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February 7, 2008 | Cathleen Decker and Phil Willon, Times Staff Writers
In the end, Hillary Rodham Clinton's California campaign was carried to victory by voters like Maria Hernandez of Boyle Heights, who cast her first vote for Bill Clinton and returned Tuesday to do the same for his wife. Clinton's victory -- a romp compared with some of the predictions just before election day -- rested on the twin pillars of women and Latinos, groups that overlapped in the person of voters like Hernandez.
August 11, 2007 | Woody Baird, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The thousands of Elvis Presley fans descending on Memphis for the 30th anniversary of his death Thursday won't see much sign of it, but plans are moving along for big-time changes at Graceland. Managers of Presley's famous home want to overhaul its tourist complex -- with a new visitors center bigger than a football field, a convention hotel and high-tech museum displays that can give a new, digital life to the King himself.
August 10, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
NAPA, Calif. -- Daunte Culpepper, once so prolific he was featured on the front of the Madden video game, could find himself in a far more challenging position this season -- as quarterback of an Oakland Raiders team that finished 2-14 in 2006. Dominic Rhodes was a Super Bowl standout for the Indianapolis Colts. Now, the Raiders are hoping he has the legs to juice up their sputtering ground game.
June 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Maybe the next time a Boston pitcher takes a no-hit bid into the ninth inning, he'll listen to catcher Jason Varitek. Curt Schilling came within one out of his first no-hitter Thursday, losing his bid when Shannon Stewart lined a clean single to right field after Schilling shook off his catcher. Schilling finished with a one-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 1-0. "We get two outs, and I was sure, and I had a plan, and I shook Tek off," Schilling said. "And I get a big 'What if?
June 2, 2007 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
Oh, Elvis, look what they've done to you. The velvet paintings weren't enough. Nor the sunglasses with the fake sideburns attached. Now they've taken your sexy, hopped-up songs and homogenized them into a breezy, cheesy Broadway show. "All Shook Up," which played a scant six months in New York, has hit the road, with a current engagement in Costa Mesa and an upcoming one in San Diego as its only Southern California stops. The show -- like "Mamma Mia!"
January 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Dec. 21, 1970, meeting between Elvis Presley and President Nixon is the subject of an exhibit that opened at the Richard Nixon library, which would have been the singer's 72nd birthday. The free exhibit includes the outfit Elvis wore (a black velvet overcoat, gold-plated belt and black leather boots), Nixon's outfit (gray wool suit, tie and black shoes), letters and a World War II .45-caliber Colt revolver Elvis gave to Nixon.
October 31, 2006 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
As one of the most respected figures in the history of the blues, John Lee Hooker should have been an early giant of rock 'n' roll, right? His "Boogie Chillen' " was a smash R&B single in 1949 -- just about the time Elvis Presley and the other rock pioneers were starting to turn to R&B to help shape their musical styles. The Mississippi native followed "Boogie Chillen' " two years later with another massive R&B hit, "I'm in the Mood," that too should have caught the ears of young rock rebels.
September 23, 2006 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
As the anniversary of last fall's nationwide riots nears, the violence and tension still simmering in immigrant neighborhoods caused a political uproar Friday, with Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy again in the thick of the crossfire. In a brazen incident Tuesday night, a gang ambushed a police captain and another officer and severely beat them.
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