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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2000 | NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doo Dah Parade watchers, rejoice: The leather is back. After a six-year hiatus, the Synchronized Marching Briefcase Drill Team has been resurrected for the 24th annual display of irreverence, which will take place Sunday in Pasadena. The valise-toting team of bankers, lawyers, management consultants and at-home moms was one of the parade's most popular acts until unruly crowds drove it away six years ago.
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NEWS
September 26, 2000
Your story on Midland, Texas, ("A Place Called Midland: George W. Bush's Home Ground," Sept. 7) sent shudders up my spine. I lived there from 1960 to '68. Exhausted mothers carpooled in dust-covered station wagons with up to a score of shouting children swarming everywhere, like the Texas-sized red ants that invaded every summer. Like my father, the men worked the oil rigs in Odessa night and day, rednecking their way to 40-year careers of regular promotions with big oil companies--and a way out of Midland to the black-gold paved streets of Houston.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000 | STEVE HARVEY
It's too late for Santa to bring you one. But you can purchase "The L.A. County District Attorney Historical Calendar 2000" for $14.95 (plus $4.95 for the ever-dreaded shipping and handling). If you want one, fax your order to (818) 879-5717, But don't expect to see the calendar highlighting anniversaries of the failed prosecutions in the O.J. Simpson, Susan McDougal, McMartin and "Twilight Zone" criminal cases.
NEWS
August 1, 1999
Every time I read a story in the L.A. Times about the Dodgers' move west, it includes the same old statement: "The Dodgers were able to get a deal in L.A. that they couldn't get in Brooklyn." Now, reading "Field of Uprooted Dreams" by Renee Tawa (July 11), one really gets to see what was done. Would the happy-go-lucky zippidy-doo-dah L.A. officials of the mid-1950s been so obliging if Walter O'Malley had wanted land for Dodger Stadium that was, say, next to Beverly Hills or on the coast?
MAGAZINE
December 13, 1998 | PATT MORRISON
There's a swell line in "Romeo and Juliet" about the "the sweetest honey" being "loathsome in its own deliciousness." I learned the truth of that the hard way, from a surfeit of Girl Scout cookies at a tender age. It has been a useful assessment for many things since, chief among them the Tournament of Roses parade: too much sweetness and light for me.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1998 | STEVE HARVEY
A few years ago, Pasadena became the first city in the land to outlaw the throwing of tortillas in public. The action followed several instances in which spectators at Doo Dah parades pelted participants with the corn and flour objects. This year, the members of the Barbecue & Hibachi Marching Grill Team are planning to lob 1,000 hot dogs to spectators during the Nov. 22 parade. But no one seems worried about the danger of fans firing them back. After all, hot dogs are softer missiles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1997 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everything needed to amuse 9-year-old Gabriel Moran was marching down Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena on Sunday. The West Hollywood Cheerleaders, decked out in pink skirts, blond wigs and sporting 5 o'clock shadows, had just passed the Highland Park resident's perch. The next entrants in the 21st annual Doo Dah parade, a bevy of people dressed as animals, marched by as Gabriel broke out into a huge grin. "It's not what you expect. It's so wild," giggled Gabriel, a Doo Dah rookie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lily Hobge always wanted to be queen of the Doo Dah Parade. On Wednesday, in keeping with the unconventional traditions of the event, a long-running spoof of the Tournament of Roses Parade, her wish was honored--posthumously. Her husband, holding a box containing the ashes of his deceased wife, entered her into the tryouts for Doo Dah Parade queen.
NEWS
January 11, 1997 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While critics have worked themselves into a lather denouncing Disneyland's cleanup of lusty swashbucklers on its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, it appears that a park insider has pulled off the ultimate in politically incorrect pranks. More than a dozen photographs of women baring their breasts on the park's Splash Mountain log ride have appeared on sites across the Internet in recent months--leading some cheeky cyber-fans to christen the attraction "Flash Mountain."
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