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February 19, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
TULARE - At this year's annual World Ag Expo there was a star exhibit: a young man and an old tractor. Ryan Haas, 19, of Devine, Texas, a two-time national grand champion at the Delo Tractor Restoration competition, is at the top of a hotly contested field largely unknown to urbanites. But in rural places that aren't color-coded blue versus red, but rather green versus orange - as in big green John Deere tractors, or smaller, sunny-colored Cases - tractor restoration is an obsession.
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February 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
On the elegant stairway up to the Governors Ball, a man was having fun with the name of the event he was about to attend, loudly proclaiming it - or, rather, a variation of it that suggested a part of the male anatomy - to anyone who'd listen. The man could be excused for a burst of adolescent delight: He was George Clooney, and the actor-filmmaker had just won the best picture Oscar for his work on “Argo,” a fact evident from the statuette he was gripping triumphantly. Inside the ball - the swanky post-show event for Oscar attendees at a ballroom atop the Hollywood & Highland complex - winners and losers mingled and nibbled on Wolfgang Puck-made pot pies and pizzas as musician Michael Feinstein took the stage and played a few swingy numbers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1996 | From Associated Press
Wanda Willey of Fullerton and her son, Steven, of Sausalito, figured that buying tickets to the twice-weekly lottery drawing at both ends of the state would help them win the big prize. Their strategy paid off recently when they claimed half of a $54-million Super Lotto jackpot. Wanda Willey, 64, was on her way to work when she heard that one of the two winning tickets in the July 31 drawing had been purchased at a Sausalito 7-Eleven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
TULARE - At this year's annual World Ag Expo there was a star exhibit: a young man and an old tractor. Ryan Haas, 19, of Devine, Texas, a two-time national grand champion at the Delo Tractor Restoration competition, is at the top of a hotly contested field largely unknown to urbanites. But in rural places that aren't color-coded blue versus red, but rather green versus orange - as in big green John Deere tractors, or smaller, sunny-colored Cases - tractor restoration is an obsession.
NEWS
November 26, 1997 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I guess," remarks Dick Rutan, in the drowsy manner of the test pilot, "I guess we can't come home without at least one roll." Oh. "See, you just pull the nose up a little and she just goes right over. . . nice and . . . easy." Ugh. The horizon clocks around. Through the bubble canopy, the blue of the sky disappears and the brown of the California desert emerges underhead. Then sky crawls around from beneath again. Momentarily, the stomach catches up. "Another?" he asks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1989
Doesn't the academy recognize movies with originality and vision anymore? There was a time when films such as "Reds," "Apocalypse Now," "Taxi Driver" and "A Clockwork Orange" were nominated for best picture. Now we see films such as "Rain Man" and "Working Girl" up for the big prize, while "Tucker," "The Last Temptation of Christ," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Bird" are relegated to the status of also-rans. STEVE BARR and KEN BARR Culver City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1986
With the homeless still sleeping on the streets, with old people still eating dog food, or no food, with charities and cancer research still begging for funds, is it not altogether obscene that the lottery gives one person $15 million? Does anyone believe that fewer lottery tickets would be sold if the big prize was only, say, half a million dollars? Would the lottery, letting most of its revenue be at least a little mindful of the needy, not then be serving a far, far more sane and humane purpose?
NEWS
December 29, 1987
A Berkeley man who used his horse's birthday to help select six winning numbers in the Lotto 6/49 game claimed a jackpot worth $17.1 million, California Lottery officials said. Walter Dayton used his birthday and the birthday of his trail horse, Mal Niloj, to come up with the winning combination, lottery spokesman John Schade said. Seeking to preserve his privacy, Dayton declined to disclose more information about himself, including his occupation, Schade said.
SPORTS
May 18, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
BALTIMORE -- Triple Crown horse racing season is a respite. It allows a deep breath for a sport that is desperately seeking reason. The Preakness is similar to pro golf's Saturday. They call it moving day, because it is the last chance to get in position for the big prize. The difference is that, when 11 horses load into the gate here Saturday afternoon, only one can land the big prize, the Triple Crown. That one, Kentucky Derby winnerI'll Have Another, is not only a horse to be admired, but a story with lots of weird chapters.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The allure of getting fabulously rich as suddenly as being hit by lightning is a time-honored fantasy. Sadly, the chance of getting killed by that lightning is far more likely than getting rich by winning the world's largest lottery. As of Friday morning, the jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery had hit a record $640 million, sending players in 42 states and the District of Columbia to beat a hasty path to the nearest kiosk, sundry outlet or grocery store to plunk down a buck - or many - to purchase a lottery ticket - or many.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Fueled by a frenzy of ticket-buying, the jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball lottery has been increased to $500 million. News of the increased pot, posted on the lottery's website, is likely to set up even more buying as players head to the drawing at 10:59 (Eastern) on Wednesday. Traditionally, ticket-buying volume increases as the drawing approaches, with as much as 60% of all sales coming on the last day in a final mad rush. Before the increase, the jackpot stood at $425 million, not exactly chump change.
