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July 11, 2004 | Davan Maharaj, Times Staff Writer
Every day is a fight for pennies. At sunrise, Adolphe Mulinowa is out hauling 10-gallon cans of sand at a construction site. It takes him an hour to earn 5 cents. Then he hustles to a roadside with a few plastic bottles of pink gasoline, which he hawks alongside dozens of other street vendors. "Patron! Boss man! Gas! Gas! Gas!" Mulinowa barks as a battered Peugeot shudders past, kicking a spray of loose rocks at his face. The car does not stop.
June 1, 2004 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
Past the charred remains of a U.S. military truck, down a pitted road lined with rubble sits Shura Primary School. Outside, the squat schoolhouse glistens with fresh lime-green paint, courtesy of the renovation spree launched by the U.S.-led coalition. Inside, the floors are buckled, the blackboards are scarred, and the bathrooms are little more than open-air sewage pits.
May 25, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
When Riverside was named one of the nation's "Most Livable Communities" in April, the city's libraries, diversity and its environmentally friendly "green power" energy program were touted as reasons for the honor. What city leaders failed to disclose was another form of green power: Riverside and every other city honored paid $10,000 to the organization that released the list, Partners for Livable Communities.
April 17, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Sporting a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan was basking in the glory Friday of having his seaside city designated as one of the most livable communities in the country. "Ventura has worked hard to be a better place to live," Brennan said during a news conference in front of the centuries-old San Buenaventura Mission, where he was joined by other local dignitaries.
February 27, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
Each time 6-foot-6 junior center Conor Turley blocked a shot, took a charging foul or made a three-point basket for North Hollywood Campbell Hall this season, he added new meaning to the label "Comeback Kid." Three and a half years ago, Turley spent 42 days at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles because of severe internal bleeding from an autoimmune disorder. "There was one night we didn't think he was going to make it," Turley's father, Doug, said.
February 16, 2004 | Daryl Kelley and Carlos Chavez, Times Staff Writers
The winter chill is biting. But Rogelio Carranza, his brother and son are out early, hammering two-by-fours together in a house-raising they expect to finish this month, and celebrate with a sweet toast of sugared coffee. They are working on one of six houses and mobile homes here owned by six Carranza brothers and their families. It's a long way from 1993, when the brothers crowded everyone into a three-bedroom home in Oxnard.
December 3, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
About half the baby boomers in the U.S. aren't saving enough to maintain their standard of living in retirement, and many low-income individuals will have to rely mainly on Social Security, according to a government report Tuesday. The Congressional Budget Office's review of 10 years of studies says most baby boomers who aren't saving enough will see a "modest" drop in income that can be made up by working a few years longer.
September 9, 2003 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Struck by how surprised many foreigners are when they first set foot in this restless metropolis, interpreter Yekaterina Borisova slips easily into ridicule to describe the phenomenon. Visitors "usually share the standard collection of stupid stereotypes about Moscow that date back to the Cold War era: bears in the streets, caviar, fur hats with earflaps and permanently drunk Russians," she said.
June 27, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
The fall from grace was dizzying and even, to some, cartoonish. For decades, Oregon's charms routinely won over the surveyors whose job was to rank places according to beauty, efficiency and livability. The state in recent years was hailed as the place "Where It Works" and its largest city, Portland, as one of the nation's best places to live. Oregon claimed similar honors in the early 1970s, about the time that a square-jawed young labor lawyer named Ted Kulongoski straggled into the state.
June 17, 2003 | From Reuters
More and more hungry Congolese children are wielding guns, rape and mutilation are on the increase and access to food, health care and education is rapidly deteriorating, according to a report by humanitarian and advocacy groups issued Monday. Appealing to the U.N. Security Council to direct more attention toward children in Congo, key nongovernmental organizations have pooled their research and drawn on U.N.
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