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April 28, 1990
As the news program showed the trash-littered fields as a result of Earth Day celebrations, I could not help but realize how many hypocrites we have among the Earth Day-ists. Would it have killed them to carry a bag to stash the trash--or did they think the Good Earth Mother would wave her magic wand and make it all disappear? Surely they did not think it would disintegrate and be absorbed into the soil! Congratulations to those who were sincere. Spare me from the hypocrites! VIRGINIA DARE LUDWIG Tustin Earth Day, Westside style.
May 2, 1985 | United Press International
Education Secretary William J. Bennett says the average teacher salary of $22,000 is about right for the "average teacher," but that the "very good" ones should get more and bad teachers should get "zero." Bennett, in an interview with the National Education Assn., America's biggest teachers' union, also said that if given a magic wand that could accomplish one change in schools he would wave it to eliminate drugs.
January 8, 1996 | Reuters
The apparent end of the career of Myanmar's opium king, Khun Sa, will have little if any short-term impact on the flood of heroin flowing from that nation's section of the Golden Triangle region, anti-narcotics officials said. But the drug lord's recent surrender to the Myanmar government has given Yangon the chance to prove it is sincere when it says it wants to stamp out opium growing, they said. "The end of Khun Sa does not mean a magic wand has been waved," Richard Dickins of the U. N.
February 6, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Dr. Ruth in Israel: Sexologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer is the latest personality to pay a solidarity visit to Israel. "I came to stand up and be counted, not to talk about my favorite subject," Dr. Ruth said in Jerusalem Tuesday. "But if you ask about the sealed rooms (against Scud attacks), if the relationship is good, this won't hurt it, but it won't ameliorate a bad relationship." After surviving the Holocaust, Dr.
December 12, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
It worked so well once, why not try it again 20 years later? So went the thinking of University of Pittsburgh officials Friday when they hired Johnny Majors to resuscitate their football program. Majors, recently forced out at the University of Tennessee, signed a coaching contract exactly one week before the 20-year anniversary of his initial hiring by the Panthers, on Dec. 18, 1972.
January 30, 2001
David Paul Hammer is set to be executed for the murder of his cellmate ("Forgotten in Life, Jail and Death," Jan. 22). But is execution a sufficient punishment for this terrible crime? Shouldn't Hammer be made to suffer first? Perhaps we could wave a magic wand, go back in time to Hammer's childhood and persuade his parents to beat him with a belt, a shoe, an extension cord; or hold his hands to the stove's gas burner until they are singed; or force him to shoot his favorite dog; or put three puppies into a sack and beat them with a shovel until they die; or give him enemas as a punishment; or force him to have sex with his little sister.
March 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Sure, it was Mariah Carey's birthday this week - strike that, her "anniversary" - but she was the one doling out a present to fans: a shot of herself without makeup and looking lovely. " Love to all the lambily!!! #WWLD," she wrote on Instagram just hours before it was her birthday on the West Coast, captioning the shot of herself with a fluffy stuffed lamb in honor of "Worldwide Lamb Day. " Mariah's fans, dahhhhling, make up the "lambily," of course, and Worldwide Lamb Day suspiciously resembles the diva's birthday.
Let's face it, those off-white colors that were the height of spring fashion are now more off than white. It isn't that they weren't lovely in May--it's just that by September the pristine pales aren't so pristine anymore. The near-whites showed their age quickly. A little wine here, a little salad oil there, some soy sauce on the cuff and what have you got? A wardrobe that looks like an array of tablecloths and a big dry-cleaning bill. No wonder black was so popular for so long.
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