- - Monday, February 28, 2011

ARKANSAS

Doctor gets life in prison in bombing

LITTLE ROCK | A doctor convicted in a bombing that nearly killed the chief of the Arkansas Medical Board has been sentenced to life in prison.

Randeep Mann was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock after Dr. Trent Pierce asked for a harsh sentence. The bombing left Dr. Pierce blind in one eye and with limited vision in the other, and deaf in one ear.

Prosecutors say Mann left a bomb outside Dr. Pierce’s West Memphis, Ark., home in 2009 after the state medical board suspended his license to prescribe narcotics following the overdose deaths of some of Mann’s patients.

Mann was convicted last year on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction with intent to kill. His wife was sentenced to a year in prison after being convicted of obstruction.

CALIFORNIA

Jane Russell, star of ‘40s, ‘50s films, dies

LOS ANGELES | Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes’ 1941 Western “The Outlaw,” died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89.

Although Miss Russell made only a handful of films after the 1960s, she had remained active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago, said her daughter-in-law, Etta Waterfield. She died at her home in Santa Maria, Calif.

Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, put her onto the path to stardom when he cast her in “The Outlaw.”

With her sultry look and glowing sexuality, Miss Russell became a star before she was ever seen by a wide movie audience. The Hughes publicity mill ground out photos of the beauty in low-cut costumes and swimsuits, and she became famous, especially as a pinup for World War II GIs.

By that time, she had become a box-office star by starring with Bob Hope in the 1948 hit comedy-Western “The Paleface.”

COLORADO

Voluntary movie donations approved

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