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June 20, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
It has been close to five months since Mozart's 250th birthday, a milestone so major that even the musical skinflints at National Public Radio sent a couple of correspondents to Salzburg to cover the celebration in the composer's Austrian birthplace breathless sportscaster style. But that was only the beginning. Mozart is all over the map every spring and summer, and much more so this year. Last month in Tokyo, for instance, the Japanese squeezed 377 Mozart concerts into four days.
April 21, 2006 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Schools in the Western United States can forbid a high school student to wear a T-shirt with a slogan that denigrates gay and lesbian students, a sharply divided federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S.
January 9, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
For the second time in five months, a Loyola Marymount student has died in a traffic collision, officials said Sunday. Allison Dewart, 18, a freshman at the Westchester university, was killed early Saturday on Interstate 15 in San Diego County, according to school officials and the California Highway Patrol. "We are just doing everything we can to reach out to the family and offer any resources that they may need," Loyola Marymount spokeswoman Michelle Williams said Sunday.
September 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Novelist Anne Rice harshly criticized the response to Hurricane Katrina's aftermath in her old hometown of New Orleans. "Why did America ask a city cherished by millions and excoriated by some, but ignored by no one, to fight for its own life for so long? That's my question," Rice wrote in a New York Times op-ed piece. Rice, who now lives in the San Diego area, said those who stayed behind "didn't have any place to go."
July 27, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Voters Tuesday determined that Councilwoman Donna Frye, a Democrat, environmental activist and surf shop owner, will face former Police Chief Jerry Sanders in a mayoral runoff election this fall. With all the votes counted in the special election, Frye had 43% of the votes, and Sanders was second with 27%, ahead of business owner Steve Francis with 24%. Because she received less than 50% of the votes, Frye must now face Sanders in a Nov. 8 runoff.
March 24, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Now for a baseball controversy that doesn't involve steroids. It does involve impressive-looking bodies, though. Pierce College's Roundup newspaper revealed that Playboy's Spice network paid the school $5,000 to use the Woodland Hills school's baseball field for a promotional video. Or, as a Spice spokesman put it, a video involving men and women who were "provocatively dressed." An editorial in the Roundup criticized the deal with Spice, saying, "Yes, Pierce needs the money.
June 18, 2004 | H.G. Reza and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
To understand how far the federal government will go to justify targeting individuals in its war on terror, look no further than the case of Hasan Saddiq Faseh Alddin. A 34-year-old Saudi national, Alddin was questioned by the FBI shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
May 28, 2004 | Eric Malnic and H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writers
A 34-year-old Saudi national believed to have ties to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers was arrested Thursday morning near his home in Vista on immigration charges stemming from two misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence. The Department of Homeland Security said Hasan Saddiq Faseh Alddin, a legal permanent resident of the United States and the husband of a U.S. citizen, is not suspected of involvement in any terrorist activities.
December 4, 2003 | Michael Hiltzik
The people of San Diego could almost be forgiven for thinking in 1995 that they cut a sweet deal to keep the National Football League Chargers. In return for their spending $60 million in borrowed funds to refurbish Qualcomm Stadium, they received the Chargers' commitment to remain in place for at least 25 more years. The team, which had appeared in that year's Super Bowl, looked like a premier property.
December 2, 2003 | T.J. Simers
The Chargers are moving to Los Angeles. Just kidding, but it's just so much fun scaring the yokels in San Diego. That's why I went to Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday wearing my L.A. baseball cap -- you certainly wouldn't want to be seen in L.A. these days wearing a Dodger cap -- but down south the fretful rubes spot something L.A.-related and they flip out and start sputtering about their quality of life and their two kids who breathe clean air.
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