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June 12, 1989 | From Times wire services
President Bush took a lunchtime birthday jog today "to show that 65 can still do three miles." The temperature was 77, the humidity was 60% and Bush's T-shirt was soaked with presidential sweat by the time he finished his jog at Ft. McNair, an Army base in southwest Washington. "I wanted to show that 65 can still do three miles," Bush huffed. He reached into his limousine for a plastic bag containing ice and cans of orange soda, tossed a soda to an aide and had one himself.
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.
September 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A 15th birthday, or quinceañera, is a very special occasion for young Latinas. It's also apparently very important for Google. The search giant has been pulling out all the stops this week to make its 15th anniversary a memorable one. It's latest celebration came in the form of its Google Doodle. If users head over to and press play on the birthday doodle, the image will turn into an interactive mini game that features a piñata. Users can then press their keyboard space bar to whack the piñata.
A Texas principal has vetoed a student newspaper article about a high school valedictorian who is five months pregnant with her second child. Chester Smith, principal of Jack Yates High School in Houston, said he refused to allow publication of the article about Carrie Mae Dixon, 17, because it was too personal. The article documents Carrie Mae's troubled personal life and scholastic achievements. She is a straight-A student who carries a full load of honors courses, including physics, calculus and economics.
November 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twenty years ago, you might've given your friend an album for their birthday from a Tower Records retail store. Starting today, you can send them iTunes credit through Facebook, along with song suggestions and a birthday wish.  Facebook on Monday announced that people can now use its Facebook Gifts service to send each other credit for iTunes, the digital Apple store for music, movies and other digital content. In late September, Facebook launched Gifts as another way to generate revenue, hoping to capitalize on the many birthday and congratulatory wishes users send each other every day. Now, when you go to a friend's profile or click their birthday reminder, you'll see a birthday cake icon that you can click to begin the process of buying them a present through Facebook Gifts.
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