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October 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
A Miami artist who created a mural for the Livermore, Calif., library found to be riddled with spelling errors has agreed to return and fix the mistakes. Maria Alquilar, who originally refused to fix the misspellings despite being paid $40,000 for the project, said Assistant City Manager Jim Piper persuaded her to rethink her decision. "He convinced me the easiest way to lay the matter to rest is to correct it," Alquilar said.
The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, known for its nighttime roster of comedians and variety acts for adults, is now offering similar, G-rated entertainment for children. On Sunday afternoons, "For Kids Too," a crowd-pleasing lunch-and-show matinee for families, features juggling, comedy, tricks and illusions performed by the same professionals who play at night. The club's jukebox interior is festooned with masses of balloons.
June 13, 2004 | Kelsie Smith, Times Staff Writer
Ed Moses spends a great deal of time at about 7,000 feet -- without ever leaving his room. The Olympic gold-medal swimmer feels most comfortable in the pool, but he credits a great deal of his success there to his time above the water ... high above the water. Moses, 24, has been altitude training for two years, using a room that has been modified to simulate the thinner air at high altitude.
January 23, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
Once upon a time, Johnny Ace Palmer cut people in half or made them float in the air. But the magician said goodby to large-scale stage illusions when his assistant (and sister) got married in 1988. The pair gave a farewell performance of their signature effect--a trunk escape and switch--at her wedding reception.
January 19, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Maria Butyrskaya won the short program in the European Figure Skating Championships at Lausanne, Switzerland, skating with ease Friday while the other top Russian and Olympic gold hopeful made another surprising fall. Butyrskaya's clean routine gives her the edge in confidence going into the Feb. 8-24 Salt Lake City Games, where she and teammate Irina Slutskaya are U.S. champion Michelle Kwan's main rivals for the gold.
September 29, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
POP/ROCK Latin Grammys Refused: Two of the most popular groups in Mexican music announced Thursday that they will not accept the Latin Grammys they won at the awards' inaugural ceremonies earlier this month. Decrying what they say is offensive treatment of the Mexican music community by the awards' sponsor, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Los Tigres del Norte and Los Temerarios were joined by tejano group Los Palominos in refusing their statuettes.
Citing what they called "a perfect fit," the Angels and officials of Tempe, Ariz., announced agreement Tuesday on a 15-year lease that will make Diablo Stadium the Angels' spring training home beginning in 1993. The long-rumored agreement will end the Angels' 30-year tradition of spending part of spring training in Palm Springs. Next year will be their last spring at Angels Stadium, but their Class-A farm club will remain in Palm Springs.
October 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jenny Thompson defeated a strong field in the final meet of her career to win the 50-meter butterfly in the world short course swimming championships Saturday night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Kaitlin Sandeno won her fourth gold medal of the meet and Brendan Hansen completed a sweep of the breaststroke events by winning the 200, helping the Americans dominate in the 25-meter pool in front of 11,488 -- the largest crowd at a non-Olympic swimming event in the United States.
October 9, 1999 | DAVID FERRELL
You can call them cliff dwellers, because Vickie Terry and her cousin, Robin Christian, hold their kaffeeklatsches perched like eagles on the tops of cliffs. They started 23 years ago. They used to convene once a month on the bluffs near Point Mugu, looking out over the ocean while they discussed their families, their childhoods, events in the news--anything, really. Now that Terry lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., it is tougher to maintain the tradition, but they try when they can.
October 31, 2005 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
A housing developer here in the Bay Area's bastion of slow growth is on track to spend nearly $68 per registered voter to pass a ballot measure that would expand the city's boundaries and add 2,450 new homes along one of Northern California's most congested highways. By the time election day dawns Nov.
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