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January 10, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
When all the counting is done tonight in New Hampshire, Keith Drummond may end up with only a few dozen votes in the Republican primary. But winning votes has long since faded as the main goal of the Houston-area businessman, one of the record 30 Republican candidates on the New Hampshire ballot today, and certainly one of the least-known. Drummond decided to run for the presidency only a few months ago, motivated by the nation's growing debt crisis. He then went to New Hampshire, a state whose requirements to land on the ballot are among the easiest nationwide.
May 29, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
More than a decade after 9/11, most of us are pleasantly removed from the fear, paranoia and fanatical patriotism that ruled us in its wake. Was that really us, trolling for black-market Cipro and calling the police on bearded men? Did we honestly believe, as anxious housewife Gretchen complains in the dark comedy “The Sleeper,” now at Theatre Tribe, that our country had been attacked “for no reason?” As this zippy, hilarious revival of Catherine Butterfield's 2004 play, flawlessly directed by Theatre Tribe founder Stuart Rogers, reminds us: It was and we did. Frightened, let down by our government, confused by our pundits (whose overlapping chatter opens the show in a perfectly scene-setting sequence by sound designer Cricket Myers)
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.
July 24, 1987 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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