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BUSINESS
January 3, 1996 | JAMES FLANIGAN
A watched kettle never boils. And Southern California, the vast and populous region that is almost certainly destined for greatness in the new age of commerce across the Pacific and the border with Mexico, will endure another year of transition--or preparation--in 1996. But having come through five years of wrenching downturn and the first unfamiliar steps of recovery, the region now is poised, in the words of Winston Churchill, "at the end of the beginning."
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December 27, 1995 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anthony Beilenson, Carlos Moorhead, Paula Boland, Newton Russell, Richard Katz, Barbara Friedman, Jim Rogan.
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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, 1996 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Those who think the movie industry will get runaway costs under control in 1997 should think again. Studio honchos readily admit they're addicted to "event pictures"--the buzz words of 1996--and have no intention of kicking the expensive habit any time soon. They figure their energies and resources are better risked on hugely exploitable films like "Independence Day" that can generate megaprofits worldwide than on mid-size ones where returns are minimal at best.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1996 | TIM RUTTEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The year now passing is the 215th since the pobladores--that's "founders" to all you immigrants--trudged wearily north from Mexico and hopefully placed their dusty little pueblo under the protection of Our Lady Queen of the Angels. Optimistic Angelenos, who in recent years have seemed in unusually short supply, might want to conclude 1996 by lighting candles before her shrine.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1996 | RICHARD CROMELIN
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. In the musical sequel to the animated hit, Charlie drops down from heaven to retrieve Gabriel's horn. Lending their voices to the cause are Charlie Sheen, Sheena Easton and Ernest Borgnine. (MGM Animation) American Buffalo. Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz try to pull a con on a friend in David Mamet's adaptation of his play. Michael Corrente ("Federal Hill") directs. (Samuel Goldwyn Co.) August.
SPORTS
January 1, 1997
Although often lost in the outcome of the events, sports provide an unparalleled stage for intensity and emotion. Here are some of those moments:
BUSINESS
February 29, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Tenants today get an extra 24 hours to put off paying the rent. Greeting card companies are enjoying a once-every-leap-year marketing opportunity. And retailers hope to pad their revenues with an additional day of sales. When Feb. 29 arrives on the calendar once every four years, it subtly makes itself felt both on Main Street and Wall Street. While this will be a day just about like any other for most firms, the leap day represents another spin for the wheels of commerce during the fiscal year.
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