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September 26, 1985 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
Burbank city officials and historians are eagerly awaiting the celebration of the city's birthday. But they can't agree on how many candles to put on the cake. Mayor Mary Lou Howard says the city should celebrate its 75th birthday next July to commemorate the date in 1911 when Burbank became an incorporated city.
October 11, 1987 | ZAN THOMPSON
If you're reading this, you survived early October's shake 'n' bake, for which I rejoice. There is much speculation among the seismologists about when The Big One will be, for which last week was just a run-through. I wish they'd ask me. The men in my family are causing the earthquakes, at least the 1971 shake and a week ago Thursday's. The 1971 quake happened a couple of minutes before 6 a.m. on Feb. 9, my son Timothy's birthday. The recent one was Oct. 1, my husband Doug's birthday.
November 9, 2008 | Donna Abu-Nasr, Abu-Nasr writes for the Associated Press.
When Hala Masaad invited her girlfriends over to celebrate her 18th birthday with cake and juice, the high school student was stepping into an unusual public debate. Is celebrating birthdays un-Islamic? Saudi Arabia's most senior Muslim cleric recently denounced birthday parties as an unwanted foreign influence, but another prominent cleric declared they were OK. That has left Masaad with mixed feelings about her low-key celebration last month. She loves birthday parties, she says, because they make her feel that she has "moved from one stage of life to another."
Ask Huldah Hunter about her health, and the soon-to-be 101-year-old changes the topic at the drop of a hat. Instead she'll inquire about your grandchildren, or say, "Would you like a piece of my birthday candy?" The Westminster resident, born July 31, 1899, was the main attraction Thursday at a senior center luncheon party celebrating July birthdays. But sure enough, whenever fellow celebrants stopped by to chat, Hunter instantly diverted the attention from herself.
September 10, 2003 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
One of Edwin Jackson's teammates jokingly insisted the 20-year-old pitcher had hired a screenwriter to script his meteoric rise with the Dodgers. The opening act definitely indicated blockbuster potential as Jackson shined in his major league debut Tuesday night -- a 4-1 Dodger victory over the reeling Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark. The highly touted right-hander delivered a show-stopping performance before 36,488, working six strong innings while filling in for injured Hideo Nomo.
August 3, 1989 | JOSEPH N. BELL
I have an ethical problem I need to resolve. The 11-year-old kid in our household turns 12 next week. That leaves me two possible choices: continue calling him the 11-year-old kid in the full knowledge that this is inaccurate (something journalists, of course, never knowingly do) or start referring to him as the 12-year-old kid. I have a great reluctance to do that since it is rather like scrubbing a major character and introducing an entirely new one.
March 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Sure, it was Mariah Carey's birthday this week - strike that, her "anniversary" - but she was the one doling out a present to fans: a shot of herself without makeup and looking lovely. " Love to all the lambily!!! #WWLD," she wrote on Instagram just hours before it was her birthday on the West Coast, captioning the shot of herself with a fluffy stuffed lamb in honor of "Worldwide Lamb Day. " Mariah's fans, dahhhhling, make up the "lambily," of course, and Worldwide Lamb Day suspiciously resembles the diva's birthday.
March 19, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Celebrating your 50th? So is Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, a Cabo San Lucas landmark that once catered to Hollywood stars such as Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Desi Arnaz. The Hacienda's management is inviting others celebrating the half-century mark - whether it's a 50th birthday or a 50th anniversary - to join in the party. If you're marking a 50th anniversary, you can get a complimentary two-night stay; those celebrating a 50th birthday can collect a 50% discount on every second night, plus a free 50-minute massage at the Hacienda Spa. “The original Hacienda Hotel was such an iconic destination," said Ricardo Ramirez, general manager of Hacienda Beach Club & Residences.
February 7, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Call me the skunk at the picnic, but as conservatives celebrate Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, I'll remind them that their icon often governed as a moderate. Reagan talked like an unbending small-government ideologue, but in Sacramento and Washington he acted as a flexible whatever-size-fits pragmatist. Those types of Republicans are in very short supply today and don't seem to exist at all in leadership positions. For that reason alone, all of us should be commemorating the centennial of Reagan's birth.
September 15, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The only things missing when Los Angeles' top air artists get together are inflated egos. There's something resembling Betty Boop standing in the corner. Pluto, the cartoon dog, is sitting on the floor. A tiny ladybug rests on a hand. There's a birthday cake, a Viking headdress, a witch's hat and broom, an octopus, Casper the ghost. All made of twisted-together balloons. "We're standing on the shoulder of giants," says Eddie Medrano, one of the balloon blowers. "Look at that guy over there.
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