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August 22, 1989 | MARTIN ZIMMERMAN
"Excellence in the Public Sector, With Tom Peters," airing tonight at 10:25 on Channel 28, finds the author of the only management book ever to find its way onto the national best-seller lists hosting a pep rally for efficiency, a celebration of success.
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January 7, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The USA Rugby Sevens tournament in Las Vegas later this month promises lots of excitement on the field and plenty of things to do in the run-up to the game. This relatively new form of rugby features seven players to a side, instead of the usual 15. Teams from 16 nations will square off in the competition  Jan. 24-26. Forty-four games will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium , about 10 miles east of the Strip at 7000 E. Russell Road in Las Vegas . The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 when members of Team USA will gather with supporters for a pep rally at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
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NEWS
May 24, 1992 | CATHLEEN DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was billed as Super Saturday, a celebration of Bill Clinton's governorship featuring a hometown parade and pep rally for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. There were high school bands in full regalia, an Uncle Sam on stilts, American flags hoisted high--all of what you would expect if Norman Rockwell had engineered the event. But there was something more noticeable--crowds that were frequently sparse and a candidate who seemed strangely defensive, given the love fest.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
After weeks of buildup, Democrat Wendy Davis is set to launch an uphill bid for Texas governor Thursday with a pep-style rally outside Fort Worth. Davis, 50, a two-term state senator, has built a national following via social media. She sent a Twitter message on Wednesday inviting supporters to her announcement and urging them to “wear comfortable shoes and the colors of the Texas flag (red, white and blue).” Davis became a national political celebrity in June after leading a filibuster that temporarily blocked passage of strict anti-abortion legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1988 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Lawmakers and business leaders held a political pep rally Thursday to pressure Gov. George Deukmejian to sign a controversial bill that would create a $200-million fund to solve San Fernando Valley transit problems. "People tell us we ought to get together in the Valley. Well, the Valley is together on this issue," Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sepulveda) said to the loud applause of a crowd in the Van Nuys office of Democratic State Sen. Alan Robbins.
SPORTS
February 1, 2011 | T.J. Simers
I was surprised to walk out of Tuesday's standing-room-only pep rally to find Farmers Field, L.A.'s new downtown football stadium, has yet to be built. From what everyone was saying inside the West Hall of the Convention Center, it's a done deal. I kept waiting for the San Diego Chargers to make a grand entrance, since they will be playing in the new joint. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was so pumped up he was already angling for tickets to Super Bowl 50. He reminded everyone he won't be mayor in 2016, but really wants to go to the game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1994 | TAMMY HYUNJOO KRESTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sun shone brightly over the soccer field at UC Irvine Saturday afternoon, but a sense of pending doom clouded conversations among 300 Rams fans who gathered to support their team and to watch them practice--possibly for the last season. In an attempt to prevent the move of the NFL team to a city outside California, Rams Booster Club and Save the Rams committee members organized the pep rally to show that the fans support the team and want the Rams to stay in Anaheim.
BUSINESS
August 12, 1997 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beleaguered computer maker AST Research Inc. officially folded into the Samsung Electronics Co. family on Monday. One of the South Korean firm's first moves is to boost morale among its new employees with gifts and a companywide pep rally. On Friday, Samsung will give the entire AST staff its choice of a free color TV, microwave or VCR. AST has 3,100 employees worldwide. "They wanted to give us a mini-refrigerator for our desks, but people didn't react too well to that," one AST official said.
NEWS
August 12, 1988 | United Press International
Vice President George Bush, joined by a President Reagan in best form, declared today that "things are still moving forward" and if Democrats win in November, they surely will "defeat and simply bury this recovery."
NEWS
August 4, 1985 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
In a five-day meeting that concluded here Saturday night, Latin American leftists and liberals strongly endorsed President Fidel Castro's campaign for a foreign debt revolt in the region. "The foreign debt is a cancer," Castro said in the meeting's closing session. "Imperialism has created that cancer, and it must be totally eradicated by surgery. I see no other solution."
