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October 20, 1992 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rapper Smurfy B. stared pensively at an ornate memorial mural on the wall of the recreation center at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts where the names of several deceased gang members--many of them friends of his--are immortalized. "There are my 'homies' who are now gone, but they're not forgotten," said Smurfy B., 17, a lifelong resident of the housing project, as he rubbed his hand against some of the names written in English script on the wall--L'il Jay, Muscles, Smiley.
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October 20, 1992 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rapper Smurfy B. stared pensively at an ornate memorial mural on the wall of the recreation center at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts where the names of several deceased gang members--many of them friends of his--are immortalized. "There are my 'homies' who are now gone, but they're not forgotten," said Smurfy B., 17, a lifelong resident of the housing project, as he rubbed his hand against some of the names written in English script on the wall--L'il Jay, Muscles, Smiley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1993
Orange County customers of a major cellular phone network can now report traffic jams, smog-belching vehicles or taggers defacing public property to a central number, free of charge. PacTel Cellular, competing with rival L.A. Cellular for new customers, as well as seeking to provide useful services, is launching the new PacTel Patrol program with a promotion called Cellular Samaritan Week.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1993 | CHRIS WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Baldwin Theater movie triplex in Baldwin Hills--said to be one of only two black-owned and -operated film complexes in the country--doesn't get to show films to which the surrounding community can directly relate every week. As current marquee attractions go, there's not exactly anyone for an African-American to root for in the white-guy-flips-out cautionary fable "Falling Down." For those in search of heroic people of color, any color, the sole choice right now is "Aladdin."
NATIONAL
October 3, 2009 | Stacy St. Clair and Peter Nicholas
The crowd came for a party. Wearing orange 2016 T-shirts, an estimated 10,000 people filled Daley Plaza in the heart of the city with chants of "Chi-ca-go! Chi-ca-go!" Then the announcement stunned them into silence. Chicago -- the city expected to compete mightily with Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Games -- had been knocked out in the first round of voting. "I am dumbfounded; utterly speechless," said David Long, who moments before had predicted victory. "I have no clue what just happened."
BUSINESS
August 12, 1993 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just as California consumers warm up to inexpensive chicken from the South, the state's poultry industry is taking steps to freeze it out. A trade association dominated by leading California growers Zacky Farms and Foster Farms is pushing legislation that would make it hard for out-of-state companies to sell fresh chicken in California. If the state's lawmakers go along, as expected, Californians could end up paying higher prices for fresh chicken.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
MOVIES & TV Oh, Ted, Can You See?: Media mogul Ted Turner took the stage as an Independence Day statesman Friday and called for a national vote on replacing the "Star-Spangled Banner" with a less "warlike" anthem. Turner, who received the annual Philadelphia Liberty Medal for his founding of television news channel CNN International, urged in an energetic, free-form speech that "America the Beautiful" be adopted as the U.S. national anthem now that much of the world is free of armed conflict.
NEWS
March 20, 1986 | GARY LIBMAN
When Frances Bowman woke to heavy rain at 3:30 a.m. recently, she began the drill she has learned so well during three floods and countless evacuations of her home within the last five years. The curly-haired, 5-foot housewife told her husband to get dressed and go look at the Petaluma River behind their four-bedroom house. When Jim Bowman returned and reported that the muddy river was rising fast, she began lifting important papers to high shelves and wrapping plastic bags around clothes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2003 | BRIAN LOWRY
Despite the hoopla that surrounded last month's Federal Communications Commission rule-making letting the few big companies that control most of the media grow even bigger, it will do little to alter the shape of the television industry -- a point worth pondering as we prepare to celebrate another Independence Day while watching the slow eradication of independent program suppliers.
SPORTS
June 14, 1996 | LARRY STEWART
The question isn't: Why is NBC covering all four rounds of the U.S. Open? The question is: Why haven't any of the networks done it before on major golf tournaments? One problem for the networks has always been getting their affiliates to agree to preempting daytime programming on weekdays. As an enticement in this case, NBC offered its affiliates half of the commercial time during the first two rounds. Now with coverage of today's second round being carried by both ESPN (8-11 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.
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