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February 9, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Renewed controversy over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is being cited for the decision by the Special Olympics organization to award the 1995 games to a city other than Dallas. Dallas, where Kennedy was slain in 1963, was the front-runner until Friday, when city officials were close to signing a contract with the Special Olympics. Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett said he understands the reservations. The games were founded by Eunice Shriver, President Kennedy's sister.
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April 15, 2014 | Michael Finnegan
Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, on another the signed text of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 speech to the Democratic National Convention: "To Bobby. Christmas. Love, Uncle Ted. " But the former Santa Monica mayor is tired of news stories tagging him as the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He'd rather be known for getting AIDS medicine to Africa, or producing Christmas albums to raise money for the Special Olympics.
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February 14, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
The Special Olympics will have a significant economic benefit for Los Angeles, according to a study released Thursday. The games being held in the summer of 2015 will generate at least $415 million in economic activity for the county, according to the study by a research firm working for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. The games are expected to draw more than 7,000 athletes and 500,000 spectators to the Los Angeles area, according to the Special Olympics website.
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March 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Thanks to a wide swath of contributors and a sizable chunk from his own pocket, Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver has jumped ahead of rival Sheila Kuehl in putting together campaign cash for the race to replace incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky, new finance statements show. In addition to donating $300,000 of his own money, Shriver raised $547,736 from a long list of contributors that reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry, including talk show host Oprah Winfrey, actor Tom Hanks and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
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November 5, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
More than 450 students from 13 schools will participate in the Orange County Special Olympics volleyball tournament Friday at Jordan Secondary Learning Center. The 9 a.m.-to-1-p.m. tournament is a preliminary competition for the California Special Olympics. Jordan Secondary Learning Center is at 9915 Woodbury Road in Garden Grove. Information: (714) 663-6486.
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September 10, 1987
Pacific Business Bank has donated $5,000 to the Assn. for Retarded Citizens-Southwest for its South Bay Special Olympics program, which offers year-round training in softball, basketball, bowling, and track and field. Athletes compete in local tournaments and go to the California state games every June. The money was raised when 120 golfers participated in the bank's annual charity golf tournament.
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June 14, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Swimmer Janet Evans won three gold medals and set a world record at the 1988 Olympics, and she won a silver and a gold in 1992. At Atlanta in 1996, she finished sixth and ninth in her two races -- and had the time of her life. "It was the most fun I ever had at an Olympics," Evans said at the Special Olympics "Breakfast With Champions" on Saturday at Long Beach State.
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November 6, 1986
The California Special Olympics will present its Spirit of Friendship Award to baseball star Steve Garvey at a dinner Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. Garvey is being recognized for his contributions and commitment to the Special Olympics. The dinner will include entertainment by Donny Osmond and performances by special olympians.
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March 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
Thanks to a big roster of small contributors and a sizable chunk from his own pocket, Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver has jumped ahead of rival Sheila Kuehl in gathering campaign cash for the race to replace incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky, finance statements show. In addition to donating $300,000 of his own money, Shriver collected $547,736 from a list that reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry, including talk show host Oprah Winfrey, actor Tom Hanks and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
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October 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The 2013 edition of “A Very Special Christmas” albums benefiting the Special Olympics puts the focus on superstar names, with a roundup of holiday songs from John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the collection's 11 tracks. The album, “A Very Special Christmas: Icon,”  is to be released on Oct. 15, and also includes recordings from Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Cro, Wham! and Carrie Underwood.
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September 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
A group of West Ranch baseball players decided to try to make a difference in their community. The four team captains -- Chase Malynn, Ryan Vergara, Jake Spurlin and Addison Jackson -- helped form the West Ranch Action Team last year. They have been doing volunteer projects. Their most recent project was holding a softball skills clinic and scrimmage for the Special Olympics Sharks softball teams earlier this month.  They coached 27 Special Olympics athletes, ages 15 to 43. "It was a special and inspirational day for everyone," Coach Casey Burrill said.
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August 19, 2013 | Frank Shyong
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be the largest sporting event to hit Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics -- a logistical enterprise that seems impossible when you walk into the organizing committee's office downtown. About a dozen employees work out of the donated space, a cluster of empty cubicles strewn with half-opened boxes of business cards and printers that haven't been plugged in yet. But in two years, a full-time staff of 160 and an estimated 30,000 volunteers will put on competitions throughout Los Angeles for more than 7,000 athletes in an event that will bring an estimated $415 million to the regional economy.
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July 4, 2013 | By Robert Abele
There is a pulsating timeliness to "The Crash Reel," Academy Award-winning documentarian Lucy Walker's bracing new film about extreme-sports up-and-comer Kevin Pearce, a gifted snowboarder who wiped out while training for the 2010 Olympics, suffering a coma-inducing traumatic brain injury. A miraculous recovery gave his loving, nurturing family back its son, but Pearce's thirst to re-enter an increasingly dangerous world of stunt-driven one-upmanship sparks in those close to him a new course of worry.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
The Special Olympics will have a significant economic benefit for Los Angeles, according to a study released Thursday. The games being held in the summer of 2015 will generate at least $415 million in economic activity for the county, according to the study by a research firm working for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. The games are expected to draw more than 7,000 athletes and 500,000 spectators to the Los Angeles area, according to the Special Olympics website.
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February 4, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Half a dozen arms reached for the sky, some gently grazing a basketball as it escaped the court and thudded out of bounds at the Edward Roybal Learning Center. Despite their best efforts at trying to keep the ball in the game, both teams showed no hint of defeat, even after one was declared the winner. The Los Angeles Unified School District/Special Olympics Unified Basketball League's Eastern finals were underway, and the mood was decidedly different from that of other sports finals.
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September 15, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles has been chosen as host of the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games, the event's organizers announced Wednesday. Founded more than 40 years ago by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is the world's largest athletic competition for the mentally disabled. Organizers said the event will bring about 7,000 athletes and 40,000 volunteers to the region. Timothy Shriver, Eunice's son and chairman of the Special Olympics, announced the news at Staples Center, where some of the games will be held.
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