CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 |
When teensy-weensy Samoa Airlines debuted its pay-by-the-kilo policy in January, I doubt it expected to set off an international controversy about fat discrimination. But that's what happened when news seeped out this week after the airline's chief executive, Chris Langton, told ABC News radio in Australia that the system is not only fair but destined to catch on. “Doesn't matter whether you're carrying freight or people,” explained Langton. "We've amalgamated the two and worked out a figure per kilo.” Samoa Air, he added, has always weighed the human and non-human cargo it carries.
July 31, 1992 |
It was like pulling out a basketball game with a late jump shot, or winning a baseball game in the ninth inning with a two-out home run. After two rounds the other day in the Olympic boxing tournament, light-middleweight Fao Maselino of American Samoa sat on his stool, and looked at the scoreboard. He was losing on points to Japan's Hiroshi Nagashima, 5-3.
April 26, 1989 |
One of the advantages of being vice president, apparently, is that you can declare holidays. At least that's what Dan Quayle did for the people of American Samoa. "You all look like happy campers to me," the vice president, who was decked out in sweet smelling leis for his visit, said as he spoke to about 2,000 natives gathered for his brief stopover en route to Australia. Quayle had flown from Hawaii. Leaving the plane in Pago Pago, Quayle and his wife, Marilyn, were greeted by village elders dressed in sarongs and carrying long walking sticks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1989
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior has requested $21.5 million on behalf of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for acquiring land in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The amount is about $10 million more than was allocated for the mountain parklands this year, and more than $20 million more than was allocated for it the year before. Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan said he was following President Bush's direction to buy land to provide recreation for residents of the nation's major urban areas.
July 5, 2013
Re "Minimum wage debate reignites age-old arguments," Column, June 30 Michael Hiltzik doesn't need to look all the way to American Samoa for an example to debunk the theory that boosting the minimum wage increases unemployment. The San Francisco Bay Area's economy is booming, and it's doing this in a state with one of the country's highest minimum wages. In May, the counties of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo each reported unemployment rates no higher than 5.4%. At the same time, San Francisco's minimum wage - $10.55 an hour - is the country's highest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2007 |
King Malietoa Tanumafili II, one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, has died, the prime minister's office announced. He was 94. Malietoa died Friday night at Tupua Tamasese National Hospital in the Samoan capital of Apia, where he had been staying for about a week. The cause of death was not immediately available. The king succeeded to the Malietoa title in 1940, when his father died.
September 25, 2013 |
"Is it true that it's now named 'The Blake Shelton Show'?" Christina Aguilera quipped during a coach bonding session that kicked off the second night of "The Voice" Season 5. Actually, Shelton shot back, it's " 'Blake Shelton Presents The Voice.' " Laugh if you wish, but now that he's coached a singer to victory on "The Voice" three years in a row, Shelton's fellow coaches aren't going to let him bag a fourth win without a serious fight....
May 2, 1989 |
Richard M. Nixon's foreign travels as vice president are remembered mostly for his "kitchen debate" with Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev on the comparative merits of communism and capitalism. When George Bush was vice president, he was the official funeral-goer, traveling overseas regularly to attend the last rites of such foreign dignitaries as Soviet leaders Leonid I. Brezhnev and Konstantin U. Chernenko. Now, Dan Quayle is putting his personal imprint on the institution of vice presidential globe-trotting during a four-nation, 27,000-mile swing through Asia.