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December 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
Rick Fox and Pete Chilcutt led a second-half surge that carried 10th-ranked North Carolina past No. 14 Connecticut, 79-64, Thursday night at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels (4-1) won the final game of the challenge series between the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East, which won six of the eight games. Chilcutt's basket on a pass from Fox broke a 52-52 tie with seven minutes left and started a run of eight consecutive points.
February 15, 1994 | JOANNA M. MILLER
Tree swallows whose Ventura County nesting sites have been lost to agriculture or development have found help from a pair of Ventura Audubon Society members who are building and mounting wooden houses for the birds. Jan Wasserman of Camarillo adopted the bird house project seven years ago and enlisted retired Navy engineer Virgil Ketner to help with the woodworking.
January 8, 1995 | Susan Heeger
It's hard to miss the romance of California in the rambling ranches and fragrant orange groves of Ojai. Old stone walls run for miles here, and mountains loom like the edge of heaven in every view. Fourteen winding miles inland from Ventura and a world away from the din of Los Angeles, the town offers plenty of peace and open space for a person with big ideas. One of these, longtime resident John Taft, has been working 20 years to bring his quirky dream alive.
December 28, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Marshall Coach Rick Huckabay complained about his team's occasionally lackluster play, and West Virginia Coach Gale Catlett complained about the officiating after Marshall defeated in-state rival West Virginia, 82-72, Sunday at Huntington, W. Va. West Virginia began the game without its five regular starting players because of curfew violations, which reportedly occurred Saturday night in Huntington.
November 13, 1993
It is always easy to blame an arsonist or the east wind on the disastrous brush fires that periodically ravage the hills of Southern California and the homes that stand amid them. I have spent the last 40 years living in these same hills among the chaparral brush, with the 1985 Ojai fire sweeping to my back door stoop. I have acquainted myself thoroughly with how this brush grows and how its history is intrinsically interwoven with periodic fires. Fire actually is good medicine for brush, rejuvenating it and the other life that intermingles with it. If we are to end these periodic holocausts, we are going to have to demand that the U. S. Forest Service and other government agencies begin an extensive program of brush management.
Working on the theme that to lose touch with nature is to lose touch with yourself, the Center for Earth Concerns offers a variety of programs to nudge visitors toward its aim of making people better citizens of the planet. Founded by John and Melody Taft, original owners of the property southwest of Ojai, the center has put together an eclectic mix of programs. Boy Scouts camp in the wilderness at the rear of the 275-acre property. Patagonia Inc. has used the site to hold sensitivity sessions.
April 28, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
One thousand teenagers will lift their voices in unison Friday at the Los Angeles Master Chorale's High School Choir Festival at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Students at Taft High School fine-tuned their performance Tuesday for the festival, where they will sing six songs with 24 other schools from throughout Southern California. Taft is one of six high school choirs selected to sing three additional songs in the festival's special solo showcase.
December 28, 1990 | From Associated Press
Ohio State, preparing for a difficult Big Ten Conference schedule that begins next week, almost was beaten by a Southern Mississippi team searching for respect. But the No. 6 Buckeyes came back from a three-point halftime deficit to defeat Southern Mississippi, 82-80, Thursday night in the opening round of the Palm Beach tournament at West Palm Beach, Fla. "They've got a good ballclub and they did a good job of taking it to us," Ohio State Coach Randy Ayers said.
February 18, 2001 | STEVE CHAWKINS
There won't be a gravestone for the man known to his friends as Louie the Greek. If there were, a fitting epitaph might be: Louis Asimakis, 1912-2001 He went first-class. Asimakis died of pancreatic cancer last week, nearly nine decades after his birth and eight years after he won $11.2 million in the California Lottery. I remember the day Asimakis, a retired oil driller who lived in a modest Ventura home and drove a '79 El Camino, was identified as the winner.
February 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
For Missouri, the worst came first. Coach Norm Stewart, suffering from a bleeding ulcer, blacked out on the flight to Oklahoma City and was taken to a hospital. With Stewart watching on television, the third-ranked Tigers stayed with fifth-ranked Oklahoma until the final moments before going down to a 112-105 defeat in a Big Eight Conference game Thursday night at Norman, Okla. "I'll tell you what, I'm going to take a CPR course when I get back," assistant coach Rich Daly said.
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