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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2002 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came, they cast ballots, they colored a bridge. In a most unusual election, residents of the capital region turned to the Internet to select a new paint scheme for the Tower Bridge, Sacramento's lofty and scenic gateway. More than 43,000 residents cast ballots during the past month, selecting from three color schemes displayed in glistening renditions on the Caltrans Web site. The final pick? (drum roll, please): Glittering gold.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before the Nike ads, the magazine covers and her icon status at the 2000 Summer Olympics, Marion Jones was a Ventura County sports legend, a lightning-fast runner who tore up the tracks at Thousand Oaks and Rio Mesa high schools. In those heady days for high school sports fans, she also mastered her basketball game and helped lead two teams to the state playoffs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Talk about divas. Shirley Bassey has outfits that are older than some of today's claimants to the diva label. And she has legitimately owned the title since the early '60s, when her only real competition in divadom came from her idol, Judy Garland. In the intervening years, divas have come and gone; Bassey has endured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1997
The deal between Orange County, cities and trash haulers to lower fees at the county-owned garbage dumps is a welcome bit of good news on several fronts. One is price. Starting July 1, cities and haulers who recently signed the contracts with the county will see landfill fees drop to $22 per ton, the same rate as before the December 1994 bankruptcy. After the bankruptcy, the county raised the fees to $35 per ton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1996 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The living room of Louise Moore's Granada Hills home looks like that of an ordinary grandmother: Photos of the grandkids grace the shelves, framed needlepoint decorates the walls and a sheet is carefully draped over the sofa to protect it from her two yapping dogs. But those who know Moore say that she is anything but ordinary. The 78-year-old woman has faced fires, floods and hurricanes during the past 50 years--not to mention landslides and plane crashes. And she keeps coming back for more.
SPORTS
October 14, 1995 | ANDREW BEYER, WASHINGTON POST
Saturday's Maryland Million has drawn what may be the best group of horses in the event's 10-year history, including some runners with Grade I stakes credentials and national reputations. Their presence makes the races interesting in two ways. Even though horseplayers may be jaded from simulcasts, most still relish the chance to see the sport's stars perform live. And in some cases, a horse with a big reputation might be overbet, creating an opportunity for profit.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The following column was written after a two-month absence during which I had back surgery for a herniated disc. At a future date, I will relate in detail the delights of catheters ("We can't do this unless you relax," growled one of two nurses holding me down) and other fascinating aspects of my recovery. For now, however, other duty calls. My columns on television coverage of this week's Democratic National Convention will appear in the A section of the paper. Say what?
SPORTS
August 25, 1991 | MIKE LITTWIN, BALTIMORE SUN
The United States is pretty much having its way these days. Put in our new world order (I think it was fries and a Big Mac). Got that Pax Americana working. We even get our own favorite Soviet leader back. Talk about your coups. Here's how this one went: A vacationing Gorby goes out for the paper, gets deposed on the way, and by the time he's finished reading the box scores, he's the head guy again. But there is one area where the U.S. of A. is faltering. Maybe you missed it, but the U.S.
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