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SPORTS
April 15, 2000 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
The next time Adrian Fernandez has a tender tummy, he probably will jump into his race car and drive as fast as he can. That was good for what ailed him Friday in qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The popular Mexican driver felt so much better after a few laps, in fact, that he won the provisional pole for Sunday's race. Driving a Reynard-Ford for Patrick Racing, Fernandez had a fast lap of 103.
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SPORTS
March 26, 2000 | ALAN ROBINSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A hockey team leading its conference with eight games left in the regular season might make several moves to shake itself from a slump. Change lines. Change practice times. Change hotels on the road. It does not, repeat, does not change coaches. The New Jersey Devils did. The Devils made one of the most stunning late-season moves in NHL history, firing coach Robbie Ftorek, who had a 88-49-19 record but apparently lacked the support and respect of his players.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2000 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Your eyes don't glide across the colorful surfaces of Sabina Ott's new paintings so much as they get stuck--like a truck in the mud--in the clunky passages of congealed wax the artist has dumped, spilled and splashed over large wood panels.
SPORTS
October 4, 1998 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The decision to start Kevin Brown on three days' rest against the Houston Astros Saturday night was no decision--at least in the mind of San Diego Padre General Manager Kevin Towers. "You have to look at this now as a best-two-of-three-games series," he said. "We have the home-field advantage. Do you start your best guy in the second game? No way. You start him in the first game." Brown, who struck out 16 and yielded only two hits in San Diego's 2-1 victory in Game 1, responded.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1998 | WALTER HAMILTON
Five weeks ago, Amazon.com's stock traded near $135. Two weeks ago, it was $73. Today, it's almost $116. Talk about volatility; that's volatility on steroids. And Amazon.com isn't alone. In a stock market that itself is fluctuating widely, the volatility of many Internet-related stocks makes everything else look mild in comparison. That means the hordes of individual investors who have been trading Internet stocks are taking on lots of risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1998 | ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, Arianna Huffington is a syndicated columnist. She can be reached by e-mail at arianna@ariannaonline.com
The arrival on Capitol Hill of Ken Starr's report, gift-wrapped in 36 humble cardboard boxes, sounded like the ominous knocking of fate in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But the real turning point in the Clinton crisis came a week earlier when Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) stood up in the well of the Senate and delivered the speech that changed the course of the Clinton presidency. "I felt lonely out there," Lieberman said afterward.
NEWS
March 29, 1998 | MALCOLM RITTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It looks like a giant bionic fly that has found work as a tailor. It looms over a small table, moving its black metal arms and silver pincers quickly and silently. Elbows spread wide and camera-lens eyes unblinking, it deftly sews two rubber hoses together. About 12 feet away, Army Lt. Col. Christoph Kaufmann leans forward in his chair, peering down into a large black box. Below, he holds scissorlike handles at the end of two mechanical arms. He too makes sewing motions.
NEWS
February 1, 1998 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first mayor of this freewheeling farm town was a pimp who held office for 10 minutes. Mayor No. 2, an undertaker, never found favor, either. He was succeeded by a millionaire who sold lead-lined coffins and was chased out of town in midterm by an angry mob of Presbyterians. All through its colorful 100-year history, Fresno has shown a wonderful weakness for the offbeat.
SPORTS
October 25, 1997
What an unkind thing you have done, running the photographs of your columnists. Now the readers can take a dislike to their likenesses along with what they write about. It is quite easy to do both. J.J. RUBINI, Venice With the addition of his photo to his column, I finally know what my favorite sportswriter, Mike Downey, looks like. And even though he resembles The Great Gildersleeve at the Umpires' School, I still think he is the funniest and most gutsy sportswriter around.
SPORTS
October 20, 1997 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cleveland Indian catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. has come through with so many clutch hits this season--in the All-Star game, the division series, the American League championship series--that his offensive exploits have almost become routine. "After the first couple of times, you're pretty excited," Indian reliever Mike Jackson said of Alomar. "And then after that you kind of expect him to do it. Whenever we need the big hit, it's always been Sandy."
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