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February 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Tens of thousands of people packed the streets of this northern Iowa city 40 years ago to honor a native son and the film premiere of "The Music Man." When ABC airs its version of Meredith Willson's musical Sunday, there won't be any fanfare, but the spirit of the story lives on in the city that served as the model for River City, Iowa.
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May 15, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
In a last-ditch move to relieve stress on levees burdened by floodwaters, the Army Corps of Engineers opened a major Mississippi River floodgate Saturday for only the second time in nearly 40 years, funneling water toward farmland and small communities to save New Orleans and Baton Rouge from inundations. A crane lifted the metal teeth on one of the Morganza Spillway's 125 gates, and an avalanche of water began rushing through. The water branched out over the grassy flood plain and began rippling southward toward isolated hamlets, fishing and hunting camps, and towns tucked among the bayous.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 1999 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Professor Harold Hill, a.k.a. "The Music Man," arrives in River City, Iowa, to sell band equipment and uniforms to the local boys, with the promise that he'll turn them into a band. Of course, it's all a scam. In Meredith Willson's classic 1957 paean to turn-of-the-century American values, Hill is saved from being tarred-and-feathered and run out of town when the fully uniformed boys show up honking and squawking on their sparkling instruments.
TRAVEL
May 9, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
In Yuma, Ariz., we discovered a delicious find: curried mussels with lobster ravioli, pistachio-crusted salmon, rack of lamb, even mustard-crusted tofu with spinach ravioli. So many enticing choices. Open Mondays-Fridays for lunch, every day for dinner. River City Grill, 600 W. 3rd St.; (928) 782-7988, http://www.rivercitygrillyuma.com Entrees $14-$26. Wena and Dave Dows Culver City
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2002 | SEAN MITCHELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ardent fans of the NBC comedy "Will & Grace" might be aware that Eric McCormack, who plays Will, went to Broadway last year as a temporary replacement in the lead role of scamp Harold Hill in Susan Stroman's revival of "The Music Man."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1994 | WILLIAM F. RAWSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
From water-skiing college kids to retirees in houseboats, tourists flock to this desert oasis, lured by its sparkling lake and the incongruous sight of the London Bridge rising from the Arizona desert. But there is trouble in this Colorado River city. High levels of coliform bacteria in the channel beneath the British bridge have closed two of the lake's busiest beaches for almost a month, and news of the mysterious contamination is keeping tourists away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trouble is, they've got labor trouble right here at the state Capitol in River City, the political heart of the union movement in California. The trouble became a public spectacle Wednesday when union members from throughout the state came to Sacramento, which calls itself River City, for their annual lobbying conference. They immediately discovered that the north side of the golden-domed Capitol was getting a fresh coat of paint from nonunion painters of River City Painting Co. A picket line was thrown up at a north entrance to the 127-year-old building, an unheard-of action in the nearly four years that labor-friendly Democrat Gray Davis has occupied the governor's office and Democrats expanded their majorities in the Legislature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2001
Re "Flood of Sept. 11 Aid Swamps Charities," Dec. 8: Though it is heartening to see Americans come to each other's aid in such abundance, one must wonder where all this charitable giving was before Sept. 11. You cannot pick up a newspaper any day of the year without reading about hungry children, homeless families and inadequate health care, not thousands of miles away, but right here in River City--right here in your own backyard. Yes, even in one of the wealthiest counties in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1989
Congratulations UCLA and The Times for making the public aware ("Poverty Gap Growing in L.A., Report Finds," Part I, June 20, "The Poor Get Poorer," editorial, June 21) of what local teachers, police, social and health professionals already know. Yes, the poor are getting poorer. There's trouble in River City. Undoubtedly, Prof. Paul Ong is sincere in saying "It's very difficult for people on the Westside like myself to understand that this is going on." However, it is naive not to realize that a large percentage of the more affluent are aware but avoid, ignore or deny the plight of the working poor, except when crime enters the picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2001
In regard to "The Music Man" tour coming to Orange County sans Equity contracts (Morning Report, Aug. 18): According to OCPAC spokesman Tim Dunn, the word "Broadway" is a "generic term" used to describe a particular style of musical. In the Oxford American Dictionary, not only is "Broadway" a proper noun, but its first definition is "a street in New York City ... famous for its stores and theaters." The second definition is "the professional theater in New York City." There is no mention of a "generic term."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2009 | By Bettina Boxall
Regional water quality officials on Thursday put some teeth into their long campaign to cleanse the Los Angeles River system of the tons of trash that turn it into a movable landfill after major storms. Standards previously adopted by the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board give cities along the watershed until 2016 to keep all trash out of their storm drains. On Thursday, the board incorporated those limits into storm water permits, putting municipalities that don't meet the requirements in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Until now there had been no penalty for noncompliance.
