- - Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Man who killed Angels pitcher sentenced

SANTA ANA — A construction worker who was on probation for felony drunken driving when he ran a red light and killed rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people was sentenced Wednesday to 51 years to life in prison.

A judge sentenced Andrew Gallo, 24, amid sobbing from the victims’ family and friends who earlier heard Gallo apologize for the 2009 crash.

Prosecutors said Gallo’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he blew through a red light at an Orange County intersection on April 9, 2009, and T-boned the car carrying Adenhart and three friends.

Also killed in the crash were Courtney Stewart, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25. A fourth passenger, Jon Wilhite, was severely injured.

Just hours before the crash, Adenhart, 22, had pitched six scoreless innings in a game at Angel Stadium.


Fred Foy, famous for Lone Ranger intro, dies

BOSTON — Fred Foy, the announcer best known for his passionate lead-in to “The Lone Ranger,” died Wednesday at his home. He was 89.

His daughter, Nancy Foy, said he died of natural causes.

Miss Foy said her father landed the job as the announcer on “The Lone Ranger” radio program in 1948. Radio historian Jim Harmon sad Mr. Foy’s introduction and narration was so good it “made many people forget there were others before him.”

Mr. Foy’s son, Fritz, said the signature opening, “Hi-Yo, Silver!” was done by an actor for the radio, but his father boomed it out for the TV series along with the rest of the famous introduction.

Fred Foy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances, and their three children.


Parents of student who killed himself to sue

NEW BRUNSWICK — The parents of a Rutgers University student who killed himself after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on him during a tryst with another man have filed notice that they intend to sue the school.

Joseph and Jane Clementi, parents of Tyler Clementi, filed the notice on Friday. They have to wait six months to file the lawsuit over their son’s death, which became a symbol in a national outcry over the bullying of young gays.

In the notice, the couple said “it appears Rutgers University failed to act, failed to put in place and/or failed to implement, and enforce policies and practices that would have prevented or deterred such acts, and that Rutgers failed to act timely and appropriately.”

The claim, first reported by the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, did not list how much in damages the Ridgewood family would seek.

Rutgers spokesman E.J. Miranda said in a statement that the school is not to blame.


Holiday shoppers sprint to end; retail revenue up

NEW YORK — Holiday shoppers are racing to the end of the season at a more feverish pace this year, with retail revenue up 5.5 percent during the last weekend before Christmas.

The figure, released by ShopperTrak on Wednesday, is a drastic improvement from a year ago, when revenue dropped 6.2 percent during the period. The final shopping weekend last year was marred by a big East Coast snowstorm.

ShopperTrak reported shoppers spent $18.83 billion from Dec. 17 to 19, with $7.58 billion spent on Super Saturday. The number of shoppers rose 3 percent over the weekend before Christmas last year.

But ShopperTrak anticipates Thursday will likely edge out Super Saturday to become the second-biggest sales day this season behind Black Friday, as last-minute shoppers scramble to pick up gifts. Black Friday sales were $10.69 billion, according to ShopperTrak.


Archaeologists: Wreck of Confederate gunboat found

COLUMBIA — A state archaeologist said researchers think they have discovered the wreckage of a Confederate gunboat scuttled by its crew in the Pee Dee River.

Jonathan Leader said Wednesday that he is part of a team that thinks it discovered the remnants of the CSS Pee Dee in November. The gunboat had just engaged Union troops in South Carolina’s northeastern corner in 1865 when its crew destroyed the boat to keep it from enemy hands.

Mr. Leader said the discovery could yield knowledge about the South’s attempts to maintain a Navy during the Civil War.

Mr. Leader and archaeologist Chris Amer found several of the boat’s cannons in the same area in 2009. Mr. Leader says the Confederacy kept the ship inland because the Union Navy had blockaded ports.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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