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Ex L.A. County Sheriff Sentenced to 3 Years for Obstructing Federal Jail Investigation

Ex L.A. County Sheriff Sentenced to 3 Years for Obstructing Federal Jail Investigation
Los Angeles County’s former top cop was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison on Friday, in connection with what authorities said was a scheme to obstruct a federal corruption and civil rights investigation, People confirms.

Lee Baca, the 74-year-old former sheriff of Los Angeles County, was ordered to begin serving his sentence by July 25. His attorney said he will appeal and maintains his innocence.

“Mr. Baca’s fall from such heights is tragic for so many reasons,” U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said at his sentencing, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Baca’s behavior is “so at
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5 Things to Know About the Cold Case Rape and Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife

5 Things to Know About the Cold Case Rape and Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife
In January 1976, Karen Klaas, the 32-year-old ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, was found beaten, raped and strangled with her pantyhose in her home in Hermosa Beach, California.

She was in a coma for five days and then died, and her rape and killing remained unsolved for nearly 41 years.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified Klaas’ killer as Kenneth Troyer — thus closing the book, as Medley said, on a decades-old investigation.

Here are five things you need to know about the cold case and its dramatic developments.

1. Klaas’ Killer Was Caught Using DNA

To solve the case,
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How Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley Is Coping with the Truth of His Ex-Wife’s Cold Case Murder

How Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley Is Coping with the Truth of His Ex-Wife’s Cold Case Murder
It was January 1976 and Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley was in Lake Arrowhead, California, with his 10-year-old son when he got a phone call that he would never forget: His ex-wife, Karen Klaas, was in the hospital in a coma — from which she would never awake.

“There was no coming back, and everybody knew it,” Medley tells People. At the hospital, he said he pleaded with her to survive.

“I said to her, ‘Come on honey, the boys need you. We all need you.’ Real positive stuff,” he remembers. “It was just very difficult.”

Klaas, a 32-year-old mother of two,
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Killer Identified in Cold-Case Rape and Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife

Killer Identified in Cold-Case Rape and Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife
Kenneth Troyer was identified Monday as the killer of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley whose rape and murder went unsolved for nearly 41 years.

Troyer was named by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on the anniversary of Klaas’ death. Investigators said last week they had identified the suspected killer but declined to release his name until a Monday news conference.

Troyer was killed in a shoot-out with police in March 1982, after escaping from a California prison, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. At the time, Troyer was a suspect in multiple sexual assaults
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2013 Coney Island Film Festival: Official Lineup

It’s lucky 13 for the fun and fabulous Coney Island Film Festival! That’s right, 2013 will see the 13th annual edition of this New York City staple that combines the fine art of filmmaking with the rambunctious art of sideshow performing on Sept. 20-22.

The fest opens on the 20th with the documentary More Than the Rainbow, a profile of Matt Weber, an NYC cab driver who moonlights as an art photographer. The film is directed by Dan Wechsler.

Other docs screening at the fest include the uplifting tale of A Clown’s Recovery, directed by Matthew Broomfield; the sports drama of One Wall: Kings of Coney Island, directed by Joe Glickman; the profile of a Coney Island legend in The Commander in Chief, directed by Jim McDonnell; the struggle of Bending Steel, directed by Dave Carroll; and World Circus, directed by Angela Snow.

But, there are also fiction films in the mix,
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2012 Coney Island Film Festival: Official Lineup

It’s a film festival! It’s a sideshow! It’s both! It’s the 12th annual Coney Island Film Festival, which will be taking over the world famous Sideshows by the Seashore and other venues on Sept. 21-23 at one of the most wonderful places on Earth: Coney Island!

This year’s fun begins on the 21st with the knock-’em-dead (literally) Opening Night film Play Dead, co-directed by underground journalist Shade Rupe and the world’s greatest silent magician, Teller. The film is a documentary performance of Teller and Coney Island’s own Todd Robbins hit live off-Broadway gore-a-thon.

Play Dead will then be followed by a wild Opening Night Party featuring a performance by Mr. Robbins, plus lots of burlesque performances, Go Go dancers and other crazy surprises.

Some of the other highlights of this year’s Ciff include the Mark Mori’s documentary Bettie Page Reveals All
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