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July 27, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Chang, owner of an active mind, continues to comb through the clues, searching for a solution to his mid-career malaise. If anything, Chang had always been able to think his way out of tight situations. Or, simply by attrition, outlast his opponents. Armed with his best asset, his head, Chang is still thinking about the worst slump of his 12-year career, wondering why and how he could have tumbled from the brink of No. 1 in 1997 all the way to his current No. 70.
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NEWS
May 19, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Bill Clinton, that shining example to America's youth, came to California a few days ago to scold the entertainment industry's leaders for making money off the wrong kind of entertainment, after which he asked them for more money. While pulling a "Bulworth" on the very people who paid huge sums to put him in office and keep him there, Clinton was here to raise nearly $2 million Saturday at a Democratic Party fund-raiser.
SPORTS
January 20, 1999 | From Staff Reports
Players on the North Hollywood High boys' basketball team might have futures as stuntmen based on their ability to fall on their behinds. They have no fear of injury, taking charging foul after charging foul. "We get rid of that fear day one," Coach Rob Bloom said. "We've taken charges in every practice since the day school started." Led by its defense, North Hollywood (10-6, 2-0 in East Valley League play) has won eight consecutive games and taken 40 charges in the process.
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July 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
Glenallen Hill's glove wore out its welcome in left field for the Seattle Mariners in only half a season. Despite batting .290 with 12 home runs and 33 runs batted in, Hill was placed on waivers by the Mariners on Monday and claimed by the Chicago Cubs. Hill, 33, returns to the Cubs, a team he played with in 1993 and '94 before spending three seasons with San Francisco.
SPORTS
April 19, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
Four million bucks. You young sports stars are tired of listening to adults nag about character? Fine. Maybe you'll listen to this. Four million bucks. That is at least what Randy Moss lost Saturday after enduring the most expensive character evaluation in sports history. Everyone agreed the incredibly gifted Marshall wide receiver should have been the fifth player taken in the NFL draft. But many also agreed he was too troubled to be worth the trouble.
NEWS
November 19, 1997 | From Newsday
If John Glenn had crashed in 1962 during the first U.S. orbital spaceflight, Kennedy administration officials, under a plan called Operation Dirty Trick, planned to blame the disaster on Fidel Castro and use it as an excuse to retaliate against Cuba. This was just one of many American strategies aimed at toppling Castro revealed Tuesday with the release of 1,500 pages of long-secret Cold War documents.
NEWS
June 22, 1997
Re Robin Abcarian's column "Is Casino Culpable in Girl's Death?" (June 4): When it comes to freedom, the individual is all-important, but when it comes to responsibility, it's always the big, bad corporation that's accountable. Is the Primadonna Casino responsible for what happened to Sherrice Iverson? I wouldn't expect their surveillance cameras to capture the comings and goings of every person in and out of every restroom in the complex at all times of the day and night. The killer is responsible, of course.
SPORTS
January 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
Hailed for guiding the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals three years ago but labeled a loser when his team of walking wounded fell below .500, coach Paul Westphal was fired Tuesday. Westphal, dismissed by Sun President Jerry Colangelo, was replaced by his predecessor, Cotton Fitzsimmons, who will be coaching his fifth NBA club and will be in charge of the Suns for the third time.
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