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August 15, 2013 | By Daniel J. Flynn
Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history. Sportswriter Frank Deford calls football "barbarous. " Author Malcolm Gladwell labels it a "dumb … 19th century game. " But it's that characterization that appears backward to anyone paying attention. In 1905, when President Theodore Roosevelt intervened to help make the game he loved safer, more athletes died from on-field collisions on a single Saturday afternoon (three)
November 6, 1987 | Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKynff, Nancy Reed, Henry Rivero, Deborrah Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times
It's been 20 years since the disastrous Paseo Grande fire swept through nearly 50,000 acres in Orange County. Fueled by a Santa Ana wind, the fire took one life, destroyed 46 homes and 11 other structures and caused the greatest evacuation of residents in the county's history. Residents of Santa Ana Canyon, Villa Park, Cowan Heights, Lemon Heights and Black Star Canyon were roused in the dark to evacuation on Halloween weekend, 1967.
February 25, 2009 | Susan King
It was a challenge that Barbra Streisand wasn't sure she could handle. Though she made her directorial debut with 1983's "Yentl" -- the musical drama about a young Jewish woman who disguises herself as a man -- she was initially wary of taking on filmmaker duties for the cinematic adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story.
There's nothing like a few hundred rattlesnakes to get your senses racing. The smell hangs in the air, heavy, musky. More than 500 frightened and angry snakes huddled in a warehouse create a powerful aroma that seems to follow you days later. Then there's the sound of the rattles, a bzzzzzzzzzzzzz, multiplied hundreds of times.
May 25, 1992
Suppose they held a presidential election and nobody won? That's always a theoretical possibility whenever three or more serious candidates compete for the White House, as happened in the elections of 1824, 1860, 1912 and 1968. This year it could become more than theoretical. All that has to happen is for likely presidential candidate Ross Perot to carry enough states in November to deny either the Democratic or Republican candidate the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.
June 21, 1989
At the U.S. Open at Oak Hill, Lee Trevino stayed at the home of Paul and Barbara Kircher, prominent members of the Rochester (N.Y.) golfing community who had put Trevino up in 1968, the year he won his first U.S. Open. "I remember when I got there, I went in and met Barbara," Trevino told Jane Custred of the Houston Chronicle. "She was taking groceries out of a paper bag. And it was all Mexican food from Old El Paso. "She said, 'I didn't know what you liked to eat. I got all this Mexican food.
A flood of water nearly ruined Christmas at the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic. But now a flood of donations is about to save it. Early Sunday, a man broke into the clinic in Los Angeles' Silver Lake district, setting off the sprinkler system. The resulting flood damaged several thousand dollars' worth of toys collected for a holiday party today for low-income children.
April 19, 1988 | Associated Press
A polka dot dress, bullets taken from victims and a hand-scrawled notation that "RFK must die," were among pieces of evidence put on display today as state officials opened police records on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
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