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Vegas victim: Crime spree was ‘total terror’

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman who was stabbed with a screwdriver while she unsuccessfully fought to save her husband from a pair of home invaders described Tuesday’s deadly crime spree in Las Vegas as “total terror.”
Julie Ramos escaped the attack with bruises and stab wounds, but her 59-year-old husband, Richard Ramos, was shot dead when he was unable to wrest a gun away from the intruders.
Police later shot and killed Cody David Winters, 27, and arrested his 35-year-old accomplice, Natasha Galenn Jackson, on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, burglary, kidnapping and other charges.

Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in “Primary” and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.

Starting in 1960 with “Primary,” Drew produced and sometimes directed a series of television documentaries that took advantage of such innovations as light hand-held cameras that recorded sound and pictures.

Drew’s dozens of films included The Chair, a 1963 documentary about a death penalty case in Illinois, and 784 Days That Changed America:

Among those joining him were such future directors as Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back, ”The War Room), Maysles (who with brother David made Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens) and Leacock (Happy Mother’s Day).

[...] the new style led to fierce and enduring debates about truth in movies, whether a fly-on-the-wall approach was any more objective than a narrative with a point of view worked out in advance.

Frederick Wiseman, the award-winning documentary maker, would call cinema verite “just a pompous French term that has absolutely no meaning.”

Drew’s “Primary” is widely ranked among the most important political documentaries and in 1990 was entered into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for historic works.

The filmmakers were permitted remarkable access — from the White House to the office of Attorney General Robert Kennedy to the Alabama university campus, where a defiant Wallace stood in a schoolhouse door, to inside Wallace’s car as he warned that the next presidential election would be decided in the South.

Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

The flooding sent more than 20 million gallons of water cascading from a water main in the midst of California’s worst drought in decades and as tough new state fines took effect for residents who waste water by hosing down driveways or using a hose without a nozzle to wash their car.

While the cause of the break remained under investigation, Mike Miller, a district superintendent for the city Department of Water and Power, said the crack occurred near a connection where the 93-year-old water main joined a pipe installed in 1956.

There was disagreement on the cause but one independent investigation found the culprit was a city law that rationed lawn watering for conservation.

With residents restricted to watering only two days a week, pressure fluctuated in the city’s water system, straining aging and corroded cast iron pipes until they burst, it concluded.

Cast iron pipes make up 65 percent of the city’s water distribution system.

The UCLA flood left people stranded in parking garages and sent water cascading into the school’s storied basketball court, Pauley Pavilion, less than two years after a $136 million renovation.

DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said people who suffered damage from the flooding can file claims with the agency, which will work with UCLA on settling the losses.