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SPORTS
June 20, 1991 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pool hall--that enduring piece of Americana--has undergone a metamorphosis at The Shark Club. Look elsewhere for dingy back rooms, cigar-smoking gamblers, and sleepy-eyed hustlers--the trappings that can give pool halls a sleazy reputation. This is pool for a new generation complete with valet parking, dance music and a 2,000-gallon shark tank.
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BUSINESS
December 11, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
The gig: In addition to being a senior engineering director at Google Inc., 47-year-old Thomas Williams is the site director for the company's newly opened 500-person campus near Venice Beach, where it develops video advertising for YouTube, pieces of the Google+ social network and the Chrome Web browser. After sifting through a pool of hundreds of potential properties for Google's L.A. location, Williams and his team settled on Frank Gehry's Binoculars Building, and redecorated the interior with touches that mixed Google's whimsical design tastes with hallmarks of Los Angeles culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1997 | STEVE HARVEY
Rose Parade Princess Leslie Marrero has an unusual driving record. While making appearances as a princess, she has piloted a yacht and a blimp, the Muir High senior told the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Assn. Now for the unusual part. You won't see her behind the wheel of a car. She doesn't have a driver's license yet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
The Whitaker-Jaynes house and the Bacon house are the last standing relics that tell about Buena Park's past. Dean Dixon, a trustee of the Buena Park Historical Society, calls these homes, built in the mid- to late 1800s, "the last of the Mohicans." Dixon said it makes him "nervous" that the city owns the homes and property. The homes "are vulnerable to any decisions that the city would want to make," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When comedian Robin Harris died of a heart attack two years ago at age 36, he left behind a CD recording of a live performance in which he played himself, stuck with taking some obstreperous youngsters to an amusement park. Harris' "Bebe's Kids" (citywide), based on that tale, has now become the first animated theatrical feature with exclusively African-American characters as principals.
SPORTS
July 10, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
There are rare moments when Italy rises above regional differences and comes together as a country. It certainly doesn't happen in politics; maybe it happens briefly when an Italian soldier is killed in an overseas mission. It is soccer, and perhaps soccer alone, that can unite the nation in unbridled euphoria, make grown men cry, sane women squeal and immerse an entire national population in wild jubilation.
NEWS
September 16, 1993 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you're up in Ojai this weekend, don't forget to bring that suit of armor. Or that plumed velvet hat in the back of your closet, or the shirt with billowing sleeves you wouldn't otherwise be caught dead in. You'll fit right in at the Ojai Renaissance Festival. The south shore of Lake Casitas will take on the trappings of a 16th-Century English village called "Reveler's Cove."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2006 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-two years ago, computer animation was just a byte in Pixar guru John Lasseter's eye. Now, he's the director of "Cars," "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," not to mention the new animation chieftain of the Walt Disney Co. But back then, he was just a young animator who'd been canned from the Mouse House and had started working at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, the special-effects powerhouse.
NEWS
April 8, 2002 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"You put on this shirt and you feel like such a man," says Curt Rowley, showing off a rather blousy garment that matches his equally blousy cotton knickers. Rowley's ensemble also includes a feathered cap, leather boots laced to the knees and a handmade leather sheath hanging off his hip. Manly? Yes, in a Robin Hood-meets-"Braveheart" sort of way.
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