Shirley Temple Black, the child actor who lifted America’s spirits and Hollywood’s profits during the Great Depression with tunes such as “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” then left the spotlight at 21 for a life of political service and limited celebrity, has died. She was 85.
Betty Ford, the outspoken U.S. first lady whose candid revelations about her struggles with breast cancer and drug and alcohol abuse helped spur awareness of issues few Americans had openly discussed before, died yesterday. She was 93 and lived in Rancho Mirage, California.
Cities don’t commit crimes, but Dallas continues to feel guilty all the same. Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many in the city are still burdened by the memory of that day -- and the sense that, in some way they cannot put into words, they were responsible.
In the same news cycle Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would free more than 20,000 inmates from his country’s prisons, President Barack Obama announced a rather less grand gesture of clemency. He commuted the sentences of eight people convicted of crack-cocaine offenses -- all of whom have served at least 15 years -- and used his pardon power to erase the criminal records of 13 miscellaneous ex-offenders.
Gerald J. Ford , who became a billionaire by purchasing distressed lenders during the savings and loan crisis, will inject $500 million into Pacific Capital Bancorp as the California company struggles to survive.