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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.
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.
February 17, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Have a No. 2 pencil handy. A pitcher is in motion, coming forward at 5 mph before releasing a 90-mph fastball. The ball takes four seconds to travel the 60 feet 6 inches to home plate. At what point does the batter have to decide whether to swing? FOR THE RECORD: College baseball: An article about UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer in the Feb. 18 Sports section said it takes a 90 mph fastball four seconds to travel 60 feet, 6 inches to home plate. Four seconds is the approximate span from the time Bauer begins his pitching motion to when the ball reaches the plate.
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.
May 5, 2004 | Elia Powers, Times Staff Writer
There are times when a young athlete can't avoid the hype. There are players so endowed with athletic ability that it would seem foolish letting their talent go to waste. Geoff Chizever was one of them. He picked up a racket at age 4 and within six years became the top-ranked player in the Southern California Tennis Assn.'s boys' 10-and-under division. He was showered with tournament invitations and selected by college coaches as the local player most likely to turn pro.
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.
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