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November 29, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Just because UCLA is a 31-point underdog to Oregon in Friday night's Pac-12 football championship game and has virtually no chance of winning Coach Rick Neuheisel's farewell game does not mean the Bruins are without hope. They can draw inspiration from U.S. wrestler Rulon Gardner, who stunned Alexander Karelin for the Greco-Roman heavyweight gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, ending the Russian's string of three consecutive Olympic gold medals and seven straight world titles. And tiny Chaminade University, which pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in college basketball history with a 77-72 victory over Ralph Sampson's top-ranked Virginia team in the 1982 Maui Invitational.
November 2, 1985
I really enjoyed Ginsburg's clever little satire. Although I must admit it had me going at first. What a really clever guy! Started out as a total wimp, but with five different kinds of chemical warfare canisters in his hands, he became the virtual "Rambo" of the garage jungle! I was especially impressed, in Jerry's little send-up, by the subtle way he appeals to our cultural hubris: All of life's problems--except our nationwide system of Love Canals--can be easily and quickly resolved by squirting a bunch of chemicals around.
February 19, 1989
As I read the story about record catches of tuna by San Pedro fishermen ("A Season of Plenty," Jan. 31), I wondered how many thousands of porpoises were sacrificed for this commercial "miracle." HEATHER GOULET Los Angeles
To her parents, she's "our miracle baby." She sits atop a Space Age highchair. She breathes through a tube in her throat. And on her stomach, she sports an Ace bandage, wrapped snugly around a ball about the size of a cantaloupe. It's there to encircle the ball-like membrane that contains her liver, stomach and intestines. The miracle is that Jessica Marie Beacom, born a year ago Thursday with a usually terminal abdominal defect called omphalocele, is alive.
January 24, 2008
Re: "Mel Brooks: That Voodoo That He Does So Well," [Jan. 17]: Brooks did spoofs of every genre of movie -- musical, western, science fiction, you name it. The only movie he didn't do is a Christmas movie. He could have had a field day with "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's a Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Carol" and all the rest combined. Grace Hampton Burbank
July 10, 1988
There is no disputing economic reality. During the past several years America has prospered, enjoying a revitalized economy, a reduction in both inflation and unemployment, and sustained growth. The Reagan Administration claims its policies have fueled America's economic engine to new heights. The question then remains why a whole segment of the American population, especially women, have not responded favorably to the Reagan economic miracle, and Bush in particular. Perhaps the answer to this question is that most female Americans don't see the Reagan-Bush economic miracle as a miracle at all, they see it as an economic sham.
January 7, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The word "miracle" can be overused. But when a 6-year-old boy drives a Ford Taurus more than 10 miles, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic at speeds exceeding 60 mph, slams into a utility pole and no one gets hurt, well, maybe miracle is appropriate. That's what happened near Wicomico Church on Monday when the first-grader missed his school bus and decided to drive his mom's car to school so he wouldn't miss breakfast and P.E., authorities said. "It's a miracle that somebody didn't get killed," said Northumberland County Sheriff Chuck Wilkins.
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