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December 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fighting left at least 11 people dead in Croatia, and U.N. envoy Cyrus R. Vance criticized the Serbian and Croatian combatants for the breakdown of the latest cease-fire. The United Nations brokered the 14th truce on Nov. 26 in Geneva but has said it will not dispatch as many as 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers unless fighting halts. Up to 5,000 people have been killed since Croatia declared independence from the Yugoslav federation on June 25.
May 23, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of government troops attacked insurgent positions just outside the capital, and the heart of Mogadishu suffered heavy shelling. The surge in fighting, after a few days' lull in a strong advance by Islamist insurgents, killed at least 13 people. The militants are attempting to dislodge government forces from the few blocks of the capital they still control. But African Union peacekeepers are helping the government hold key installations such as the port, the airport and the presidential palace.
June 27, 1992
I can't decide who is more pathetic--the boxers who constitute the heavyweight class, or saps like me who still pay to watch them fight. DEREK STARK Woodland Hills
November 5, 2006
Regarding "Disney cleans plate of junk food," Oct. 17: I applaud Walt Disney Co.'s efforts to offer healthier food choices for children. The use of cartoons and comics to lure children and their parents into purchasing fatty, sugary foods has gone on too long. It is about time that major corporations start doing their part in fighting childhood obesity. Ultimately, parents should be teaching a healthy way of life at home, which then will serve as a blueprint for how kids should eat as they mature, but that is easier said than done.
March 22, 2009
December 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
Houston's Akeem Olajuwon was fined $5,000 and Charlotte's J.R. Reid was fined $1,000 Friday for their fight in the third quarter of an NBA game Thursday night Olajuwon's fine was for initiating the fight, and Reid was fined for elbowing and fighting. Both players were ejected in the third quarter of the game at the Summit in Houston. Olajuwon said he reacted despite a move by the NBA to crack down on fighting.
October 21, 2009 | Gerrick D. Kennedy
Being seen as a hero is something Marcel Melanson has become accustomed to after 13 years as a firefighter. But it's the newfound attention that comes with starring in a reality show that is harder to accept. "I got pulled over the other day by a cop to get an autograph," laughed Melanson, who is deputy chief of the Compton Fire Department. "I didn't do the show to be a celebrity." Melanson is one of the city's firefighters that are followed in BET's new reality series, "First In."
October 9, 2003 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Question: Have you watched a tape of the fight? Answer: I've watched it. What can you do? Q: Did the tape bear out your initial conviction that you won? A: I was pleased and actually surprised by what I saw. I thought I did even better than I had thought that night. I was keeping Mosley at bay and landing good punches. He came forward later in the fight because he knew he was behind, knew he was losing. But I used long punches to win rounds. The strategy was always to lure him in.
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