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NEWS
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.
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NEWS
October 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Iowa Republicans have set Jan. 3 as the date for their presidential caucuses, leaving New Hampshire as the only early-voting state without a firm date for its nominating contest. The Iowa Republican Party had said it would wait for the Granite State to set its first-in-the-nation primary date before determining when to hold the precinct caucuses. But with the quadrennial round of jockeying among states, and New Hampshire's secretary of state considering a December primary, the party acted unilaterally.
NEWS
March 28, 1999 | A roundup of unusual stories from Times wire services:
If Van Gogh Had Owned a Dryer . . . : Canadian artist Bill Gardner can't argue with critics who dismiss his work as pure fluff--because that's exactly what it is. Gardner is making a name for himself with prized portraits and still-lifes made exclusively of lint from his clothes dryer. The 42-year-old Calgary artist's works include uncanny lint likenesses of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and O.J. Simpson.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
NEWS
January 31, 1997 | MARY PLATT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
SPORTS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
REAL ESTATE
April 1, 1990 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2000 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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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