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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1996 | Lewis Segal, Lewis Segal is The Times' dance critic
Who'd imagine that the Bolshoi Ballet could go broke dancing 19th century classics in Shrine Auditorium while German modernist Pina Bausch could pack the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion by presenting a nonlinear ensemble epic lasting nearly four hours?
BUSINESS
December 29, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after starting to crawl out of recession, California is heading into 1997 in the best economic shape of this decade. Job growth in 1996 ran at a robust 2.7%, spurred by entertainment, high-tech manufacturing and international trade, the new pillars of California's economy. UCLA economists predict the state will do even better in 1997, outstripping the nation for the second straight year.
TRAVEL
December 22, 1996 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Here's to 1996, the year I was introduced up close to Southeast Asia and the time-share industry (I liked Southeast Asia better), the year I saw what Georgia O'Keeffe saw, and failed to eat where Joe Montana also failed to eat. It was also the year I found a slice of Northern California nirvana in the underappreciated national park that surrounds Lassen Peak. All told, the journeys that I described in these pages this year touched on four continents.
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
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.
SPORTS
January 7, 1998
* Glenn Adriatico, Jr., WR, Burroughs: With quarterback J.K. Scott now at Washington, Adriatico saw his production dwindle. He was selected to The Times' All-Valley second team after rushing 34 times for 184 yards and catching 46 passes for 695 yards. * Waking Bailey, Sr., DB, Kennedy: Bailey fit right into the San Jose State offense, becoming the Spartans' second-leading receiver with 34 catches for 380 yards. He also returned 11 kickoffs for 238 yards. * Ricky Bednarek, Sr.
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.
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