BUSINESS
September 8, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - People who do business at California's Capitol witness a lot of odd events outside the building's main entrances. Even so, some were jarred to see a handful of stained, lumpy mattresses covering the north steps. The bedding was a backdrop for a pep rally last week promoting a bill to create a state recycling program for mattresses and box springs. Supporters of SB 254 - including politicians, mattress manufacturers, retailers and environmentalists - said the proposal would combat urban blight.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Truman Templeton saw something and said something. A minor mystery swirled around Albany, Ore., after police arrested West Albany High School student Grant Acord last week on suspicion of plotting to shoot up and blow up his school. Who turned him in? It was Templeton, 17, a classmate and a friend. “It's kind of hard to believe that it's me, when I see it," Templeton told   KATU-TV in an interview , reflecting on all the coverage the arrest has gotten. "It's just like, is this really me they're talking about?
BUSINESS
August 13, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Jamie Dimon's getting-to-know-you bus tour of the West Coast, planned last spring, couldn't have come at a more awkward time for the JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive. With financial shares flopping around like penny stocks, the Fed keeping interest rates near zero and fears of a global recession, it's not exactly a comfortable time for bankers. But Dixon — dressed in jeans and polo shirt — took to the tour this week from Seattle to San Diego like a head cheerleader.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
There was no room left so the students piled onto stools and folding chairs and sat on the floor, clogging the aisles of this stifling classroom on a recent Saturday morning. They shifted in their seats as the teacher, who wore his politics on his sleeve in the form of a red "We Stand With Wisconsin" T-shirt, started to lecture. At first they checked their cellphones, doodled on the pages of their notebooks, and munched on the free chocolate chip cookies and potato chips they were provided, uninterested.
WORLD
June 18, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
It was the four-month anniversary of the popular uprising against the Libyan regime, but the throngs converging Friday on Tripoli's Green Square came to praise Moammar Kadafi, not to bury him. Hundreds of celebratory gunshots crackled and triumphant posters of Kadafi were hoisted aloft in front of the ancient stone walls of the capital's downtown market. Several thousand buoyant Kadafi supporters — including entire families and young men and women in civilian clothes toting semiautomatic weapons — took part in a closely choreographed pep rally for their leader.
SPORTS
February 1, 2011 | T.J. Simers
I was surprised to walk out of Tuesday's standing-room-only pep rally to find Farmers Field, L.A.'s new downtown football stadium, has yet to be built. From what everyone was saying inside the West Hall of the Convention Center, it's a done deal. I kept waiting for the San Diego Chargers to make a grand entrance, since they will be playing in the new joint. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was so pumped up he was already angling for tickets to Super Bowl 50. He reminded everyone he won't be mayor in 2016, but really wants to go to the game.
NEWS
August 13, 1988 | CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writer
Vice President George Bush, six days away from taking hold of the Republican Party as its presidential nominee, addressed the Reagan Administration's field commanders Friday in an executive branch pep rally that was dominated by Bush's chief campaign surrogate--President Ronald Reagan himself.
FOOD
August 3, 1989 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
The seafood industry's first national advertising campaign was previewed in a pep rally-like atmosphere in downtown Los Angeles last week. The 200 processors, wholesalers and retailers present at the Biltmore Hotel for the event enthusiastically applauded a screening of the television commercials that will urge Americans to eat more seafood. The campaign, conceived by the National Fish and Seafood Promotional Council, was warmly received by the audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2011 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
No modern Broadway show has been besieged by as many financial, creative and safety setbacks as "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the long-delayed musical about the web-slinging comic book and movie hero. So when "Spider-Man's" composers, U2 stars Bono and the Edge, hosted a recent reception for the cast and crew, it was not surprising that the New York event began to feel like a gathering of disaster survivors. There were uplifting speeches inside the Manhattan restaurant from the show's creative team, and an inspirational appearance by Christopher Tierney, a stunt performer who was seriously injured in a "Spider-Man" performance accident several weeks earlier.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2010 | By David G. Savage
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told law students Tuesday that he found it "very troubling" to be surrounded by loudly cheering critics at President Obama's State of the Union address, saying it was reason enough for the justices not to attend the annual speech to Congress. "To the extent the State of the Union has degenerated into a political pep rally, I'm not sure why we are there," Roberts said at the University of Alabama School of Law. Obama's speech in January came a week after the high court ruled 5 to 4 that corporations had a free-speech right to spend unlimited sums to elect or defeat candidates for office.
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