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36 homes burn in Malibu fire, December 3, 1958

December 3, 2008 |  6:00 am


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I have seen some ugly Page 1 layouts but this headline takes the prize.
  1958_1203_map Corral Canyon fire, 1958
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Corral Canyon fire, 2007.
1958_1203_page2 One fire began near Bob Hope Ranch, the other near 20th Century Fox movie ranch and they joined.
Surely you have heard the remark that if history doesn't repeat itself, it rhymes. Here we have fires in Corral Canyon, at the top in 1958 and above in 2007. At this point, the 1958 fire had covered 15,000 acres. Actors Strother Martin and Lew Ayres lost their homes and Jackie Coogan skipped a TV appearance to protect his home from the flames.

And I have to say that my jaw dropped when I saw what they did with the headline.

We also followed the deadly fire at Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago, where official speculate that the blaze was started by a student sneaking a cigarette.
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The set for "War and Peace" survives the flames.
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Bill Barnes signs three-year contract
to head UCLA football.

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