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December 28, 1986 | TAMARA JONES, Associated Press
In the loneliest reaches of America's wilderness, a bold new breed of thief is ransacking history with shovels, trowels and bulldozers. Tunneling carelessly through prehistoric Indian graves and villages, they plunder the past for artifacts that might fetch thousands of dollars on the black market and ultimately end up in private collections as far away as Japan.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Who knew that what was on the mind of Adam Sternbergh, the acute and witty observer of pop culture, was an assassin-for-hire in a forsaken New York? In his first novel, “Shovel Ready,” Sternbergh envisions a New York that's largely emptied out after a dirty bomb hits Times Square. The rich have retreated into addictive virtual reality worlds, and our hero has no compunctions about cutting them off from their Internet and carotid arteries at once. The book begins when Spademan, a garbageman-turned-killer, is hired to knock off the fugitive daughter of a powerful televangelist, and speeds along in staccato, hard-boiled sentences.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1992 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two San Diego County sheriff's deputies were justified in fatally shooting a 5-foot-5, 133-pound, 60-year-old man last Christmas Day near Dulzura because he threatened them with a home-made shovel, Dist. Atty. Edwin Miller said in a report released Wednesday. The six-page report was the result of an eight-month probe of the shooting by district attorney investigators. Ezequiel Tinajero Vazquez, a resident of Tecate, Mexico, was shot six times by Deputies William Smith and Gary Vanderford while walking on California 94. According to Smith and Vanderford, the only witnesses to the shooting, Tinajero ignored numerous commands to drop the shovel.
NEWS
January 5, 2014 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - It's been a fantastic time for stocks, but it's been even better for shares of small companies like Zale Corp. The small Texas company's shares rocketed more than 280% last year, propelled by investors who expect lovebirds to increasingly shell out big bucks for gold rings and diamond-encrusted pendants at Zale's jewelry stores and shopping center kiosks around the country. Investors have piled into Zale despite the company's shaky earnings history - it posted four straight years of losses before returning to profitability in 2013.
NEWS
November 21, 1993 | ROBERT DVORCHAK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dennis Simons drove 2,050 miles to scoop out Missouri mud from strangers' basements. He didn't get a dime for his work--just satisfaction. "When we heard of these folks here who lost everything, our hearts went out to them," said Simons, pastor of the Fellowship Bible Church and one of 33 volunteers from the logging town of Sandy, Ore., who came to help. "We wanted to get these folks back to living again. The question is, where do you start? Well, you start with one shovel at a time.
NEWS
April 20, 1995 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ted Morgan is hardly the first historian to rediscover and redefine American history by focusing on the lives of ordinary people rather than "great men." John Sanford has done it with special brilliance, for example, and so have Page Smith and Howard Zinn, among many others. But Morgan's latest book, "A Shovel of Stars," is a creditable effort at rescuing from obscurity what Morgan calls "that large American class of the overlooked." "I am trying to duplicate the actual experience of settlement through the people who were there," explains Morgan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1992
Perot's supporters found a man on a white horse. And they ended up with the usual result for those who follow white horses. Bring your own shovel. JEANETTE CALNEK Riverside
WORLD
May 24, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Serbian Orthodox Church ordered the closure of a drug treatment center after a video showed an apparent patient being beaten with a shovel, punched and kicked. A video posted on the website of Belgrade's Vreme weekly showed a person said to be one of the center's employees repeatedly beating a man with a shovel, kicking him and hitting him in the face with brass knuckles in a room decorated with icons. Government rights watchdog Sasa Jankovic announced that he had filed charges against the center and its lead priest.
NEWS
August 31, 1993 | Reuters
A crazed coyote was bludgeoned to death with a shovel after biting a man in the legs, biting off a woman's finger and attacking cows and dogs during a weekend rampage. Police in this Ontario provincial town said tests to determine if the coyote was rabid are not yet complete. But the victims were undergoing rabies treatment.
