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May 26, 1989 | DON SNOWDEN
Half Pint's "Greetings (to All Ragamuffins)" was the Jamaican equivalent of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing"--a record that went beyond hit status to become a catch phrase and a social phenomenon. The 1986 smash sparked a number of follow-up "Ragamuffin" songs, and other artists freely borrowed the propulsive, bass-driven rhythm for their songs. Even the meaning of ragamuffin changed as a result--from a term denoting a ragged street person to one suggesting a badge of honor worn by those who weather adversity.
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December 18, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Penny Puckett came to Slab City and fell in love. After four years of "bumming around and hopping freight trains," the 25-year-old from Kansas City arrived at this hardscrabble section of the Imperial Valley desert and immediately embraced its sense of liberation from society's rules and norms. What others might view as desolation and deprivation, Puckett saw as a way to reduce life to its essence: water, food and shelter (plus Internet and cellular phone service). PHOTOS: Slab City "Slab City people have a great need to live with just the bare necessities and are happy about it," she said.
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June 3, 1989 | DON SNOWDEN
Half Pint's "Greetings (to All Ragamuffins)" was the Jamaican equivalent of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing"--a record that went beyond hit status to become a catch phrase and a social phenomenon. The 1986 smash sparked a number of follow-up "Ragamuffin" songs, and other artists freely borrowed the propulsive, bass-driven rhythm for their own music. Even the meaning of ragamuffin changed as a result--from a term denoting a ragged street person to one suggesting a badge of honor worn by those who weather adversity.
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June 2, 2010 | By T. L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you're at all squeamish about seeing someone get cash staple-gunned to his privates or 4-foot-tall wrestlers mauling each other while beer-drinking bar patrons egg them on, you might not be the target for the Spike network's new late-night series, "Half Pint Brawlers." But if you're into "Jackass"-style stunts, choreographed grappling matches and pants-dropping spectacles, you may have just found your new appointment viewing. Spike, the testosterone-fueled home of "The Ultimate Fighter," "1,000 Ways to Die" and "Manswers," launches the six-episode show at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2010 | By T. L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you're at all squeamish about seeing someone get cash staple-gunned to his privates or 4-foot-tall wrestlers mauling each other while beer-drinking bar patrons egg them on, you might not be the target for the Spike network's new late-night series, "Half Pint Brawlers." But if you're into "Jackass"-style stunts, choreographed grappling matches and pants-dropping spectacles, you may have just found your new appointment viewing. Spike, the testosterone-fueled home of "The Ultimate Fighter," "1,000 Ways to Die" and "Manswers," launches the six-episode show at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
October 22, 1992 | DAVID B. GOLDMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In downtown Ventura, across the street from a wholesale store, sits the county's only "brew pub." It's also the county's only brewery. In fact, say its owners, this corner beverage and food dispensary is the first brewery--legal variety--the region has seen since before prohibition. Brew pubs are those small, mini-breweries that have sprung up in California during the last dozen years or so.
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July 30, 1993 | GERI COOK
According to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs parents $11,910 to clothe a child from birth to age 18. Saralisa Lauren, owner of Glad Rags For Kids, says parents can shave as much as $5,000 off that bill by regularly shopping at quality resale stores. I checked out Glad Rags For Kids in Sherman Oaks on the recommendation of Janet Snyder, owner of Jean's Star Apparel, one of the best women's resale stores in the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Penny Puckett came to Slab City and fell in love. After four years of "bumming around and hopping freight trains," the 25-year-old from Kansas City arrived at this hardscrabble section of the Imperial Valley desert and immediately embraced its sense of liberation from society's rules and norms. What others might view as desolation and deprivation, Puckett saw as a way to reduce life to its essence: water, food and shelter (plus Internet and cellular phone service). PHOTOS: Slab City "Slab City people have a great need to live with just the bare necessities and are happy about it," she said.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
Walking through their lowing herd of several hundred cattle, Ali and Kenny Petersen were like two Gullivers on a Lilliputian roundup. The half-sized cows barely reached Kenny's waist. The ranch's border collie stared eye-to-eye with wandering calves. "Aren't they sweet?" asked Ali, 52, shooing Half-Pint, Buttercup and a dozen other cattle across a holding pen. "They're my babies, every little one of them."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A 28-year-old woman found dead hours after taking part in a radio station's water-drinking contest died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday. Assistant Sacramento County Coroner Ed Smith said a preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death." Also known as hyponatremia, water intoxication occurs when the body's sodium level falls below normal.
NEWS
July 30, 1993 | GERI COOK
According to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs parents $11,910 to clothe a child from birth to age 18. Saralisa Lauren, owner of Glad Rags For Kids, says parents can shave as much as $5,000 off that bill by regularly shopping at quality resale stores. I checked out Glad Rags For Kids in Sherman Oaks on the recommendation of Janet Snyder, owner of Jean's Star Apparel, one of the best women's resale stores in the San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
October 22, 1992 | DAVID B. GOLDMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In downtown Ventura, across the street from a wholesale store, sits the county's only "brew pub." It's also the county's only brewery. In fact, say its owners, this corner beverage and food dispensary is the first brewery--legal variety--the region has seen since before prohibition. Brew pubs are those small, mini-breweries that have sprung up in California during the last dozen years or so.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1989 | DON SNOWDEN
Half Pint's "Greetings (to All Ragamuffins)" was the Jamaican equivalent of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing"--a record that went beyond hit status to become a catch phrase and a social phenomenon. The 1986 smash sparked a number of follow-up "Ragamuffin" songs, and other artists freely borrowed the propulsive, bass-driven rhythm for their own music. Even the meaning of ragamuffin changed as a result--from a term denoting a ragged street person to one suggesting a badge of honor worn by those who weather adversity.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1989 | DON SNOWDEN
Half Pint's "Greetings (to All Ragamuffins)" was the Jamaican equivalent of Tone Loc's "Wild Thing"--a record that went beyond hit status to become a catch phrase and a social phenomenon. The 1986 smash sparked a number of follow-up "Ragamuffin" songs, and other artists freely borrowed the propulsive, bass-driven rhythm for their songs. Even the meaning of ragamuffin changed as a result--from a term denoting a ragged street person to one suggesting a badge of honor worn by those who weather adversity.
NEWS
December 18, 1987 | Associated Press
Secretary of State March Fong Eu said today that her "Dimes Against Crimes" initiative to boost liquor taxes to raise an estimated $156 million a year for local law enforcement failed to collect enough signatures to make the June ballot. Today was the deadline for her to submit 595,485 signatures of registered voters. The campaign collected about 500,000 signatures, said Eu spokesman Anthony Miller.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2011
The 30th annual Ragga Muffins Festival takes over the Long Beach Arena for two days of reggae and roots music, plus crafts and a vendor village. Saturday's lineup includes Bunny Wailer, Rebelution, Gyptian and Half Pint. Sunday features Israel Vibration, Gentleman, I-Octane plus many more. Long Beach Arena. 300 E. Ocean Blvd. 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $47. http://www.raggamuffinsfestival.com.
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