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June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wal-Mart said a reinvigorated focus on price was allowing it to beat out competitors despite a challenging retail environment. "We're winning in the marketplace. You should feel very proud," Eduardo-Castro Wright, chief executive of the U.S. division, said at the annual shareholder meeting. But Wal-Mart did not change its outlook for the year as some analysts had expected. Its stock fell $1.43 to $58.37 on a bad day on Wall Street.
July 24, 1994 | Josh Mitchell
"Emoticons" used on on-line services. :-) smile, used to convey sarcasm. "Oh, right. And you only read it for the articles. :-)" ;-) wink. "I bet you say that to all the users. ;-)" :-( unhappy face. %-) crossed eyes. "I've been backing up my hard drive all day. %-)." :'-( tears. :-& tongue-tied. l-O yawn. "So I stood in line for an hour to see 'Forrest Gump.' Major l-O." O:-) angel. :-D big smile. "Thanks for your messages, made my day. :-D." :-J tongue in cheek. :-x kiss.
July 4, 2009
A friend had a great idea. Because the Kings are so far below the cap and have no intentions of trying to win or get better, let's divide the savings between the Kings and the season-ticket holders. Because you have an extra $14 million you are taking from us and doing nothing with, let's refund season-ticket holders $7 million. That way, we get some money back and pay a fair price for a non-playoff team. Alex Zims Beverly Hills :: The first day of NHL free agency was a bad day for the Kings, but a good one for the Clippers -- they are no longer the worst-run team to call Staples Center home.
February 18, 1990
What a refreshing article Bob Sipchen writes: "Who Should Be Raising the Kids?" (Magazines, Feb. 8). Journalists are finally getting the nerve up to tell it like it is. I've encountered more bewildered and lonely children from two-income families or from families who believe it is someone else's responsibility to take care of, nurture, raise and educate their children; or (children of) mothers who place toddlers in front of the television set all day. These children feel dejected.
October 3, 1999
It was the classic bad day at the office. In fact, it was a bad day in the solar system. NASA's $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter, the first spacecraft designed to study the climate of another planet, has been lost. After a journey of 461 million miles, the spacecraft entered Mars orbit about 60 miles off course, a lot, given the precision that space missions demand.
October 12, 2004 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
The soldiers sensed trouble as they pulled into the gates of the old Marlboro cigarette factory in Sadr City. Charred vehicles littered the yard. Iraqi civilians were hurrying away -- a sign that they were expecting trouble. Within half an hour, mortar rounds began slamming into the compound, progressively closer to the convoy. "There were children on the rooftops being used as spotters, giving them directions," said Cpl. James Threadgill, 32, a National Guardsman from San Diego.
February 27, 2009 | DANA PARSONS
My first instinct was to sneak out the back door and not say a word to you. Not even leave a note. Just sort of slink away and assume you'd figure things out on your own. Isn't that just like a man? Then it dawned on me that I owe you a lot more than that. So, here's how the note begins: This is my last column for the paper. Note the use of italics. That is an intentional rhetorical flourish, meant to suggest that this represents a watershed moment in journalism and, perhaps, in your life.
June 2, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Midnight was fast approaching when Tom Wilhelmsen and his girlfriend stumbled into Venice. The backpackers were tired and hungry and, truth be told, a little smelly. This was another new city on a trip full of them. They found a cheap room in a seedy hotel, a couple of slices of pizza and a bottle of wine. Then they crashed. "And then we woke up on the canal," he said. "You put your head out the window and, sure enough, there are all the gondolas and the clothes drying, just like in all the pictures.
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