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SPORTS
February 9, 1998 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Different story line, same result. The first three finishers in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes were the same as they were in the El Encino Stakes three weeks earlier, but the two races were nothing alike. Fleet Lady, who arguably was third best in the El Encino but was awarded the win after the controversial disqualification of I Ain't Bluffing from first to third, proved superior Sunday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2000 | TONY LYSTRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Image Casting, an Oxnard foundry, is a place where gritty commercial industrialism coexists with fine art. In this factory setting, located in an industrial park, sparks fly, ovens heat metal to 2,900 degrees, and a mean buzzing sound signals the end of lunch. From the look and sound of it, you'd think the place casts airplane parts--and it does. But in the 20 years Image Casting has operated in Ventura County, the foundry has been seduced by the creative muse.
NEWS
September 22, 1992 | CHRIS GOODRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It is among the most famous lines in American poetry--"I am large, I contain multitudes." This, from the penultimate section of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," evokes succinctly the poet's expansive side, and simultaneously the problem Whitman poses as a biographical subject.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Camped just a few hundred yards from a Van Nuys Airport runway, Keith and Sharon Thomas of Sun Valley relaxed amid a two-day supply of food and water, flashlights, blankets, pillows and lounge chairs. With their radio tuned in to the airport tower, they had to scream to hear one another. Their sons Chris, 12, and Josh, 11, had given up talking, drowned out by the high-pitched, nerve-racking whine of jets and the thunderous clap of helicopters.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
It is not surprising that "Corpse!," playing at the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre's newly named Hahn Cosmopolitan Theatre through March 19, was written by an actor. That is not because the central character in Gerald Moon's comedy-mystery is an actor and that the explanations for his psychopathic behavior often come down to insults hurled at him with glee: "It's an unfortunate profession . . . pretending to be other people."
NEWS
October 11, 1991 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the hot plains of New Mexico, four men sit cloistered inside an old adobe tower designing a kind of jewelry never seen before. With the colorful sunsets of the Southwest to inspire them, they sketch rings with pink tourmaline, purple amethyst and fire opals that match the colors in the sky. They do not worry whether the stones exist that will fit their designs. They leave that to the 200 or so jewelers who toil in the 150-year-old adobe church below.
NEWS
February 2, 1995 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Colored gemstones used to fall into two categories: the big three--emeralds, rubies and sapphires--and everything else, which was classified as semiprecious. Semiprecious stones are no longer treated like poor relations. Colored gemstones such as tourmaline and tanzanite have grown so much in value and prestige in recent years that jewelers say the term "semiprecious" has become outdated. Some semiprecious gems are even more valuable than so-called precious gems.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2009 | DeeDee Correll, Correll writes for The Times.
Until its trees started dying, the Colorado ski resort town of Breckenridge stayed out of the business of telling residents how to defend their homes against wildfire. But with trees ravaged by a mountain pine beetle epidemic that has left large rust-tinged swaths of forest vulnerable to a catastrophic fire, town officials decided this year they had to act.
NEWS
December 20, 1998 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the seconds before an F/A-18 Hornet catapults from the carrier deck, the fighter jet is locked in place with twin engines spewing blue fire like giant blowtorches. The flames are several yards long and so hot that they scorch the cool night wind blowing across the bow. An observer can feel the powerful blast of heat more than a hundred yards away.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2010 | By Kai Maristed, Special to the Los Angeles Times
According to recent surveys, the Danes, with their socialist monarchy, carpe diem atheism and boisterous birth rates, are the happiest people on the planet. Just don't try telling this to Thomas E. Kennedy. His ensnaring, original novel, "In the Company of Angels," looks into the hearts of four ordinary yet emotionally tortured Copenhageners — and confronts them with Nardo, a refugee from Chile whose courage in the face of physical torture points up the lies in their lives. Kennedy scrutinizes Danish experience the way only an expat son can view his adopted country.
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