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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2009 | Gale Holland and Seema Mehta
Cole Bettles had been rejected by a raft of universities when he received an e-mail from UC San Diego on Monday congratulating him on his admission and inviting him to tour the campus. His mother booked a hotel in San Diego, and the 18-year-old Ojai high school senior arranged for his grandfather, uncle and other family members to meet them at the campus for lunch during the Saturday orientation. "They were like, 'Oh, my God, that's so awesome,' " Bettles said.
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NEWS
April 30, 1989 | GEORGE ESPER, Associated Press
The war was still raging that day 15 years ago when Vietnamese nuns heard the cries of a baby boy stuffed in a garbage can and took him inside their orphanage to raise. Today, Nguyen Thanh Binh, the son of a black American who went home and a Vietnamese mother who abandoned him, shares the plight of thousands of Amerasian youths languishing in the decay of Vietnam, desperately trying to get out and find their fathers. "My circumstances are miserable," says Lam Anh Hong, 18, whose mother gave her away to a relative.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2011 | By Lee Margulies, Los Angeles Times
It stands to reason that with KOST-FM (103.5) shooting to the top of the ratings in the last couple of years when it's shifted to an all-holiday music format, someone else in the L.A. market would try to get in on the action. That someone is KTWV-FM (94.7), which with little fanfare Sunday proclaimed itself "L.A.'s new Christmas station," setting aside its usual smooth adult contemporary format in favor of holiday music through Christmas Day. KOST made its move Tuesday, implementing the temporary format change that has brought it growing success since the soft-rock station first decided to give it a try as an antidote to the national mood of glumness that followed Sept.
NEWS
April 18, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A jury Wednesday spared the lives of Lyle and Erik Menendez, who shotgunned their millionaire parents to death in Beverly Hills in 1989 and now will spend the rest of their days in state prison with no hope of parole. As the verdicts were read in the tension-filled Van Nuys courtroom, a wave of relief seemed to sweep over the brothers and their defense attorneys when they realized that the jury had rejected the death penalty. The defense lawyers reacted with grins, tears and hugs.
NEWS
November 22, 1992 | ZEYNEP ALEMDAR, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The dazzling white beauty of the Cotton Castle is visible for miles. Nature took 5 million years to build the towering limestone terraces with calcium deposits left by hot springs spilling over cliffs that rise starkly from the plain. But men driven by greed needed only decades to cheapen one of the great natural wonders, which the government has now pledged to restore.
NEWS
March 16, 2003 | Rebecca Boone, Associated Press Writer
It would take a miracle to save her marriage, Suzanne Shemwell confided to friends. After 23 years together, she and Jim had drifted apart. Suzanne did not know if the two could last another year, living together in uncomfortable silence. The miracle would come, twofold: In what was planned to be a three-hour snowmobile trip, Suzanne and Jim got stranded, then lost, for six days on a freezing mountaintop.
SPORTS
February 12, 1996 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While China is making veiled threats about boycotting the Summer Olympics because of the possibility of Taiwanese leaders attending the Games in Atlanta, it has a potentially more damaging situation at home. Two Chinese swim coaches working in Thailand said the country has adopted the East German drug program, the first public acknowledgment of widespread doping in a country that won 12 of 16 gold medals in women's swimming at the 1994 World Championships in Rome.
SPORTS
April 3, 1989 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
In 1984, Judith Fontaine, head of one of the largest modeling agencies in the world, had big plans for Kathryn Zahlis, booking the 5-foot-10 blonde on the "Grand Tour"--New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, key stops on the road to stardom in the modeling business. For a woman of 20, it is a coveted chance to see the world and live like a glamour queen. But Zahlis came into Fontaine's Hollywood office one day and "says she's quitting the business," Fontaine remembers. "I couldn't believe it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A highly regarded female police officer has been accepted into the training program for the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT unit, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first woman officer to join the elite, insular group since its formation more than 35 years ago. Jennifer Grasso, 36, is one of 13 LAPD officers selected for spots in the department's 12-week training school, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, according to an internal LAPD email obtained by The Times.
NEWS
January 26, 1998 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alberto Limon Padilla started with a shabby clapboard store in a working-class neighborhood. He went on to build Tijuana's first shopping mall and today presides over a business empire. Aurora Pelayo came to Tijuana a penniless single mother to work in a factory. Today she is secretary-general of the Baja California Democratic Revolutionary Party. Justina and Rafael Brambila opened a street-side taco stand, La Especial, on Avenida Revolucion when they came from Jalisco in 1948.
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