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October 2, 1993 | From Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat at the bench Friday in a ceremony marking the first time that two women sat together on the nation's highest court. With President Clinton and more than 300 friends, family and guests looking on, Ginsburg again swore to "do equal right to the poor and to the rich." She took the same oath Aug. 10, when she became the 107th Supreme Court justice. Ginsburg's new colleagues shook hands with her as she approached Chief Justice William H.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
A dispute over rights to the popular Christmas and Easter pageants at the Rev. Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral has moved to court, where former directors of the shows have sued to prevent future pageant productions. Michael Coleman and Conwell Worthington, the duo who produced the pageants from 1983 to 1985, also asked for $55 million in damages in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
The typical rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage tumbled below 3.5% for the first time this week, Freddie Mac said -- the latest record low in a trend that has fired up refinancings but done little to ignite housing demand. Freddie Mac's weekly survey of what lenders are offering to rock-solid borrowers showed the 30-year rate at an average of 3.49%, down from 3.53% last week. The 15-year fixed loan fell from 2.83% to 2.8%. Borrowers would have paid 0.7% of the loan amount in lender fees and points to obtain the rates, according to Freddie Mac. The survey underscores the success of the Federal Reserve in pushing down interest rates to support a sputtering economy that shows few signs of inflation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1986 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Audrey Wood, the venerated theatrical agent who represented and guided the careers of such playwrights as Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Robert Anderson and many more, has died in Connecticut four years after suffering a stroke. She was 80 and had been confined to a nursing home in Fairfield. In 1981, the year she was felled by the stroke, her autobiography, "Represented by Audrey Wood," was published.
OPINION
December 1, 2013 | By Warner C. Greene
I saw my first AIDS case in 1981, the year the disease was identified. And for most of the time since then, I've conducted laboratory research to better understand the precise mechanisms by which the virus HIV causes AIDS. Lately, however, I've been equally worried about a related condition that is prevalent, persistent and threatens to bankrupt us. People in my world call it AIDS fatigue. AIDS fatigue has several telltale symptoms. One is thinking that the AIDS crisis is under control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1992 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maritime history came alive Saturday as two grand, old-fashioned ships met in the harbor and raised their sails together. Hundreds of nautical buffs gathered at the South County shoreline to watch the Pilgrim, a replica of a 19th-Century trading vessel, enter its home port along with the Kaisei Maru, a Japanese brigantine that is in the midst of a cruise around the world. Both are tall ships--named not for their height but for their masts--and carry 14 sails.
NEWS
December 16, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In Orange County, the murders are piling up faster than the police can solve them. A colder type of homicide committed by youthful gangsters, often against victims they have never met, coupled with witnesses who are often too terrified to testify in court, is stumping police at a rate Orange County has never seen. According to information local police provide the California Department of Justice, only half of Orange County homicides are now being solved--a 43% drop since 1981.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1989 | From Reuters
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned Wednesday that increasing debt by Eastern European countries could bring payment problems if the rise in world interest rates continues. The OECD said in a report that interest payments on debt by the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations had been inching up since 1986. Some, if faced with a halt in new lending from non-communist industrial nations, would lay themselves open to balance of payments problems.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1986 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
Financially troubled Flying Tiger Line, the world's largest air cargo carrier, said Tuesday that it may go out of business unless its unions grant it major concessions. Lawrence Nagin, senior vice president and general counsel for Flying Tiger, said it is essential that the airline lower its operating costs to remain in the intensely competitive air cargo business. He declined to say how much the airline wanted to shave from wage and benefit costs.
NEWS
April 26, 1987 | Associated Press
Africa, although still struggling to overcome failures in agriculture, has made some strides in the past year in increasing its farm output, according to a report released Saturday. The report, contained in a yearbook published by the World Resources Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, said notable success in raising farm output has been attained in Tanzania, Mauritania, Zaire and Guinea.
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