But Ganji said, "The only way is to ban the bombs for everyone," noting later that he was there "to have a conversation." Page E1
From the O.C. to the D.C.
As of four weeks ago, Orange County teen performers Amanda Bolten and Steven Rada had never strayed far from their high school stages.
Now they are on a playbill at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a nationally known showcase.
Bolten and Rada, both 17 and recent Mission Viejo High School graduates, arrived in the nation's capital last month.
They were among 39 high school actors invited by the Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater.
It aims to give students interested in drama the same sort of high visibility that top high school athletes frequently regard as their due. Page E2
A ring of truth for U.S. boxing
For generations, many Americans regarded the heavyweight title as a given, a symbol of the nation's might.
Today, that designation is turned upside down.
It is World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman of Baltimore who is the foreigner in a division where the titleholders of the three other major sanctioning bodies are native Eastern Europeans.
And it could be four if Russian Oleg Maskaev beats Rahman in Saturday's title fight in Las Vegas. Maskaev was born in Russia, although he is now a naturalized U.S. citizen and calls himself "a proud Russian American."
Now, American flags are waving in support of an African American with a Muslim name.
Rahman's title defense has been dubbed America's "Last Line of Defense." It's all part of the marketing hook put together by promoter Bob Arum. Page D1
Bagging another supermarket stake
Los Angeles grocery magnate Ron Burkle is buying a chunk of Supervalu Inc., the country's second largest grocery chain and owner of Albertsons and Bristol Farms in Southern California.
Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. filed to buy as much as $680 million, or about 12%, of Supervalu's stock.
Burkle has assured Supervalu chief executive Jeff Noddle that his acquisition is for investment purposes, although analysts speculated he may take an active role in the company's management.
Burkle has become a billionaire by merging, buying and selling supermarket chains, including Ralphs Grocery Co. and Food4Less.
Last year, his Yucaipa Cos. bought a 40% stake in struggling Northeastern grocery store chain Pathmark and a 9.2% stake in organic and natural food seller Wild Oats. Page C1
Sin City foibles up on Vegas blog
Vegas plugged in: What's a shooting in a topless bar mean for Sin City entertainment? How does the tourism bureau react to an anti-HIV/AIDS ad campaign? Those are just yesterday's twists and turns of life in and around the Las Vegas Strip discussed in Richard Abowitz's Movable Buffet blog. Get plugged in with what's happening in our high-rolling playground.
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