SPORTS
May 26, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO -- Dynasties don't die that easily. The San Antonio Spurs didn't like what they saw in their near future, so they dipped into the past with an effort that made the Lakers hem and haw at every juncture. It was the type of game that has brought the Spurs four championship parades since 1999, an aggressive mix that led to a 103-84 victory Sunday in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers shot 42.
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December 23, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Janice Easley's fury over illegal immigration boiled over Saturday as she confronted Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson at the Music Man Square museum. She said she recalled a film about Mexicans who wanted to take over California and New Mexico. Calling illegal immigrants a taxpayer burden, she wondered whether Americans could march in the streets of Mexico and demand welfare. When Iowans call up the power company, she said, "everything is in Spanish; it's sickening."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Tens of thousands of people packed the streets of this northern Iowa city 40 years ago to honor a native son and the film premiere of "The Music Man." When ABC airs its version of Meredith Willson's musical Sunday, there won't be any fanfare, but the spirit of the story lives on in the city that served as the model for River City, Iowa.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2002 | SEAN MITCHELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ardent fans of the NBC comedy "Will & Grace" might be aware that Eric McCormack, who plays Will, went to Broadway last year as a temporary replacement in the lead role of scamp Harold Hill in Susan Stroman's revival of "The Music Man."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2002 | ELENA GAONA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Developers of the massive RiverPark project in Oxnard have agreed to pay the city of Ventura $4.6 million for roadway improvements to help offset increased traffic from the development. The Ventura City Council is expected to approve the agreement at its meeting tonight, ending a dispute that focused on the adequacy of the development's draft environmental impact report. "The developer has been cooperative," City Atty. Robert G.
TRAVEL
May 9, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
In Yuma, Ariz., we discovered a delicious find: curried mussels with lobster ravioli, pistachio-crusted salmon, rack of lamb, even mustard-crusted tofu with spinach ravioli. So many enticing choices. Open Mondays-Fridays for lunch, every day for dinner. River City Grill, 600 W. 3rd St.; (928) 782-7988, http://www.rivercitygrillyuma.com Entrees $14-$26. Wena and Dave Dows Culver City
BUSINESS
April 12, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Thursday that it agreed to buy closely held River City Broadcasting for $1.2 billion, creating the nation's seventh-largest television group and moving it into radio broadcasting for the first time. Acquiring River City would give Baltimore-based Sinclair nine more TV stations, for a total of 29. Its stations would reach almost 15% of U.S. households in markets that include Baltimore; San Antonio, Texas; and Columbus, Ohio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trouble is, they've got labor trouble right here at the state Capitol in River City, the political heart of the union movement in California. The trouble became a public spectacle Wednesday when union members from throughout the state came to Sacramento, which calls itself River City, for their annual lobbying conference. They immediately discovered that the north side of the golden-domed Capitol was getting a fresh coat of paint from nonunion painters of River City Painting Co. A picket line was thrown up at a north entrance to the 127-year-old building, an unheard-of action in the nearly four years that labor-friendly Democrat Gray Davis has occupied the governor's office and Democrats expanded their majorities in the Legislature.
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