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June 5, 1992
A newly designed oar that is broader and hatchet-style was used as crews broke seven records on the opening day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. Regatta on Lake Onondaga at Syracuse, N.Y. Georgetown and Brown each set two new marks during preliminary races, and MIT, Pennsylvania and Cornell each broke one. Brown sent the most shells into Saturday's eight championship events with three crews.
April 27, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz, 61, is president and a director of the LA84 Foundation, the charitable organization that runs off an endowment of surplus funds from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the three decades since those games, LA84 has donated more than $214 million to more than 1,100 Southern California youth sports programs, providing opportunities for more than 3 million children. DeFrantz has spent nearly half her life with the organization, formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation.
October 28, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
One of the most highly recruited athletes in Ventura County doesn't even play high school sports. Bridget Leire, a 5-foot-10 senior at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, is one of the top female rowing prospects on the West Coast. She gave up swimming as a sophomore, joined a club rowing program at Lake Casitas and faster than you can say, "Blades down," she found a sport to become passionate about. "There's an energy you feel when you're in a boat with other people," Leire said.
April 22, 2014
Re "The Resurrection's challenge," Opinion, April 20 Skid row soup-kitchen operator Jeff Dietrich's writing is always confrontational, annoying and inspiring. This article was true to form, only more so. I can't believe Dietrich feels that he has to measure up to the risen Christ. His work may be a lot of things, and it ain't easy. The description of the homeless man needing a bathroom in the early morning - whom Dietrich turned away, citing the fact that his facility wasn't open yet and prior experiences letting the homeless use his bathroom - was poignantly real.
August 17, 2000 | BILL DWYRE
For the first time in many years, Anita DeFrantz will be row, row, rowing a boat in competition. And for the 47-year-old vice president of the International Olympic Committee, the first female to reach that rank in the IOC's 106-year history, her appearance Sunday on Lake Merritt in Oakland will leave her both goose-bumpy and breathless. "This is really an honor, really a thrill," said DeFrantz, of Los Angeles, president of the Los Angeles Amateur Athletic Foundation.
Oh, the things people have done with Steven Redgrave's rowing medals. Movie big shots borrowed his first World Championship gold medal for a few days of filming, and returned it with the ribbon horribly twisted. And there was that fund-raiser in Atlanta, where a few forgetful folks "accidentally" pocketed Redgrave's three Olympic golds and his bronze. Prodding from an announcer unearthed the golds, but it took a few days for the bronze to reappear in a plain brown envelope. "No name.
August 2, 1992 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada broke Eastern Europe's stranglehold on Olympic gold in women's rowing Saturday, winning the coxless pairs and fours with six athletes who will compete in the prestigious eights event today. In the men's competition, Thomas Lange, a 28-year-old medical student, won his second consecutive gold in the single sculls as Germany collected six rowing medals. Lange was one of two Germans to win gold in the seven events on Lake Banyoles. The United States won a silver and a bronze.
June 18, 1988 | Associated Press
A British man set off Friday in an attempt to become the first person to row solo around the world. Geoff Cooper, 36, rowed away from this Cornish port in his 16-foot boat Water Rat I. He said he hopes to complete the 36,000-mile voyage in three years. In 1986, Cooper's attempt ended after just 36 hours when he injured a wrist.
Every year for the past 10 years, Richard Berg has expressed his admiration for the 60-member Orange Coast College rowing crew by purchasing oars and equipment for team members, who practice every morning near his Lido Isle bay-front home. But this year, for his 50th birthday, Berg decided he wanted to do something extra special for the team, known as the Pirates. After the crew completed the 2,000-meter North Lido course early on the morning of Jan.
A rowing event in Boston in February? Is there a body of water nearby--discounting the Atlantic--that's in liquid form? James Martinez, a member of the U.S. national rowing team for the last five years who has the lightweight division's fastest time going into Sunday's race, does most of his training in balmy weather on Newport Bay. And Sunday he'll be competing again in a T-shirt. That's because the World Indoor Rowing Championships aren't contested on water.
