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BUSINESS
June 2, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Other inventors might spend their nights dreaming up a better mousetrap, but Marion Ruggles and Bill Nussbaum needed something they could sink their teeth into: a project with some meat; a gadget that really cooked. They also wanted a product that would fit their disparate personalities, and there are precious few things that a one-time dune buggy maker and a transplanted Queens native could possibly manufacture and market--together.
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SPORTS
April 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
Central Michigan's basketball coach was suspended without pay for using a racially derogatory term in front of his players. Keith Dambrot began serving the four-day suspension Thursday, university spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said Friday. Dambrot allegedly used racial slurs in front of his team late in the season in reference to assistant coach Derrick McDowell, who is black. In a statement released Wednesday, Dambrot said the term was "not used in any racially offensive manner.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can you say "yanked?" That is what Nike did this week to one of its commercials featuring NBA basketball star David Robinson that parodies "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." In the TV spot for the company's Force line of basketball shoes, Robinson ties his shoes, then looks at the camera and asks: "Can you say, 'Kick some butt?' " The commercial premiered on CBS during the World Series.
NEWS
May 31, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the adrenaline-stoked realm of vertical rock climbing, Derek Geoffrey Hersey was regarded as one of the world's best, a daredevil among daredevils who did not use a rope. But for reasons that authorities said Sunday may never be known, the 36-year-old Hersey plunged to his death from the granite face of Yosemite National Park's Sentinel Rock. A native of Manchester, England, Hersey for the past decade had lived in Boulder, Colo.
NEWS
August 6, 1995 | CAROLYN THOMPSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
As a teen-ager who would be lobotomized just a few years later, Rosemary Kennedy chronicled a life of tea dances, dress fittings and trips to Europe in diaries that her mother ordered tossed out with the trash. But Rose Kennedy's secretary didn't listen. She hung on to the aging leather-bound journals and included them in a new book about her decade with the Kennedy clan. Rosemary, now 76, has been living in obscurity in a Wisconsin convent school since the 1941 lobotomy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Anthony York
Lady Gaga has a new message for all of her “little monsters”: Save water. The five-time Grammy Award winner will soon be on the air with a public service announcement urging Californians to do their part to help with the state's drought. So how did Lady Gaga become the new face of drought awareness? It started when the “Poker Face” singer wanted to use Hearst Castle for what the Hearst Castle Foundation is calling "a special creative project. " The San Simeon estate, which is now a state park, is doing its part to help with the water crunch.
BUSINESS
February 9, 1997
I read "Fergie Takes On a Heavy Load as Spokeswoman" (Jan. 16) with interest and amusement. First of all, could Weight Watchers not have found an American, or is the United States so obsessed with trashy white women? This woman has absolutely no talent, and her only claim to fame is that she married another no-talent who should be thankful that his grand-uncle abdicated the throne. No surprise that she came to the United States. Are there no honey-hued American women (Kathleen Battle jumps to mind)
NEWS
September 30, 1998 | DAVID SAVAGE
The Supreme Court's new term began on a sad note. Toni House, who represented the court as its first spokeswoman, died Tuesday after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was 55. Working for the publicity-shy justices, House's job did not call for promoting herself, the court or its decisions. The opinions "speak for themselves," she often said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1985
Morris (Morey) Mirkin, who opened the first Budget Rent-a-Car office at Wilshire and Robertson boulevards in Los Angeles in 1958, died of cancer Thursday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 66. Mirkin, an Air Force veteran of World War II, also was a thoroughbred horse breeder. Horses under his colors have won the Hollywood Park Gold Cup and the All-American Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.
NEWS
August 27, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent was hospitalized with a broken neck Monday after rear-ending his girlfriend's Cadillac and hitting a traffic signal, authorities said. Sheriff's officials said Vincent, 52, was following his girlfriend, 28-year-old Nicole Wallace, to her mother's house at Lake Mission Viejo when his 1988 Mazda rear-ended her 1985 Cadillac. Vincent then spun out of control and struck a traffic signal.
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