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In a historic ballot that will reshape British politics for years to come, Scotland and Wales elected local governments Thursday that will take over control of their domestic affairs from London. The election of the first Scottish parliament in nearly 300 years and of the Welsh National Assembly, which will have more limited powers, is part of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's policy to decentralize control and stave off moves for independence that could break up the United Kingdom.
July 23, 2004 | Pete Harrison, Reuters
As King Arthur and his legend lay siege to box offices around the world, conflict rages in the land of his birth. For not only was Arthur Britain's savior in the Dark Ages against invading Saxons, he also works wonders on the tourism earnings of depressed local economies -- and several are vying for his services. The tale of Arthur, the sorcerer Merlin and the quest for the Holy Grail has long been a staple of British schoolchildren.
April 13, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
In the end, there can only be one top dog. This weekend, it was "Anasazi Billy the Kid," a 5-year-old Welsh terrier owned by Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles. The terrier won the third annual Simi Valley Kennel Club dog shows at Cal State Northridge Saturday and Sunday. The canine was the choice of two panels of judges. "It's a wonderful dog," said Bobbi Davis, show chairman of the Simi Valley affiliate of the American Kennel Club.
September 26, 1987 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Emlyn Williams, the Welsh-born writer who overcame a troubled personal life to give the world his celebrated play, "The Corn Is Green," and then became the actor Charles Dickens reportedly always wished to be when he became "Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens" in a venerated series of one-man shows, died Friday of cancer. He was 81 and died at his London home after recent surgery, said his son, Alan Williams.
April 4, 1985 | LEONARD GREENWOOD, Times Staff Writer
While 1,800 mechanics and maintenance workers of the Southern California Rapid Transit District voted Wednesday on a new 3-year contract, union leader Jerome Long accused the RTD's administration of trying to "welsh" on the agreement in an action that could lead to a strike.
September 17, 2004 | F. Kathleen Foley; David C. Nichols; Rob Kendt
Sunil Kuruvilla's "Fighting Words" is an odd amalgam of Pinter-esque restraint and Odets-ian histrionics. However, in its current staging at the Celtic Arts Center, the play is a near-perfect fusion of direction and performance. Director Tim Byron Owens smoothes over any tonal irregularities in Kuruvilla's challenging but occasionally digressive drama, while a powerhouse cast ferrets out the hidden subtexts with remarkable sensitivity and perception.
March 25, 1990 | VIVIAN RINGER and ROY RINGER, The Ringers are Malibu free-lance writers
It was, to quote Dylan Thomas, a night of "noisy sea . . . and wave and froth." The ticket agent on the wharf at Fishguard, jovial despite a cold wind and driving rain, was doubtful that weather conditions in the Irish Sea would permit the overnight ferry to sail for Rosslare, Ireland. "But even if it does," he said, "you'd have a wild time of it. Why not spend a snug night ashore and try your luck on tomorrow's daylight sailing at 3 in the afternoon?"
December 14, 2006 | David C. Nichols, Daryl H. Miller, Philip Brandes
A familiar, familial appeal graces "A Child's Christmas in Wales" at the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove. Assured work from an engaging ensemble propels this sweet-spirited musical adaptation of Dylan Thomas' vintage story, which returns to Grove Theater Center, where it was a holiday perennial between 1986 and 1991. Jeremy Brooks and Adrian Mitchell's dramatization has become a regional fixture since Cleveland's Great Lakes Festival commissioned it in 1983.
September 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Loyola's 7-foot center, Thomas Welsh, took an official recruiting visit to UCLA on Saturday, one week after visiting California. In an email, Coach Jamal Adams said, "He enjoyed it, learned a lot and is still sorting through the other schools on his list. " He has a visit scheduled for Colorado.  
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