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December 26, 1999 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ
The fervent hopes of scientists--including these planetary experts at UCLA--for a successful landing at the south pole of Mars were dashed when the $165-million Mars Polar Lander vanished without a trace Dec. 3 as it began its descent to the surface of the Red Planet. It was the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's second failed Mars mission of the year. In September, JPL's $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter disappeared as it began to orbit the fourth planet.
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October 25, 2003 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
David Miller buried the father he never got to know on Friday. Under an afternoon sun obscured by coastal fog and smoke from inland wildfires, a five-member rifle squad fired off a 15-shot salute at Wood- lawn Cemetery in Santa Monica. They were honoring an Army Air Forces pilot who had survived nearly two years of service in the Pacific during World War II, only to die on a routine flight just weeks after the Allies declared victory over Japan. It has been 58 years since 1st Lt.
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December 11, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG and THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The small jump in Orange County killings last year doesn't appear to be materializing into a trend, according to law enforcement agencies. In 1999, Orange County homicides rose for the first time in seven years--7% to 60. But so far this year, most police departments report declines in murders as well as other violent crimes. The one exception was Santa Ana, the county's largest city, which has had 16 homicides so far this year, compared with 13 in all of 1999.
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August 17, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's celebrated crime drop stretched for a record eighth straight year in 1999, with total crime falling 7% and every major crime category noting a decrease except homicide, according to statistics released Wednesday. Murders across the county rose for the first time in six years, jumping 8% from 85 to 92. Despite the increase, the number remains fewer than half the homicides recorded in 1993, when gang feuds helped push the total to 196.
SPORTS
June 22, 2000
BADMINTON SOUTHERN SECTION Alhambra Individual Boys Singles: Mike Chansawangpuvana, Villa Park Doubles: Magella Ky/Richard Chong, Long Beach Wilson Individual Girls Singles: Elie Wu, Keppel Doubles: Lin Cai/Connie Hwang, Villa Park Mixed doubles: Mike Chansawangpuvana/ Mai Mangkalakiri, Villa Park BASEBALL CITY SECTION Championship: Kennedy Invitational: Venice SOUTHERN SECTION Division I: Capistrano Valley Division II: California Division III: Villa Park Division IV: San Luis Obispo Division
BUSINESS
March 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
American consumers' buying spree of foreign goods from TVs to cars last year led to an immense increase in the trade deficit--up more than 50% from the previous year to a record high of $338.9 billion. The deficit in the "current account," which measures not only trade in goods and services but also investment flows and foreign aid payments, grew by 53.7% from the previous record, a $220.6-billion imbalance in 1998, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The hefty $118.
NEWS
February 18, 2000 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's record-setting economy is poised to smash one more record today when the government announces that the nation's colossal addiction to foreign goods drove the trade deficit to about $270 billion last year. It's not an occasion for celebration, although whatever the precise number, "It's going to be big," promised Nariman Behravesh, chief international economist at Standard & Poor's DRI in Lexington, Mass. Yet, remarkably, hardly anyone is complaining.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2000 | From Reuters
U.S. consumers bought new homes at a faster than expected pace in December, the government said Wednesday, capping a record year for the housing market that may finally be showing signs of slowing under the weight of higher interest rates. The Commerce Department said the number of new single-family homes sold in December rose 4.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 900,000 units, faster than the 889,000 pace economists expected.
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January 20, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Slightly more visitors came to Orange County last year despite disruptive construction at Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center, and they spent much more money, travel and tourism experts said Wednesday. A total of 38.05 million visitors descended on the county last year, up 0.8% from 1998. They spent $5.95 billion, up 4.3%, according to the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau.
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January 10, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While yet to fully deliver on the goals he set out when he took office a year ago, Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona is winning measured praise for making the department more accessible to the public and bringing new energy to some vexing law enforcement problems. Even former critics say Carona, the county's first new sheriff in 24 years, has pushed the department to devote more attention to the concerns of field deputies as well as ethnic groups and others.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Movie ticket sales rose 8% to a record of about $7.3 billion in the U.S. and Canada last year, driven partly by higher prices and a record number of blockbuster films, according to AC Nielsen figures. Walt Disney Co. led the pack of major studios with a market share of 17%, or $1.24 billion, followed by Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. with 14.3%, or $1.04 billion. The number of tickets sold rose 4% to 1.49 billion, while the average ticket price increased by about 4% to $4.89.
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