IMAGES—A devoted fan kisses a Lakers flag at a memorial for Kobe Bryant on Jan. 27 outside Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park. Far right, smoke lingers at the helicopter crash site near Las Virgenes Road in western Calabasas. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers
It was, perhaps, a bad omen, a precursor to a full year of heartbreak that would follow.
It was, to be sure, a major, worldwide story that landed in our own backyard.
On the morning of Sun., Jan. 26, a helicopter carrying former p...
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