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Top Ten Stories of the 1990s

December 30, 1999

Rausch eventually was convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter

and was sentenced to three years probation. He was vilified by some

because he failed carrying the responsibility that night. He was praised

by others for coming to the aide of some of his classmates after the

accident. Rausch has never publicly spoken about the accident. He is

enrolled in a university in Colorado.

Once the criminal case against Rausch was over, the civil cases filed


by all but one of the victims began. It wasn't until earlier this year

that the cases were resolved and the final chapter was closed on this

emotional saga.

7. LINDSAY DAVENPORT. She is lured by media giants, owns a record

endorsement deal for women in sports and is a two-time Grand Slam singles

champion, but tennis star Lindsay Davenport of Newport Beach is as

unpretentious as the girl next door.

Davenport, who has been known to hit with kids at her home club, the

Palisades Tennis Club, won four singles titles on the Women's Tennis

Association Tour in 1999, including Wimbledon, her second career Grand


Davenport, who won the U.S. Open in 1998 and an Olympic gold medal at

the 1996 Atlanta Games, moved to Newport Beach shortly after turning pro

at age 16 to be closer to her coach, Robert Van't Hof.

She has captured 23 career singles titles and 28 doubles

championships, including three Grand Slams. Davenport earned her first

No. 1 ranking on the WTA Tour on Oct. 12, 1998, and, despite a left wrist

injury in '99, was able to remain in the top three. This year, she

reportedly agreed to a five-year, $12-million deal with Nike.

A member of the U.S. Fed Cup team, Davenport is an advocate of the

Palisades Club hosting a Fed Cup tie, possibly in 2000.

In 1999, Davenport became only the third American-born woman to win

Wimbledon in the Open era. In '98, her U.S. Open title marked the first

time an American-born woman won since Chris Evert in 1985.

She was a Southern California junior sensation who grew up in Palos

Verdes and graduated from Murrieta Valley High in June 1994, a year after

turning pro.

Davenport's father, Wink, participated on the 1968 U.S. Olympic

volleyball team; her mother, Ann, is president of the Southern California

Volleyball Assn.

Davenport likes alternative music; her lucky number is eight; she

loves the Atlanta Braves; and she has two dogs, both Rottweilers.

8. NEWPORT BEACH CENTRAL LIBRARY. In 1974, it seemed like an

impossibility. The need was there -- the 10,000-square-foot building in

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