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November 30, 2009 | By Henry Chu
The words "musty" and "fusty" are often trotted out to describe much about Oxford, and not always derogatorily. Visitors who flock to this college town often come in search of the old and tradition-laden: the university's famous "dreaming spires," its medieval chapels, the sight of a student or don in a flowing black gown. For decades, the university's Ashmolean Museum qualified as musty and fusty too. Its treasures, comprising priceless antiquities and artworks, were crammed into heavy wooden display cases set in a series of Victorian-era sheds.
October 17, 2009 | James Oliphant and Kim Geiger
Three years ago, Massachusetts passed the most sweeping healthcare bill in the country, adopting a plan that closely resembles the proposals being considered by Congress. It is a plan that now offers powerful lessons learned for the whole country. The Massachusetts system, like the proposals moving toward votes in the House and Senate, focused on three goals: making medical insurance almost universal, fostering competition through a regulated insurance exchange, and helping low-income workers pay for coverage.
April 28, 2008 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
The enormous expanse of concrete and asphalt known as Mexico City was once a lake. And each year, starting about this time, it seems hell-bent on becoming one again. The rainy season, which begins in earnest soon, offers an annual reminder to the 20 million residents of the metropolitan area that they inhabit a big tub with no natural drain. Flooding is common, swamping highways and sidewalks.
January 19, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to repair Congress' tarred image, the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the toughest new ethics rules since the Watergate era. The legislation is aimed at reining in the influence of special interests by forbidding lobbyists and their employers from buying meals and gifts for lawmakers and paying for their junkets.
September 19, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
The city's Airport Commission unanimously approved the largest single contract in Los Angeles history Monday, voting to award a $503-million deal to Clark Construction Group and McCarthy Building Cos. to overhaul the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The companies, which bid on the project as a joint venture, will start refurbishing the 23-year-old terminal early next year.
April 18, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Across the street from Staples Center, construction on AEG's billion-dollar entertainment district continues. Inside the arena, the deconstruction on another AEG property, albeit a lower-tiered one, is about to begin: the Kings. Dave Taylor has already been told that he will be removed as general manager, two league sources said.
February 3, 2006 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Things seem to happen by chance at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles. It's where in 1922 Packard automobile dealer Earle C. Anthony accidentally launched the city's commercial broadcasting industry when he put a radio transmitter on his roof so he could talk to fellow car dealers in the state.
September 16, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Freestyle motocross star Brian Deegan, taking a break after crashing and losing a kidney, began dabbling in truck racing and planned on making his debut at a Championship Off-Road Series event in Chula Vista on Sept. 24-25. But after two days of testing over a bouncy track, he began to rattle -- previous hospital handiwork coming loose -- and doctors ordered a tune-up.
October 7, 2004 | Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer
The Senate, determined to galvanize the nation's intelligence-gathering capabilities for the war on terrorism, on Wednesday approved a far-reaching restructuring of the nation's spy agencies. Little more than two months after the Sept.
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