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October 30, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beth Borozan knew something was wrong when Buster, her golden retriever, took a break from their game of catch to spit up $1.49. "Thirteen dimes and 19 pennies, to be exact," said Borozan, who had acquired the 5-year-old retriever as a puppy. Borozan didn't panic, exactly, but she was distressed. Then she recalled another puzzling moment earlier in the day, "a suspicious clank in the pooper scooper." The realization hit her.
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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Well everyone had it wrong - you, me, the postman and the NCAA selection committee. All that teeth-gnashing over tournament seeding has produced an NCAA championship game between a No. 7 and No. 8. Let's hear it for a collective No. 15! Monday night, though, Connecticut and Kentucky will be playing for the only number that counts No.1. No. 8 Kentucky dramatically capped Saturday night with a 74-73 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin in the second NCAA semifinal game before a Final Four record crowd of 79,444 fans at AT&T Stadium.
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NEWS
November 3, 1997 | BRENDA LOREE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beth Borozan first realized something was wrong when Buster, her golden retriever, took a break from their game of catch to spit up $1.49. "Thirteen dimes and 19 pennies to be exact," Borozan said. Borozan didn't panic, exactly, but she was distressed. Then she recalled another puzzling moment earlier in the day, "a suspicious clank in the pooper scooper."
OPINION
March 9, 2014 | By Dinah Hatton
If you're a city person, you might only have read of chamber pots, an inconvenient though useful contraption from an earlier time. In the part of Texas where I grew up, the term "chamber pot" was a tad too genteel. We called these essentials "slop jars" or just "the pot. " Whatever you called it, I had to empty it. Our house sat on a slight rise facing busy Highway 31. The outhouse was back of the house, toward the woods, maybe 50 feet away. PHOTOS: 5 Senate women to watch in 2014 It was tricky running with the pot to the outhouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1986 | STEVE POND
"JOHN EDDIE." Columbia. Max Weinberg's drums pound, the songs build to big, emotional climaxes and the singer's got a lump in his throat as big as Asbury Park. In other words, here's Another Jersey Rocker with more than a superficial resemblance to you-know-who. Eddie's style is simpler and less ambitious: He alternates odes to lost love with chunky, sassy riff-rockers and writes more about youthful lust and heartbreak than the streets of his hometown.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2005
PBS President Pat Mitchell claims that pulling the lesbian moms episode of "Postcards From Buster" was a necessary move to protect sensitive local markets ["At PBS, a Fragile State of Balance," by Lynn Smith, Feb. 14]. This cynical sidestep is disingenuous at best and dishonest at worst. Local PBS programmers can, and do, opt out of national programming quite frequently when, in their estimation, a program is not suited to local viewers' tastes. If New Orleans or Biloxi felt the "Buster" episode was unsuitable for their audiences, they needed only to schedule an alternative program.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
In "Bob's New Suit," a family deals with a series of intersecting dramas. Bob and Jenny (Hunter S. Bodine and Hayley DuMond) decide to get married just as Bob's sister Stephanie (Shay Astar) announces she is transitioning from female to male and will now go by Steve. Their parents, Polly and Buster (Suzi Bodine and John Bennett Perry), struggle to take it all in as Buster deals with escalating health issues. Though Alan Howard, a former studio executive and film critic in his debut as a writer-director, captures the way in which personal and family dramas intersect so there is not one episode or incident that prevails in making life chaotic, he also can't stop himself from piling problems one on top of another like a late-night sandwich gone out of control.
SPORTS
November 3, 1990
Once my anger subsided after watching the latest heavyweight championship debacle, it became clear to me what the problem is and what the solution is. Give the challenger a guaranteed $1 million. Give the champion a guaranteed $2 million. Give the winner the rest of the purse, be it $30 million, $50 million or $100 million. Then you'll see how fast Buster or any other fighter will get off the canvas after a knockdown. SCOTT MAURER West Los Angeles
OPINION
September 25, 2009
Re "A water scofflaw explains," Sept. 19 The editorial about the "drought busters" didn't mention the "blue barrel buster." While taking out some trash on collection day, I saw a white truck going up and down the cul de sac. The driver got out in front of each house and looked into the blue recycling barrels. I thought someone was scavenging, but when he pulled up, I could see the official logo. Turns out he's what I'd call a blue barrel buster, looking for bins with non-recyclable items such as garbage.
