CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1994
Of the 33,378 teachers represented in "Teachers' Absenteeism Troubles L.A. District" (May 9), 20,839, or 62.4%, missed seven to nine days, or less. That's less than one day per month. And 5,364 missed no days. Zero! I've been a public schoolteacher since 1969 (in LAUSD since 1973). This year, I've been absent three days. I love my work, but I've seen everything in the classroom change. Students and teachers are now subjected to the most extraordinary distractions imaginable. An occasional "mental health" day can serve everyone.
June 12, 2001 |
Duke Ellington described his "Second Sacred Concert" of 1968 as "the most important thing I have ever done." Though some would dispute that assessment, there's no denying the hold that sacred music had upon Ellington. The 1968 program was preceded by a 1965 concert of sacred music (which included large segments from such earlier works as "Black, Brown and Beige" and "New World A-Comin' ") and followed by a sacred music concert in 1973, a year before his death.
February 12, 1994 |
Members of the California Seismic Safety Commission said Friday that hospitals in the state were not meeting their responsibility in maintaining earthquake safety standards. L. Thomas Tobin, executive director of the commission, said during a hearing in Van Nuys that hospitals were trying to shed "their responsibility" for making older hospitals, built to outdated safety standards, safer for patients and health care workers.
May 18, 1997 |
Alonzo Mourning had the last word in Game 6. When his improbable three-point basket sank the New York Knicks, he punched the air and shouted a profanity at the hostile Madison Square Garden crowd. Now, New Yorkers are cursing their team's failure to deliver a knockout blow in the fight-scarred playoff series against the Miami Heat. Instead of playing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in Chicago today, the Knicks face Miami in a climactic Game 7.
April 8, 2000 |
President Clinton used Friday's World Health Day observance to push Congress for increased U.S. financing of family planning work abroad. Clinton said 600,000 women die each year of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. He wants Congress to raise family planning assistance and wants the money to come without a restriction dubbed the "global gag rule." Using U.S. funds to perform abortions abroad has been prohibited since 1973.
January 10, 1985 |
The old wooden building on the east side of U.S. 1 here could be called "the resurrected church." To the 2,000 residents of this island city between Key Largo and Islamorada, it's a historic community center used by local clubs and charitable organizations. To John and Lois Stormont, it represents a labor of love. There's nothing ostentatious about the building or its furnishings nor is it particularly old as churches go.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1993 |
Rancho Palos Verdes City Councilman Robert E. Ryan, who helped found the city in 1973 and has served on its council ever since, abruptly resigned Wednesday to accept an appointment to the county's Regional Planning Commission. Ryan's resignation came in the form of a two-page press release in which he reminisced about his two decades in politics and noted that he could not hold elective office while serving on the planning commission.
November 5, 1991 |
A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday on Guam's sweeping abortion ban in a case that could threaten the Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing abortion. The Guam statute is the first anti-abortion law containing criminal penalties argued at the federal appellate court level since 1973, the year the Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade. It is one of the fastest-moving abortion cases in the pipeline toward the nation's highest court, which now has a large conservative majority.
May 26, 2010 |
Ah, to be a single-name star, those anointed ones for whom no further identification is necessary. There's Elvis, there's Marilyn, there's Kobe — and then there's Lemmy. Motörhead's indefatigable frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, is being honored for his long and illustrious music career on VH1 Classic's "Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Award," airing this week, where he'll also perform a killer version of "Ace of Spades" with Lemmy fans Slash and Dave Grohl. He's also working on a new album and beginning a world tour.
June 5, 1985 |
Vincent Miranda, a one-time busboy and waiter who founded the controversial chain of Pussycat adult theaters nearly 25 years ago, died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of cancer. He was 52. Miranda, who bought his first theater in Huntington Park in 1961 to boost business at his adjacent restaurant, rapidly expanded his chain when he discovered that it cost no more to advertise several theaters than one.