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April 30, 1991
If our Sacramento legislators are writing bills to give tax breaks to special interests (April 21), perhaps we taxpayers should rejoice that we do not receive all the government we pay for. MARGARET W. ROMANI, Los Angeles
December 15, 2013 | By Steve Marble
When Melvin Hayes' Ford Fusion was stolen from a Sacramento-area car wash Thursday morning, the 80-year-old knew the odds were slim he'd see the bright red vehicle again. Longer still were the odds that he would recover what was stored in the back seat - his wife's ashes. But on Saturday, California High Patrol officers contacted Hayes to let him know his car had turned up in Stockton. And, yes, the urn containing the ashes, was found too, Fox 40 reported. “Today is one of the best days of my life,” Hayes said.
December 16, 2004
Re "Rejoice, With a Little Restraint" [Dec. 9]: Equal time, please, for ethnic diversity, where traditions of value have meaning and require more creativity than seeing how much can be purchased during a MasterCard-buying spree. I am an immigrant's son, and my gifts to my mom each year are the decorations I make. Everything on the tree has specific meaning as I celebrate my late grandparents and my mother's treasured memories of Christmas in Europe. A tree with meaning, not just slapped up as an obligation, is something we should admire, have a sense of pride about and rejoice in. Craig Carr West Hills
December 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
South African musician Johnny Clegg, who saluted Nelson Mandela in his 1987 song “Asimbonanga” while Mandela was still serving prison time for fighting the nation's apartheid system, released the following statement about Mandela's passing on Thursday: “My family and I send our condolences to all the Mandela family members on the passing of Tata. We also share with all South Africans and the global community our sense of loss and sadness at his passing. “Nelson Mandela will always define a deep part of what and who are as individuals and as a nation.
June 7, 2000
Regarding your June 3 front-page photo of Nasdaq traders: 116,000 fellow citizens join the ranks of the unemployed and the worshipers in the temples of commerce rejoice. To me this is true voodoo economics. GEORGE MILLER Los Osos
August 9, 1992
So someone agreed to spend $80 million for a spiffy new grandstand at the Del Mar Race Track. That money could have funded San Diego's six runaway and homeless youth shelters for 40 years. So rejoice in your winnings over this fine 43-day race season. Remember that joy when a troubled kid swipes your BMW. MICHAEL J. FOLEY, San Diego
February 23, 1994
If the freeway overpasses had been strengthened, as they should have been, we would be unaware of the benefits of rail transportation. Perhaps this recent earthquake was a blessing in disguise. Now we all realize how much we need rail transportation and how it mitigated our transportation needs with the freeways that are now unusable. For the year or so before the freeways can be rebuilt, we can rejoice that someone had the foresight to initiate this rail service. What would we do without it?
December 29, 1990
What I hope to remember about Bo Jackson's 88-yard run against the Bengals is right guard Max Montoya's remark: "I was on my face, as usual. I spat the grass out of my helmet, I looked up and he was gone." English teachers rejoice! Even columnists are often afraid to use the past tense of spit , perhaps fearing pretension. But Max Montoya, of the oft-disparaged linemen class, used it correctly and naturally. MICHAEL FOLEY Granada Hills
February 12, 2001
I am outraged that the U.S. National Toxicology Program is celebrating its 500th test on innocent creatures (Feb. 7). We human beings spend countless dollars developing toxic chemicals and then spend countless more dollars, not to mention millions of lives, testing those same chemicals. To rejoice in the horrors of vivisection is not only heartless, it is frightening. We have come to a point where nonhuman life has no value beyond the funding that the scientists are greedily accepting in return for their premeditated torture and murder of those helpless beings.
February 4, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer
The only way either of the Boykin brothers, Jamal and Ruben, escaped his family chores while growing up was to defeat the other in a game of one-on-one basketball. "We have a big yard and big trees, so the loser would have to do a lot of stuff," Jamal said. "You would have to rake the leaves in the front of the house, the side of the house and the back of the house. The games were real personal. You'd feel sorry for the loser, but you didn't want to be raking leaves."