FOOD
December 19, 1996
Just in time for the holiday finger-food season, Cheez-Its are now available in a 1 1/2-inch format, twice as large as the traditional cheese-flavored cracker. Could it be that the bite-size Cheezer was getting jealous of all the canape fun Triscuit and Ritz were having? In supermarkets. Hide in Plain Sight Cake covers are a good idea--they keep cakes fresh and protect them from many an unforeseen occurrence. But the covers don't have to look unappetizing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
If the Seattle Seahawks' ferocious defense isn't enough to make Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sweat on Super Bowl Sunday, how about the prospect of allowing a city's museum-goers to get thrown for another loss? Besides the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver football on a pedestal, and immeasurable bragging rights, the teams will be playing for the artistic gratification of their respective citizens, thanks to a bet between the directors of the Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum.
SPORTS
October 19, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Louisville, even though it was undefeated and ranked No. 8, was always going to be a long shot to win this year's college football national title. The Cardinals simply did not have the schedule strength to keep up with the best teams from the power conferences. The Jeff Sagarin ratings, one of the six computer systems used in the BCS formula, had Louisville ranked No. 125 in strength of schedule this week. Louisville's only chance was to go undefeated and then pray all the other top schools lost once, or maybe twice.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
"So much of who people are is expressed in their speech," dialect coach Michael Buster said. The master of many accents lent a Southern inflection to two upcoming movies: Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" and Cinemax's "Quarry. " Raised in Minnesota, Wisconsin and upstate New York with relatives from Illinois and eastern Kentucky, Buster, 56, grew up hearing what he describes as "that real hillbilly Southern sound and then the Northern sound. " He got involved in drama in high school and studied to be an actor at the Juilliard School and at the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
One of the unforeseen perks of the maligned Bowl Championship Series was the annual major-bowl quest of the mid-major. Will the last year of the BCS mean the last year of the underdog? Not necessarily, but the new College Football Playoff in two years will be different and less intriguing. Instead of a madcap BCS standings race for a coveted "BCS buster" spot, the lucky winner will be hand-picked by a selection committee. The committee will determine the top team from the "Group of Five" leagues and place it into a major bowl game.
SPORTS
May 3, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - The elements were all there for an evening of drama, of triumph, of celebration of the human spirit. Instead, the evening might be best remembered for another devastating injury. The Dodgers braced for the extended loss of Hanley Ramirez - four games into his injury-delayed season - because of a hamstring injury that made a 2-1 walk-off loss to the San Francisco Giants that much more depressing. Buster Posey led off the ninth inning with a home run off Ronald Belisario, snapping a 1-1 tie and sending a sellout crowd erupting into chants of “Beat L.A.!
SPORTS
May 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
They play 162 of these a year in the major leagues and the wealth of games can tend to blur. Not Friday night's. The Dodgers figure to remember this one awhile, from Clayton Kershaw starting just days after his father died, to Adrian Gonzalez being a late scratch with a sore neck, to Hanley Ramirez injuring his left hamstring and leaving the game, to Kershaw throwing a no-hitter for five innings, to the stranding runners. To the final heartbreak. The Giants capped a frustrating night for the Dodgers when Buster Posey hit a solo home run off reliever Ronald Belisario in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory at AT&T Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2008 | David Zahniser
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's crackdown on excessive water usage was approved Friday by the City Council. The "drought buster" plan drafted by the Department of Water and Power seeks to bar utility customers from watering their lawns between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and washing their cars without "shut-off devices" on their hoses. Restaurants that serve water without patrons' requests will also be penalized. The DWP plan will double fines for residents and quadruple them for businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2008 | David Zahniser
A key City Council committee voted Tuesday to approve Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's new crackdown on excessive water usage, doubling fines for residents and quadrupling them for businesses. The "drought buster" plan crafted by the Department of Water and Power seeks to punish people who water their lawns between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or wash their cars without "shut-off devices" on their hoses and restaurants that serve water without being asked. Because of questions from the council's Energy and the Environment Committee over the last few weeks, the plan probably won't go into effect until September.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
In "Bob's New Suit," a family deals with a series of intersecting dramas. Bob and Jenny (Hunter S. Bodine and Hayley DuMond) decide to get married just as Bob's sister Stephanie (Shay Astar) announces she is transitioning from female to male and will now go by Steve. Their parents, Polly and Buster (Suzi Bodine and John Bennett Perry), struggle to take it all in as Buster deals with escalating health issues. Though Alan Howard, a former studio executive and film critic in his debut as a writer-director, captures the way in which personal and family dramas intersect so there is not one episode or incident that prevails in making life chaotic, he also can't stop himself from piling problems one on top of another like a late-night sandwich gone out of control.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss likely upsets from Thursday's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own. Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times There is plenty of potential for busting Thursday's bracket in the 12 versus 5 games, starting in the Midwest with Oregon against Oklahoma State. In fact, I wouldn't even consider this an upset. The Ducks, as Pac-12 Conference tournament champions, should be miffed they garnered so little respect from a selection committee that did not factor how much better they are with freshman guard Dominic Artis back in the lineup.
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