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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ventura Assistant Police Chief Pat Miller has been named to the department's top job, city officials announced Monday. Miller, 51, had served as the interim chief since Dec. 4, after the retirement of Mike Tracy, who headed the department for six years. As an assistant chief for the Operations Division since 1998, Miller administered the patrol, traffic, SWAT, special enforcement, training, schools and narcotics departments.
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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.
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.
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.
NEWS
July 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Postal Service took a step Tuesday toward another price increase when its governing board unanimously rejected the rates that took effect in February, sending the matter back to the independent Postal Rate Commission. The current postage rates will remain in effect, however, until a final decision is made. The current rate includes a 29-cent first-class stamp instead of the 30-cent version postal officials requested.
SPORTS
August 3, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is his 20-year association with harness racing, Richard Staley has owned a pair of champion 2-year-old trotting colts and competed in the sport's premiere races. Today, Staley will be at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., to watch his colt, Wall Street Banker, in harness racing's top event, the $1.2-million Hambletonian. Wall Street Banker is Staley's first Hambletonian entrant since 1984, when Crowning Point finished 12th in the first division.
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