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November 30, 1999 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams, 9-2 and the best thing to happen to St. Louis since tape-measure home runs and the beer tap, have nothing planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise's only Super Bowl appearance. A telephone call to the Rams' public relations office about the 1979 team brings little information on the whereabouts of the most accomplished group of players in the team's history--only a snide remark about a 40-16 loss to the San Diego Chargers that season.
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November 30, 1999 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams, 9-2 and the best thing to happen to St. Louis since tape-measure home runs and the beer tap, have nothing planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise's only Super Bowl appearance. A telephone call to the Rams' public relations office about the 1979 team brings little information on the whereabouts of the most accomplished group of players in the team's history--only a snide remark about a 40-16 loss to the San Diego Chargers that season.
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December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
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September 30, 1987 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
Auto magnate Henry Ford II, who for 35 years ran the automobile company founded by his grandfather, managing it from the brink of disaster to the top rank of industrial power, died Tuesday in a Detroit hospital. Ford, 70, who had a history of heart problems, was admitted to Cottage Hospital in suburban Grosse Pointe Farms on Sept. 9 for treatment of pneumonia he contracted while living at his country estate outside London. He was transferred Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1986 | Associated Press
The woman whose struggle to help her son overcome a gross deformity touched millions in the film "Mask" is facing another deadly battle: Her other son has AIDS. Rusty Mason says she will fight for this son as hard as she fought for Rocky, who died in 1978, 10 years later than doctors had predicted. Mason's story of drug abuse, motorcycle riding and tireless devotion to her son was depicted last year in a film by Peter Bogdanovich. Singer-actress Cher played the mother.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
CHICAGO - For art museums interested in contemporary American art, the 1980s have been a bit of a blind spot. Individual artists who emerged in those rambunctious years have not been in short supply in their galleries, through retrospectives and theme shows. But the period as a whole has remained elusive. Incisive surveys have been almost nonexistent. Perhaps it has something to do with wounded pride. With the roaring return of new European art, felled from prominence a generation earlier by the brutal devastation of war, a 30-year run that saw American artists at the top of the international heap came to a definitive end. Add New York's loss of national dominance after 1980 with the unequivocal emergence of Los Angeles art, and the cultural alterations were apparently too much to wrap one's head around.
NEWS
June 11, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Josef Mengele's son broke years of family silence today to say that his father is dead and that he "has no doubt" the infamous Nazi doctor of Auschwitz is the man who was buried in a Brazilian grave. "I am certain that the medical investigation will confirm this shortly," Rolf Mengele, 41, said in a statement broadcast by Bavarian Radio and distributed to reporters later.
NEWS
July 27, 1986
Nearly 16% of all Britons live in poverty, government figures showed. The number of people receiving state handouts--the level at which poverty is assessed--rose from 5.9 million in 1979, the year Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took office, to 8.8 million in 1983 out of a population of 56 million. "Life at this level of income is basic and sparse," said Malcolm Wicks, director of the Family Policy Studies Center. "Poverty is a grim fact of life for many British families."
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January 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pavel Finogenov, 84, who was Soviet minister for defense industries throughout the 1980s, died Thursday, the Russian Cabinet said. Cause of death was not specified. Finogenov was appointed minister in 1979, the year the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, and held the job for the next 10 years. As the man in charge of the powerful Soviet military industrial complex, Finogenov had broad influence, though his name was not widely known.
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April 24, 1986 | GORDON SMITH
He never dreams about them any more, but he does remember each instance vividly. And the thing that stands out the most is the silence that enveloped him every time. There was no sound as he shot at and was shot at by shadowy figures in the rugged canyons east of the San Ysidro border crossing. In that situation, Manny Lopez said, "The mind is trying to save the body. And all it's concerned about is the danger. You focus intensely on this person shooting at you--nothing else."
BUSINESS
April 5, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The gig: Owner of the Laugh Factory, considered one of the best comedy clubs in the country. The flagship club on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has been open since 1979. Last year, Masada opened a $10-million location in Long Beach. Background: At age 14, Masada came to the U.S. from Iran. The year was 1976, just before the Iranian Revolution, and Masada was hoping to find work and support his family, who had immigrated to Israel.
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