April 20, 2014 | By Jeff Dietrich
I go to Mass almost every Sunday, but I try to avoid the big holidays. Especially Easter. In most Christian churches, Easter is a kind of triumphalistic affirmation of Christian certainty. My sense is that the Resurrection is not a celebration; it is a threat and a challenge. Even though I am a Catholic Worker and I live and work with the homeless and serve a meal at our soup kitchen every day, I don't want to encounter the risen Christ, for how can any of us begin to measure up to his example?
April 12, 2014 | By Tracy Brown
Art aficionados planning to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend will be able to watch artists create works live on the USC site as well as hear the many assembled writers. Artists' Row, a new feature at the festival, will house six artists who specialize in various media as they create pieces guided by the festival's theme, “Inspire Your Fire.” The artists will work throughout the weekend at the gathering at the University of Southern California; their pieces are expected to be finished by the end of the day on Sunday.
April 12, 2014
Most of the several hundred letters I read each week can best be described as adversarial: They take issue with healthcare reform, the handling of the crisis in Ukraine, politics in Washington and any number of topics where there is little middle ground. Occasionally, an uplifting story will provide some respite from the ceaseless debates. This week, reporter Kurt Streeter's Column One on Jeff Dietrich and Catherine Morris of the Catholic Worker movement - a husband-wife team whose lifelong work has been to "enable" skid row's homeless - did just that.
April 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 55-24, Kings 27-52. Record vs. Kings: 3-0. Update: The Clippers have another opportunity to match their franchise high in wins, established last season at 56-26. With a victory, the Clippers will clinch the third seeding in the Western Conference. The Clippers have defeated the Kings seven consecutive times. The Kings have lost four consecutive games and are 11-29 on the road.
April 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Nobody got hurt. The Lakers didn't lose by 50. There are only three games left. These were reasons for the Lakers to celebrate a 112-95 loss Friday to Golden State at Staples Center. The season that won't ever end is down to a handful of days. Nobody's complaining. No crying. Tension was sucked out of this season a month ago, if not longer. BOX SCORE: Golden State 112, Lakers 95 There's a lot of losing, though, six in a row for the Lakers (25-54) after a late run fell short, extending their team record for losses in a season.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Felt good off the club face. Looked good the whole way. Bubba Watson stood on the 16th tee at the Masters on Friday, eyes wide and zeroed in. His nine-iron at the 170-yard hole was tracking for the flag, then curled toward a possible ace. Watson thought it had a chance, so enthralled by the shot's path that he raised his club to his mouth and bit down. The ball settled four feet from the hole. So Watson settled for sinking an effortless birdie putt. Ho-hum.
For the first time since the early 1930s, UCLA has been left with only one oar in the water. Last summer, the university dropped crew and water polo as school-sponsored sports. Now, with water polo reinstated--it is being privately financed--rowing remains the only sport in the last 11 years to be permanently sidelined. Wrestling was dropped after the 1979-80 season. UCLA, however, has fielded competitive men's and women's crews for decades.
April 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife and mother of his first two children, is engaged to be married again.  Rowe has said "I will" to Marc Schaffel, TMZ reports, three weeks after he proposed. She'd initially declined, the site said Thursday, because she thought she had terminal cancer. After finding out Wednesday that her diagnosis was actually the auto-immune disease sarcoidosis, she changed her mind. No wedding date has been set yet, she said. The 55-year-old Palmdale resident met Schaffel when he was working for Jackson, according to ABC News , and their friendly relationship evolved over time.
April 8, 2014
Re "A new approach to skid row," Editorial, April 4 I am delighted by your editorial. As part of the L.A. Catholic Worker community on skid row for more than 40 years, we have not only fed and cared for the homeless, we have also over the years given out roughly 10,000 free shopping carts. We have been an integral part of the federal lawsuit against the city for the seizure of shopping carts and the vital possessions of the homeless that the city has fruitlessly pursued all the way to the Supreme Court.
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