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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1992
Michael Wu's American dream was both modest and ambitious. The 26-year-old immigrant from Taiwan had been trying to become a citizen since 1985. But because of mental disabilities caused by a condition known as Down's syndrome, the San Diego resident was unable to pass the naturalization test despite his best efforts in six attempts. Rep. Bill Lowery, a San Diego Republican, introduced a bill to exempt Wu from the test.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1986
Brazil is Latin America's great exception. The biggest nation in an otherwise-Spanish-speaking region, its 130 million people speak Portuguese. Its history has been marked with significantly less political violence than most of its neighbors. And these days Brazil is one of the few debtor nations in the region that can look to its economic future with optimism. The Reagan Administration must keep these differences in mind when pondering the future of U.S.
SPORTS
July 27, 2002
Then: Fairly wealthy man buys a stable of racehorses. He runs them hard and they don't perform as expected. He buys ever-increasingly expensive horses. They fail, but he is stubborn. Finally he falls into heavy debt, passes the hat for free help but gets none. It is his problem. He loses the horses, his money, his home and is ruined. Now: Very, very wealthy man buys a stable of baseball players. He runs them hard, but they don't perform as expected. He buys ever-increasingly expensive players.
REAL ESTATE
April 30, 1989 | JERRY COWLE, Jerry Cowle is a Pacific Palisades homeowner. and
I used to think I knew a few things. Always managed to earn a good living for my family. Sometimes I even finish a crossword puzzle, providing it isn't too hard. Along the way, a man has to get accustomed to accepting constructive criticism--from fellow workers, superiors and customers. Keeps you from getting too self-satisfied. But certain things have been happening lately that make me wonder if perhaps I shouldn't have tried a career other than business. Not long ago, I was engaged in the many transactions that accompany buying and moving into a new house.
BUSINESS
October 22, 1989
As a retired advertising agency executive, I found the article ("Tacky Ads: A Low Road to Attention," Sept. 5) only scratched the surface of the growing amount of stupid advertising being thrown at the public. One area alone--automobile promotion--is a disgrace. Cars jump across creeks with wheels and doors falling off then get back in place while some squirt babbles about the qualities of the car. Cars dash through dust storms so dense that the car can hardly be seen. As many as a dozen adults and children get out of a car then back into it. A line of cars, bumper to bumper, race around turns, sometimes on the wrong side of the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1992
Although I understand that you were trying to reach out to any Spanish speakers who may read your newspaper, I might point out that The Times is an English-language newspaper. The Spanish-speaking population has numerous media outlets of their own from which this type of information can be disseminated. Further, anybody who picks up the Los Angeles Times certainly has command of the English language and would not need the Spanish-language article. What's next? Eventually the whole paper will be in Spanish?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
Arthur Eisenman still can't get over the Christmas surprise that he found--not under his tree, but under his windshield wiper. It was a parking ticket (see accompanying). "My car was six inches into a red zone," Eisenman said. "What Christmas spirit from the guys and gals who 'Protect and Serve.' " The ticket was written at 1:48 Christmas morning. Obviously, Santa wasn't the only one making the rounds then.
SPORTS
July 22, 2004 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Unlike many of his peers, NHL center Craig Conroy knows where he'll be over the next couple of months even if there is a league lockout. The Kings took care of that earlier this month when they signed the former Calgary Flame to a four-year deal worth $12.6 million. Conroy cashed in early during the NHL's labor battle, while such other free agents as Ziggy Palffy, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne and Pavol Demitra remain in limbo.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2003 | Howard Rosenberg
Bill, you gutless pig. Bob, you mindless jerk. You're right, I'm hallucinating again. The debut Sunday night of Batman and the Joker (you decide which is which) on "60 Minutes" included no exchange of nasty insults like those once parodied by Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd on "Saturday Night Live." Instead, America heard Bill Clinton politely address "Sen. Dole" and Bob Dole reply, "With all due respect, Mr. President ...
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