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President to Press for Mideast Peace, Bomb Scare at Lakers Game, February 3, 1969

February 3, 2009 |  8:00 am
1969_0203_cover"President Nixon plans to take two moves shortly to obtain an Arab-Israeli
peace settlement and improve this country's relations with the Arabs."
When this was written, President Barack Obama was 7 years old; Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert was 23; and Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas was 33.

Michael J. Pollard and Robert Redford in "Little Fauss and Big Halsy."
The Lakers lost a rare triple-overtime game and survived a bomb scare at the Forum.

The headline in The Times grabbed my attention with the words "Forum Hit by Bomb Scare." Mal Florence's story didn't mention it until deep in the jump, explaining that the switchboard took a call after the first overtime reporting a bomb inside the arena. Police and fire officials searched the Forum after the game ended and no bomb was found, Florence wrote.

Did that mean the threat wasn't serious enough to check the building immediately? Either the police tried to play down the incident or The Times headline overplayed it. Either way, the headline and the story didn't seem to match.

--Keith Thursby

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