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May 16, 1988 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Natives of the old commercial center of Osaka are so preoccupied with business that instead of greeting one another with "Good day," they say, "Are you making money?" People in Tokyo, on the other hand, spend money lavishly, a custom they are said to have acquired in the feudal era, when merchants competed, often with bribes, to be designated "official purveyors" to the ruling samurai class.
April 26, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may have wrapped up last week, but still unfurling in Coachella's Pueblo Viejo District is an ambitious project that has brought together about a dozen muralists and international contemporary artists. "Coachella Walls," which has no formal connection to the Goldenvoice-produced festival, is billed as an "arts-driven community revitalization project. " Its organizers are Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, a.k.a., the artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, who grew up in the area and now show their work at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.
January 2, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The new year may see local governments taking more of a regional approach to managing growth as rules take effect penalizing cities for building projects that severely increase traffic on freeways or on the region's 21 proposed "super-streets." The regional planning requirements are part of the Orange County Congestion Management Program, which cities and the county adopted last summer to meet a state requirement.
April 24, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Thousands are expected to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide on Thursday, with several high-profile events scheduled across Southern California. The observances come just days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan  offered condolences to Armenian descendants of the massacre - an atrocity that Turkey still refuses to describe as a genocide. Roughly 1.5 million Armenians were killed starting in 1915 amid the chaotic collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
February 25, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
Charging that Orange County is not getting its fair share, frustrated transportation officials voted Monday to pursue drastic reforms in the way the Southern California Assn. of Governments approves highway and transit projects, including replacing SCAG altogether.
Keen competition among Southern California cities is a time-honored tradition. But on Friday, three traditional rivals--Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena--took another step toward regional cooperation. More than 160 government and business leaders from the three cities attended a seminar to launch what they called the first public-private coalition in the state designed to help them maintain local control over regional issues.
Seven Latin American presidents, their nations mired in inflation and recession, resolved Thursday to push forward with economic integration by 1992 to keep from falling behind the world's emerging regional economic blocs. Ending their third annual summit a day early, the group also reaffirmed the suspension of Panama to protest Gen. Manuel A. Noriega's crushing of democracy there. However, the seven presidents stopped short of expelling Panama outright, as some countries wanted.
Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena have long boasted a partnership of sorts. They share ownership of an airport, an emergency-dispatch system and have gained new political clout with a transportation coalition. Still, developers and politicians in each city compete fiercely for new business. And the relationship has had its political strains.
Kim Mu Young, a Christian evangelist, hails from the mountainous Kyongsang region, famed for its rugged individualism rooted in a history of isolated farmers scratching a living from a harsh environment. But he works in the Chungchong area south of Seoul, renowned for refined manners and cautious ways that reflect a tradition of close links to dynastic rulers. "If you're a hotheaded person like me, you can barely live here because people are so tedious, so slow," he complained.
November 15, 1987
Hooray for Kristine McKenna and the Calendar section ("Julian Schnabel--Artist as Bad Boy," Nov. 1)! Four reasons: For the courage, maturity, tolerance and general big-heartedness to publish the (all-too-typical and apparently only) response to the article on Schnabel. For avoiding the comfort of cynicism and regionalism. For appreciating the possibly inspirational aspects of Schnabel's success. And for keeping us informed about the competition. EDWARD W. RANDELL JR. Sherman Oaks
April 16, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Transportation officials have shelved plans for a second entrance to a downtown subway station across from L.A. police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times because the newspaper's parent company says it may develop the site, according to Metro documents published Tuesday. The Tribune Co. property, a parking lot in downtown L.A.'s Historic Core, is the site of a future station along a $1.4-billion subway aimed at closing one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's growing rail network.
April 16, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous. " "Laughable. " Also, you concur that this bird will never fly. Not only would the plan need to be approved by California voters, Congress and the president would have to sign off, too. "Do you really think Democrats would ever allow anything to disrupt the 55-electoral-vote advantage they get every four years?" from California, reader Kurt wrote.
