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December 11, 2005
ERIN McSweeney of Sacramento and her daughters Emma, 20, and Hannah, 16, spent a month in Sri Lanka in August with the Habitat for Humanity Global Village program. On the way to the job site near Anuradapura, the train stopped in the hill country. Erin took this photo with her Nikon D100. "It was like going back in time, just riding the train," McSweeney said. "I was hanging out of the window the whole time with my camera."
September 13, 1988 | Associated Press
The House passed legislation today barring airlines, aircraft manufacturers and other aviation companies from retaliating against employees who complain to the government about safety problems. The measure prohibits employers from firing or taking other actions against "whistle blowers" who notify government agencies about what they believe are safety problems, or who refuse to allow an aircraft to operate because they believe a hazardous condition exists.
October 31, 1992
The problem with the San Diego State football team is not the referees. It is the coaching. The Aztecs would be a top-10 team if rankings were based on underachieving. They are not prepared to play the game. Good teams do not make the mistakes the Aztecs regularly make. The offensive game plan is pathetic. When Marshall Faulk get three carries in a quarter, something is screwy. The Aztecs have had excellent recruiting classes but do not block and tackle on Saturdays. None of this is the fault of the referees.
March 28, 1995 | AL MARTINEZ
I walked with janitors the other day. There were about 100 of them. We marched through a corner of Santa Monica to the beat of a drum, the clang of a bell and the trill of whistles. They carried signs and banners that demanded social justice, equal pay and something better than what they had. A few passing cars responded by honking their horns in sympathy, but mostly the janitors marched unseen, like an invisible army, past the very buildings whose offices they had cleaned the night before.
February 25, 1991 | MIKE PENNER
Travis Williams qualified for his NFL pension last month, four weeks before he died. Williams turned 45 on Jan. 14, the 23rd anniversary of his first and only Super Bowl appearance as a running back for Vince Lombardi's last Green Bay Packer team. The same date, two different milestones. In 1968, Williams earned $15,000 for beating the Oakland Raiders. In 1991, Williams earned the right to claim a $300 monthly allowance from the NFL Players Assn. pension fund.
April 22, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer
Jamal Boykin turns 16 years old on Sunday, which means he'll be old enough to drive. He'd be better off getting a pilot's license considering all the cities he plans to visit over the new few months. Boykin, a 6-foot-7 All-City basketball player at Los Angeles Fairfax, is gearing up for tournaments across the country. His suitcase is packed, and now it's a matter of choosing where to go. Last week, he was in Las Vegas. This week, he might go to Houston.
July 18, 1986
Legislation making it a crime to retaliate against public employee "whistle blowers" has been signed into law by Gov. George Deukmejian. The law, authored by Assemblyman Larry Stirling (R-San Diego), was prompted by complaints to Stirling from employees at San Diego County's Hillcrest mental health hospital. The law was signed by Deukmejian on Wednesday and goes into effect Jan. 1.
May 13, 1986
Some of the most important testimony heard by the commission investigating the space shuttle accident came from two engineers at Morton Thiokol Inc., which built the solid-fuel booster rockets that have been identified as the cause of the disaster. The two engineers, Allan J. McDonald and Roger M.
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