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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1991
The rare-book spending spree of former CSUN library Dean Norman Tannis makes as much sense as a welfare mother cashing in her food stamps to indulge in her collection of Baccarat crystal. CHERYL A. SCHWARTZ Toluca Lake
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BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Amazon.com Inc. and The Home Depot Inc., both giants in their respective retail fields, are heralding the arrival of spring with major hiring surges. E-commerce king Amazon said it will take on more than 2,500 full-time workers in several states as the company's stable of fulfillment centers expands. The employees will be hired to pick, pack and ship customer orders at facilities in Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina, Washington and Tennessee. The online retailer said it hired more than 20,000 fulfillment center workers last year and that the median pay at the sites is 30% higher than the pay at traditional retail jobs.
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SPORTS
December 5, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Andre Johnson has helped the Houston Texans put together what could end up being a very special season. He's the leading receiver on a squad that has already set a franchise record for regular-season wins and is looking like the team to beat in the AFC with the playoffs not far away. Johnson has also helped a bunch of children enjoy a very special holiday season by hosting his annual Toys "R" Us shopping spree Tuesday in Houston. A group of 12 kids selected by Child Protective Services were given 80 seconds to fill their shopping carts with as many items as they could.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By David Zucchino
TAMPA, Fla. - As an Army sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gabriel Brown craved danger. Combat satisfied what he called his "adrenaline addiction. " When he returned home to Florida, nothing in civilian life provided the sense of invincibility that made combat so alluring and vital. The sniper was now a nursing student. There was a hole in his life, but he found a way to fill it: robbing banks. He robbed with a military flair. On Feb. 5, 2013, Brown whipped out a gun and tossed an M83 military smoke grenade during a robbery of a TD Bank branch in Auburndale, Fla., that netted $19,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1995
A 16-year-old boy, arrested in a tagging spree that his mother attempted to stop, has been placed on three years' probation after pleading guilty to felony vandalism. The teen-ager admitted to participating in the graffiti spree last month that caused about $12,000 in damage along Pacific Coast Highway and Anaheim Street. He was arrested in front of his home three days after the March 19 incident, which his mother tried to stop by alerting police to her son's plans and driving along PCH, looking for him. Police arrested another tagger that night, Brian Davis Charley, 19, but the 16-year-old boy evaded authorities.
HOME & GARDEN
July 18, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Modernica's 20th-anniversary sale today will include more than 1,000 new and vintage items marked down as much as 80%. Replicas of Isamu Noguchi's wire pedestal dining tables will be reduced from $895 to $299, and the Case Study daybed with bentwood hairpin legs will be reduced from $1,595 to $975. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Southern Pacific freight terminal at 7th and Alameda streets in Los Angeles. Select items will also be on sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SPORTS
September 1, 2009 | JIM PELTZ
The Dodgers made two dramatic trades Monday night to bolster their postseason chances, acquiring slugger Jim Thome from the Chicago White Sox and starting pitcher Jon Garland from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The acquisitions came just before the 9 p.m. PDT trade deadline, so both players are eligible to be on the Dodgers' postseason roster if the team makes the playoffs. As Garland sat in the Diamondbacks' dugout at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers announced the deals not long before Arizona beat the Dodgers, 5-3, with two runs in the 10th inning, denying Dodgers starter Randy Wolf his 100th victory.
OPINION
February 11, 2003
While reading The Times over breakfast Friday morning I was pleased to learn that Gov. Gray Davis enjoyed himself at the Rolling Stones concert at Staples Center (Feb. 7). When I wrote out the check for my current electricity bill, which is 45% higher than last year, I understood his lament that "you can't always get what you want." However, after a record-setting spending spree on his reelection campaign, which included unfettered use of private jet aircraft, Joni Mitchell's lyric, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot," seems more apropos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2005
Re Hidden Sex Scenes Spark Furor Over Video Game," July 21 What am I missing? Parents and retailers are outraged that "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" has hidden interactive sex scenes that minors can access? Is there anything socially acceptable or redeeming about auto theft, carjacking, cop killing and bloody mayhem in the unadulterated version? Are Wal-Mart and Best Buy to be applauded for taking a stand on a product that is clearly over the line to begin with? Am I to conclude that a 17-year-old will somehow be more damaged by having interactive sex than he will by an interactive crime spree?
SPORTS
February 13, 1985 | Associated Press
Junior guard Anthony Watson scored 23 points in the second half, after scoring only two in the first half, as he led San Diego State past Cal State Long Beach, 86-69, Tuesday night in a nonconference game. San Diego State broke a 41-41 tie with an 11-1 spree with 13 minutes to play. Senior center Leonard Allen had 16 points in the second half and finished with 20 points for San Diego State, which raised its record to 19-5. Senior forward Michael Kennedy added 17 points.
