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Elton John's charity recording of "Candle in the Wind 1997," the song he sang Sept. 6 at the funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales, sold an estimated 2.8 million copies in U.S. record stores last week--four times more than any one-week total since SoundScan began monitoring U.S. sales in 1991. SoundScan won't release official figures until Wednesday, but A&M Records, which distributes the single, made the sales estimate Monday, based on reports from retailers around the nation.
February 13, 2010 | Chris Erskine
And the Oscar for the opening ceremony goes to . . . me? I was in the audience Friday, one of those human pixels waving flashlights and battery-powered candles. Just leave the statuette on my porch, thanks so much. How did I do it? You don't want to know. Let me just say that the press area I was in was pretty low-tech. What you did was write your story on your wrist. Then a volunteer in a blue jacket took a picture of it and sent it by dog sled on to the main media center back in Ottawa.
April 5, 1987
A candle in a long street A candle in the sleep of houses A candle for frightened shops A candle for bakeries A candle for a journalist trembling in an empty office A candle for a fighter A candle for a woman doctor watching over patients A candle for the wounded A candle for plain talk A candle for the stairs A candle for a hotel packed with refugees A candle for a singer A candle for broadcasters in their hideouts A candle for a bottle of water A candle for the air A candle for
February 10, 1990 | Associated Press
The mayor of Blacksburg has been charged with shoplifting two Valentine's Day cards and a candle, police said.
September 25, 2005 | Linda Bierds
Slowed by smoke, they slump from the hive, benign from the hive they slump, Father of thorax and wing, Father of light, they light on my arm, make light of my arm, tapering, golden, Father of darkness receding, they make from my arm a candle, a flame, they candle my arm with backcast light, affixing the self to the shell.
January 3, 2001
"Quirky Yule Trees Don't Make the Cut" (Dec. 20) omitted a special feature of the unclosed Douglas fir Christmas tree: The branches of the "Charlie Brown," as some term these firs, were available for clipping on the Christmas candle holders in locations where the candle flames would be clear of ornaments and other branches. Oh, you don't remember candle holders? They were also clipped so flames wouldn't be near the candy canes. RICHARD S. MELVILLE San Juan Capistrano
September 22, 1997
Near sunset on Sept. 30, 1955, actor James Dean was killed when the two-seat Porsche Spyder he was driving slammed into a Ford sedan on Route 41 near Paso Robles. The death launched a Hollywood legend. To commemorate that fateful day--as well as publicize a new movie based on Dean's life--a 50-car caravan will depart Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Burbank this Saturday morning.
November 30, 1995
Q: How do trick birthday candles that will not blow out work? A: According to scientists at San Francisco's Exploratorium, small particles of gunpowder are woven into the wick. When the candle is lit, you'll notice that the wick occasionally shoots off little sparks as it burns. When you blow the candle out, the wick continues to glow for a few seconds. The glowing wick is hot enough to ignite the gunpowder, which reignites the wick.
April 25, 1987
I don't think the old Chicago Cubs famous double-play combination of Tinkers to Evers to Chance could hold a candle to the present one: Dnston to Snbrg to Drhm. And Steinfeld at third was not as good as Mrlnd (or was he?). HARRY W. MILLER Los Alamitos
November 3, 1985
Congratulations are in order for Franco Modigliani of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for winning the Nobel Prize in economics ("Modigliani Wins '85 Nobel in Economics" Oct. 16). The primary reason for the professor's award was his theory that people save chiefly to have money for their retirement years. This profound discovery must surely rank with that of the little boy who noticed that the Emperor was not wearing any clothes! There is an old tale about a wealthy family of intellectuals, all of whom were college graduates, who were left without electricity as the result of a storm.
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