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ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2006 | From Reuters
The Beatles are set to appear on British postage stamps for the first time. Some 37 years after the world's most famous pop group broke up, Britain's Royal Mail will release a set of six stamps on Jan. 9 depicting iconic Beatles' album covers. The stamps "celebrate the Beatles' extraordinary cultural contribution to Britain," the Royal Mail said. The featured albums are "With the Beatles," "Help!," "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be."
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WORLD
July 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Mexican President Vicente Fox rejected calls to withdraw a new line of postage stamps, saying Friday that they are not racist and critics don't understand the beloved comic book character on which they are based. He spoke as hundreds of people lined up at Mexico City's main post office, snapping up the stamps so eagerly that all 750,000 sold out Friday, two days after they hit the market.
WORLD
June 30, 2005 | Chris Kraul and Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writers
A newly issued series of postage stamps showing a once-popular black comic book character with exaggerated thick lips has reignited controversy over racial attitudes in Mexico, six weeks after President Vicente Fox was forced to apologize for remarks perceived as insensitive toward black Americans. The five new stamps show a cartoon figure named Memin Pinguin, a picaresque urban child who gets by on wits and moxie, that has been one of Mexico's best-selling comic book characters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Czeslaw Slania, an engraver who created more than 1,000 postage stamps for countries around the world -- depicting coronations, moon landings, heads of state and movie stars -- has died. He was 83. Slania, who also served as the official court engraver for Sweden, Denmark and Monaco, died March 17 in Stockholm, his home since 1956. He had been in failing health for some months, but the cause of his death was not given in the announcement by the Swedish postal service.
SPORTS
July 12, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Almost since John Highet, a local doctor, and James Dickie, a builder from Glasgow, came up with the idea of forming a small golf club in 1878 on the Ayrshire shore, the Postage Stamp -- the infamous eighth hole at Royal Troon, 123 yards of mayhem, bedlam and bogeys -- has been delivering lickings to golfers. The best in the world will try it again at Royal Troon when the British Open begins Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2004 | Jon Burlingame, Special to The Times
The gutsy, driving jazz of "Peter Gunn." The plaintive harmonica melody of "Moon River." The smart-aleck saxophone riffs of "The Pink Panther." The lush string elegance of "Mr. Lucky." The boogie-woogie silliness of "The Baby Elephant Walk." Henry Mancini created all of those musical moods over a six-year period in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nowadays his tunes are frequently dismissed as "lounge music," the obnoxious and often inaccurate label for so many popular songs of that era.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Personalized postage stamps -- featuring the kids, the dog, the company logo -- may be in Americans' future. Such special issue stamps, sold at a premium, were among the recommendations issued Wednesday by the President's Commission on the Future of the Postal Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
An El Segundo man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million in postage stamps from trains at Union Station. Former Amtrak worker Elpidio De La Cruz, 43, was sentenced this week for his role in a theft ring that worked out of the Union Station Amtrak yard, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Two other men have already been sentenced.
NEWS
October 2, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A new postage stamp reflecting the surge of patriotism in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks was to be unveiled today by the U.S. Postal Service. The design reportedly will include a large American flag above the words "United We Stand." Although the stamp is planned for the standard 34-cent first-class rate, some members of Congress are proposing a 6-cent surcharge to raise money for the families of those killed at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
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