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Jury Weighs Cleaver Killing; Renting the Coliseum, March 19, 1949

March 19, 2009 |  6:00 am

Walter Miller slashes his wrists, stabs himself and smashes his head into
the backyard incinerator -- and lives.

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The Times asks Andre Kostelanetz: Should Dmitri Shostakovich be allowed to visit the U.S.? Stravinsky says "No!"
Above, the sordid murder case of Betty Ferreri and Vincent Charles Fauci, who are accused of killing her husband, Jerome. Although they lived in what The Times called a "fashionable Wilshire district mansion," 310 S. Lucerne, she worked as a carhop. They were acquitted.

Bad news for Virginia McElhiney: She won't get the life insurance on late her husband, Everett, whom she poisoned with arsenic. The money will go to her former mother-in-law, Eva, a court rules.

At left, a baffling suicide of a young UCLA student.
"Moon Mullins," "Abbie An' Slats," "Ella Cinders" and "Li'l Abner."
Classified ads are (or were) built backward, starting with the last page so the first page sometimes had leftover space for editorial content, like this, above. We took one column for stories and put a "house ad" in the second column.

1949_0319_sports Los Angeles' two pro football teams asked the Coliseum Commission to reduce their rent.

The Rams and Dons paid 15% of their gross receipts while USC and UCLA paid 10%, The Times' Braven Dyer reported. The Dons, of the All American Football Conference, played in the Coliseum from 1946-49.

"As every football fan well knows, the Rams and Dons have been having their troubles making both ends meet," Dyer wrote. "Maybe they're finally going to get a break. Every little bit helps, you know, when you've been on the losing end for so long."

USC paid the most of the four teams, nearly $86,000. The Dons paid a little more than $67,000 and the Rams paid nearly $67,000. UCLA paid almost $52,000.

--Keith Thursby