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September 16, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - In this southern suburb of Atlanta, the lawns skirting the million-dollar homes are lush, and the swimming pools full. But farther south, the Flint River has thinned into mud flats at a time of year when surges of white water would normally be crashing over boulders in the riverbed. Depending on whom you ask, Georgia is doing fine, or it's suffering from historic drought. Georgians have gotten a swift education: Since 1999, the state has spent more years in drought than in normal conditions.
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September 16, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - In this southern suburb of Atlanta, the lawns skirting the million-dollar homes are lush, and the swimming pools full. But farther south, the Flint River has thinned into mud flats at a time of year when surges of white water would normally be crashing over boulders in the riverbed. Depending on whom you ask, Georgia is doing fine, or it's suffering from historic drought. Georgians have gotten a swift education: Since 1999, the state has spent more years in drought than in normal conditions.
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September 9, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack, Los Angeles Times
He's foulmouthed. He's subversive. He has no respect for authority. In a country where an insurgent spirit can land you behind bars, it made Guo Degang rich instead. The stout, moon-faced performer is widely credited with reviving the popularity of cross talk, an ancient Chinese performance art that combines stand-up comedy with puns and poetry. A beloved hero of the working poor, Guo has twanged for years from taxicab speakers all over China. But this summer, after poking snide fun at officialdom for much of his career, Guo has been abruptly silenced.
SPORTS
July 24, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Baltimore — While rookies Tyler Chatwood and Mike Trout were teaming up to beat the Orioles on Sunday, aging sluggers Bobby Abreu , Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells remained on pace for career-worst seasons in more than one major offensive category this year. But Angels Manager Mike Scioscia isn't ready to blame the decline on age. "These guys are going through rough stretches now, but they're athletic, they're still in great shape.
TRAVEL
December 4, 2010 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Question: In 2007, my husband, Neil, and I booked two tickets on British Airways to London. Neil was receiving chemotherapy so we could not fly. British Airways advised us to submit our refund request in writing along with a doctor's note, which we did on March 12, 2007. Since that time we have followed up with faxes to its customer service in New York. A second written request was sent July 29, 2007. On Jan. 30, 2008, we received a request to submit unused coupons or a copy of the e-ticket and proof of payment.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2009 | Susan King
To celebrate fathers this weekend, it's going to be all "The Kid" all the time -- well, a few times anyway. The Silent Movie Theatre is unspooling a special matinee screening Sunday of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 comedy-drama in which the Little Tramp raises an abandoned child (Jackie Coogan). Later that night, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer will introduce the 1971 adaptation of his black comedy, "Little Murders," starring Elliott Gould and directed by Alan Arkin. www.
MAGAZINE
March 29, 1987 | JACK SMITH
For small institutions that don't have big fund-raising clout, the silent auction has become a key to modest goals. Recently we went to an auction run by the PTA of Mar Vista School, on the Westside, to raise money for its computer program. We were there because two of our grandchildren are pupils at Mar Vista, and our daughter-in-law, Gail, had invited us. There was to be both a silent auction and a vocal auction, the silent auction coming first.
NEWS
October 6, 1989
Everybody, at one time or another, feels misunderstood. Maybe you've done something--without even knowing it--that's brought about the silent treatment from your best friend. Maybe you have an undeserved reputation at school. Or maybe your parents have grounded you, and you're not exactly sure why. Hot Topics wonders: "What is the one thing you feel you are most misunderstood about?" "I am most misunderstood about my life style.
SPORTS
July 24, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Baltimore — While rookies Tyler Chatwood and Mike Trout were teaming up to beat the Orioles on Sunday, aging sluggers Bobby Abreu , Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells remained on pace for career-worst seasons in more than one major offensive category this year. But Angels Manager Mike Scioscia isn't ready to blame the decline on age. "These guys are going through rough stretches now, but they're athletic, they're still in great shape.
SPORTS
January 6, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
The Space Mountain ride didn't much interest Leigh Tiffin when the Alabama kicker visited Disneyland a few days ago. "I don't do roller coasters," he said Tuesday. Tiffin prefers to avoid topsy-turvy situations on the field as well. He was one of the steadiest kickers in the nation this season, making 29 of 33 field-goal attempts while becoming a finalist for the Lou Groza Award that went to UCLA's Kai Forbath . The Bruins kicker gave his Crimson Tide counterpart the lowdown on kicking at the Rose Bowl last month at an awards banquet, which could prove useful Thursday when Alabama plays Texas in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
TRAVEL
December 12, 2010
Regarding "New Pair Antes Up on Strip," Dec. 5, by Jay Jones: The $3.9-billion Cosmopolitan is about to open its doors on the Vegas Strip in one of the worst economic times Sin City has experienced. The 50- and 52-story towers will have the fanciest rooms and gadgets available for what the owners call the "curious class"-type clientele. With vacancies up and overall discretionary income down for even high rollers, the dubious opening may itself be a big gamble. Also, the location on the strip adjacent to the fairly new $9-billion hotel/retail behemoth, the CityCenter, is certainly not conducive to getting the high-priced select clientele.
