May 302018

Activists Monday laid out 4,500 pairs of shoes in front of the Council of the European Union in Brussels to represent every person killed in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict over the last decade.

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Jun 212016

Sanjay Valvani, a portfolio manager at Visium Asset Management who was charged with insider trading last week, was found dead Monday night.


“We mourn the tragic loss of Sanjay, a devoted father, husband, and friend,” Jacob Gottlieb, Visium’s founder, said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

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Aug 072013

Philip Graham dealt with alcoholism and mental illness throughout his marriage to Katharine. He had mood swings and often belittled her, calling her horrible names. On Christmas Eve in 1962, Katharine found out her husband was having an affair with Robin Webb, an Australian stringer for Newsweek. Philip declared that he would divorce his wife for Robin and he made motions to divide up the couple’s assets.

At a newspaper conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Philip apparently had a nervous breakdown.

….called for his doctor, Leslie Farber, who flew in by private jet, as did (subsequently) Graham’s wife. Graham was sedated, bound in a straitjacket, and flown back to Washington. He was committed for five days to Chestnut Lodge, a psychiatric hospital in Rockville, Maryland.

During a weekend release from Chestnut Lodge on August 3, 1963, Philip Graham committed suicide with a 28-gauge shotgun at the couple’s Glen Welby home.

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Jul 182013

Cory Monteith had a very strong guardian angel by his side … his girlfriend Lea Michele,


who essentially controlled Cory in life and even death.

Sources connected with both Cory and Lea tell TMZ … Lea swooped in when Cory died and immediately took over planning his memorial and other matters connected with his death.  We’re told Cory’s mom is not involved at all in the planning — it’s all Lea. 

Everyone agrees … Lea always had Cory’s back and tried protecting him as much as she could, especially when it came to his substance abuse.  We’re told Cory — who was sweet but naive — got banged around in Hollywood by what one relative called “a zoo of piranhas” and when Lea became his girlfriend she fiercely protected him.

As for Cory’s drug and alcohol problems … Lea laid down the law in the United States and did everything she could to keep him from relapsing.  When he did relapse earlier this year, she was the one who took the lead and engineered the plan to get Cory in rehab.

We’re told Lea’s problem was that when Cory went to Canada … all bets were off.


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Apr 192012

“two days after the city’s mayor, Omar Ahmad, died of a heart attack. Klein later was appointed to succeed Ahmad as mayor”


“The mayor of San Carlos died suddenly Tuesday morning, hours after attending a City Council hearing that went late into the evening.

Omar Ahmad died after calling 911 around 7 a.m. with reports of severe chest pains, and died en route to the hospital, according to city officials.

The 46-year-old had served on the San Carlos City Council since 2007 and was sworn in as mayor in November. He was an engineer and entrepreneur who moved to the Bay Area in 1998 to work in Silicon Valley. He was also a pilot, photographer and mountaineer.

Assistant City Manager Brian Moura said his colleagues on the board and are “all stunned” by the loss, particularly because they just saw him at a City Council meeting that lasted until 10:30 p.m. Monday.

“We literally just saw him late last night,” Moura said. “It was just hours ago. We talked to him as he was heading to the parking lot.”

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Jul 182011

In an exclusive Californian suburb that has had only two murders in the past decade, the deaths of a billionaire’s child and girlfriend at his mansion have caused a sensation.

Rebecca Zahau’s naked body was found on Wednesday hanging from a rope tied to the second-floor balcony of the historic building in Coronado, a wealthy seaside suburb of about 24,000 people on San Diego Bay.

Her hands were tied behind her and her feet were bound, police said.

The Coronado home of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp chief executive Jonah Shacknai. Photo: Reuters

Just two days before, last Monday, she was babysitting Max, the six-year-old son of her billionaire boyfriend Jonah Shacknai, when the child reportedly fell down a flight of stairs at the 27-room home.

This morning, the Shacknai family confirmed in a statement that Max died “despite heroic efforts on the part of paramedics and hospital staff”, US television network ABC reported.

Ms Zahau, 32, also known as Rebecca Nalepa from a previous marriage, reportedly dated Mr Shacknai, 54, the chief executive of an Arizona-based US pharmaceutical company selling acne and facial wrinkle treatments, for two years.

The body of the ophthalmic technician was found by Mr Shacknai’s brother Adam, 47, who cut the rope from which she was hanging and called police, officials said.

US media said police investigators have remained tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding Ms Zahau’s death, despite searching the Shacknai mansion twice.

“The circumstances are bizarre; you could tell this was unusual, but [suicide] is a possibility,” San Diego County Sheriff’s Captain Tim Curran told the Associated Press last week.

An autopsy on Ms Zahau’s body has been sealed as authorities waited for further tests to be conducted.

Ms Zahau’s sister, Mary Zahau-Loehner, told the ABC that they spoke last Tuesday and Ms Zahau was “normal, fine, just getting ready to go to bed”.

Ms Zahau’s brother-in-law, Doug Loehner, added in a statement: “Jonah is a stand-up guy. He was very devoted to Rebecca. She treated his kids as her own.”

Mr Shacknai’s Phoenix-based company boss, Michael Trier, also spoke glowingly of Ms Zahau, saying that she was committed to her career and had a “personality very much full of life”.

What happened to Max?

Captain Curran said investigators had so far not found any links between Max’s and Ms Zahau’s deaths.

On Monday, paramedics found the boy not breathing and without a pulse after falling down some stairs, Coronado police Chief Louis Scanlon said, calling it a “tragic accident“.

He was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital and reportedly remained there in a coma until his family’s statement this morning.

Coronado had one murder last year and a total of two in the past decade, media reports said.

The local police department does not have a homicide unit and had to ask the Sheriff’s Department to help with the investigation.

“A case like this would be unusual anywhere,” Coronado mayor Casey Tanaka told The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.

“It’s one of those things that no community wishes for and no community is really ready for when it happens.”

Another resident told the Union-Tribune that, when she heard sirens in Coronado, it would usually be because someone had jaywalked.

“It’s completely shocking,” she told the paper. “I walk by [the mansion] every day. This is the town where you don’t expect anything like this to happen.”

The mansion was built in 1908. Its previous owner was John D. Spreckels, owner of the majestic Hotel del Coronado and the San Diego Union and San Diego Tribune newspapers, AP reported.

It was sold to Mr Shacknai in 2007 for $US12.7 million, US television network CBS reported, citing property records.

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