April 12, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian President Vladimir Putin has massed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's eastern border, a reminder of his vow to protect ethnic Russians in the neighboring country. Using his army, however, is probably Plan B. Rather than repeating the "Crimean scenario" - invading, seizing and annexing territory - the Kremlin would prefer to keep Ukraine weak and divided by forcing a change in how it is governed, analysts say. Increasing regional autonomy at the expense of the central government would force Ukrainian authorities to constantly balance competing visions of the country to hold it together, and in effect give Moscow veto power through its influence among ethnic Russians in the east.
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A storm system was dropping rain across the Central Coast on Monday evening as it headed toward the Los Angeles area, where wet and cooler weather was expected to last for several days, according to forecasters. A band of heavy showers was dropping up to 1/2 inch of rain per hour in San Luis Obispo County and kicking up southerly winds from 30 mph to 40 mph, the National Weather Service said. The front was expected to weaken by the time it blows across the Los Angeles area between 10 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Weather Service said.
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
SUNDAY'S EAST REGIONAL FINAL At Madison Square Garden, New York NO. 7 CONNECTICUT (29-8) VS. NO. 4 MICHIGAN STATE (29-8) When: 11:20 a.m. PDT. TV: Channel 2. UPDATE: Branden Dawson is perhaps the best barometer for Michigan State, which is 15-0 when he has scored in double figures. Dawson, a 6-6 junior, is averaging 11.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for the season but 20 points and nine rebounds in NCAA tournament games. Bolstering the Spartans inside is 6-10 senior Adreian Payne, who averages 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.
March 29, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They were two teams too close for comfort. Each other's. The width of a slip of paper separated Arizona and Wisconsin in Saturday night's NCAA West Regional final. And in the end, when Wisconsin won an overtime thriller of thrillers, it was the kind of game they will remember in NCAA basketball tournament lore forever. The final score, before 17,814 in Anaheim's Honda Center, was 64-63, and few will remember that. Margin of victory is all that mattered. Those who were there, or were watching on TV, will remember it as the kind of game where every screen was contested, every shot, even every referee's call.
June 1, 1997
Xandra Kayden should take her head out of her textbooks and attend an L.A. City Council meeting (Opinion, May 25). Her opinion of neighborhood councils as "the wrong direction" shows she cares little about real reform of City Hall. I'm the Westchester delegate in the Alliance for Self-Determination, the group pushing for changes in the state law to allow Los Angeles to be remade into smaller, locally controlled cities. Our organization's members come about half from the Valley, half from the Central City, Westside and the Harbor.
July 5, 1988 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
On a good summer day, when the southern swells hit the coast, the beaches from Venice to Ventura are among the best surfing spots in the country. These days, they are also among the toughest. When the best waves roll in, so do hundreds of surfers, sporting Day-Glo wet suits, carrying personalized boards and sharing a mission: to catch the day's best ride, or as the surfers put it, "to get tubed and get stoked."
March 28, 2014 | From staff reports
A look at the NCAA tournament regional finals on Saturday. West Regional at Honda Center, Anaheim NO. 1 ARIZONA (33-4) VS. NO. 2 WISCONSIN (29-7) WHEN: 5:49 p.m. PDT. TV: TBS. Wisconsin put on a clinic in basketball fundamentals in Thursday's semifinal destruction of Baylor. The Badgers used precision passing to dissect Baylor's 1-3-1 zone and, defensively, held the Bears to 16 first-half points. Wisconsin made 26 of 51 shots, marking only the third time in program history the Badgers have made more than 50% of their shots in an NCAA tournament game.
March 28, 2014 | Chris Erskine
The Arizona coach is like a quivering tea kettle. Wisconsin's guy is witty enough to do stand-up comedy. The only one of these four head coaches I'd ever buy anything from - a toaster, an annuity - is Baylor's, and he's gone. Also gone is the Aztecs' Steve Fisher, who had to be the inspiration for Coach T in those Toyota spots. In the postgame confab Thursday night, he lashed out over a breach of protocol, then ended the odd session by asking the media about the timing of a goaltending call.
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