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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1999
So the rich folk in Coto de Caza have cast their votes against an elementary school behind their gates (March 4). It seems they don't want any hoi polloi on their side of the gates. Never mind that hundreds, probably thousands, of the "rest of us" are admitted daily to clean their homes, clean their pools, trim their lawns and look after their brats. Do these people feel a kinship with their guardians? Do they know the name of even one of their gatekeepers? Trust me--the rest of the world laughs at people who live behind gates.
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SPORTS
February 5, 1999 | PETE THOMAS
More than 200 of the world's top pro and amateur snowboarders from 10 countries will be on the slopes of Big Bear Mountain this weekend. But only one of them idolizes Frank Sinatra and collects vintage Cadillacs. All of the pros vying for a $40,000 purse during the Swatch Boardercross World Tour event will come in loaded with ability and brimming with confidence.
SPORTS
August 10, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
Right around the time Mary Pierce was serving for the match against Martina Hingis Saturday night, a baby in the seats over her right shoulder began to cry. Then another baby high in the stands on the east side of the court joined in. The mothers quickly muffled the cries of their infants. And in a matter of moments Pierce finished off her semifinal match against Hingis, a confluence of events that continued the unspoken theme running through women's tennis this summer: Hush, children.
SPORTS
July 22, 1998 | MARK HEISLER
It's the era of the brat pack in women's tennis, as teenage prodigies push their elders out of the way, talking trash to them, one another and everyone else. ESPN the Magazine's Curry Kirkpatrick compiled highlights: Anna Kournikova, on stories she's hockey star Sergei Fedorov's girlfriend: ". . . Sure, Sergei wishes." Martina Hingis, on her competition: "Rivalries? Look at the rankings. I'm like 3,000 points up. There are no rivalries for me."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If a twister could talk it probably would sound very much like Ally Sheedy. It's only 9 in the morning, and she hasn't even had a cup of coffee, but Sheedy is already whirling around her L.A. hotel room, smoking up a storm (constantly dispelling the smoke with sharp flicks of the wrist).
NEWS
June 16, 1997 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Steaming toward a confrontation over taxes, the Senate's leading Republican on Sunday accused President Clinton of acting "like a spoiled brat" in criticizing the GOP blueprint for the first major tax cut since 1981. "I think they are getting into a position to veto the tax-cut provision," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said on ABC-TV's "This Week." Clinton, Lott added, "acts like a spoiled brat. He thinks he's got to have his way or no way."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1996
Re "Menendez Brothers Sentenced to Life for Killing Parents," April 18: The jury chose to show mercy to two brutal and unrepentant murderers who themselves never showed a scintilla of mercy. They are getting far better than they gave, far better than they deserve. Now the public must endure 50 or 60 years of carefully constructed rationalization. I think we deserve better! WILSON GLEN Los Angeles What has happened to Lyle and Erik Menendez and their family and loved ones is a terrible tragedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1995 | PAUL ELIAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A young man paralyzed three years ago in an automobile accident should receive $880,000 from the city of Oxnard and $850,000 from the makers of the Subaru Brat, a Ventura County jury decided Wednesday. The award disappointed lawyers representing Oxnard resident Israel Echevarria, who had asked the jury for more than $17 million. Attorney Edward Steinbrecher vowed to appeal. "Juries do absurd things. This is absurd," Steinbrecher said immediately after the verdict was read. "I can't explain it.
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