October 9, 1988
Prime Minister Takeshita has repeatedly rebuked efforts on the part of the U.S. Rice Millers' Assn. to open Japan's rice market to the United States or even to open talks on the issue. Currently, almost no rice is imported into Japan due to past policies of the Japanese government. However, the price of rice in Japan is 8 to 10 times the world market price and is heavily subsidized by the government. Comments by officials saying that rice is such an integral part of Japanese society and that opening the market to imports would lead to shortages of rice are totally absurd.
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May 1, 1993
A man who reportedly bought a new Harley-Davidson with a bogus cashier's check gave police some unexpected help: He agreed to pose for a picture in front of the store with his new motorcycle before driving it away. The photo, taken by a salesman, is now being circulated by police. The man, who identified himself as "William R. Brown," bought the Harley on April 17 with a check for $15,045. When the store owner tried to deposit it, he learned that it was counterfeit.
August 13, 2008 |
John McCain's recent appearance in South Dakota at the Sturgis Rally, America's largest motorcycle convention, was by most accounts a roaring success. But Barack Obama's campaign isn't going to give up the biker vote without a fight. At Sturgis, McCain ridiculed Obama for drawing "hundreds of thousands" of people to an outdoor speech in Berlin. "I'll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day," he boasted, as dozens of cyclists revved their engines. Now, Obama is airing a new radio spot in Wisconsin -- the home of Harley-Davidson -- attacking McCain's quip.
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November 26, 2013 |
"Cosmic artist" Jack Armstrong was arrested in Eagle Rock last week on a warrant in connection with an alleged rape in Beverly Hills in 2010, authorities said. Armstrong, 56, was taken into custody Friday on a warrant issued by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. He was released after posting bond. "The arrest was the result of a lengthy, in-depth and multi-county investigation," the police department said. The Southern California artist got his nickname after christening his bright, multicolored paintings as “cosmic extensionalism.” His paintings fetch six figures and he raised eyebrows last year by unveiling a painted Harley-Davidson motorcycle valued at $1.1 million.
August 7, 2013 |
Kiehl's is scheduled to wrap up its fourth annual Life Ride for amfAR on Thursday at the Grove in Los Angeles. The nine-day motorcycle caravan from Seattle to L.A. is to end with the cyclists riding up to the shopping mecca. Actress Sharon Stone, whose film "Lovelace" opens Friday, is scheduled to accept Kiehl's donation on behalf of amfAR , the Foundation for AIDS Research. In addition there will be performances by Kelis and DJ Spinderella, an interactive photo booth with Harley-Davidson, temporary tattoos and more.
June 29, 2008 |
Years ago, David Heintzelman carried his deceased friend's ashes to a cemetery on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The friend's family told Heintzelman, funeral director of Heintzelman Funeral Home in Hellertown, Pa., that it was good to know their loved one had ridden on a Harley for one final time. An idea was born. In 2005, Heintzelman and his brother, Robert, both Harley enthusiasts, started Forever Remembered Hearse Co. The motorcycle hearse company featured a three-wheel Harley towing a converted cargo trailer.
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July 19, 1997 |
Police seized drugs, two sawed-off shotguns and suspected stolen vehicles in a raid on a clubhouse of the Vagos motorcycle gang, authorities said Friday. But when no arrests were made, several neighbors said they were shocked and disappointed. "They are nightmares--there's a lot of traffic," said one woman, describing the motorcycle club. Behind the small house and cluttered garage in the 18900 block of Arminta Street were two mobile homes and a large yard where gang members reportedly partied through the night.