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April 26, 1989 | SHIRLEY MARLOW
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.
May 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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.
March 18, 2001 | AMANDA JONES
Imagine this. It's pitch dark and you have just arrived on a remote South Pacific island. You haven't a clue what to expect because, truth is, Americans don't know much about the tiny, remote country of Samoa. So here's a quick sketch: Robert Louis Stevenson died here, Margaret Mead created a scandal here, the local television station began operating in 1993 and the first traffic light was installed in the capital in 1996.
May 2, 1989 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
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.
September 25, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
"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....
August 17, 1987 | DAVID REYES and LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writers
One choir already had crowded into the tiny First Samoan United Church of Christ in Santa Ana. Another choir waited patiently in an air-conditioned bus across the street. A third was due to arrive any moment. "We're going to have one choir sing, then file out to make room for the next. We just don't have that much room inside," said Irene Elizarraraz, daughter of the Rev. Tauvaa Sagiao, 68, who died of cancer Aug. 8 and whose memorial service Sunday drew so much attention.
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