November 28, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
On Friday morning, some very happy snow globe fans will return to J.C. Penney stores for a Black Friday tradition that was briefly wiped out last year. Call it the Black Friday Snow Globe Debacle of 2012. J.C. Penney dropped its post-Thanksgiving snow-globe giveaway last year, and a small but determined rebellion took root. It turns out the Disney globes were an entrenched holiday tradition with some customers. Leah New of Memphis was one of them. She and her mom had a mother-daughter tradition of shopping at J.C. Penney every Black Friday and picking up a snow globe.
October 21, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Cash-strapped consumers finally have some good news to toast -- perhaps with a steaming cup o' joe. The price of coffee beans hit a four-year low on Monday. Dry weather has improved growing conditions in Brazil, the world's largest producer and exporter. Globally, production is set to exceed demand for a fourth straight season, pushing coffee inventories to a five-year high, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The glut is helping to cut costs for Starbucks Corp.
September 11, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
It's getting easier for Baby Boomers to hide their years. Federal regulators for the first time have approved Botox injections to temporarily ease the appearance of crow's feet. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the drug, made by Irvine-based Allergan Inc., to treat wrinkles that form on the outside edge of the eyes. The decision comes 11 years after the FDA approved Botox for the temporary improvement of wrinkles between the eyebrows, known as frown lines.
July 7, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON--For Britain, Andy Murray's victory at Wimbleon on Sunday was a collective dream come true, a triumph they've longed for for decades. Murray, a Scotsman whose sometimes dour, always expressive demeanor on the court did not always endear him to the rest of the nation, defeated No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic to become the first British man to win the tennis singles championship since Fred Perry in 1936. The last singles champion the country has produced was Virginia Wade in 1977, which seemed ordained by the stars because it coincided with the silver jubilee, the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
May 8, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
CLEVELAND - To most of his neighbors, Ariel Castro was an upbeat presence on a rundown street, a cheerful school bus driver who befriended local kids and popped into barbecues to say hello and have a beer. On Tuesday, they sought to reconcile that image with accusations that Castro had imprisoned three young women, abducted in 2002, 2003 and 2004, inside his slightly dilapidated house with the American flag out front. "I guess he had a great mask to cover a monster," Juan Perez, who lives two doors down from Castro, said Tuesday.
April 19, 2013 | By Devin Kelly and Laura J. Nelson
As news spread that police had captured 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, a nation on edge took to social media to express joy and relief that the day-long manhunt had ended.  The search for Tsarnaev began less than a day earlier, when an MIT police officer was fatally shot on campus. That kicked off a car chase and subsequent firefight early Friday morning that claimed the life of Tsarnaev's 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan.
June 24, 2011
'Rejoice and Shout' Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes Playing: At Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles
July 2, 2006 | Riley Ray Chiorando
In L.A., the tabloids and blogs aren't the only arbiters of who's hot and who's not.
April 5, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Things have been done in the bathrooms of Little Joy that would make even Keith Richards' skin crawl. The Echo Park dive bar was also notorious for the amount of times drunk, scrappy rockers got beat up outside of it. (Nobody likes a drunk, scrappy rocker. Not even other drunk, scrappy rockers.) And for more than 40 years, Little Joy was home to them all as well as a completely bent assortment of neighborhood characters, bums and druggies. In short, it was the Enabler's favorite dive for a couple of years.
March 20, 2013 | By David Horsey
This time, we dodged a bullet. Another mass shooting - the sort of bloody event that seems to happen on a weekly basis - was averted Monday when James Oliver Seevakumara chose to shoot himself before he could carry out his plot to shoot a bunch of his fellow students at the University of Central Florida. He had pulled a gun on his roommate, who hid in a bathroom and called police. When the cops arrived, they discovered a blaring fire alarm and speculated that Seevakumara had set it off in order to lure others in his dorm out of their rooms for easy targeting.
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