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June 1, 1986 | United Press International
The snakepit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is something few people are indifferent about. Either you love it or you hate it. Located inside the first turn, the snakepit is jammed each race day with mostly young people who usually appear more interested in partying or "catching rays" than watching cars zoom by at more than 200 m.p.h.
September 18, 2009 | Joshua Frank, Frank is a Times staff writer.
It's late morning at Beijing's popular Beihai Park, and 72-year-old Han Shusuo is channeling the chimpanzee. Bent double with his gloved hands pressed against the pavement, Han gently lopes forward with a look of serene concentration, his rear end pointed skyward. "From crawling comes health" is Han's motto, rooted in his belief that walking upright has made humans more susceptible to illness. Over the last 14 years, he has developed his own brand of martial arts based on the walking patterns of different animals, including chimpanzees, elephants and kangaroos.
July 10, 2008 | Rob Long, Rob Long is a contributing editor to Opinion. His weekly commentary, "Martini Shot," airs on KCRW-FM (89.9).
Afew weeks ago, John McCain made a little joke at his wife's expense. Referring to her alma mater -- Cindy McCain is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she was a cheerleader and sorority sister -- he called it "USC, the University of Spoiled Children." It's not an original joke, of course -- it's been around for ages, possibly even as long as John McCain himself -- but it said a lot about the man who wants to be president. It says he's honest. He's a straight-talker.
March 3, 1996 | Mary McNamara
In the bottom drawer of my desk, on top of the last three years' weekly planners and a Ziploc bag of Cheerios are a pair of black flats. They are not for earthquake preparedness, theyare for museums.
May 16, 1994 | STEVE HOCHMAN
The County Fairgrounds raceway here is just a field of dirt, a place normally home to demolition derbies or midget car races. But when the Jerry Garcia Band played Saturday evening, it became the Grand Ballroom of Club Dead. With the other stops on Garcia's swing through Southern California at more traditional venues, the colorful Deadheads turned this into a holiday-like party.
August 14, 2000 | BILL MAHER
Now that the Democrats have come to Los Angeles, the people of our fair city have displayed a deep, probing curiosity for the political history beneath our feet. All right, one guy asked me in a bar, but I'm sure he speaks for millions. Most everyone I know out here didn't grow up out here, so they never heard any history of Southern California; and the people who grew up here, they don't know the history because--well, they're Californians.
Maybe that's how you start stringing wins together this late in the baseball season. You skip infield practice and instead play hacky sack--with a baseball. You wear one green sock and one black one, even though it looks kind of silly. You stay loose. You have fun. You play your heart out. Edison may not make the playoffs, but no one can deny that the Chargers are making a late-season run to remember.
The scene was decidedly festival-like inside UCLA's cavernous Ackerman Grand Ballroom during Saturday's installment of the eclectic-music celebration All Tomorrow's Parties. A guy randomly handed out CDs of his material. Some people danced, while others lay on the floor and vibed on noise rock, free jazz, hip-hop and electronica. One group even briefly got a game of Hacky Sack going.
October 28, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Underneath a jagged cardboard sign reading "Camp Silverado," a grocery-store parking lot in Orange has been transformed into a makeshift evacuation camp for hundreds of canyon residents forced to flee their homes nearly a week ago by the Santiago fire. As they wait to learn if their homes are among the 16 destroyed by the blaze, the weary evacuees get hot meals, donated clothing and regular updates from fire officials.
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