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September 8, 2002 | BARRY ZWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You would have thought we had just climbed Mt. Everest. There we were, toasting in triumph, sitting amid Scandinavians in hiking shorts, Swiss with stout walking sticks and sturdy British women wearing sensible shoes. My wife, Bobbie, and I and dozens of others had reached the top of the ramparts and circled the city, and we were celebrating. We were, after all, 500 feet above sea level.
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September 8, 2002 | BARRY ZWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You would have thought we had just climbed Mt. Everest. There we were, toasting in triumph, sitting amid Scandinavians in hiking shorts, Swiss with stout walking sticks and sturdy British women wearing sensible shoes. My wife, Bobbie, and I and dozens of others had reached the top of the ramparts and circled the city, and we were celebrating. We were, after all, 500 feet above sea level.
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September 29, 2002
My thanks to writer Barry Zwick for painting the portrait of Girona, Spain, with such a lavish paintbrush ("Landing in the Middle Ages," Sept. 9). My five days in Girona last June were a Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde experience of the new and very old. I spent every free moment exploring the cobblestone lanes, the winding alleys, the pastel-colored old river houses and the early-morning fruit and vegetable market. TAMARA LIPSON Long Beach
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December 26, 1998 | Religion News Service
For the first time in more than five centuries, the Jewish community of Spain has held a public celebration of Hanukkah. Members of the small community lighted candles Sunday at the same location in Girona, Spain, where their ancestors sought protection in 1391 from anti-Semitic violence that was prevalent at the time. Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492. "This is an emotional and unforgettable day," Mayor Joaquim Nadal told the gathering outside the ruins of Gironella Tower.
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September 23, 1999
I read with interest "Renewing Jewish Heritage" (Sept. 20). We have just returned from a trip to Portugal and Spain with a study group on Jewish heritage and were fortunate to have been invited to a Sabbath service in Belmonte, Portugal, of Jews who now practice their Judaism openly after surviving nearly 500 years as secret Jews. We also visited Girona, Spain, where the local government is discovering archives about the Jewish population before what they refer to as "the expulsion."
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November 4, 1989 | KATHRYN BOLD
Ian Carpe, 5, sat at a table drawing a Star of David in blue and yellow crayon. "Good--now draw a habdalah candle," said his father, Richard. "Will you make that one for me, Daddy?" asked Ian, turning his crayon over to his father. More than just a coloring lesson, the exercise was one of many ways one could celebrate Jewish traditions at the recent Israel Fair at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
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May 21, 1988 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Each had experienced a catastrophe--an Upland boy stricken with a liver infection, a Moorpark girl who fell deathly ill from the effects of Reyes syndrome, a Los Angeles woman injured in an auto accident 6,000 miles from home. They also had something in common. Each was rescued with the help of MedStar, UCLA Medical Center's emergency air medical facility. And Friday, the three recovered victims joined about 20 others at MedStar's fifth anniversary party and patient-crew reunion.
HOME & GARDEN
October 7, 2004 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
Spain's largest convention center bubbled with activity like an overheated lava lamp last week during the International Fair of Lighting Fixtures. Almost a million lighting styles were shown, in forms as varied as minimalist LED dots and overdressed chandeliers, at the only fair in Europe this year devoted to decorative lighting. About 470 exhibitors set up a circus of lights to satisfy most any taste.
SPORTS
July 10, 2004 | Bonnie DeSimone, Chicago Tribune
A massive crash near the finish of Stage 6 caused a big scare Friday in what quickly is becoming the Tour de Ambulance. As the Tour de France course abruptly narrowed just under the arch with the red flag that tells riders they have one kilometer to go, two riders, Australia's Robbie McEwen and Austria's Rene Haselbacher, tangled and started a huge chain reaction.
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September 5, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
USC lost its 2003 Pacific 10 Conference men's track and field championship on Thursday after it was determined that the Trojans used an ineligible athlete during the league championship meet. After the Pac-10 took away the points the athlete earned in competition, USC fell behind new champion Oregon.
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April 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former personal assistant to Lance Armstrong filed court papers in Austin, Texas, on Thursday alleging that he discovered a banned substance in the cycling champion's apartment early last year. Armstrong's attorney, Timothy Herman, called the allegation false and "absurd." Speculation kept building, meanwhile, that Armstrong would retire later this year after trying to win his seventh straight Tour de France.
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