April 6, 2009 |
Here sits the great baseball sage Jose Canseco, dressed in a black hat and a black motorcycle jacket, slumped in a folding chair in a small room just off the main stage at USC's Bovard Auditorium. It is Friday night and he is minutes from giving a talk about his life in baseball: the rise and fall, the steroids, his knowledge of who injected what and his speculation about current players -- even, it turns out, Manny Ramirez.
November 24, 2002 |
I can't hope to compete with hard-core journalists when it comes to tales of front lines, terrorists, drug lords, pestilence, natural disasters, marauding beasts and psychopathic guides. My stories are feeble by comparison. I've only ever imperiled myself through blind gullibility, outright stupidity or the overconsumption of alcohol -- whether it was me or someone else doing the imbibing.
July 7, 1986 |
The Statue of Liberty's centennial weekend ended Sunday with glitz and glitter but also with disappointing crowds at two performances across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Marching bands and drill teams, Hollywood stars, gymnasts, ice skaters, gospel singers, fiddlers, 200 Elvis Presley imitators--a cast of more than 8,000 from every state--performed at the show business finale at Giants Stadium here. "We're going to have glitz tonight," show producer David L.
February 15, 2000 |
Now is the winter of their discontent, made the more forlorn by the forecast that it's going to be a long one. The hawk still blows cold off Lake Michigan but the Bulls, the last American sports dynasty, and the only one this place ever knew, are gone, returning one by one as members of someone else's team, like Phil Jackson with the Lakers tonight. Every day, it seems, brings a new indignity. The Bulls start this, their second season of rebuilding, 2-26.
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October 27, 1985 |
San Diego Symphony, SYMPHONY HALL. In 1984, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra was practically bankrupt. But on Saturday, the symphony will celebrate the opening of its new multimillion-dollar home and the kickoff of an exciting new season. This week, the people and events that came together to save the symphony will be profiled in articles in Part II, View and Calendar.
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September 27, 1987
We went to see "Big River" at the stunning new Performing Arts Center and thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle, the acoustics and the lush splendor of the theater. However, it is deplorable that half the seats were unoccupied. I asked an attendant, and she verified my guess. Of course it is expensive--$70 for the two of us in the second tier. But why not give those empty seats to senior citizens, who deserve a break living on social security. One call to a senior citizens center would cause a lot of happiness and entertainment for an appreciative audience.
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December 12, 2000 |
The City Council is expected to decide tonight how to fill a council seat left vacant by newly elected Mayor Mark A. Murphy. The council can appoint someone to complete the remaining two years of Murphy's council term, or can hold a special election on Jan. 5 to fill the seat. The council's third option is to appoint someone to fill the seat until a special election. The council will meet at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 300 E. Chapman Ave.
August 10, 2005
I learned with great sadness about David Shaw's passing ["He Savored Life With Grace and Gusto," Aug. 3]. I enjoyed his wit, outspokenness and depth of knowledge. So many of his articles made me think, laugh His columns were the kind that I occasionally forwarded to friends and family for further discussion. I wish I had known him personally so that I could have made him a simple meal and enjoyed one of his fabulous bottles of wine! I will miss his columns and insight, and I send my deepest sympathy to his family and colleagues.
December 23, 1989
I just read where the Coliseum Commission is trying to keep Al Davis' Raiders in Los Angeles by proposing to build a new stadium. This is the same commission that proposed renovating the old stadium when the team started playing here in 1982. Does Davis remember the now forgotten luxury boxes? The members of the commission do not want Davis to stay, they just do not want to be held responsible for the Raiders' departure. JOHN DeWITT, Downey
March 11, 1995 |
The sun drenched Cactus League ballparks again Friday. A gentle breeze blew in from right field. The fields were well-manicured. The hot dogs warm, the beer cold. But something was missing. Where were the fans? Replacement players for the Angels and San Francisco Giants attracted only 2,163 to 10,500-seat Scottsdale Stadium on Friday. It has been the same all around the eight-team Cactus League so far this spring. A year ago, the league attracted 830,000 fans, an average of 7,000 per game.