died, the Law Library has confirmed.

Sharing his condolences on Twitter, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan described Mr McDermott as “a very talented barrister, popular lecturer and entertaining newspaper columnist”.

“He will be greatly missed by so many,” tweeted the minister, adding that he was “deeply saddened” to hear of his death.



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Cha In-ha: Korean actor dies aged 27


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South Korean actor Cha In-ha has been found dead at his home in Seoul, the latest celebrity loss of life to rock the country’s entertainment industry.

The 27-year-old star’s agency released a statement saying it was “filled with grief”, and urged people not to speculate on the cause of death.

Cha had most recently been appearing in the TV series Love With Flaws.

He is the third young Korean star to die in the space of two months.

Cha was a member of an acting group set up by entertainment agency Fantagio called Surprise U. He made his debut in a 2017 film called You, Deep Inside of Me.

The death is the latest in a string of celebrity tragedies in South Korea, which also has one of the world’s highest suicide rates.

In October and November respectively, K-pop stars Sulli and Goo Hara were found dead in their homes. Both deaths were treated as suspected suicides.

Their deaths have sparked debates about the pressure felt by K-pop stars – including bullying and harassment from fans.

In Goo Hara’s case, it also highlighted the issue of so-called “spy-cam porn” and its victims.

In September 2018, Goo had filed a lawsuit against an ex-boyfriend after he threatened to damage her career by releasing an illicit video of her. In August, Goo’s former partner was given a suspended jail sentence for physically assaulting and blackmailing her.

‘Deep mourning’

In a statement, Fantagio paid tribute to Cha.

“We are truly heartbroken to deliver sad news to everyone who has sent lots of love and support to Cha In Ha until now. We are filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe,” it said.

“We earnestly ask for rumours to not be spread and for speculative reports to not be released in order for his family, who is experiencing greater sadness more than anyone due to the sudden sad news, to send him away peacefully.

“As wished by his family, the funeral will be held privately. We express deep mourning for his passing.”

If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, BBC Action Line has more information.

In the UK you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information 0800 066 066. In addition, you can call the Samaritans free on 116 123 (UK and Ireland). Mind also has a confidential telephone helpline- 0300 123 339 (Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm).

How to get help within Korea: the Korea Suicide Prevention Center can be reached at 1393, LifeLine Korea at 1588-9191, and Help Call for Youth at 1388. Lines are available 24/7 for free and confidential support for people in suicidal crisis or distress.



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William Ruckelshaus, Who Defied Nixon During Watergate Crisis, Dies At 87


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William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at his office in Seattle in April 2009.

William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the deputy attorney general who resigned rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s orders during the “Saturday Night Massacre,” died at his home in Seattle on Wednesday. He was 87.

Ruckelshaus, a lifelong Republican, led the EPA twice during his long career in government service. He was the agency’s administrator from 1970 to 1973 and again from 1983 to 1985, using his time to enact some of the nation’s keystone environmental laws, including legislation to ban the pesticide DDT. During the latter tenure, Ruckelshaus helped restore confidence in the agency, which had been plagued by corruption in the decade after he left and played host to fears that the EPA worked more closely with polluters than environmentalists. He earned the nickname “Mr. Clean” during his time at the agency.

But Ruckelshaus is perhaps best known for his defiance during the Watergate scandal. He was brought to the Justice Department in 1973 as the crisis was unfolding and made acting FBI director and later deputy attorney general by Nixon, who had hoped to avoid any fallout from the scandal. Nixon, however, later ordered the top three Justice Department officials to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor. Attorney General Elliot Richardson refused and the order was passed down to Ruckelshaus, who resigned rather than carry out the firing during a day that became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.”

Cox was ultimately fired by the U.S. solicitor general, Robert Bork, setting off a national firestorm that led to Nixon’s resignation.

Ruckelshaus was celebrated for his work in government after his death was announced on Wednesday.

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President Barack Obama awarded Ruckelshaus the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Current EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called Ruckelshaus the “father” of the agency, saying he “solidified our country’s commitment to protecting human health and the environment.”

“Thanks to his leadership, all Americans are living with better air quality, water quality and a cleaner and healthier environment,” Wheeler said in a statement. “I am grateful for his service to the agency.”

Ruckelshaus was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 by President Barack Obama, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his work to put “country before party or politics.”

“He reminds us how noble public service can be,” Obama said at the time. “And our air and water is cleaner and our lives are brighter because of him.”

