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October 4, 1992 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Continuing its admirable retreat from the pop compromises of "Green," the Georgia foursome penetrates further into the rusticated chamber music it developed on last year's "Out of Time." R.E.M.'s eighth album has its relatively rocking moments, but with its acoustic foundation and orchestral strings, it's like an arty version of deep-mountain folk music--lonely and ancient, tapping straight into the mysteries of the human spirit.
July 14, 1992
Margaret Monahan Miller, a Ventura County native who reigned as the first Fair Queen, has died after a five-year battle with emphysema. She was 65. Miller was born in Santa Paula but lived the last years of her life in Ventura, family members said. In the late 1940s, she was named the Ventura County Fair's first Fair Queen in a competition that has since become an annual event. She is survived by two sons, Michael and Patrick, and one daughter, Shelly.
County congressmen have withdrawn a request for $1 million in federal start-up funds for a six-city urban rail system, officials said Wednesday. The money is not needed right away, Santa Ana Mayor Daniel H. Young said, so leaders of the six-city consortium overseeing the project decided to wait and see what transit programs are included in the new federal Surface Transportation Act winding its way through Congress. The bill may contain new transit programs that the county can tap.
January 3, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
First Interstate Bank of California today joined the nation's nine other largest banks in dropping its prime lending rate half a percentage point to 9.5%. The Los Angeles-based bank, which is the nation's ninth biggest, was the lone holdout among the top 10 Wednesday when several big banks cut their prime rates by similar amounts. A number of smaller regional banks also followed suit.
The transfer of hundreds of America's most advanced tanks from stockpiles in Germany to the front lines in Saudi Arabia is the first wave of a post-Cold War redeployment that will reduce U.S. firepower in Europe even below proposed arms control ceilings, officials said Saturday.
October 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The principal owners of the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska announced today they will invest more than $1 billion to create additional natural gas handling facilities in the state's North Slope region. The new facilities are expected to increase liquids production in the field by about 100,000 barrels a day starting in 1995, said the principal owners: British Petroleum, Atlantic Richfield, Exxon, Mobil, Phillips Petroleum and Chevron.
May 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Scranton's oldest newspaper, the Scrantonian Tribune, was purchased by its longtime rival, the Scranton Times, and ceased publication today. Employees arriving for work at the newspaper were told that today's edition would be the last. In the Tribune newsroom, someone scrawled "30"--the symbol traditionally used by reporters at the end of a story--on a locker. MediaOne Inc., which bought the Scrantonian Publishing Co.
May 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Senate Budget Committee today adopted a Democratic-proposed $1.2-trillion budget for 1991 that cuts defense spending $9.9 billion below what President Bush wants. The package was adopted on a vote of 14 to 9, with all of the committee's Democrats joined by a single Republican--Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) in voting for the measure. The proposal mirrors the plan passed by the Democratic-controlled House on Tuesday.
April 26, 1990 | From Times wire services
Most of 1,700 corporate jobs at Marshall Field & Co.'s central headquarters may be eliminated as part of a consolidation effort by Dayton Hudson Corp., the company acquiring Field's. Dayton Hudson told Marshall Field & Co. employees in a letter Wednesday that the Chicago retailer's central functions will be merged with Dayton Hudson's once the acquisition is completed. A skeleton staff of Field's current 1,700 corporate employees will remain in Chicago.
March 10, 1990 | ESTHER SCHRADER
Hubert Grusnys swivels his chair, flips a switch and leans towards the microphone. "That was the Boomtown Rats," he says in smooth Lithuanian. "And this is radio M-1, your independent music radio station. And now, our review of today's press. . . ." Grusnys may sound like just another disc jockey, but he works for the first independent radio station in the Soviet Union, and he and his colleagues struggled for two years just to get permission to go on the air.
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