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April 22, 2004 |
As health officials struggle to get producers of pornographic movies to require their actors to use condoms, AIDS activists and some producers of films aimed at gay men say the rest of the industry could learn from their experience. Starting in the late 1980s, widespread AIDS deaths among actors and outcries by healthcare advocates prompted gay-porn companies to voluntarily adopt safe sex as an industry standard. Since then, condom use has been the norm in gay adult films.
January 31, 1997 |
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, director of the I Love Needlework Fair, which runs through Sunday aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach and will attract hundreds of needle-craft enthusiasts from across the nation.
February 5, 1986 |
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 |
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.
April 1, 1990 |
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.
March 4, 2000 |
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.
July 24, 1987 |
Billy Higgins says he's too lazy to do wind sprints. He refuses to lift weights. And, unlike many of the top players in the U. S. Tennis Assn. Men's 45 Hardcourt Championships this week, Higgins will offer only three quick words when asked of his on-court strengths. "I haven't any," he said. Higgins, 45, and the tournament's No. 16 seeded player, seems to believe these words. But no one else does.
February 2, 2000 |
At 6:50 a.m., 10 minutes before the polls even opened and 12 minutes before the sun came up, there were 85 people lined up in 20-degree weather outside McKelvie Middle School, waiting to vote. Cars were backed up half a mile for a parking space. The pint-sized Bedford Police Department, which protects and preserves this New England town of 15,000, put eight officers on the job just to manage the traffic.
September 30, 2007 |
WATCH BILL GARDNER CAREFULLY He's the New Hampshire secretary of state ( www.sos.nh.gov), 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.
January 6, 2012 |
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.