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ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1998
Eleven finalists in the 1998 Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition shared prizes of $34,950 after auditions at the Luckman Complex at Cal State Los Angeles. Joohee Choi, a 29-year-old soprano from New Jersey, took the top prize of $10,000; second-place winner was basso Valerian Ruminski, 30, of Philadelphia, who won $7,500. Arizona tenor James Crowley, 28, was awarded a third prize of $5,450.
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SPORTS
July 27, 1999 | Associated Press
A group headed by billionaire Donald Sturm beat out John Elway and a Saudi Arabian princess Monday, winning the chance to bid for ownership of the Denver Nuggets of the NBA and the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. The Sturm group offered $461 million for Ascent Entertainment Group's two teams and its new Pepsi Center arena. Wednesday, the Sturm group will compete with Bill Laurie and his wife, Nancy, heiress to the Wal-Mart retail fortune, in a live auction to determine the new owner.
NEWS
February 29, 1988 | CAROLYN SEE
Second Son by Robert Ferro (Crown: $17.95; 215 pages) Robert Ferro's earlier novel, "The Family of Max Desir," centered around a beloved son of a large family whose ties to each other were very strong.
TRAVEL
September 19, 2004 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
When doctors suggest taking along a travel-medicine kit, the emphasis is often on prescription drugs such as antibiotics to quell diarrhea or sleeping pills to ease jet lag. Other remedies, however, are worth considering. Some of the following are herbal, and all are available without a prescription. Check with your primary doctor first, especially if you take medications for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure.
NEWS
July 11, 2001 | APARNA SURENDRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some popular herbal medicines can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people undergoing surgery and should not be taken before an operation, according to a review of research released Tuesday. Echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St.
NEWS
February 19, 1991 | From Reuters
Soviet forces backed by tanks and armored vehicles shot their way into an unofficial Georgian militia base and captured it in the early hours Monday, local journalists and politicians said. It was the first known instance of Soviet military intervention against the Mkhedrioni (horsemen), a well-armed vigilante group formed two years ago on a growing wave of nationalist sentiment in the southern republic. "There was shooting and they captured the base.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2009 | By Jerry Hirsch
In Los Angeles, where medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined, a mood-altering beverage with a cannabis-oriented marketing campaign is gaining traction. Southern California has become the bestselling market for Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda, a sugary drink laced with kava, a South Pacific root purported to have sedative properties. Matt Moody, a Denver nutritional supplement developer who created the beverage, said the name is an unabashed reference to weed, though the relaxant compounds in kava are chemically unrelated to those in marijuana.
MAGAZINE
May 1, 2005 | Susan Heeger
Gophers have gobbled up her roses, raccoons have snacked on her tulip bulbs and herons have cleaned out her koi pond, but Susan McKinley keeps on gardening. Having moved to Montecito in 1988, just before the last major Southern California drought, she has endured brown years and green years, withered lawns and flower beds awash in nonstop rain. After all this time, McKinley appreciates the survivors and has learned to foil the local wildlife.
MAGAZINE
September 27, 1992 | SUSAN HEEGER
A lot of the fun of John and Terry Poplawski's flower-filled street garden in Woodland Hills lies in trying to guess what unfolds beyond its vine-topped gate. So dense and colorful are the blooming heaps and drifts of the public beds that it's hard to think how the inner sanctum could be any more seductive.
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