NEWS
October 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands came to the site of the Oklahoma City bombing to break ground for a memorial to the 168 people who died. Vice President Al Gore dug the first scoop of dirt. After speeches by Gore, Atty. Gen. Janet Reno and other officials, Gore took a shiny shovel and dug it into the ground where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building once stood. He handed the shovel to young Clint Seidl, who was in the second grade when his mother died in the 1995 bombing. The $24.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Over the years, Hollywood's Black List has developed a reputation for showcasing the bold and the quirky: unproduced scripts that went on to become left-field hits like  “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Juno” -- or, like the drunk-Kermit script that topped the list a few years ago , are still waiting for someone to take a flier on them. The annual list, founded and run by development-world veteran Franklin Leonard, did not disappoint when it was announced Monday. Andrew Sodroski's “Holland, Michigan” - a thriller about infidelity from a former Harvard medieval history major who now lives in Kosovo - nabbed the top spot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy pulled a woman from a burning garage in Compton early Saturday morning, police said. Three deputies responded to a report of a fire in the 600 block of South Bullis Road about 1:40 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Department account of the incident. The officers came upon a garage engulfed in flames and saw a man trying to break through a wall of the structure with a shovel. The man told the deputies there was a woman inside. Deputy Jesus Hernandez used the shovel to pry loose some of the wall's wooden slats as another deputy, Javier Flores Jr., tore away the loosened slats, according to the department.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Let's face facts: California just doesn't do trains very well. Now, freeways -- those we're good at. We've got the car culture thing down pat. Getting most places by freeway is a snap: Why, from Pasadena to the beach, you just take the 110 to the 105 to the 405 to the 1. Although you could just take the 110 to the 10 to the 1, or, if you're inclined, the 2 to the 134 to the 101 to the 1. (Oh, but watch out for SigAlerts, Caltrans construction and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The start of construction on California's bullet train, one of the nation's largest "shovel ready" public work projects that was awarded stimulus funding three years ago by the Obama administration, is slipping past already-delayed target dates, interviews show. In early 2012, state officials said construction would begin that year. Early this year, officials adjusted their sights, saying they would begin building the massive new transportation network in the spring, later announcing the groundbreaking would take place in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The debut album from Shovels and Rope has propelled the Charleston, S.C.-based indie folk-country duo past such stalwarts as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell , Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Richard Thompson to lead the 2013 Americana Music Award nominations with four nods, including album of the year for “O' Be Joyful. " But the veterans weren't far behind, with Harris and Miller collecting three nominations apiece, both also delivering album of the year contenders, and both also in the running for artist of the year, along with Yoakam and Thompson.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
QUINCY, Mass. -- After being cooped up for two days, many Massachusetts residents seemed eager to get out of their houses Sunday to stock up on groceries and resume a semblance of normal life. But in many places, it soon became clear that things were not back to normal. Streets that are usually two lanes were down to one, with the other blocked by snow. Large patches of sidewalk had not been shoveled, forcing pedestrians onto the streets to battle for space with cars. Traffic lights were still out in some towns, and utility crews worked to fix downed lines at many street corners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1996
You had an article April 30 with the heading "Teens' Film Project Sparks Hillside Fire" in Newbury Park. The article stated that the fire was extinguished by the Ventura County Fire Department. I would like to set the record straight. The fire was extinguished by the fast action of the residents with water, blankets and a shovel. By the time the Fire Department arrived on the scene, the fire was out, and the area just needed a good soaking from the Fire Department to prevent any hot spots from flaring up. PHIL PALMA Newbury Park
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1986
A 72-year-old retired U.S. Air Force colonel and his disabled daughter were killed Wednesday when their car, traveling at 70 m.p.h., smashed into the shovel of a backhoe being pulled by a dump truck on Interstate 15, the California Highway Patrol said. The driver, Philip Anthony Gugliotta, and his daughter, Mary, 34, were traveling north on the freeway near Friars Road about 10 a.m. when, according to a CHP spokeswoman, they apparently struck the vehicle without any effort to stop.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy died Saturday of carbon monoxide poisoning after warming himself in a running car while his father shoveled snow. Boston's mayor promptly issued a new warning of the perils associated with the massive Northeast blizzard. The boy had been helping his dad shovel snow Saturday near the family's sedan, and hopped into the running car to warm up, Boston fire spokesman Steve MacDonald told The Times. But a mound of snow had blocked the exhaust pipe, preventing the poisonous carbon monoxide from escaping, MacDonald said.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By James Rainey
Vice President Joe Biden said the middle class has been “buried the last four years,” not the most artful statement coming from the No. 2 in the administration in charge during that time. Biden's remark during a campaign rally Tuesday in North Carolina immediately provoked tart ripostes by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan and GOP surrogate John Sununu, who said the Democrat “finally got something right.” Sununu said during a conference call with reporters that the Biden comment will provide a nice entree for Mitt Romney to talk about the middle class in Wednesday night's debate with President Obama.
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