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November 16, 2003 | Michael T. Jarvis
The movie "Lost in Translation" has generated plenty of head scratching and naval gazing surrounding Japanese culture, but considerable speculation on the Internet centers on one scene: "What was that guy shooting at Bill Murray and his friends when they ran out of that bar?" Internet theories include a laser machine gun, glow-in-the-dark bullets and a BB gun. An entry at asks, "Just what ... was that one dude shooting during the bar scene? BBs? Lasers?" On Amazon.
January 11, 1987 | LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
For some time, officials in this industrial, working-class community have felt that the city was being cheated out of its fair share of taxes from motel-room rentals. Mayor John S. Sheehy said officials also suspected that one of the reasons motels were underpaying the 8% levy was that many of their customers were prostitutes.
April 10, 1989
A two-day "reverse sting" on rock house customers ended in the arrests of 140 people for investigation of various drug-related offenses, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Sunday. Sheriff's narcotics, gang detail and patrol deputies served warrants on suspected rock cocaine houses from 4 p.m. Friday until midnight Saturday, taking alleged dealers into custody and then posing as drug sales clerks to arrest people who bought $10 and $20 "rocks" from them. The operation, dubbed "User Accountability," was conducted in the communities of Carson, Firestone, Lennox and Lynwood.
July 2, 1988
The Chicago Sting and Tacoma Stars, like the Sockers, will have until next Friday to post a $400,000 letter of credit to the Major Indoor Soccer League, it was announced Friday. Ron Fowler, whose bid to buy the Sockers won't be ruled on by a federal bankruptcy judge until then, informed the league he would withdraw his offer if it didn't allow Chicago and Tacoma extensions. "Mr.
February 6, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
A sting in a neighborhood hard hit by November's wildfires netted seven arrests of allegedly unlicensed contractors, officials said Thursday. The undercover operation was conducted by police, the district attorney's office and the Contractors State License Board. In addition to the felony arrests for bidding without a license in a declared disaster area, one contractor also was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession. The contractors had run ads, distributed fliers, posted Internet notices or been targeted by complaints to the contractors board.
October 11, 1987 | ROBERT HILBURN
Imagine all the bets Sting could have made three years ago when he walked away from the Police, the first superstar band to emerge from the British new-wave scene of the late '70s. Anyone with a sense of rock history or even a modestly cynical view of human nature would have been willing to put up a week's wages that Sting would eventually rejoin the other members for a worldwide reunion tour. If the fortune waiting at box offices around the world didn't tempt him, surely sentiment would.
Sting slips a bass guitar around his shoulders as he steps to the microphone on the stage of the Joint, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's stylish rock club. Backed by a five-piece band, he begins singing "A Thousand Years," a new millennium-minded love song filled with the graceful, introspective touches that have become his musical trademark.
Camp David is out, for sure. Oslo and Madrid? Unlikely. But mediated peace talks somewhere might be the only way to calm the most recent Middle East conflict--one that has heightened anti-Western rhetoric here and embittered thousands of Egyptians. It started with a rock concert. Not just any rock concert, mind you, but a performance by one of the world's premier pop stars at the foot of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Sting, live at the Pyramids.
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