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January 12, 2006 | Rich Roberts, Special to The Times
Nick Scandone was arriving home in Fountain Valley from work 3 1/2 years ago when his cellphone rang. Scandone had been having trouble walking. His neurologist was calling. "I'm pulling into my driveway and getting out of the car and he says, 'Have you ever heard of a disease called ALS? Or Lou Gehrig's disease?' "And I said, 'The only thing I've ever heard about it is the guy died before he was 40.' " Nick was 36 then. He'll turn 40 on March 4.
August 21, 2005 | Laurence Frost, Associated Press Writer
The man was sweating as he edged toward the customs agents framing the doorway, his only exit. Red-faced and incongruous in the air-conditioned cool of the arrival area, he never had a chance. Officers had singled out the French holidaymaker even before he touched down at Saint Exupery airport, on the outskirts of the southern city of Lyon. Poring over a flight manifest, they noticed he was the only passenger returning from Thailand, a major source of illegal counterfeit goods.
April 2, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Christian Fittipaldi won the CART Champ Car season finale on the two-mile oval at California Speedway in 2000. Sunday, he figures to be in position to win a Grand American Rolex series sports car race on the track's 2.8-mile road course. The versatile Brazilian, who also has driven NASCAR stock cars, had Friday's fastest practice lap of 107.715 mph on the 21-turn circuit as Daytona prototype and GT cars and drivers worked to prepare for Sunday's Ferrari-Maserati 400-kilometer race.
November 1, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
The emotions burned inside Max Papis, not because of his competitive nature, but because of his compassionate one. Five years to the day after one of his best friends died at California Speedway in a race that Papis nearly won, he sat inside a media room there alongside teammate Scott Pruett as a race winner and series champion.
September 29, 2004 | DAN NEIL
Ezra POUND was many things: poet, aesthete, anti-Semite, battier than Carlsbad Caverns. Among the founding fathers of Modernism in the 20th century, Pound was also the one most full of self-regarding fertilizer. If overwriting is a crime, Pound is literature's Al Capone. But Pound had it right when he observed that works of art often center on a single defining metaphor, a still point of meaning around which the larger work spins like a gyre -- thus Pound's critical term "vorticism."
May 9, 2004 | Jeff Bertolucci, Special to The Times
Where'd you go to college? Where do you work? Own a snowmobile? Got a dog? What breed? What's your Social Security number? No, we won't check your credit score. Oh, and by the way, do you own a Rolex? These are just a few of the unexpected questions -- exact phrasing may vary -- that insurance companies ask homeowners shopping for a policy.
Alexi Lalas, get ready to hand Carlos Ruiz the watch you owe him. Make that two. And get him a better undershirt. Ruiz, 22, scored two goals for the Galaxy and possibly earned two watches in a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew in front of 14,177 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night. Lalas promised Ruiz a watch before the season if the rookie scored 15 goals. He scored Nos. 15 and 16 against the Crew.
July 13, 2002
Erica Blasberg of Corona shot her second consecutive round of three-under-par 69 to ensure a victory Friday in the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions at The Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. She finished at five-under 283 in the 72-hole event to remain three strokes ahead of Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., who also shot a 69. Jane Park of Beaumont had the low round of the day at 68 to move into third at 290. Irene Cho of La Habra and Alice Kim of Los Angeles tied for 13th at 302.
July 11, 2002 | From staff reports
Taylor Wood of Laguna Niguel shot his second consecutive round of 68 and his eight-under-par 136 has him two strokes off the lead at the midway point of the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions at The Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. In the girls' event, Erica Blasberg of Corona moved into a tie for second place at one-over 145, two shots behind leader Brittany Lincicome of Pinellas Park, Fla.
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