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February 20, 1986
The other day I saw the ultimate expression of living in Los Angeles, 1986: A window greenhouse filled with plastic plants. W.E. HOUSTON Santa Monica
April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Former pro wrestling star Ultimate Warrior, who collapsed while walking to his car last week and pronounced dead at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., died of cardiovascular disease. Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick announced the finding Monday after an autopsy was conducted by the county medical examiner's office. There was no alcohol or drugs in his system. Warrior, 54, died last Tuesday. Witnesses say he clutched his chest before collapsing. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior several years ago. ALSO: Manny Pacquiao's mom was, um, intense during fight [Video]
January 15, 1987
Newspaper headlines have run shivers down my back on more than one occasion in the past, but the one (Times, Jan. 8) that read, "Two Colossal Arcs in Far Galaxies Baffle Scientists," evoked the ultimate shudder, confirming my worst fantasies. McDonald's has invaded the last frontier. WALKER A. TOMPKINS Santa Barbara
April 14, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
With the pro wrestling world mourning the loss of the Ultimate Warrior, WWE, the company where he gained his greatest fame, will devote part of its flagship "Monday Night Raw" TV show Monday night to reflect on his career. Interspersed throughout show, WWE will show important moments of Warrior's wrestling life including key matches, his Hall of Fame induction and his final appearance in the ring last week on "Raw. " In addition, the WWE Network will show this week a four-part special, "Warrior Week," starting Tuesday at 10 p.m. PDT. Warrior, born James Hellwig, died last Tuesday after collapsing while walking to his car in Scottsdale, Ariz.
February 25, 2003
Re " 'Ultimate Fighting' Seeks State's OK to Move Out of the Shadows," Feb. 19: California should not sanction "ultimate fighting." An event in which one participant attempts to seriously injure the other or render him or her unconscious is immoral. Professional boxing, for the same reason, should be outlawed. Whereas in other sporting events (e.g., football) an injury to a participant is incidental, in boxing and "ultimate fighting" it is the essence of the "sport." Such barbarity should not be legitimized.
February 1, 2009
April 27, 2003
Having spent two years living in Geneva and traveling extensively throughout the Alps, followed by a return to the U.S. and the subsequent purchase of a 1976 BMW motorcycle, I was exuberant to find the article "Fast Times in the Alps" (by Craig Ligibel, Special Travel Issue, March 30). However, as soon as I saw the words "the ultimate guy trip," the pounding in my ears almost became unbearable. As a female rider with 40,000 miles of accident-free riding, I too have taken my BMW through wild terrains of loose gravel (and sand, sleet, lava and stream crossings)
April 15, 1990 | Tom Clark, Clark's latest book of poems is "Fractured Karma" (Black Sparrow). and
In his previous novels, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," "Another Roadside Attraction," "Still Life With Woodpecker" and "Jitterbug Perfume," Tom Robbins deployed his hyperactive sense of humor to wage a series of comic campaigns in the ongoing Battle of the Sexes. In his latest, "Skinny Legs and All," he ambitiously expands the action to other fronts across a broad battlefield of history, pitting not only male versus female but Christian against pagan, Arab against Jew. Entertaining no longer seems to be enough for Robbins.
November 8, 1986
What, columnist George Will (Editorial Pages, Oct. 23) espousing the designated-hitter rule for baseball! I should think it more likely Will would become the ideological apologist for the Soviet Politburo. Will now embraces the asinine DH because a never-at-bat American League pitcher, Boston's Bruce Hurst, was so inept at the plate that he provoked a laugh from the umpire (National League, no doubt) in the first game of the World Series. Will argues that the DH now has "tradition" on its side because it has been around (in the American League)
October 27, 2000
A holy war is the ultimate oxymoron. ROBERT E. MORSBERGER Claremont
April 9, 2014
Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson Former Trinidad and Tobago leader held by Islamic rebels Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson, 87, a former Trinidad and Tobago prime minister who was held hostage for days and shot during a bloody 1990 coup attempt, died Wednesday at a private medical center in Trinidad's capital of Port-of-Spain after a prolonged illness. National Security Minister Gary Griffith said Robinson had been hospitalized for several medical conditions related to diabetes.
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
WWE star the Ultimate Warrior, 54, who was just inducted into the company's Hall of Fame and appeared on its flagship "Monday Night Raw" TV show this week, has died in Arizona at age 54. Warrior, who was born James Hellwig but had his name legally changed to Warrior several years ago, collapsed while walking with his wife outside an Arizona hotel. He was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead Tuesday night. "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, the Ultimate Warrior," WWE said in a statement.
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Ultimate Warrior, who died suddenly Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 54, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last Saturday and appeared on "Monday Night Raw" two nights later. After receiving a huge ovation from the fans, Warrior (born James Hellwig, but he legally changed his name to Warrior several years ago) talked about death in a speech that now seems a bit eerie. You can watch it above, and a transcript is below: “No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat.
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The sudden death of the Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday night in Scottsdale, Ariz., has left the pro wrestling world stunned, with many sending out tweets of condolences after hearing the news. A sampling:   We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters. - Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 9, 2014 Devastated to hear of the passing of @UltimateWarrior . He was a childhood hero of mine & he vs @HulkHogan WM6 is still one of the best ever - Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho)
March 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Like the put-upon pharmacist at its center, the neo-noirish suburban comedy "Better Living Through Chemistry," co-written and co-directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, is a bit of a cheat - and goes soft in the clutch. Said druggist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) is the henpecked hubby of a scornful fitness nut (a misused Michelle Monaghan), with an angry 12-year-old son (Harrison Holzer) and a controlling father-in-law (Ken Howard). But Doug goes from doormat to Don Juan when new customer Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde)
March 1, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
TEMPE, Ariz. - The keepers of the gate for the Angels, the catching crew, play for the ultimate keeper of the gate. All it takes to establish Manager Mike Scioscia is just that are Internet replays of his home-plate blocking when he was a catcher for the Dodgers. His collisions are legendary. So are his survivals. In one, Scioscia holds onto the ball for the out despite a huge hit. No less than Vin Scully intones, "I have never in my life seen a catcher block the plate like Mike Scioscia.
October 13, 2004
The ultimate weapon of mass destruction: oil. Charles Conyers Gardena
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Speed hasn't been ruled out as a factor in a highway crash that killed three Minnesota college juniors who were members of a nationally ranked ultimate frisbee team, authorities said Saturday. Five Carleton College students were packed into a 1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV that spun out of control Friday afternoon, sliding into oncoming traffic on the icy and undivided two-lane highway. A semi-truck smashed into the SUV. Dead at the scene  were James P. Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, Minn.; and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.
February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - The reporter made her way through the throng of media surrounding Chris Paul inside a hotel ballroom, thrusting her microphone close to the Clippers star so that she could pick up the answer to the question she just had to know: Bojangles' or Popeyes? "Bojangles'," Paul said. "No question. Not even close. They've got Popeyes here in New Orleans. Their biscuits are good, but Bojangles' over Popeyes. " The reporter wasn't done with the hard-hitting inquiries.
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