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
TORONTO - The Clippers took it on the chin from Toronto's Terrence Ross, who staggered them at times with his career-high 51-point outburst. But the Clippers never went down during Ross' historic night for the Raptors franchise, because they had their own scoring duo to combat Toronto's second-year player. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick combined for 55 points to help the Clippers get past Ross and the Raptors, 126-118, Saturday night at the Air Canada Center. BOX SCORE: Clippers 126, Raptors 118 "When you can absorb a 50-[point game]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A suspect who shot at and carjacked multiple vehicles Thursday night in Fresno, killing one driver, collapsed and died after crashing an SUV he stole into a ditch, police said. The deadly carjacking and shooting spree unfolded about 5:45 p.m. when two cars crashed at an intersection in central Fresno. The shooter got out of his car, leaving behind two passengers, and then forced his way into a passing car driven by a woman, the Fresno Bee reported . The man, who was not immediately identified, then forced the woman to drive him to a liquor store and ordered her to wait while he went inside.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has bought its latest robotics company, this time purchasing Boston Dynamics -- the maker of YouTube-famous four-legged robots that look a lot like dogs and wild cats. The Silicon Valley giant has been busy buying robot companies throughout 2013, with Boston Dynamics marking Google's eighth purchase of that kind in the past six months. Boston Dynamics has been around since the early '90s, and in recent years, viewers around the world have been introduced to the company thanks to videos on YouTube that show its robots in action.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Did Charles Saatchi game British bestseller lists? Elisabetta Grillo testified in court that she took taxis around London buying his book from a number of shops across the city, as many as four times a week. "Charles had written a book, and he wanted it high in the list," she told the court. Grillo and her sister Francesca were both assistants to Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson during their marriage. The two sisters stand accused of using the couple's credit cards to spend more than $1.1 million on themselves.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- No longer does Boston have to fret about all those poor kindergartners who had lived their whole lives without seeing the Red Sox win the World Series. The big deal about how the Red Sox had not won a World Series at home since 1918? Made for TV, and made for Boston. The truly big deal: The Red Sox won the World Series for the third time in a decade. In the last half-century, only four franchises can say they did that: the Dodgers, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees, and now the Red Sox. What makes the Boston success so fascinating is the extreme makeover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
A man who went on a shooting spree near Ridgecrest after killing a woman and wounding a man warned police he was going to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community, authorities said. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the man -- who was shot and killed after a nearly hourlong chase -- called a Ridgecrest police officer's cellphone early Friday and said he wanted to come to the police station and "kill all the officers but they had too many guns. " The man said he had a package for police and then warned he was "going to wreak havoc," Youngblood said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1999
Re "Richard Kiley; Epitomized 'Man of La Mancha,' " obituary, March 6: My first contact with Richard Kiley was in the winter of 1969 as a graduate student on semester break visiting the Big Apple for the first time. My fiancee was meeting me in Manhattan for a pre-wedding shopping spree, the first of many in our years of marriage. A relative provided us with center circle seats to "Man of La Mancha." Dinner at Mama Leone's, a bottle of Chianti, the magic of our first time in a Broadway theater and Kiley's hypnotizing voice took these two Fairfax High School kids to heights unknown before or since.
OPINION
February 13, 2013
Re "Take guns from fired cops," Column, Feb. 11 George Skelton's argument is illogical. The ex-cop Christopher Dorner was fired for making false reports, which doesn't necessarily indicate a predisposition toward violence that would require his gun-ownership rights to be revoked. Several years had passed since his firing before he allegedly went on a killing spree. Several journalists have lied in print. I would expect Skelton to give equal accounting to them and have their guns confiscated.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. " Director Havana Marking eschews "Ocean's Eleven"-style tension for a more personal, contextual approach to how this international robbery network, named after the pricey pink diamond from the Inspector Clouseau comedies, arose in the wake of the chaotic, early-1990s dismantling of its founders' homeland, the former Yugoslavia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
If you count wealth in cash, Emelia De-Four has never been rich. In Trinidad and Tobago, she got in three years of school before her mother died and she had to pick coffee beans to help support her 15 siblings. In time, she married and gave birth to 14 babies of her own. Three died young, and for the 11 who lived, she sewed flour-sack clothes, which she washed in the river, using corn cobs to scrub out the dirt. Parents and children slept together in one big room, on mattresses made of rice bags stuffed with grass clippings collected from the side of the road.
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