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October 18, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
As the early voting states wrangle over the start of the 2012 election calendar, the Republican presidential candidates have been competing to be defender-in-chief of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. Mitt Romney tried to get in on that action Tuesday, not long after the editorial page of New Hampshire's influential newspaper, the Union Leader, accused him of putting his political ambitions before the state's interests. Hours before a debate in Nevada, Romney affirmed his support for New Hampshire's process and said he would take his lead from New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner.
Cross-stitchers. Needlepointers. Lace-makers. Embroiderers. Think of them as devoted. Artistic. Maybe even addicted. Just don't think of them as little old ladies in rocking chairs. You can stick a pin in that stereotype, says Joan Cravens, who directed the I Love Needlework Fair last week aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. "Today's needleworker, according to surveys, is young--the average age is under 40," Cravens says. "She's intelligent, usually with a college education.
January 6, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
One of the great things about the Iowa caucuses is the event's quirky Hey, kids, let's put on a show quality. Candidates do indeed still shag voter questions in intimate settings, addressing audiences of a dozen or fewer after navigating to the front  around tables laden with home-baked cookies and Jell-O salad. (At least that's the case for minor candidates before they become major; see Santorum, Rick.)  But the downside of what amounts to an amateur production surfaced in the last 24 hours with reports calling into question Mitt Romney's astonishingly thin eight-vote victory Tuesday night.
January 10, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The polls are open through most of New Hampshire, where a record turnout is forecast for the nation's first presidential primary. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, overseeing his ninth presidential primary, estimated that a quarter of a million ballots could be cast in the GOP race, which would exceed the nearly 240,000 ballots cast four years ago. Pre-election surveys suggest that Mitt Romney has an insurmountable lead, but...
January 24, 1988 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Fernando Molina seemed to sum up the feelings of hundreds of others crowded into the West Covina High School auditorium. "Nobody wants to go to a 10-year reunion for a school that doesn't exist anymore," the West Covina High senior said last week. Molina was among about 350 angry students, parents, teachers and others who rallied against a proposal to close West Covina High School and merge the student body with its cross-town rival as a cost-cutting measure.
September 30, 2007 | Christopher Reynolds
WATCH BILL GARDNER CAREFULLY He's the New Hampshire secretary of state (, the man sworn to preserve the New Hampshire first-in-nation primary tradition (state law requires that it fall before any other state primary). In the scramble of states to vote earlier, Michigan has set a Jan. 15 date, so it seems New Hampshire's polling will have to be before then. But Gardner hasn't committed to a date yet. (Meanwhile, Wyoming has set a delegate-selection convention for Jan. 5.
February 5, 1986 | Chris Baker
Don't be surprised if the National Hockey League changes its format for the All-Star game next season. There have been reports that the NHL will expand the All-Star break from two days to a week beginning next season, when the game is played in Quebec City. There is also speculation that there will be an exhibition game between NHL stars and a team from the Soviet Union before the All-Star game.
September 2, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Where does the 2008 calendar stand? It is still in flux, which is rather remarkable considering that voting is expected to begin in just about four months. Some tentative dates were set months ago, but those are certain to change. -- So how are things likely to shake out? Iowa and New Hampshire are determined to maintain their status as hosts of the first caucuses and primary, respectively. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver insists his state will not vote this year. The state is likely to move up its caucuses to somewhere around Jan. 3-6. New Hampshire law requires a seven-day cushion between its vote and any "similar" contest, to avoid diluting its impact.
DOLLY PARTON has sold her home in the Hollywood Hills. Escrow closed a few days ago on the three-bedroom house for close to its $2-million asking price, according to public records. Parton kicked off a 70-city concert tour with Kenny Rogers in late February with a weeklong engagement at the new Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. She is expected to find a pied-a-terre in Los Angeles after she returns. Parton has a home in Tennessee, where she lives most of the time, her publicist said.
From German oompah to Chicano tones, from the sounds of theatrical organ music to alternative rock, a parade of music shows and hosts begins leaving KPCC-FM (89.3) tonight as the Pasadena-based public radio station moves toward its promised transformation into an all news and talk outlet.
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