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July 10, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Bo Jackson led off the 1989 All-Star game at Anaheim Stadium with a 448-foot home run, a majestic moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic. A look at some others: 1933: It's the first All-Star game, and Babe Ruth hits the first home run. 1934: Carl Hubbell strikes out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order. 1949: Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and Larry Doby break the All-Star game color barrier. 1955: Stan Musial hits a walk-off home run — not that the term had been invented yet — as the NL erases a 5-0 deficit and wins, 6-5. 1970: Pete Rose knocks over Ray Fosse to score the winning run, separating Fosse's shoulder.
May 16, 2010 | Chris Ayres
If's there's one thing the British people can't complain about now that the outcome of the May 6 general election has finally been decided, it's that they didn't get a good deal. After all, they demanded a new prime minister, and got exactly what they wanted — plus another one thrown in for free! You half expect the speaker of the House of Commons to begin the next session of Parliament by declaring, "But wait … !" before announcing that the electorate has also qualified for a bonus "Cam 'n' Clegg" flashlight keychain (just pay shipping and handling )
March 28, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
When you think of Babe Ruth, you might picture a newsreel shot of him bashing a home run in Yankee Stadium and then trotting around the bases on those surprisingly skinny legs of his. But one Southern California city also "had a part" in the Babe's colorful career, author Tim Grobaty points out. Long Beach arrested the Sultan of Swat on Jan. 22, 1927 -- for the crime of autographing baseballs for kids. There was more to it than that, of course. But not much more. As Grobaty tells the story in his book "Long Beach Almanac," Ruth was in town to perform three shows at the old State Theater near the Pike amusement park.
October 20, 2009 | Jeannine Stein
As investigators consider whether to file felony charges against the Colorado couple suspected of crafting the riveting boy-supposedly-in-the-balloon story, attention is focusing on the boy himself -- specifically the line that many people have taken to be a ratting out of his father. Falcon Heene, all of 6 years old and at the center of a sudden and overwhelming media frenzy, commented to father Richard Heene during a CNN interview: "You had said that we did this for a show." With that sentence, what had seemed like an extraordinary accident came under intense scrutiny as law enforcement, forensics experts and the public tried to figure out if the child was telling the truth or conjuring something up from his imagination.
October 6, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Laura Mae Gross, a strong-willed Mississippi woman who came to the West Coast and founded a club that became a staple of Los Angeles' blues scene, died Saturday of heart failure, according to relatives. She was 89. Gross, also known as "Mama," opened Babe's and Ricky's Inn on Central Avenue in 1964 and hosted legends such as Bobby "Blue" Bland and John Lee Hooker while serving cold beer and soda and drawing an integrated crowd. On Monday nights, often the most popular, a $2 cover also earned patrons a fried chicken dinner.
August 23, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
Fall's biker look doesn't stop at rough-and-tumble leather jackets and street-warrior style over-the-knee boots. Studs, grommets and spikes are showing up on accessories of every sort, offering even those of us too timid to try this trend head to toe a chance to channel our inner biker babe -- without looking as if we're about to straddle a Harley. All sorts of designers, including Jean Paul Gaultier and Roland Mouret, threw spikes and studs onto leather pants and angular jackets on the runway.
July 2, 2009 | Liesl Bradner
In "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," motorcycles, bulldozers and toasters transform into a menacing militia, but it's the robot with a more feminine side that stands out among the heavy metal soldiers. Alice, a "pretender" Decepticon, emerges in the form of a sexy coed who shares a near-fatal kiss with Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) via her titanium tongue.
April 12, 2009
"Babe the Gallant Pig" Dick King-Smith Babe is an orphaned pig who is intelligent and wants to make people and animals happy. Farmer Hogget wins Babe in a weighing contest. He guesses correctly how much she weighs. When Babe gets to the farm she meets Fly, a very sweet dog, who takes her in as if she were a pup. Babe learns how to herd sheep. One day sheep stealers try to steal the sheep, but Babe scares them away. Farmer Hogget enters Babe in a sheepherding contest. Does Babe win the contest?
January 23, 2009 | times staff and wire reports
Bill Werber, who was the oldest living former major league baseball player and a teammate of Babe Ruth, has died at age 100. Werber died Thursday morning of age-related causes after moving into an assisted-care facility in Charlotte, N.C., three weeks ago, his son Bill Jr. told the Associated Press. A third baseman who led the American League in stolen bases three times, Werber played with Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove in stints with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
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