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February 7, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
The story goes that in the 1880s, a woman spotted some tobacco-chewing debaters on the veranda of the Long Beach Hotel and complained to a friend: "All they do is spit and argue." And, so, the Spit 'n' Argue Club became the name of the informal group of mostly-retired characters who met daily in Long Beach to chew and whittle while tackling such issues as God, world peace and the proper methods of plowing a wheat field. The colorful conclave eventually became a tourist attraction, drawing upward of 1,500 spectators a day and surviving more than three-quarters of a century.
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March 13, 2014 | Chris Erskine
The golden March morning smells like a fistful of Easter lilies. But Dirk Spits - formerly of Amsterdam, currently of anywhere he parks his tent - is remembering a less serene moment: the day he fell asleep on his bike in his grinding bid to pedal from Alaska to Argentina. "It was four days of bad weather from Olympia [Washington] to Castle Rock, some of it on Interstate 5," he remembers. "I hadn't had any food and I fell asleep…maybe three or four seconds. If there hadn't been that guardrail….
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SPORTS
November 2, 1985
I don't care what Jim Murray says, I thought it was a pretty good World Series. The papers didn't mention that the Royals, on camera, spit 738 times, a record for the Series. The Cards spit 582 times. Of the 1,320 times, half hit the ground and half hit their jerseys. BILL STEIN Encino
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Amy Benfer
NEW YORK - Michelle Tea has been a horoscope writer, an activist and a sex worker. She never graduated from college, but she has written a novel, a poetry collection and four memoirs - one of which, "Valencia," is being made into an independent film by 21 filmmakers. As co-founder of the literary performance group Sister Spit, she's led troupes of performance poets and artists across the United States and Europe. On a Sunday afternoon at a Polish restaurant in lower Manhattan, over a plate of pierogis and vegetarian borscht, she describes what might be her most unlikely project yet: a trilogy of young adult novels about a "radical Polish mermaid," the first of which, "Mermaid in Chelsea Creek" (McSweeney's McMullens, $19.95)
SPORTS
September 21, 1991
On KABC's "Sportstalk" this week, Steve Garvey said he felt Mike Tyson should not be allowed to fight Evander Holyfield because he showed poor discretion as an athlete. People with glass mouths should not spit rocks. As the father of the year, Garvey has no right to talk. MICKEY MANDELL West Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1988
I really enjoyed Mike Boehm's article in the June 10 edition of Calendar covering the Iron Maiden concert at Irvine Meadows ("It's Unmannerly to Spit in a Maiden's Face"). My sister was one of the "gobbed on" security people who were supposed to maintain order 1635000436projects the absurdity and ridiculousness of the evening. I enjoyed the sarcasm concerning the absolute stupidity of the egocentric lead singer yelling at security to let mayhem reign, then getting spit upon for all of his trouble.
OPINION
November 11, 1990
I have a solution to the brouhaha surrounding the NEA that may satisfy all parties concerned. Instead of funding the NEA from the federal budget, why not have a box to check on the 1040 tax form that indicates that the taxpayer wishes to contribute, say, $5 to that agency? That way no one could maintain that he is being forced to pay artists to spit in his face and the federal government would still be promoting "artistic freedom." ROBERT W.D. DEVILLE Claremont
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998
Re "Hindu Sues for Wrongly Being Served a Beef Burrito," Jan. 24. I respect everybody's faith and beliefs. I think Mukesh K. Rai is very American if he is suing a Ventura Taco Bell for serving him a beef burrito rather than a bean burrito. He could have spit out the first bite! He went to England already for purification! He has "suffered anguish!" I don't think he would be suing anyone over this in any other part of the world. BEATRIX M. VASKO Newbury Park
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 1990
Hilburn values commercial popularity as the measure of success to the point of grieving that alternative rock bands "don't even try to reach for hits." These bands are simply smart enough to avoid the big-label pop machine that has already chewed up and spit out hundreds of bands in the name of easy tax write-offs. When the labels don't even support their own new acquisitions, how can audiences be expected to? NATALIE NICHOLS North Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2000
