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March 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Chris Martin returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and the Grand Rapids Rampage scored a team-record 56 points in the first half in their 84-49 victory over the Avengers on Sunday. James MacPherson was 17 for 30 for 215 yards and five touchdowns, and Martin finished with 249 yards on kickoff returns for the Rampage (2-2). Martin returned the opening kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown.
February 3, 2014 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
On Nov. 1, 1952, U.S. scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb over Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, introducing a powerful new weapon of war and, in the process, atomizing the rocky island. Air Force planes flying through the debris clouds collected small amounts of airborne particles on filter paper and rushed them back to laboratories in Berkeley and Illinois for analysis. In Illinois, a team that included physicist John R. Huizenga analyzed the minute quantities of material on the filters and discovered elements 99 and 100 on the periodic table, named einsteinium and fermium, respectively, after physicists Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, who had recently died.
May 22, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Avenger Coach Ed Hodgkiss took the cautious route Saturday, looking ahead to the Arena Football League playoffs. Hodgkiss rested many of his top players in the second half, including quarterback John Kaleo, in the Avengers' season finale in Grand Rapids. The Rampage took advantage, scoring a 71-65 victory at Grand Rapids, Mich., and costing the Avengers home-field advantage throughout the American Conference playoffs.
January 28, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“All bad things must come to an end.”  That's how Mötley Crüe broke the news it was calling it quits. The influential, and infamous, L.A. rock band turned Beacher's Madhouse in Hollywood into a circus Tuesday morning as more than 100 media outlets packed the hot spot to hear the band's announcement of a 72-date farewell tour. After more than three decades together, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars unveiled plans for a last hurrah. They even sat behind tombstone markers for an additional morbid flourish.
It seemed so out of character for Mike Pelton, a tight-fisted factory worker and cautious family man. Amid a national recession in 1991, he spent thousands of dollars to put a new addition on his house. Pelton had always hunkered down during other tough times--and for good reason. In the severe economic slumps of the 1980s when the Midwest became known as the Rust Belt, he was laid off twice for several months at a time. "You didn't want to buy a house," recalled Pelton, now 40.
President Bush on Thursday led the nation's celebration of its 215th birthday, marching in two Independence Day parades and putting in a pitch for his Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, whom he called "a man of character and impeccable credentials." Here, and earlier in the day in the small Ozark town of Marshfield, Mo., thousands of people lined parade routes and strained to catch a glimpse of the President.
May 2, 1993 | From Associated Press
Mario Donaldson scored 18 points to lead the Omaha Racers to a 106-98 victory over the Grand Rapids Hoops for the Continental Basketball Assn. championship at Grand Rapids, Mich.
April 12, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Michigan State basketball player Parish Hickman, facing federal charges for allegedly trying to sell cocaine, was released on bond at Grand Rapids, Mich.
April 3, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, once a leading welterweight contender, surrendered to federal agents in Grand Rapids, Mich., after being indicted, but pleaded not guilty to charges he was involved with 11 others in a Chicago-to-Michigan cocaine ring.
April 15, 2000 | MIKE TERRY
at Grand Rapids 4:30 PDT, Fox Sports Net * Radio--KMPC (1540). * Records--0-0, Rampage 0-0. * Update--The Avengers raised some eyebrows and expectations by winning their two exhibition games, including last week's 54-48 victory over Oklahoma. But the regular season can be a different beast. Just ask Grand Rapids, which went 3-11 in its first season in 1998 before improving to 8-6 last year.
November 19, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
USC is taking over the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, bringing more than 15,000 works of Asian art dating from ancient times to today under the university's control, along with the nearly 90-year-old replica of a Chinese palace that houses the museum. USC and museum officials described the new relationship as an “alliance” and a “partnership” in a written announcement Monday, but Robert Cooper, the university's vice provost, said in an interview that the existing independent nonprofit board that runs the museum will cede full control to the university starting next month.
November 4, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Pasadena has changed little over the past half-century. What's new, of course, is Old Pasadena. But much of the city remains recognizably old Pasadena. That has certainly been true of the Pasadena Symphony as a bastion of tradition. It was founded in 1928, and between 1936 and 2010 it had only three music directors. All arrived having had distinguished careers and remained for a long time. Even the orchestra's home throughout those years, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, maintained its old-Pasadena feel.
June 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have sparked immediate interest in their Sept. 14 super-welterweight title fight, a sellout generating a live gate of more than $19 million in less than 24 hours serving as confirmation. So has the 11-city press tour that has already taken the fighters to New York City, Washington, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Chicago, with the Los Angeles stop coming Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at L.A. Live. “People are going crazy over this fight ... long lines camping out from 1 a.m.,” promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions said Wednesday.
May 28, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national titles has gone missing after possibly having "some kind of mental episode," a law enforcement official said Tuesday. Cullen Finnerty, 30, may have run into the woods while on a fishing trip near Baldwin, Mich., about 65 miles north of Grand Rapids. According to Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts, Finnerty's family told investigators that the former football star “was nervous about something and it was suspected that he might be having some kind of a mental episode.” Finnerty, who was briefly a member of the Baltimore Ravens, was reported missing Sunday night.
April 27, 2013 | By Michael Mello
After months of drought, many areas of the Midwest on Saturday continued to fight off flooding from rising rivers that are not expected to crest for several more days. National Weather Service forecasters expect flooding to continue throughout the week along the Des Plaines, Fox, Illinois and other rivers and their tributaries in Illinois. U.S. Geological Survey monitors in the area have recorded record floods. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared 48 counties in his state disaster areas.
April 9, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Smokefall" appears to be Noah Haidle's version of "Our Town. " Nearly every American playwright has one, but most keep them hidden in desk drawers. This addition to the Thornton Wilder 2.0 collection, however, has been honored with an attentive production, directed by Anne Kauffman at South Coast Repertory (in a shared world premiere with Chicago's Goodman Theatre). Those with a penchant for homespun elegy playfully whipped up may enjoy "Smokefall," but the work is really a collection of derivative themes in search of a fleshed-out drama.
August 12, 1985
William P. Radcliff Sr., president and chief operating officer of Guardsman Chemicals, has been elected to the Grand Rapids, Mich., company's board, increasing the board to nine members.
May 9, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.
A Short Reunion: Twelve actors who played Munchkins in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" will be in Grand Rapids, Minn., for the Judy Garland Festival June 8-12. Festival organizers are billing the event as the largest gathering of Munchkins since the movie was produced in 1939 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The festival to honor Garland, who was born in Grand Rapids, will also feature a parade and an exhibit of private photographs of her.
February 4, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Southwest Airlines said Monday it will double points on all U.S. travel for members of its frequent flier program for flights booked before May 15. The Dallas-based carrier made the announcement on its website and also revealed that Grand Rapids, Mich., will be the next AirTran Airways city to be converted to Southwest service. Travelers who want to cash in on the double Rapid Rewards points deal can find it here . “Members will receive 12 points (instead of six)
July 11, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba
First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to California to attend a funeral service on Tuesday for former First Lady Betty Ford, the White House has announced. Ford, born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer in Chicago on April 8, 1918, was the wife of Republican President Gerald R. Ford, who served from 1974-1977. She died Friday at age 93 in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. President Ford died in 2006. Michelle Obama will travel to Palm Desert, Calif., for Mrs. Ford’s funeral, the White House said.
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