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Michael Jackson wrongful death trial: Emails reflect AEG’s fears about singer … –

In September 2011, Paul Gongaware, concert promoter and producer on Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” tour, testifies at Dr. Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial.The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Jurors hearing a lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live LLC have been shown emails in which top company executives expressed fears about Michael Jackson’s health and the amount of time they had to get the singer prepared for his ill-fated series of comeback tours.
The messages were displayed Wednesday during testimony from AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware, who at one point sent his boss’s assistant a message stating the show was giving him nightmares and causing him to break out in cold sweats at night.
Gongaware testified that he was joking, but it was just one of several messages expressing concerns about Jackson’s health. Another message from Randy Phillips, the top-ranking executive at AEG Live, wrote after one of Jackson’s missed rehearsals that, “we are running out of time.
“That is my biggest fear,” Phillips wrote to Gongaware and the CEO of AEG Live’s parent company, Anschutz Entertainment Group, on June 20, 2009, five days before Jackson’s death.
Gongaware said he didn’t agree with Phillips’ assessment. “He may have said that, but I didn’t agree with that,” Gongaware testified.
His testimony came under questioning by an attorney for Jackson’s mother, who is suing AEG Live and claims it failed to properly investigate the doctor convicted of causing her son’s death. Gongaware and Phillips are also named as defendants in the case.
AEG denies that it hired former cardiologist Conrad Murray, or could have foreseen the singer’s death. The company’s defense attorneys have not yet questioned Gongaware on the stand.
The company’s defense attorney, Marvin [...]

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Lukus Glenn wrongful death trial jury returns $2.5 million verdict: Washington … –

The OregonianHigh school football action begins tonight throughout Washington County and across the state.

Jurors decided Thursday that Washington County sheriff’s deputies violated the Fourth Amendment rights of 18-year-old Lukus Glenn when they fatally shot him in 2006. The unanimous verdict also faulted retired Sheriff Rob Gordon, who approved of the shooting after an administrative review.
The teen’s parents, Hope and Brad Glenn, first brought the wrongful death lawsuit against the county and its deputies, Mikhail Gerba and Timothy Mateski, in 2008.

In other news around Washington County:GENERAL ELECTION: Most Washington County voters will face thin ballots come the Nov. 6 general election, with just four city councils hosting any contested races.Unopposed candidates, many incumbents, made up the bulk of city council hopefuls at Tuesday’s filing deadline.HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Our Spotlight Show returns for its 14th season of bringing you live football coverage from across the state.TRIMET FARES: Changes are coming for TriMet riders this weekend as the state’s largest transit agency drops its fare-zone system, raises most ticket prices and reroutes bus service — all to help make up for budget deficits.PARKING GARAGE: Intel may have gotten the green light to build the largest parking garage in the city of Hillsboro, but a number of conditions have to be met and the county hasn’t yet cleared a related ordinance. The five-story, 1 million-square-foot parking garage was approved with conditions by the city on Tuesday. The site is at the southern end of the Ronler Acres campus, which is north of Northwest Butler Street and near Northeast 65th Avenue.GUILTY PLEA: Paige Danyell Couch started drinking early on Jan. 8., the day she crashed a truck and killed a 10-year-old Beaverton boy. Couch, of Vancouver, Wash., pleaded [...]

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