SPORTS
May 18, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
BALTIMORE -- Triple Crown horse racing season is a respite. It allows a deep breath for a sport that is desperately seeking reason. The Preakness is similar to pro golf's Saturday. They call it moving day, because it is the last chance to get in position for the big prize. The difference is that, when 11 horses load into the gate here Saturday afternoon, only one can land the big prize, the Triple Crown. That one, Kentucky Derby winnerI'll Have Another, is not only a horse to be admired, but a story with lots of weird chapters.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The allure of getting fabulously rich as suddenly as being hit by lightning is a time-honored fantasy. Sadly, the chance of getting killed by that lightning is far more likely than getting rich by winning the world's largest lottery. As of Friday morning, the jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery had hit a record $640 million, sending players in 42 states and the District of Columbia to beat a hasty path to the nearest kiosk, sundry outlet or grocery store to plunk down a buck - or many - to purchase a lottery ticket - or many.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2010 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When the Nobel Prize in literature is announced Thursday, the choice may be ? if the last two years are any indication ? a confounding one. In 2008, the prize went to Jean-Marie Gustave le Clézio, a French novelist concerned with colonization and its discontents, whose work was almost entirely unknown in the United States; last year's recipient was the German-Romanian Herta Müller, whose exquisitely rendered fictions are still largely unavailable here....
SPORTS
August 19, 2009 | Philip Hersh
It really has not been a common occurrence for Sanya Richards to let a championship gold medal slip away. But a glaring example came under the most glare, in the 400-meter final at the 2008 Olympics, when she led until coming apart in the home stretch and finishing third. Then everyone wondered how a woman who has been the world's top-ranked quarter-miler at the end of every season since 2005 had no big prize to show for it. "It hasn't been that many times I have failed as the favorite," Richards said.
NEWS
November 5, 2008 | Tom O'Neil
This year, there's more drama in the Oscar derby than on the silver screen. Best actress contenders must not only square off against mighty Meryl Streep -- who hasn't been this scary since "The Devil Wears Prada" -- but poor Kate Winslet must also take on herself (she's in two films this season). Meantime, Richard Nixon's never looked creepier, a spooky "Dark Knight" looms over everything, and a sly "Slumdog" threatens to upset. BEST PICTURE Favorites "Australia" "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" "The Dark Knight" "Defiance" "Doubt" "Frost/Nixon" "Gran Torino" "Milk" "The Reader" "Revolutionary Road" "Slumdog Millionaire" Spotlight: No superhero film has yet landed, cape fluttering, in this category but some past nominees were similar: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy were popcorn fantasies with exceptional heroes.
NEWS
October 13, 2001 | Chicago Tribune
Arizona Manager Bob Brenly was flooded with questions before Friday night's game as to whom he would send to the mound today in Game 4. His answer: It depends. If Arizona had lost Game 3 to fall behind, 2-1, in the series, Brenly would have sent Curt Schilling to the mound on three days' rest. But with the Diamondbacks having stormed back to win, 5-3, Brenly will turn to right-hander Albie Lopez, whose combined record this season with Tampa Bay and Arizona is 9-19. Lopez was erratic after the July 25 trade to the Diamondbacks but dominated the Dodgers and Brewers in his last two starts, giving up one earned run over 17 innings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
On the elegant stairway up to the Governors Ball, a man was having fun with the name of the event he was about to attend, loudly proclaiming it - or, rather, a variation of it that suggested a part of the male anatomy - to anyone who'd listen. The man could be excused for a burst of adolescent delight: He was George Clooney, and the actor-filmmaker had just won the best picture Oscar for his work on “Argo,” a fact evident from the statuette he was gripping triumphantly. Inside the ball - the swanky post-show event for Oscar attendees at a ballroom atop the Hollywood & Highland complex - winners and losers mingled and nibbled on Wolfgang Puck-made pot pies and pizzas as musician Michael Feinstein took the stage and played a few swingy numbers.
SPORTS
August 29, 2008 | Steve Springer
The Olympics may be fading into history, but the wake left by Michael Phelps and other athletes continues to bubble. Looking at comparisons In attracting 214 million viewers over 17 days, the 2008 Beijing Olympics were watched by more Americans than any event in U.S. television history. What about "Roots," the highest-rated miniseries of all time? The story of slavery in America attracted 80 million viewers for each of its first seven nights and 100 million for the final episode for a total of 660 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2008
California and 23 other states will hold presidential nominating contests on Tuesday. States with Democratic contests that day will send 2,064 delegates to the national Democratic convention, where a candidate will need 2,025 votes to win the nomination. States with Republican contests will send 1,081 delegates to the Republican convention, where the winner will need 1,191. For both parties' candidates, California's delegates are the biggest prize. -- Note: Vote percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding.
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