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Opting for continuity, Glendale voters Tuesday elected Mayor Eileen Givens to a second City Council term by a wide margin, while Councilman Larry Zarian also managed to defeat the challengers who had attacked him on everything from his political agenda to his education.
January 7, 2007 | Charles Piller, Edmund Sanders and Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writers
JUSTICE Eta, 14 months old, held out his tiny thumb. An ink spot certified that he had been immunized against polio and measles, thanks to a vaccination drive supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But polio is not the only threat Justice faces. Almost since birth, he has had respiratory trouble. His neighbors call it "the cough." People blame fumes and soot spewing from flames that tower 300 feet into the air over a nearby oil plant.
This weekend, the Easter Bunny will be making several appearances to distribute Easter eggs, including, of course, at the beach, since this is Southern California. The merchants at Ventura Harbor Village on Spinnaker Drive have, through the years, been particularly hospitable to the big-eared creature. This year will be no exception. Judie Amendola, marketing manager for Harbor Village, expects 4,000 to 6,000 kids and their parents to show up for the Easter Celebration on Saturday and Sunday.
July 18, 1986 | MAURA DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
The seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger were unaware of their impending doom before the disastrous explosion that ended the Jan. 28 flight, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Thursday.
June 2, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A military jury convicted an Army dog handler Thursday of using his animal to torment a prisoner at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Sgt. Santos A. Cardona is the 11th soldier convicted of crimes stemming from the abuse of inmates at the prison in late 2003 and early 2004. Cardona, 32, of Fullerton was convicted of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault for allowing his dog to bark within inches of a prisoner's face.
January 29, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The nation marked the first anniversary of the Challenger disaster with a series of memorial services and monument dedications to the memory of the seven fallen crew members. In the chilly early afternoon Wednesday, families of five of the Challenger crew were joined by top space agency officials for a brief memorial service at Ft. Myer, Va. NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher and former astronaut Richard H.
March 16, 2006 | Nick Timiraos, Times Staff Writer
A top Army intelligence commander testified Wednesday that he gave his approval on at least one occasion for the use of military dogs during the interrogation of a detainee at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, a rare acknowledgment that soldiers may have received permission from superiors to employ harsh techniques. Col. Thomas M. Pappas, who oversaw interrogations at Abu Ghraib, took the stand in the court-martial of Army Sgt. Michael J.
May 27, 1986 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
In a Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, President Reagan on Monday invoked memories of the 1.2 million Americans who have died in the nation's wars and counseled his fellow citizens: "If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. "We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and be strong enough to protect it where it does.
October 1, 1986 | MAURA DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
In conversations before the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, crew members joked and bantered about the cold temperatures outside that later contributed to their spacecraft's explosion, according to a new transcript made available Tuesday. The transcript, released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, contains the conversations of the seven crew members as they sat in the cockpit for more than 3 1/2 hours awaiting the launch Jan. 28.
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