Natalie Nichols review of the LA Weekly Awards makes it sound like the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs were just being cool and doing their punk rock thang ("At a Raucous Show, LA Weekly Music Honors Go to Beck, Gray," July 1). Perhaps Nichols was unable to see what really happened. Fact: Lead singer Frank Meyer drank from his beer bottle and then spit the contents onto the first two rows of the audience, which included lifetime achievement nominee Big Jay McNeely and other nominees. Then Meyer threw the beer bottle on the ground at McNeely's feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Justin Bieber 's chances of being charged with battery for allegedly spitting on and threatening a Calabasas neighbor are slim, authorities say. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the complaint by the neighbor and will present their findings to the county district attorney's office. But the detectives will not be recommending any specific charges, sheriff's officials said Monday. "The department doesn't routinely recommend to prosecutors what to do. We will present the evidence," said Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department continued to investigate allegations that Justin Bieber threatened and spat on a Calabasas neighbor, officials said. The neighbor filed a battery complaint, and the sheriff's department will decide whether there is enough evidence to ask prosecutors to file charges against the pop star. It's unclear when a decision will be made. Sheriff's detectives are also looking into complaints that Bieber and his entourage drove at excessive speeds through his neighborhood, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Justin Bieber spat on a Calabasas neighbor and threatened him after a harsh exchange of words over the pop star's behavior and that of his entourage, a neighbor told deputies when making a battery complaint. L.A. County sheriff's detectives are now investigating allegations involving the Tuesday morning confrontation, as well as complaints Bieber and his entourage drove at excessive speeds through his Calabasas neighborhood, authorities said. "The neighbor has complained Mr. Bieber spit on him and made some threats," said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, "Mr. Bieber's people say that it did not happen.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
As Justin Bieber looks forward at a string of concert dates in Germany and elsewhere in Europe starting Thursday night, he'd better have his eyes in the rear-view mirror as well: The Sheriff's Department back home is investigating him for an assault that allegedly happened Tuesday morning in his home neighborhood. "The neighbor has complained Mr. Bieber spit on him and made some threats," Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told L.A. Now on Wednesday. "Mr. Bieber's people say that it did not happen.
OPINION
December 13, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
The enactment of a so-called right-to-work law by the state of Michigan this week is indeed, as the media have described it, a blow against the union movement. Michigan, of all places. But it is also a blow against fairness and common sense. "Right to work" sounds like a law guaranteeing you a job, or at least protecting your job once you've got it. A lot of the propaganda by the Chamber of Commerce and similar business groups is about so-called forced unionism. In fact, the main effect of a right-to-work law is nearly the opposite.
NATIONAL
October 5, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
For the Mars Curiosity rover, it's one "first-ever" after another. The 1,982-pound explorer is now at a spot in Mars' Gale Crater called Rocknest, ready to use its robotic scoop for soil samples. Scientists hope the samples will provide information crucial to the project's central mission -- determining whether there were conditions on the planet at some time that could have fostered life. That's microbial life, to be exact, but still -- alien life. Four scoops of Martian dirt should be about right to provide new data to help solve this mystery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1986
I read with interest Jim Mann's article (April 27), "China Revives War on Habit of Public Spitting." I was in China recently and know of this habit. However, I would like to say that China is to be complimented for endeavoring to eradicate this habit with legislation and education. This, unfortunately, cannot be said for the United States, which boasts of a higher standard of education and health awareness. Not only do we see the same habit in our own streets, but also at ball games by the heroes and idols of our young people.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are moments in Jonathan Demme's new documentary,"Neil Young Journeys," when the saying "too close for comfort" comes to mind. The camera drops to focus on the lower half of Young's face mid-song, staying close enough and long enough that it's possible to identify color patterns of browns and grays in the stubble on his chin, to notice what looks to be bridgework on his teeth, to see the spit fly. In those scenes, what he is singing recedes,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A man charged with spitting on a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was acquitted of battery this week after his defense attorney produced video footage that jurors said contradicted testimony by deputies. Several jurors said after the trial that deputies gave conflicting accounts of the October 2010 arrest of Steven Sartori and that the video did not show one of the deputies wiping away spit as she testified she had. The video, they said, also showed the deputies using more force than they acknowledged on the stand.
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