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SPORTS
June 28, 2008
Yes, L.A. Times, there is another L.A. basketball team with the best record in the Western Conference. Let's see better Sparks coverage. Kay Hudnall Signal Hill How many indecent photos of The Times' sports editors do Sparks' management have? How else to explain columns in recent weeks by Plaschke and Streeter in spite of their home games playing to a half-empty Staples Center. Local basketball fans don't care for the WNBA, so why should your readers? Joan Lacroix Torrance
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SPORTS
February 23, 2008
The only thing Bill Dwyre missed in his Feb. 19 column was that when Roger Clemens walks into that news conference with Sen. Mitchell, he brings the three or four Cy Young Awards that he did not deserve. J.D. Ulrich Signal Hill -- Why doesn't Dwyre have a column in the paper every day? He always writes without the vitriol or pseudo-poetry of The Times' other columnists. And sometimes he reveals actual wisdom, like in the piece on Clemens, with a humble way out of this whole mess.
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February 3, 2008 | STEVE HARVEY
This was a kitchen, not a home, invasion. Members of USC's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity "detained a student who was found deliberately making a mess in their kitchen" around 4 a.m., campus police said. The fraternity "declined criminal prosecution" when the student agreed to clean up the disaster site. Oh, yes. The officers determined the mad chef was "a member of another fraternity." No doubt he returned to his own house, having passed his initiation rite.
SPORTS
November 18, 2007 | Mike Horelick, Special to The Times
It was 1975 and skateboarding was hugely popular when Jim O'Mahoney, head of the U.S. Skateboard Assn., got a call from the producer of ABC's television show, "The Guinness Book of World Records." The producer wanted to shoot a skateboarding event for the show. As a child, growing up in Long Beach, O'Mahoney begged his parents to drive fast over the steepest section of Hill Street, an almost 30-degree incline in Signal Hill that mimicked the feeling of a roller coaster.
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March 9, 2007 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
Larry Forester, the mayor of Signal Hill, is ahead by a single vote going into Monday's recount. Though the slimmest of margins, it is a lot better than being down by nine, which was the case after the ballots were counted in Tuesday's city election. But then the absentee and provisional ballots were added in, and those gave Forester the upper hand, by a vote of 429 to 428 over challenger Nancy Long. "Emotionally, it's a roller- coaster ride," Forester said.
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March 6, 2007 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
A disgruntled employee whose hours recently had been cut back at a Signal Hill printing company shot and wounded three colleagues Monday before fatally turning the gun on himself, police said. The shooter, identified by authorities as Jose Mendez, 68, of Hawthorne, arrived at Kenyon Press shortly after 9 a.m. Monday armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Because of a companywide slowdown in orders, Mendez had not been scheduled to work for weeks, police said.
MAGAZINE
June 11, 2006
As I sat on my couch nursing a sore back from trying to sort things in my closet, I read Ciji Ware's piece ("Small. Smaller. Smallest." Home Design Issue, May 21). The gods must have sent this issue of West. I was about to turn 60 and would soon leave my job and put my home on the market to move to a quieter place outside Southern California. Forty years ago I left Long Beach and moved to San Francisco after hearing Betty Friedan speak. There, at a Grateful Dead concert at the Fillmore, I met my first husband.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2006 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Ever since a gusher made Signal Hill one of the richest oil fields in the nation, the small town has rebelled against its big neighbor, Long Beach. Signal Hill became a city in 1924 to keep Long Beach from taxing its black gold. Now, the cities are feuding again -- this time over gas, not oil. At issue are millions of dollars that Long Beach is expected to receive from Sempra Energy as part of a settlement in an antitrust lawsuit over alleged price-gouging during the 2000-01 energy crisis.
MAGAZINE
October 9, 2005
I really appreciated the essay "For Crying Out Loud" (by Martin Miller, Sept. 18). I have been teaching people about loss and grief for 40 years, always trying to get across something very close to what Miller said so wonderfully. Keep on writing such honest, perceptive thoughts. Pastor Jim Kok Director of Care and Kindness Conference Crystal Cathedral Garden Grove It's pretty clear that Miller believes it's all over when a person dies. Kaput, oblivion, finis!
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