TRAVEL
December 4, 2010 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Question: In 2007, my husband, Neil, and I booked two tickets on British Airways to London. Neil was receiving chemotherapy so we could not fly. British Airways advised us to submit our refund request in writing along with a doctor's note, which we did on March 12, 2007. Since that time we have followed up with faxes to its customer service in New York. A second written request was sent July 29, 2007. On Jan. 30, 2008, we received a request to submit unused coupons or a copy of the e-ticket and proof of payment.
WORLD
September 9, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack, Los Angeles Times
He's foulmouthed. He's subversive. He has no respect for authority. In a country where an insurgent spirit can land you behind bars, it made Guo Degang rich instead. The stout, moon-faced performer is widely credited with reviving the popularity of cross talk, an ancient Chinese performance art that combines stand-up comedy with puns and poetry. A beloved hero of the working poor, Guo has twanged for years from taxicab speakers all over China. But this summer, after poking snide fun at officialdom for much of his career, Guo has been abruptly silenced.
SPORTS
January 6, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
The Space Mountain ride didn't much interest Leigh Tiffin when the Alabama kicker visited Disneyland a few days ago. "I don't do roller coasters," he said Tuesday. Tiffin prefers to avoid topsy-turvy situations on the field as well. He was one of the steadiest kickers in the nation this season, making 29 of 33 field-goal attempts while becoming a finalist for the Lou Groza Award that went to UCLA's Kai Forbath . The Bruins kicker gave his Crimson Tide counterpart the lowdown on kicking at the Rose Bowl last month at an awards banquet, which could prove useful Thursday when Alabama plays Texas in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2009 | Susan King
To celebrate fathers this weekend, it's going to be all "The Kid" all the time -- well, a few times anyway. The Silent Movie Theatre is unspooling a special matinee screening Sunday of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 comedy-drama in which the Little Tramp raises an abandoned child (Jackie Coogan). Later that night, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer will introduce the 1971 adaptation of his black comedy, "Little Murders," starring Elliott Gould and directed by Alan Arkin. www.
NEWS
June 7, 2007 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
GUY MADDIN'S "Brand Upon the Brain!" is arriving in Los Angeles this weekend, but don't imagine that just another film is showing up. It's more like the circus is coming to town. And a very weird circus at that. "A one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacle!" scream the heroically retro print ads for the live-action-and-film extravaganza at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from Friday to Monday night, adding, as if it were necessary, "You'll never see anything like it again!"
SPORTS
June 29, 1986 | Ross Newhan
Bill Madlock, four-time National League batting champion, began the 1986 season with a career batting average of .309, 25 points higher than his average against 41-year-old Steve Carlton, who was released by the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. "He could be 100 and still get me out," the Dodger third baseman said. When he was in Pittsburgh, Madlock's teammates used to bet him a dinner that Carlton would strike him out at least once every time he started against the Pirates.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1987 | Pat H. Broeske
La Streisand publicist Lee Solters tells us that interview requests for Babs in conjunction with "Nuts" (opens Wednesday) number some 300 from around the world. Most publications have offered cover pieces, he claims. And "they've said, 'She can talk about whatever she wants.' " So where the heck is she? Turns out, she's only talking to Gene Shalit--and the one-sitting, three-episode chat already ran last week on the "Today" show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
A new Orange County radio station that hit the airwaves Friday will not be driven by ratings, but by how many smiles it brings to the faces of its most important demographic -- children with serious illnesses listening from their hospital beds. Broadcasting from the lobby of Children's Hospital of Orange County, Radio Lollipop was an instant hit Friday morning with its live studio audience.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2006 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
In the month since the New York Times reported on a secret U.S. program designed to track financial transactions by terrorists, the newspaper has weathered a wave of censure. The White House deemed the article "offensive" and "disgraceful." Republican lawmakers demanded that Times journalists face espionage charges. Conservative commentators insisted the newspaper's reporters be banned from the White House, or worse.
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