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September 12, 1985 | MARY BARBER, Times Staff Writer
Early in his climb toward a medical degree, Donald F. McIntyre got detoured by an odd bit of information: He could be a geologist instead. The surprising, welcome news was imparted by a stranger, a fellow student in one of McIntyre's pre-med classes at the University of Edinburgh. To this day the 62-year-old Scot expresses wonderment and delight at the unexpected outcroppings of people and opportunities that led to his being exactly what he wants to be.
Unwashed, unwanted, flea-bitten and with bloody paws, Merlin was one day away from death in a dog pound when a pair of collie-lovers rescued him. The dog, a classic sable and white collie, had had a terrible year. His owners had divorced and after being passed from one new owner to another, he wound up roaming the streets of Monmouth, Ore., homeless before being caught. Merlin's luck changed almost overnight.
April 28, 1988 | STEVE HENSON, Times Staff Writer
Ventura High had been flying high, pounding Channel League baseball teams with a heavy-hitting lineup that features eight returning starters. Seven Cougars are batting better than .350 and in a recent showdown with Rio Mesa, they unleashed a flurry of swings that all seemed to connect, winning 20-5. Meanwhile, a finesse pitcher at Hueneme was quietly doing his homework.
October 16, 1986 | DICK WAGNER, Times Staff Writer
He did not look the same without his cap, uniform and coat of infield dust. But lifelong ballplayers, when glimpsed in civilian attire and with cheeks empty of chewing tobacco, never do. But this big man in a golf shirt and slacks, with the gnarled fingers, bad knee and hair that only used to be red, was Irvin (Red) Meairs, beloved owner of the Long Beach Nitehawks, the fast-pitch softball team he once played for and until three years ago managed.
December 11, 2002 | Glenn Somerville, Reuters
The Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady at four-decade lows as expected Tuesday, saving its ammunition in hope that the economy can forge its way past a "soft spot" to more vigorous growth in 2003. The unanimous decision by the central bank's Federal Open Market Committee leaves the trend-setting federal funds rate at 1.25%, the level it hit after the Fed slashed borrowing costs by a bold half percentage point in November.
Peter G. Angelos, who met last week with Ram officials about possibly moving the team to Baltimore, said owner Georgia Frontiere "expressed a soft spot" for the city and that he is optimistic about the chances of procuring an NFL franchise. Angelos, managing partner of the Baltimore Orioles, flew to Los Angeles last Thursday. He met with John Shaw, Ram executive vice president, and had dinner at Frontiere's Bel-Air home.
October 16, 2008 | Tina Susman and Said Rifai, Times Staff Writers
Mohammed Fawzi Radhi makes his living putting people to sleep. His is a trade on the edge of extinction, but as Iraqis come to appreciate the comfort of his hand-fluffed cotton mattresses, Radhi says, business is picking up. Like many other businesses in Iraq, Radhi's was affected by the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. In his case, newly imported merchandise competed directly with his age-old trade after Iraq's borders opened up and foreign goods poured in.
February 11, 2007 | Martin F. Nolan, MARTIN F. NOLAN, a former reporter and editor for the Boston Globe, lives in San Francisco.
TOLERANCE has long been a defining characteristic of San Francisco, and Gavin Newsom can only hope that it will allow him to subdue the political scandal dragging him down. The San Francisco mayor recently admitted an affair with the wife of his campaign manager, then apologized to city residents. Last week, Newsom said he would confront his demons, including Demon Rum. If he runs for reelection in November, he may benefit from a relentlessly nonjudgmental tradition.
February 11, 2004 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
This is Mary See's town. We only live here. See's Candy has owned L.A., chocolate-wise, for more than 80 years. Charles See may have come here from Canada, but he understood this burg -- he opened his second store in Grauman's Chinese Theater and his third on the route of the Rose Parade. He made a point of putting his shops on the shady side of the street, knowing that in our climate more pedestrians would be walking there. He understood our eager susceptibility.
September 27, 2003 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Nebraska began the week as the NCAA's Division I-A leader in team defense, giving up an average of 208 total yards a game, and Oklahoma was third on the defensive charts, yielding an average of 248.25.
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