June 17, 2010 |
Reporting from Cincinnati — The day was like any other, Manny Ramirez loitering about the clubhouse, plopping down on a couch next to Garret Anderson to make small talk, later turning around to say something to Ronnie Belliard. But three days of serenity at Great American Ball Park were about to come to an end, the Dodgers hours from dropping a 7-1 decision to the Cincinnati Reds and heading to the madhouse that Ramirez used to call home. Ramirez will play in Boston for the first time since his contentious split from the Red Sox two summers ago and will do so against the backdrop of his latest controversy, this one potentially more harmful to the Dodgers' reputation than to his. According to the New York Times, General Manager Ned Colletti and other "high-ranking Dodgers personnel" had discussions last September about how they could "help" a slumping Ramirez and whether the former All-Star had a severe enough medical condition to obtain special permission to use a banned testosterone-boosting substance.
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January 24, 2010 |
I'm not going to take it personally that the day the mayor of Los Angeles couldn't make time for me because he was too busy on flood watch, he had time to tape a segment for the soap opera "All My Children." Antonio Villaraigosa and I may get together as early as this week, I'm told. Unless of course "Days of Our Lives" calls. In the meantime, I've got other news to report out of City Hall. Let's start with a sign of progress. Jaime de la Vega, the mayor's transportation deputy, is no longer commuting to work in a Hummer.
March 29, 2013 |
Fifty years ago, a gallon of gasoline sold for 29 cents, the Beatles were preparing the release of their first song in the U.S. and "The Beverly Hillbillies" loomed large as the No. 1 show on television. And ABC's "General Hospital" debuted on April 1, 1963. Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the show -- the longest running soap opera currently in production - after 12,776 original episodes. PHOTOS: 10 long-running soap operas A year ago, fans fretted that ABC would cancel "General Hospital" following the demise of the Walt Disney Co. network's two other signature soaps, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live.
December 26, 1987
On Dec. 13 I eagerly opened my Los Angeles Times and turned to the Calendar section ("Soaped Up Arts Advertising Just Won't Wash"). Several times over the prior week, I had received calls from writer Randy Lewis asking intelligent questions on why Opera Pacific and several other Orange County arts groups had chosen to make their advertising different (and we believe more interesting) than the ordinary "here are the prices, this is what we're presenting, call this number and buy it" offerings.
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February 13, 1986
There he goes again. President Reagan has his own rosy recollection of his welfare reform program as governor of California in 1971. Three times in the past week--most recently in his Tuesday press conference--Reagan has boasted in great detail of the success of the workfare portion of the reforms. In one meeting with White House reporters, he said, "It's worked like gangbusters."
October 20, 1996 |
Let me see if I have this straight: 1. The owner of the Baltimore Orioles fired the pitching coach in what appears to be a shot across the bow of the manager. The scuttlebutt is that the owner doesn't like the manager and would not mind seeing him quit. 2. The manager, who led the Orioles to their first postseason play in 13 years, and might reasonably have expected to be carried around on a chair, refused to say for certain that he would not quit. 3.