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September 12, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vinnie James, the singer-songwriter from Orange County who was praised by critics for his debut album in 1991, is back with a new nom de rock and a new direction: He will be known as Masada on his next album, which is geared for the Christian rock market. The almost-completed record, due early next year, will be called "No More Plastic Jesus."
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT
Hammer is hammering away at Garth Brooks but Brooks' "Ropin' the Wind" still leads the Billboard magazine pop album chart by a country mile, substantially outselling Hammer's second-ranked "Too Legit to Quit." Hammer may reach the top yet. His single, "2 Legit 2 Quit," rising rapidly on the pop singles chart (No. 19), may significantly boost album sales. Brooks has two Top 10 albums again. His "No Fences" moved up three notches to No. 9.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995 | NICK GREEN
A convicted armed robber, accused of fleeing the state while on parole, was captured as he hid in an upstairs closet of a relative's Oxnard home, authorities said. Members of the Oxnard Police Department, FBI and state parole office took Michael Anthony Black, 26, of Oxnard into custody Thursday night without incident, said Gary Auer, FBI supervising agent for Ventura. FBI surveillance had determined earlier in the evening that the fleeing felon was at the relative's house, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1992 | MICHELLE QUINN
Oxnard police arrested two of three men suspected of robbing a couple at gunpoint and committing sexual battery against the woman victim early Saturday at Beverly Drive and Ventura Road. Police identified the two men as Bobby Allen Rollins, 21, and Michael Anthony Black, 23, both Oxnard residents. A third suspect was not apprehended, police said.
NEWS
June 25, 1993 | JUDY ARTUNIAN
Those closely cropped bobs and shags may be the hallmark of the carefree waif look, but they are anything but carefree if your hair is too straight, curly or limp. To make these new 'dos work for a variety of hair types, stylists are rediscovering the hair-shaping benefits of that barber shop staple: the straight-edge razor. "By removing excess bulk, a razor cut gives your hair more body. It also gives the hair mobility, because it doesn't blunt the ends like a scissor cut does.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two more members of the battling Jackson family are duking it out on radio stations in Los Angeles and New York. Just as a bootlegged cut from superstar Michael Jackson's long-awaited "Dangerous" album hit the airwaves over the weekend, a recording by older brother Jermaine was heard taking shots at Michael's efforts over the years to alter his looks.
SPORTS
November 7, 1993 | JIM COLEMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bill Norton abandoned his usual perch in the press box Saturday and took up a position along the sidelines at West Los Angeles College in an effort to inject some emotion into his team. Pierce's excitable football coach not only fired up his charges, he apparently fired an assistant coach during an emotion- and action-packed Western State Conference South Division game won by Pierce, 31-29. The Brahmas had lost two consecutive games and were in danger of dropping out of the division race.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can you imagine a Soul Train Awards ceremony where such superstars as Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston and Hammer could only manage a single award among them? That's what happened Tuesday night at the Shrine Auditorium, where newcomers Color Me Badd, Jodeci and Lisa Fischer swept key awards during the sixth annual R&B/soul awards competition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2001 | GINGER ORR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A month ago, Lee Siggers bought a violin repair shop in his home city of Fort Worth from a woman who was dying of cancer. Last week the retired Navy officer traveled 1,400 miles to Thousand Oaks to fulfill the woman's dying wish. As a condition of the sale, the shop owner made Siggers promise to attend the California Summer String Institute at California Lutheran University, the only violin-making class of its kind on the West Coast.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2005 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
When J.J. Abrams turned in an outline for "Lost" last year, Lloyd Braun, then ABC Television Group's chairman, bragged excitedly to a buddy, "This, my friend, is 'ER.' " Braun was so convinced by the 25-page outline in his hands, a hybrid of "Survivor" and "Cast Away," that he ordered a two-hour, $11-million pilot with no script, just the creators' vision of plane crash survivors on an eerie, not-so-deserted island.
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