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February 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"30 Rock" has finally come to an end. We'll no longer have a chance to check in on Liz, Jack, Tracy, Jenna and poor, hapless Lutz. But that doesn't mean we can't keep our amazing memories of the "TGS" gang going through endless requoting and YouTube clip-watching. There will be no shortage of debate as to the greatest moments of "30 Rock's" run, but here is our humble attempt to point out five moments that captured just what made "30 Rock" one of the funniest shows on TV. Tracy Jordan as unstoppable stabbing robot Times critic Robert Lloyd described Tracy Morgan's character, Tracy Jordan, as the show's id. And while there are examples of that uncontrolled impulse in nearly every episode of the series, nothing sums it up more succinctly than the first season episode "Tracy Does Conan.
February 29, 2000
Something is missing from your calendar this year. At least, that's the way many people born Feb. 29 see it. "Calendar companies don't recognize the day for what it is," said Raenell Dawn, an L.A. native born on leap year day 1960. For 16 years, she and other members of her club, the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies, have asked calendar manufacturers to include the words "Leap Year Day" on Feb. 29, "just like it says New Year's Day." So far, her efforts have been in vain.
May 1, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Collective Brands Inc., which owns footwear brands such as Sperry Top-Sider and Keds and the shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource, will be split in two by multiple buyers in a purchase valued at $2 billion, including debt. Wolverine Worldwide, Blum Capital and Golden Gate Capital formed an acquisition company to buy Collective for $21.75 a share. The deal was unanimously approved by Collective's board and is expected to close late in the third quarter or early in the fourth. The price represents a 104% premium on Collective's 30-day average stock price before Aug. 24, when the company first announced that it was looking into a strategic and financial shift for its operations.
March 18, 2012 | By Ada Calhoun, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If on a recent weekday afternoon you saw an otherwise sane-seeming thirtysomething woman running her hands along a chain-link fence in the parking lot of Philippe the Original or thrashing around in the woods of Griffith Park above the Greek Theatre, that was me. Contrary to appearances, I was neither on drugs nor hiding a dead body; I was just geocaching. The American geocache - or GPS-enabled treasure hunt - craze began in 2000 when decent GPS technology became more accessible to the masses.
May 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The Happiest All-Nighter on Earth? Hundreds of people flocked Friday to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Friday, which opened for 24 straight hours beginning at 6 a.m. The Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., was also opened for the "Monstrous Summer All-Nighter," part of the promotion for the entertainment giant's upcoming movie, "Monsters University. " The event marked the first time all-night opened for all three parks, Disney officials said. The last 24-hour event at Disneyland -- on Leap Day 2012 -- caused several headaches after a large after-work crowd overwhelmed the park , prompting officials to close gates for several hours.
March 3, 1996 | MAL FLORENCE
What would be comparable to Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson? Or the U.S. hockey team defeating the mighty Soviets in the "miracle on ice" at the 1980 Olympics? For followers of cricket, it would be the West Indies, the longtime masters of the game, losing Thursday at the World Cup in Pune, India, to Kenya, a semipro team making its debut after qualifying for the first time.
February 28, 1992 | NONA YATES
Notice anything unusual about this year? No, not the presidential campaign and elections. . . . There's an extra day, 366 instead of the usual 365. 1992 is a Leap Year. "Leap days" are added every four years to bring the calendar in line with Earth's orbit around the sun, which takes about 365 1/4 days. Without leap days, it could get so out of sync that at some point we would be celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer.
No socks were knocked off, no bells rang and genuine thrills appeared seldom at the latest Monday Evening concert. Still, hope was not denied: Fascinating recent music, bracketed by 20th-Century standards, made up the program. The flexible-sized, contemporary-music specialist ensemble Xtet, one of the better local inventions of the 1980s, took over Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for this event, presenting scores by David Ocker, Bright Sheng and Donald R.
The John Daniel Society's Dominus debuted on "Leap Day," Feb. 29, at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, March 2 in Chicago and the following Friday in San Francisco. By now, all the enophiles in the country are critiquing this first release of Dominus 1984. What makes Dominus so special? Once more, it's the man before the grape. Christian Moueix, 42--the managing partner in the family that owns many splendid vineyards in Pomerol and St.
March 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sales at McDonald's restaurants slipped 1.5% last month, but not because of global economic difficulties or fast-casual competition. The fast food behemoth attributed the slide to the difficulty of comparing February's performance against the same month in 2012, which had an extra day due to the leap year. Factoring out the calendar quirk, the Oak Brook, Ill., company said its worldwide same-store sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 1.7%. Same deal with its U.S. sales, which dipped 3.3%.
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