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July 1, 1992 | JAY BERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If it's summertime in Huntington Beach, you can be sure things are going to get dirty. This, of course, has nothing to do with local politics, but rather with the annual opening of Adventure Playground, a 1.5-acre corner of Huntington Central Park best known for its mud slide and Huck Finn-style rafting pond. "Kids are always being told to stay clean and keep out of anything dirty," says Kim White, 23, director of the playground. "This is the only time they're allowed to be dirty."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
As a beloved ex-President, Ronald Reagan almost always gets what he wants these days. But this week, one of Reagan's personal wishes was blocked by a federal convict with a typewriter. Last Friday, Reagan personally telephoned the National Park Service in Washington to add his support to proposed national historic landmark status for a mitten-shaped hill in the Santa Monica Mountains that includes prized Chumash Indian cave paintings. But on Monday, when the Park Service's advisory board met, it concluded that its hands were tied.
NEWS
September 28, 1986 | DAGMAR OBEREIGNER, Associated Press
Wendy Greenberg hugged the rock face high in the Colorado Rockies and began to relive the lowest point of her life. Five months earlier, her neck had been broken in a savage rape and beating. After weeks in a hospital, she was physically well, but the emotional wounds remained raw. As she clung to the mountainside, she realized that the Colorado Outward Bound leader on the other end of her rope resembled the man who had raped her in his pickup truck. "I had to trust this guy with my life.
SPORTS
July 12, 1991 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Valley-area campers have discovered this summer, the one thing that is more difficult than getting reservations at a state campground is getting through to the company that takes the reservations over the phone. "It's almost impossible," Carol Hayward of Van Nuys said. "The line was busy all the time. I must have made more than 50 calls before I finally got through. It was very frustrating and maddening."
REAL ESTATE
October 27, 1991 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer , the gardening editor of Redbook magazine and is heard Sunday mornings on KGIL radio.
"How's your fern?" Once a humorous greeting offered by Steve Allen, this has always been and will continue to be a serious question to indoor gardeners. Every year, millions of indoor plant enthusiasts wrestle with the sometimes difficult task of keeping ferns alive in a home environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1991 | LILY ENG and BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fifty years ago, Hispanics made up barely 15% of Santa Ana's population. Mostly farm workers and laborers, they were forced to attend "Mexican" schools, not allowed to eat in certain restaurants, and segregated into five barrios. Now, according to U.S. Census figures released Monday, they make up 65% of the population, giving Santa Ana by far the highest percentage of Hispanics of any major California city.
NEWS
August 2, 1990 | GERI COOK
Malls composed of factory outlet stores hit the East Coast in the '70s, and grew rapidly until now there are 270 nationwide. But it has taken a while for this concept to make its way to Southern California. Fear of being too near major retailers in metropolitan areas has kept these malls in outlying areas. San Ysidro, Monterey, Gilroy and Vacaville have outlet malls and one is opening this summer in Cabazon.
SCIENCE
July 2, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Science Now blog
As far as anyone knows for certain, brown widow spiders have only resided in Southern California for a decade or so -- the first in the region was spotted in Torrance in 2003. But a new survey conducted by California entomologists shows that the spider is now making itself quite comfortable in our neck of the woods.  In some Southern California habitats, including the outdoor areas around suburban houses, the brown widow far outnumbers its cousin the black widow - a California native long feared for its venomous bite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1994 | MIMI KO
A group of teen-agers and a well-known local artist are using a Lemon Park block wall as the canvas for a mural to deter graffiti vandals. The wall had long been a popular "tagging" spot in Fullerton until last month, when the group began converting it into a mural titled "Children of the World," city officials said. "This painting is the heart of Fullerton and people will respect it," 16-year-old Daniel Rodriguez said as he painted an ocean on the wall Wednesday afternoon.
SPORTS
August 20, 1995 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a repertoire of dives that turned and twisted like the Big Sur coastline, Mark Lenzi figured it was a simple springboard flip to lifelong happiness. Diving had come so easily. No reason everything else wouldn't as well. Lenzi had it all, didn't he? A year after tumbling his way to the three-meter springboard title in the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona, Lenzi discovered the sobering answer. It was staring him in the face, reflecting from another round of drinks.
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