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February 29, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
There was supposed to be so much appeal, so much zing, when this game was plotted out on the NBA schedule. Instead, the Miami Heat merely became the latest statistic in the Lakers' 10-game winning streak. Shaquille O'Neal's relocation to Phoenix three weeks ago undercut his annual trip to play the Lakers at Staples Center, not that the home team seemed to mind in a 106-88 victory Thursday over the hapless Heat.
In "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Lewis Carroll's story of twisted time, space and logic, the adventures begin with the hapless White Rabbit peering at a watch pulled from his waistcoat pocket and mumbling to himself, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!" His musings could be the rallying cry for the urban world of the late 20th century, where everyone, it seems, could use more time.
February 29, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Some automatic teller machines in Japan stopped working and the Meteorological Agency reported glitches in its computers today because of disruptions some computer programmers were attributing to the extra day in February this year. Japan's Ministry of Posts said that as many as 1,200 of its 25,000 ATM machines stopped working. The ministry, which is investigating, said it hasn't determined whether the stoppage was caused by the Feb. 29 critical date. The ministry said that as of 10:40 a.m.
Showtime's new "Leap Years" is easier to like--its New York characters are young, attractive, mildly interesting and have lots of good sex, after all--than track. There's something to be said for stories that peel back layers outside the usual linear chronology.
February 15, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I'm not sure if "leapling" is really a word, but if you are one - someone born on leap day  -- you may stay free at Mammoth Mountain ski resort on Feb. 29. There's finally snow, too (about a foot from a recent storm, as of Tuesday) at the resort that got off to a snowless start in December and January. The deal: Leap Year Babies Stay Free offers a choice of one free night (with a second person) at Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge, Tamarack Lodge or Mammoth Mountain Inn on their birthday.
February 8, 1988 | Marylouise Oates
Here's the most expensive evening in town: Party-goers will have spent more than $100 million to go to the Music Center's Benefactors Ball. Hold on--that's if the tickets were for sale. But tickets to the Feb. 29 "first quadrennial" gala at the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion are not for sale. The party is a thank you--a thank you to the more than 300 individuals and couples on the invite list whose donations total more than $100 million.
October 15, 1989 | JACK SMITH
IN REFLECTING recently on the wonders that came after the graduation of Nardi Reeder Campion's Wellesley class of 1938 (among them penicillin, panty hose and the Pill), I observed that her list was indeed "a stunning catalogue of the technological changes our generation has exper-ienced." Writes Henry L. Scharff of Thousand Oaks: "Modern history was born, as a matter of fact, before 1938. It isn't hard to see it if one knows a bit of history and a few dates."
August 13, 1990 | DIRK SUTRO
During the 1970s, Gil Scott-Heron applied his satiric wit to the nation. He wrote opinionated songs he half sang and half chanted in a rhythmic style that made him a forerunner of today's rappers. He sold albums. But it's almost as if Scott-Heron vanished from Earth around 1979. That's when the "Reader's Guide to Periodic Literature" last mentioned him, citing a review in Downbeat, the national jazz magazine.
April 30, 1988 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Wendy Brown and Yvette Bates, USC's B & B entry, have a class act in track and field, but seemingly have no place on the world stage. Triple jumping is their specialty, but they're limited to domestic competition because the relatively new event for women isn't recognized by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, nor is it included in the Olympic program.
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