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BRIEFLY : CERTIFICATE DETAILS SINATRA'S FINAL HOURS.

Frank Sinatra was stricken by a heart attack at his Beverly Hills estate two hours before he died in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his death certificate showed.

The certificate signed by Dr. Jeffrey Helfenstein, the entertainer's doctor for five years, provided only stark detail about Sinatra's final hours.

Thirty minutes before his death at 10:50 p.m. May 14, Sinatra suffered cardiorespiratory arrest - his heart and lungs stopped functioning - while in the hospital emergency room, the county Department of Health Services document showed. Sinatra was 82.

The death certificate said Sinatra was diagnosed with clogged arteries, coronary atherosclerosis, for 10 years.

- Associated Press

Burned firefighter shows improvement

SHERMAN OAKS - A Los Angeles County firefighter burned while showing recruits how to put out a car fire showed more signs of improvement Monday, a Sherman Oaks Hospital spokesman said.

Kevin Kinney is in good condition and is scheduled for surgery this morning, said Larry Weinberg, spokesman for the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital. ``They will clean the burn - take away the dead, dying tissue.''

Kinney, 32, was burned over his face and ears about 9 p.m. Friday during the exercise at a Pomona training facility in the 3500 block of Temple Avenue.

County fire Chief Michael Freeman said Kinney's burns were caused by a flash fire, which may have been caused by diesel fuel or gasoline fumes.

Kinney's brother Joe, 34, suffered minor injuries to his hands when he rushed to help his brother, Freeman said. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

- City News Service

Man gets four years in hate-crime case

A reputed skinhead convicted of committing two hate crimes as part of a campaign to terrorize African-Americans in the Antelope Valley was sentenced Monday to four years and nine months in prison.

Danny Williams, 24, pleaded guilty in October 1997 in federal court to committing the racially motivated attacks.

``We cannot eliminate prejudice, but we can condemn and punish those who act on the basis of such prejudice,'' U.S. Attorney Nora Manella said in a statement released after the sentencing. ``I would like this case to be the last instance of racially motivated violence this office pursues, but if such cases recur, we will prosecute them aggressively.''

Williams and two 16-year-old boys were charged in the July 8, 1996, attack in which 16-year-old Marcus Cotton was stabbed and assaulted by three white males with shaved heads who jumped out of a car as Cotton walked with his cousin along Division Street and Avenue J.

- Daily News

Rape suspect held on $500,000 bail

GRANADA HILLS - A man taken into custody shortly after he allegedly robbed and sexually assaulted two women at two Granada Hills businesses was held on $500,000 bail, police said Monday.

Wesley Cotton, 34, of Mission Hills was booked on suspicion of attempted rape following his arrest at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles police Detective Gary Barthelmess of the Devonshire station.

Officers arrested Cotton in the 17700 block of Chatsworth Street, a short time after he allegedly attacked two women in separate incidents, Barthelmess said.

- City News Service
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