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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1996
Some of the images can be read in an instant--a candidate stumping for the highest office in the land, an out-of-control wildfire racing across a dry and vulnerable hillside. But some images from 1996 are more complex, harder to read. There is the mother who greeted her son at the airport after the crash of TWA Flight 800. His best friend was on that fatal flight and, reunited with her son in Los Angeles, her face is a mixture of mourning and relief.
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NEWS
August 24, 2000 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday recommended sweeping efforts to improve electrical wiring on airliners--particularly older ones--to avoid a catastrophic explosion like the one that destroyed TWA Flight 800.
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SPORTS
December 26, 1996 | Mike Downey
Nineteen ninety-six was a glorious year for glamorous teams, the New York Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bulls among them. It was also a year for famous individuals to sacrifice their titles, from Don Shula and Tommy Lasorda stepping aside to Mike Tyson being knocked flat. But when a homemade bomb exploded July 27 at an Atlanta public park, interrupting the first Summer Olympics held in any U.S.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2000 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling all taxpayers. If you didn't file a tax return in the recent past, perhaps because you earned so little that you were not required to file, you might want to reconsider--in a hurry. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that U.S. taxpayers will lose $2 billion this year because they failed to claim federal tax refunds they were due from the 1996 tax year.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2000 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling all taxpayers. If you didn't file a tax return in the recent past, perhaps because you earned so little that you were not required to file, you might want to reconsider--in a hurry. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that U.S. taxpayers will lose $2 billion this year because they failed to claim federal tax refunds they were due from the 1996 tax year.
SPORTS
January 1, 1997 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The year of 1996 in Orange County sports was notable as much for what didn't happen as what did: * NFL football didn't return, though Seattle Seahawks' owner Ken Behring flirted with a move and even held a few practices in Anaheim. * The Clippers didn't accept a $95-million offer to play full time at the Pond. * The Ducks didn't make the playoffs, though they finished the season as one of the hottest teams in the NHL.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1997 | From Associated Press
Boeing Co. had a record year in 1996, falling just short of its goal of controlling two-thirds of the world's commercial airline market, the company said Tuesday. Boeing ended 1996 with announced orders for 717 aircraft worth $53 billion. With cancellations and substitutions of previous orders, the company had a net new business gain of 559 planes worth $42.8 billion.
BUSINESS
January 1, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Californians created more new businesses in 1996 than in any year since 1989, with the technology and business service industries of Southern California leading the way, a new report shows. In all, 48,301 new businesses were incorporated in California during the year, up 3.9% from 1995 and the highest total since the state's recession six years ago, according to data compiled by Santa Ana-based CDB Infotek, a public-records research firm.
NEWS
January 1, 1997 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hung over? Mired in the post-holiday blues? Savor this with your first cup of 1997 coffee: California--legendary land of oh-my-God calamities--was a pretty agreeable place to live last year--at least in terms of natural disasters. True, there were raging fires that torched scores of homes and thousands of acres from San Diego to Ventura in October. But 1996 brought no killer quakes and no deadly floods. There were no riots in the streets, no swarms of medflies clouding the air.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1999 | Reuters
AirTran Airways, the low-cost airline once known as ValuJet, and SabreTech, a former maintenance contractor for ValuJet, have settled multimillion-dollar lawsuits over the 1996 crash of ValuJet Flight 592 into the Florida Everglades that killed all 110 people on board. Orlando-based AirTran said it will receive an unspecified cash payment and added that none of the parties to the lawsuit admitted fault or liability. Terms of the settlement agreement were confidential, it said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1999 | Religion News Service
Members of Protestant congregations gave a slightly larger portion of their incomes to their churches in 1996 compared to the previous year, a new study reports. "The State of Church Giving Through 1996," a study by Empty Tomb Inc., a Christian service and research organization based in Champaign, Ill. also reveals a continuing decline in contributions to benevolences, which includes general denominational support, such as local and international missions.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA
A couple of recent government reports indicate that spending in Orange County has continued at a robust pace, but inflation remains dormant. A report by the State Board of Equalization showed that the county's taxable sales for all of 1996 totaled $32.5 billion, up 8.6% from nearly $30 billion the previous year. The increase outpaced the 6.7% rise in taxable sales for the state as a whole.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1997 | George White
The International Council of Shopping Centers said specialty-store sales for the week ended Dec. 14 at the nation's malls increased 0.6% over the same period a year ago. Shoe stores, whose sales rose 3.5%, were the best-performing category. Jewelry stores were next, with a 2.8% increase. For the holiday season so far, sales are up 2% over the same period in 1996, the trade group said. The results do not include sales at mall anchor department stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1997 | From Times wire reports
The Salvation Army raised $1 billion in 1996--up more than $250 million from 1995--putting it at the top of the list for the fifth straight year in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's top 400 charities. Americans donated $25.9 billion in 1996 to the nation's 400 largest charities, the Washington-based Chronicle reported. The American Red Cross placed second, raising $479.9 million, followed by the American Cancer Society, which took in $426.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1997 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County beaches were closed nearly 50 days last year because of pollution--a record that is preferable to the situation at beaches elsewhere in California and across the country, where beach water isn't tested and swimming is almost never prohibited, an environmental group said Tuesday. Los Angeles beaches were closed 48 days in 1996--down from 70 closures the year before.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. retail cigarette sales rose 1% in 1996, helped by full-priced brands. Philip Morris Cos. led the pack, as its sales rose 5%, according to a PaineWebber Inc. report, while No. 2 cigarette maker RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp. and No. 3 BAT Industries' Brown & Williamson Co. unit showed respective sales declines of 3% and 4%. Sales of full-priced brands, such as Philip Morris' Marlboro, RJR's Camel and Loews Corp.'
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