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It's one of the greatest stories ever told: A baby is found in a basket adrift in the Egyptian Nile and is adopted into the pharaoh's household. He grows up as Moses, rediscovers his roots and leads his enslaved Israelite brethren to freedom after God sends down 10 plagues against Egypt and parts the Red Sea to allow them to escape. They wander for 40 years in the wilderness and, under the leadership of Joshua, conquer the land of Canaan to enter their promised land.
The city's neon lights vibrated in the polished hood of the black BMW as it cruised up Las Vegas Boulevard. The man in the passenger seat was instantly recognizable. Fans lined the streets, waving, snapping photos, begging Tupac Shakur for his autograph. Cops were everywhere, smiling. The BMW 750 sedan, with rap magnate Marion "Suge" Knight at the wheel, was leading a procession of luxury vehicles past the MGM Grand Hotel and Caesars Palace, on their way to a hot new nightclub.
August 28, 2004
Ben Wasserstein's Aug. 24 commentary, "You Can Report, but We Will Decide," is just another piece of he said/she said in the inconsequential debate over Sen. John Kerry's war record. Kerry is not going to be a sailor ever again, so even if I were a Kerry supporter (or President Bush, for that matter), looking at his war record is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is Kerry's voting record since that time. As a "leader" of the people, Kerry voted to go to war, then voted against funding the soldiers and the war effort.
September 6, 2012
Taylor Swift's pop-rock makeover with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" has become a runaway late-summer hit. The single, in just three weeks of availability for purchase, has sold more than 1 million downloads. With an additional 253,000 downloads purchased over the last week, the single has sold almost 1.2 million digital copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Swift's latest is the top-selling digital single in the States this week, easily holding court over Maroon 5's "One More Night," the latter of which sold 193,000 copies and also just cracked the million download threshold.
November 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Fresh off her triumph at the Country Music Assn. Awards, Taylor Swift has netted a deal to create a line of greeting cards. American Greetings Corp. Chief Executive Zev Weiss says Swift's abilities as a storyteller and songwriter make her a natural for writing cards that will appeal to all ages. The company said Tuesday that cards, gift wrap, stationery, online greetings and other related products overseen by Swift would begin appearing in the spring. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The story goes that any 18th-Century worshiper who snored during the sermon at St. Patrick's Cathedral here was in peril of waking to find Jonathan Swift looming above him in his pulpit. It's a legend worthy of the author of "Gulliver's Travels," and may well be true. The pulpit, mounted on wheels, is still in the cathedral. So is Swift. Swift is buried beneath the floor near the southwest porch, where everyone goes in and out, many of them drawn to Swift.
June 23, 1992
Longtime Fillmore resident William Swift died Saturday in a Santa Paula hospital after a brief illness. He was 82. Swift was born in Moark, Mo., on March 10, 1910. He lived in Fillmore for 52 years, after moving from Corning, Ark. He was retired, having worked for 52 years as a ranch foreman for Newt Kellman. Service is at 1 p.m. today at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore. Arrangements are being handled by Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore.
May 6, 2004 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
USC's top recruit, center Robert Swift of Bakersfield High, has made himself available for the NBA draft, though he has not hired an agent and could still play for the Trojans. Swift, a 7-foot, 245-pound McDonald's All-American, faxed his letter to the NBA late Tuesday night. "I'm not going to hire an agent until I find out where I'm going to go or if I'm going" to be drafted, Swift said Wednesday night. The website projects Swift as the 21st pick, by the Utah Jazz.
January 19, 1993
The recent clubbing of a school principal in Oxnard brings to light the necessity of impressing upon judges that we do not condone this type of behavior. The judge who hears this case should be quick and swift in putting these criminal elements safely away from society. Our judicial system has sunk to an all-time low, as perpetrator after perpetrator gets slapped on the wrist and released to further terrorize law-abiding citizens. VIRGINIA SARAGOSA Oxnard
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