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September 9, 2003 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Manager Jim Tracy believes the Dodgers might be on the verge of delivering a knockout blow to the fading Arizona Diamondbacks. "We sure could," Tracy said. "And that's no slight against them, because I don't do things like that. But the numbers bear that out." The Diamondbacks are definitely on the ropes after being overpowered by Cesar Izturis, Jeromy Burnitz and Shawn Green as the Dodgers took the opener of a four-game series, 10-3, Monday night before 25,937 at Bank One Ballpark.
May 18, 2003 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
For the 75th straight spring, the golden foothills of the Mother Lode are awhirl with Calaveras County's celebrated jumping frog jubilee, an annual rite of Americana inspired by a Mark Twain short story. The big hop-off is today at the local fairgrounds, known as Frogtown. Amphibian athletes are primed to leap for the record books, if not back to their favorite lily pads. Locals are just happy the contest didn't croak.
March 24, 2003 | Booth Moore and Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writers
When in doubt, stick with Plan A. That seemed to be the decision of the most visible actresses at the Academy Awards. In the days leading up to the ceremony, it was assumed that some glamour girls would replace their carefully selected gowns with sackcloth. Hardly.
January 5, 2003 | Don Thompson, Associated Press Writer
What to do with 2,000 slightly used frogs? For years, organizers of the Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee urged participants to carefully put the frogs back where they got them after the annual contest. Last summer, they found out the practice is illegal in California. It's not against the law to catch the bullfrogs -- but it is illegal to put them back, said Ed Pert, the California Department of Fish and Game's fisheries programs chief.
November 16, 2002 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
On a bright afternoon earlier this week, two Roman Catholic sisters sat on the stoop of their assisted-living quarters near downtown Los Angeles with spirits as bold as the day they entered religious life -- one of them more than half a century ago. As Sister Virginia Fabilli, 84, held a poster protesting the possibility of war in Iraq, Sister Christa Salinas, 62, rang a bell as passersby honked and waved.
June 4, 2002 | From Associated Press
Buckingham Palace rocked Monday night with screaming guitars, cheering fans and pop stars led by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton in a concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the throne. An estimated 1 million people thronged the parks and roads around the palace, including thousands who waved the Union Jack flag in the plaza below.
Once, at a Beatles royal performance, John Lennon suggested that the rich and mighty who wished to applaud from the expensive seats could just "rattle your jewelry." On a lingeringly warm Saturday evening, in the first of two huge public concerts in the gardens of Buckingham Palace marking Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the throne, there wasn't a lot of jewelry to rattle--just murmuring strings of pearls around titled necks.
June 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Queen Elizabeth II opened Buckingham Palace to 12,000 guests for an outdoor evening of classical music, kicking off a celebration of the 76-year-old monarch's 50 years on the throne. Eighteen members of the royal family joined the concertgoers, who won their tickets in a lottery. Performances included symphony, ballet, operatic vocals and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The four-day Golden Jubilee celebration will include a pop concert, street parties and a royal procession through London to St.
March 4, 2002
A quarter-century after Johnny Rotten, left, and the Sex Pistols belted out their controversial, acerbic punk version of "God Save the Queen," the song will be re-released by Virgin Records on May 27 to mark the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
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