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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.
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.
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.
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.
May 22, 1986 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Fed up with a deluge of false burglar alarms that sap limited police resources, the City Council has proposed what may be the toughest false-alarm ordinance in Los Angeles County, according to police and alarm industry officials. The measure would require a burglar-alarm owner to pay a $50 fine and obtain a permit after the first false alarm. A $100 fine would be levied for the second and $150 fines thereafter.
August 22, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
A baby boy born in Chicago or St. Louis is about 77% more likely to be circumcised in a hospital in his first days of life compared with an infant born in San Francisco or Seattle, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, the proportion of newborn boys who are circumcised before they leave the hospital has declined nearly 10% since 1979, when the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics began keeping track. In 1979, 64.5% of baby boys had the procedure done during their initial hospital stay; by 2010, that figure had dropped to 58.3%.
October 3, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
The late porn star John C. Holmes was known for exactly one thing -- one freakishly big thing. That big thing made him famous during the 1970s and, from the evidence of his pathetic rise and fall, it's what made him believe he could beat the odds. He ratted on his peers in the skin trade, pimped and beat his underage girlfriend, and was implicated in one of L.A.'s most notorious murders. But Holmes seems to have thought he had been given a non-expiring Get Out of Jail Free card.
G. Ray Hawkins had flirted with photography from the time he was a young boy in the Midwest, but his real courtship didn't begin until 1975, when he opened a gallery devoted to the medium. The first gallery of its sort in Los Angeles, the G. Ray Hawkins Gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of shows that bring together some greatest hits. The first show, "Old Friends," on view through July 8, includes signature images by Diane Arbus, Weegee and Eugene Atget, among others.
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.
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