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Ruckelshaus as the first head of the Environmental Protection Administration in 1972. 

In recent years, Ruckelshaus clashed with members of his party and their efforts to roll back environmental regulations. In an interview with HuffPost last year, he said Republican opposition to widely accepted climate science was a “threat to the country” and warned that “lives will be sacrificed” unless dramatic action is taken.

“They certainly are killing everything,” Ruckelshaus said of the GOP, pointing to President Donald Trump’s assault on environmentalism. “If your position is, ‘I don’t believe the science, therefore I’m going to get rid of all the scientists studying this, and let’s not mention it in any public announcement,’ that’s just crazy.”

Ruckelshaus was born in 1932 in Indianapolis. Between his stints in Washington D.C., Ruckleshaus had a private law practice in Seattle, often working on environmental issues. He led federal efforts to protect Chinook salmon and a state project to clean up the Puget Sound region, according to The Associated Press.





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George Springate, man of many remarkable careers, dies at 81



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George Springate, an Order of Canada recipient who held a variety of dream jobs during his lifetime, has died.

He was 81.

Springate’s multi-faceted career included stints as a police officer and kicker with the Montreal Alouettes. He was a member of the Als team that won the 1970 Grey Cup.

The Montreal native was also elected to Quebec’s National Assembly, worked as a TV sports commentator at the CBC, a newspaper columnist, taught law and helped found the Police Technology Department at John Abbott College.

He ended his career as a federal citizenship judge.

Springate was a longtime resident of Pierrefonds. He died in Ottawa, where he had resided in recent years.

“An emeritus citizen of Pierrefonds, he has done a lot to make his city shine over the years,” the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro said in a news release.

“Thanks to him, Pierrefonds was able to welcome the magnificent Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on many occasions. All major events were organized for the benefit of sick children, a cause that was very close to his heart.”

“I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Springate’s death,” Pierrefonds-Roxboro Mayor Jim Beis said.

“We had the pleasure of (his company) one last time a few weeks ago at the inauguration of the George Springate Sports Centre’s synthetic multi-sport field named in his honour. It was a very moving encounter with this great man who marked the history of Pierrefonds and the entire West Island.

“He has touched many people by his generosity, professionalism, integrity, dedication through his many activities and during a rich and successful career. We can never forget it,” Beis added.

The Montreal Alouettes organization also mourned the death of Springate, who played three CFL seasons from 1970  to 1972.

“All our thoughts are with the Springate family during these difficult times,” said Alouettes President and CEO Patrick Boivin. “Mr. Springate was involved in the community at many levels. He leaves a great legacy behind and we can only recognize his tremendous work over the years.”

Springate also played football for the McGill Redmen from 1966-68. He earned a law degree at McGill. Prior to that, he attended Sir George Williams University in Montreal.

Springate was first elected in 1970 as Liberal MNA for Sainte-Anne riding. He was re-elected in 1973, but was temporarily removed from caucus a year later for voting against Bill 22, a law by Robert Bourassa’s government that made French the sole official language of Quebec.

Springate was elected as MNA for Westmount in 1976, but did not seek re-election in 1981.

Former Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley said Springate was also a formidable fundraiser for local charities.

“George was always so much fun and dynamic. Once he talked Russ Williams and me into going up on some cherry picker overnight in the parking lot of Fairview shopping centre as a fundraiser. Only George could talk you into something like that,” Kelley said.

“But of all things he did in his life, he was born to be a citizenship court judge. That was sort of the last job he had. Every July 1, Pointe-Claire puts on that citizenship ceremony for new Canadians. He always gave a great speech every year to these new Canadians about our freedoms and responsibilities and what it means to be a Canadian. He was born for the role,” Kelley said.

“In addition to being the John Abbott teacher, the football kicker, police officer, the MNA, what a great career. He was a great guy … a larger than life character, for sure. His heart was always in the right place. A great Canadian and great patriot. He was a joy to know.”

Geoff Kelley’s son Greg, now the MNA for the Jacques-Cartier riding in the West Island, also has fond memories of Springate.

“He gave me a book when I was in university on the future of Canada and wrote a little note in the front about always remaining optimistic about our future,” Greg Kelley said. “I’m sure he inspired many more young people in his days.”

There will be no public funeral, as per the deceased’s request.

Springate’s ashes will be buried at a private ceremony in Ottawa at a later date, the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro said.

He is survived by his wife Judy Gill.

At Beis’s request, borough hall flags have been lowered to half-mast. Pointe-Claire did the same.

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