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July 5, 2005 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Nearly four years ago, in the days that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, made a dramatic suggestion: Give the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to New York City. "If New York is a candidate, I think all other cities should all step back to allow New York to host the 2012 Games," he said. "If the Games go to New York, it means the athletes, the spectators, the whole world -- we can all be together. This will show that the terrorists are defeated."
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June 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
A proposed $2-billion Manhattan stadium that is seen as vital to New York's effort to land the 2012 Olympics survived a critical legal challenge Thursday, just days before the International Olympic Committee is to review the city's bid. State Justice Herman Cahn dismissed a lawsuit alleging illegalities in the purchase of the land for the stadium, which would be built over rail yards along the Hudson River on the city's West Side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2005 | Daniel Ross, Special to The Times
Fullerton isn't the first place one thinks of as a great baseball town. But Ed Hart says it is. And not just because of Cal State Fullerton's NCAA Division I championship last year, though that's part of it. Nor is it the arrival of the Fullerton Flyers, the minor league team of which Hart is the general manager, though that counts too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2005 | Orange Peeled, Times Staff Writer
A year ago, 12 million T-shirts in boxes were stacked to the rafters of a massive warehouse near Disneyland. But somewhere in the middle of all that cotton, Brad Kelly and his two partners envisioned hundreds of youths spiking volleyballs, shooting jump shots and heading soccer balls.
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December 7, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
On the corner of Jefferson and Figueroa, earthmovers have turned concrete to dirt, razing all but one tricky corner in preparing the foundation for USC's new basketball arena. On Monday, Mike Garrett did the rest. It was loud, it was clunky, it was smoky, but it was time. The firing of Henry Bibby was as much about a hole as a hoop, as much about a shovel as an ax.
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November 4, 2004 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
A group attempting to block a $75-million athletic and arts complex at Junipero Serra High School failed to gather enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot, clearing the way for construction to begin as early as next week. The Orange County registrar of voters' announcement Wednesday that two petitions failed to meet the threshold of 1,752 signatures ends a prolonged feud over a vacant 29-acre plot on the north side of town.
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August 15, 2004 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Black and white and grainy, an old photo shows Park Avenue in New York City circa 1900, the area a mass of rail yards, trains, engines and smoke. Another photo, from 1913, shows a very different view. At the far end is Grand Central, the great railway terminal; in the foreground, the roadways, neat and clean, built over the rail yards. Yet another, from 1935, is even more dramatic.
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May 7, 2004 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
It was a diamond within a diamond within a diamond, a 4-inch-by-4-inch swatch of red on a white base on a dirt-brown infield. Smaller than a bag of peanuts, smaller than a box of Cracker Jack, it caused the sport of baseball to sputter and actually concede a possible mistake, which is a kind of superpower Spider-Man no doubt would like to learn. One day after Major League Baseball announced plans to load the bases with advertising for the upcoming movie "Spider-Man 2," the bags are empty again.
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April 22, 2004 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy extended an olive branch to the Chargers on Wednesday, offering a proposal that could keep the NFL team in that city through at least the 2008 season. Murphy's proposal requires that the Chargers drop their lawsuit against the city, do away with the controversial ticket guarantee that has cost taxpayers more than $36 million in unsold tickets since 1997 and surrender the right to the "trigger provision," the renegotiation clause in their Qualcomm Stadium lease.
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April 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Though smaller than initially promised by the San Diego Padres, a grassy area known as the "Park at the Park" is ready for baseball fans who wish to enjoy games from a lawn just beyond the outfield. Mayor Dick Murphy and city officials inaugurated the park on Monday, just in time for the Padres' home season opener on Thursday. The 2.7-acre park is smaller than the four-acre site envisioned in early plans for the new downtown ballpark.
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