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July 5, 1987
"For the Costa Mesa Freeway, we will either establish a four-foot painted buffer . . . or we will convert it to a mixed flow lane." So states Senator John Seymour (R-Anaheim). Les Spahn, Caltrans chief of legislative affairs, says he refuses to predict that this additional 37-inch buffer width "will reduce accidents." An Orange County transportation commission spokesman predicts the taxpayers of Orange County will probably pay more than $3 million to install the 3-foot, 1-inch painted double yellow line.
March 2, 1996 | ERIC SHEPARD
Belmont High boys' soccer Coach Nancy Carr-Swaim has waited two years to retrieve the City Section Division 4-A championship trophy that was forfeited after her team had defeated Bell, 1-0, in the 1994 final. Shortly after that victory, section officials confirmed that Belmont had played a ninth-semester senior, a CIF violation. Carr-Swaim returned the trophy and no champion was declared. Second-seeded Belmont (21-1-2) will play third-seeded Garfield (14-1-5) for the title at 2 p.m.
September 27, 1998
In his native Argentina, memories are all too fresh of frightened people snatched from their beds by strangers in uniform. No less outrageous was the predawn disappearance of Luis Gabriel Gurrea from his home in Van Nuys. Gurrea, 39, came to this country legally in 1988. But confusing new federal rules and his failure to file permanent residency documents on time vaulted the soft-spoken office manager into an ongoing nightmare with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
February 27, 2001
As an American and registered Democrat, I am deeply embarrassed by the conduct of the former first family with regard to the last-minute pardons, the obvious involvement of Hugh Rodham and their pathetic, "Golly gee, I had no idea" commentaries. Even if these statements were all true (which I don't believe for a minute), their history of vague, evasive and outright dishonest answers renders their credibility totally impotent. If we as Democrats do not actively cleanse our party of the Clintons and get our act together, we will be looking at a debacle at the polls in 2002 that will make 1994 look like a Democratic cakewalk.
March 16, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
If watching sporting events on a computer is the wave of the future, then the future hasn't been perfected. On the first day of the NCAA men's tournament, there were some good things about's March Madness on Demand, which offers video-streamed games from the first three rounds not available on CBS. But there were also glitches. Getting on just before the first tipoff proved difficult, particularly for those who didn't pre-register for VIP access.
April 19, 1986
The electric beater had ice cream on it, so 12-year-old Brent Bowles of Brea on Friday did what comes naturally. He licked it off. But he didn't turn off the beater first, and the springlike wire whip on the end wrapped around his tongue and would not let go. Brea Fire Department Capt. Don Poe said that when he arrived, Brent was sitting in the bathroom "with this thing on his mouth." Poe tried to pry it off, "but I just couldn't . . . and it was so painful for him." Brent was sent to St.
July 25, 1999
As Los Angeles' elected officials debate the need for regulating high-speed Internet access through cable television lines, it's important for those officials to stay focused on engaging, educating and protecting the people whose interests they were elected to represent: the consumers. To date, there has been scant evidence of focus. That is shocking, given that the rest of Southern California, as well as the nation, is watching Los Angeles to see what course it takes.
February 25, 1999 | Michael A. Hiltzik
A trial has been scheduled for next week in the eight-year battle over the rights to make a live-action film based on the Marvel comic book character Spider-Man. However, a judge already has rejected the strongest claims, which belonged to MGM.
Outraged friends and colleagues are rallying to the defense of late '50s screen hunk Jeff Chandler to offset damage done to his reputation by Esther William's racy bestselling autobiography, "The Million Dollar Mermaid." According to Williams, who began a love affair with Chandler during the shooting of "Raw Wind in Eden" in 1956, Chandler was "happy and secure only in women's clothing." Cross-dressing, she writes, gave the actor a sexual thrill.
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