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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.
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 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.
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.
June 28, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
An ancient Asian dining tradition comes to an end in California on Monday, and grocer Emily Gian is none too happy. Gian has slashed prices on shark fins, the astoundingly expensive ingredient of a coveted and ceremonial soup, in hopes she will sell out before a California ban on sale or possession of the delicacy takes effect Monday. "The law is unfair," said Gian, whose store in Los Angeles' Chinatown sells shark fins for $599 a pound. "Why single out Chinese people in California when shark fins are legal in many other states?"
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.
April 3, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
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