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September 20, 2001 | ARTHUR STAPLE, NEWSDAY
The seats were far from full and the play was as ragged as expected in an early preseason game. But sports returned to New York City on Wednesday night, as welcome a sight as any in the past 10 days of sadness. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, but the story was simply that two hockey teams and about 6,000 fans came out to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. It was the first event of any kind in the Garden since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
June 29, 2004 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
For the 138,000 Americans in uniform and thousands of civilians under contract here, it was personal. Troops such as Rick Smith, a Phoenix homicide detective on reserve duty in the Marines, felt their chests tighten Monday as word of the early transfer of authority spread across bases and outposts. They looked across a hazy, sand-swept horizon. Americans shed blood here. And sweat and money. Now they gazed out ... to behold what? In Baghdad, the U.S.
April 8, 2003 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The image that tipped the balance for Arabs came Sunday when their television screens showed American tanks rolling through Baghdad, the ancient, noble city that has been a source of pride. In the small butcher shop that Asad Burgan, 37, runs in an affluent Amman neighborhood, the television tuned to the Arab-language news outlet Al Jazeera flickers all day, and Burgan keeps looking over his shoulder nervously to see the screen. "It's been terrible the last 24 hours.
June 9, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Sometime between ring-a-ding-ding and hunk-a hunk-a burning love, America slipped into something more comfortable and Bob Thompson was there to help. Thompson was one of the foremost composers and arrangers of what came to be known as "Space Age bachelor pad" music - tunes that allowed hi-fi buffs to turn the lights down low, mix the perfect martini and show off their tweeters and woofers. With cascading strings, upbeat rhythms and - as in his piece "Mmm Nice!" - breathy female singers, Thompson's music set a mood, but was more than mood music.
April 10, 2003 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
President Bush bid farewell to the president of Slovakia and left the Oval Office. He walked over to a TV set near his private secretary's desk and watched the images: pieces of a statue of Saddam Hussein dragged through the streets of Baghdad by jubilant Iraqis. "They got it down," the president said. Aides and visitors described the president as upbeat after the scenes of rejoicing in the Iraqi capital. But for the most part, signs of delight in the White House slipped out only in snatches.
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