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April 10, 2008 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Welcome to the Masters, where the world's best golfers have gathered this week to carry on a tradition like none other. Kissing up to Tiger. Have you ever heard anything like it? In a sports world whose very pulse is pumped by the heartbeat of competition, would this happen anywhere else? Tiger Woods showed up here this week reiterating his understandable belief that he can win this summer's golf Grand Slam. Then his opponents -- exasperated gasp -- agreed with him.
February 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Myron Cope, the screechy voiced football announcer whose colorful catchphrases and twirling Terrible Towel became symbols of the Pittsburgh Steelers during an unrivaled 35 seasons in the broadcast booth, has died. He was 79. Cope died Wednesday at a nursing home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Lebanon, Pa., said Joe Gordon, a former Steelers executive and a longtime friend of the announcer. Cope was treated for respiratory problems and heart failure in recent months, Gordon said.
February 20, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writers
Sony Corp. has finally exorcised the ghost of Betamax. The Japanese company's Blu-ray format emerged the victor in the battle to set the standard for high-definition DVDs. Its victory over Toshiba Corp.'s rival HD DVD leaves behind its embarrassing loss to VHS in last century's battle for the home videocassette market. Toshiba announced Tuesday it was abandoning its next-generation high-definition disc format, saying it would no longer make and market players and recorders.
February 9, 2008 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
A day after John McCain appeared to have nailed down the Republican presidential nomination, Mike Huckabee clung Friday to the faint hope that he could snatch it away. He gamely pleaded for support at "Huckabee for President" rallies in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan. But for many who have watched Huckabee rise to the top tier of candidates only to see McCain emerge as the presumptive nominee, the question has become: Why keep going?
November 29, 2007 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
THIS weekend, MTV reality stars the Osbournes -- heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, wife and manager Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack -- will engage in that most Southern Californian tradition: the estate sale. Of course, this family has approached the sale more like a multimedia event: A public exhibition of more than 500 lots organized by Julien's Auctions and staged at the Gibson Guitar showroom in Beverly Hills ends today, followed by a sale Friday and Saturday, webcast live on www.
September 2, 2007 | Elena Becatoros, The Associated Press
A 77-year-old mother of a firefighter saved her home by dousing it with buckets of water. A man battled flames threatening his hotel with wet towels. With any and all means, villagers and volunteers fought the flames that ravaged southern Greece for a week and claimed 64 lives.
May 28, 2007 | Janet Cromley
Ready! Set! Swim? Not yet. After slicing and dicing the relative risk from pathogens lurking in the surf, there's one last possible source of germs to consider: beach sand. Although most research on beach pathogens has focused on microorganisms in the water, researchers are beginning to track bacteria in beach sand as well.
April 30, 2007 | Helene Elliott and Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writers
Fans entering General Motors Place on Sunday found rally towels on each seat, suitable for waving and creating a blizzard-like effect to support the home team. That's not unusual in itself. What's noteworthy is that Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the day that spurred Canucks fans to make the towels so popular.
January 28, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fire that destroyed a two-story house Saturday was blamed on a smoldering dish towel tossed in the trash before the family left home, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the 4900 block of Felicia Drive about 10:20 a.m. and quelled the fire in about half an hour. The few items not singed were packed in boxes in the garage, officials said. Damage was estimated at more than $1 million.
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