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2008-10-05 09:00:02

By LINDA DEUTSCH By Linda Deutsch The Associated Press LAS VEGAS In a city where luck means everything, O.J. Simpson's unlucky number in a case full of bizarre twists was 13. He was convicted of an armed robbery that happened on Sept. 13, 2007, and was found guilty on the 13th anniversary of his Los Angeles murder acquittal. The Las Vegas jury deliberated for 13 hours after a 13-day trial. Simpson, the 61-year-old Hall of Fame football star, was convicted of kidnapping, armed...

2008-10-04 12:15:00

By Steve Friess New York Times News Service LAS VEGAS -- A jury here Friday night found O.J. Simpson guilty of robbery and kidnapping, a verdict that came 13 year to the day after Simpson was acquitted in the highly publicized murders of his ex-wife and her friend. Simpson was facing 12 charges stemming from a September 2007 confrontation in a casino hotel room in which he and five cohorts departed with hundreds of items of sports memorabilia. The items were in the possession of two...

2008-10-03 06:00:02

By William M. Welch LAS VEGAS -- A prosecutor showed jurors the mug shot of O.J. Simpson with the word "guilty" stamped across it in red ink Thursday as he said in closing arguments that the former actor and football player instigated the armed robbery and kidnappings of two sports dealers a year ago. "He is the person who put these crimes together," District Attorney David Roger said of Simpson. "He is the one who recruited these individuals to help him commit the crimes," Roger said....

2008-09-28 13:00:00

By Tim Rutten Los Angeles Times If you practice journalism long enough, you begin to develop a mental list of characters you hope never again to type in a particular sequence. Take, for example, the letters that spell "O.J. Simpson." Like most sensible people, you probably have been doing something useful with your time recently -- figuring out, say, what "field dressing a moose" actually entails, watching your 401(k) implode or setting up a rescue program for rabid skunks. You haven't, in...

2005-10-01 00:03:50

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Testing the waters of his tarnished celebrity a decade after his acquittal on murder charges, O.J. Simpson appeared at a Halloween-themed comic book convention on Friday night to sign autographs, but few beside the media seemed to care. Simpson's rare public outing in Los Angeles at the annual NecroComicon show drew little interest, with no more than a dozen people traipsing up a rear stairwell into a small room to glimpse the former football...

2005-09-30 17:19:15

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson plans to sign autographs and pose for pictures at a Halloween-themed comic book convention in a rare public appearance coinciding with the 10th anniversary of his acquittal on murder charges, a promoter of the event said on Friday. Simpson agreed to show up at the NecroComicon show in Los Angeles for three days, starting on Friday night, as a favor to an unspecified friend who was paid in advance to arrange for the weekend...

2005-08-12 21:39:01

By Melinda Newman LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Ashlee Simpson is ready to return to the scene of the crime. She is in talks with "Saturday Night Live" to host and perform on the show around the October 11 release of her sophomore Geffen album, "I Am Me." "It's not confirmed yet, but I want to do it," she told Billboard in her first interview about the new album. "I've battled those demons. I'm ready to go back out and do it again." Lest anyone has forgotten, Simpson, in support of her...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'