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SPORTS
February 16, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
With the issues concerning Santa Anita's synthetic track finally resolved -- at least for the time being -- the focus heading into Presidents Day weekend is on the racing. On tap today is the Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap, with 7-year-old gelding Greg's Gold heading a field of seven. Greg's Gold will be the sentimental favorite, although Surf Cat is the morning line choice. And by race time, the odds may favor Johnny Eves.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 1997 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High school health teacher Nina Hammerstein grew up eating pot roasts and steaks. But when the Culver City resident buys groceries for herself and her 6-year-old son, convenience and nutrition reign, and that usually means beef doesn't make the grade. Her grocery cart one recent afternoon held a ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken flavored with garlic and rosemary and some lean ground turkey for making tacos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2005 | Steve Harvey
For your unclear-on-the-concept file, we turn to "The Men Who Stare at Goats," a new book by Jon Ronson about behind-the-scenes government intelligence. During the first Gulf War, Ronson writes, the Iraqis dropped leaflets on U.S. troops that were "designed to be psychologically devastating. They read: 'Your wives are back at home having sex with Bart Simpson and Burt Reynolds.'
NEWS
February 7, 1988 | JOE BIGHAM, Associated Press
People in agribusiness must develop new methods to reduce dependence on chemicals if they hope to increase the public's confidence in their products, a University of California researcher says. "Agriculture is a disturbed system," said William Liebhardt, director of sustainable agriculture at UC Davis. "We manipulate; we change; we make it different. We have used a heavy-handed approach to solve problems."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres) abruptly canceled appearances in three Fourth of July parades in his Central Valley district Wednesday, a day after denying he discouraged an airline flight attendant from cooperating in the search for missing Modesto woman Chandra Levy. Condit's chief of staff, Mike Lynch, said the congressman "was precluded from going to the events by other circumstances," but would not say what they were. They may "possibly" become clear in the next few days, he said.
TRAVEL
November 16, 2003 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
Through courtship and marriage, my wife and I have spoken many words but never these: "Honey, there are weights in the bathroom." Then Debora and I checked into the Renaissance ClubSport hotel in Walnut Creek, and they came tumbling out. I entered the spacious, sleek bathroom, and there -- atop the chrome storage bin and above the neatly folded towels, the hair dryer and the coffeemaker -- rested a pair of 2-pound weights. Multi-tasking run amok. "Decorating accents," Debora said.
NEWS
November 1, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With tears sliding down his cheeks, actor Jack Lemmon called for more humane treatment of animals. Tippi Hedren testified against the use of traps to catch bobcats and beavers. Robert Redford lent his name to a strongly worded argument for banning the slaughter of horses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Corina Knoll and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Southern California began 2011 with a traffic jam for the record books, as a powerful snowstorm stranded and stymied thousands trying to get between Northern and Southern California at the end of a long holiday weekend. Some motorists said drives that normally took four hours lasted 12 hours or longer as they inched through blinding snow, gridlocked roads and slippery black ice as well as a succession of accidents and stalled cars. And they were the lucky ones. Southern California's two key passes ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to save his mother from backbreaking labor harvesting almonds in California's Central Valley, Cristian Vazquez dreamed of one day becoming a doctor so she could afford to retire. Vazquez, a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, was scheduled to return home to Coalinga in September after a seven-month deployment to Iraq, and already was making plans to go to college to begin the road to medical school. Instead, his family had to make different plans: for his funeral. Vazquez died Aug.
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