December 17, 1995
Russians vote today in their second nationwide election since the end of Soviet rule in 1991. They are electing a new Duma, or lower house of Parliament. Its 450 members will serve for four years. Half the seats will be filled from party slates by proportional representation. A party must get at least 5% of the nationwide vote to get any seats. Forty-three parties have presented slates totaling 5,675 candidates.
March 21, 1987 |
Twenty battery-operated toilet seats have been purchased by a Los Angeles city department for a pilot program to make city bathrooms more hygienic, easier to clean and to reduce maintenance costs by eliminating the throwaway paper covers, which often are left on the floor or clog the toilets. "We are very conscious of the need to keep public facilities sanitized," said Sylvia Cunliffe, general manager of the city's General Services Department.
February 7, 2009 |
Sensing from the Rod R. Blagojevich scandal that Senate seats are a hot commodity, North Carolina state Sen. Eddie Goodall put his on EBay. His price isn't a wad of cash or cushy job. All he wants is a pair of seats to next week's North Carolina-Duke basketball game. But what's on offer isn't actually power, influence or his elected position at all. Rather, his EBay ad shows a black leather swivel chair with the Senate seal stitched into the back.
January 21, 2010 |
The $90 seat is out at Camelback Ranch this spring, and free parking is in. The Dodgers have quietly eliminated the 198-seat VIP section at their spring home, in which fans were offered such perks as preferred parking, food coupons, sunscreen and "cool, scented towels." "Based on fan feedback, we determined that premium seating in spring training wasn't necessary," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Wednesday. Those VIP seats were sold for $90 last spring, the highest price in the Cactus or Grapefruit leagues.
November 14, 1986
The L.A. Coliseum Commission has approved a seating renovation plan that will bring fans closer to the field without eliminating the running track. The $11-million project, which will coincide with the construction of luxury suites and be finished by the start of the 1987 football season, will include portable and retractable seats that will cover the track. The new seating configuration will add 2,000 seats between the end zones, with a total gain of 9,100 seats on the lower field level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2001
It seems that the Bush administration promises a new era of decline in U.S. global power. By apparently abandoning the Korean negotiations, the Kyoto treaty and the ABM treaty; by keeping a low profile with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian and other global conflicts; by shunning China at every turn, President Bush is demonstrating our arrogance and sending isolationist and unilateralist signals to our allies. The president has it all wrong. In today's world, we do not gain power by standing alone in strength.
January 4, 1986
It's about time someone commented on the idiotic National Football League rule that the game must be sold out by the Thursday preceding the scheduled Sunday game or it cannot be shown on local television. The Raiders, by playing in the Coliseum, must sell 92,516 seats to be considered sold out. The irony of the situation is that almost all of the other NFL stadiums average about 65,000 seats to be considered sold out. Most of the true competitive teams have been sold out year after year, but, because the Raiders have end zone seats that are unwanted because of distance from the field, the true L.A. sports fan is excluded from viewing the game at home.
June 9, 1989 |
The Solidarity and Communist brain trust that has guided Poland's political fortunes for much of the past year met Thursday, trying to work out a graceful way to give seats in the nation's Parliament to 33 Communist potentates who were defeated in Sunday's elections. Following the pattern that has become standard for such gatherings, Lech Walesa arrived by train from Gdansk and, along with a handful of key strategists, joined Interior Minister Czeslaw Kiszczak--one of those rejected by the voters--and his aides to negotiate the shape of a government for Poland.
May 17, 1989 |
Like many freeway travelers today, David Rees is noticing more and more drivers who are doing business on the move, cellular phones cradled under their chins, one hand on the steering wheel, while awkwardly trying to scribble notes with the other. This sight not only makes Rees uncomfortable, he takes it as a mandate. "I see two messages there," says Rees, who is director of interior design for the Ford Motor Co. "The first is that (automobile) customers want and need a phone in these days of business.
November 5, 2008 |
Turn off all cellphones and pagers -- and for heaven's sake, don't sing. Center Theatre Group -- which oversees the Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas theaters and the Mark Taper Forum -- recently announced its recession-minded Entertainment Stimulus Package, making available 100,000 tickets at $20 for all performances at the three venues for the 2008-09 season, with no limitations. For the Ahmanson's current offering, the musical "Spring Awakening" -- which opened Thursday and continues through Dec. 7 -- there's another bargain option that is not quite as inexpensive, but definitely higher-profile: There are 26 tickets available for each show at $30 a pop for onstage seats that put audience members in the middle -- or at least, on the sides -- of the action.