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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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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, 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.
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.
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.'
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1996 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another year, another record, with the 1996 domestic box office totaling $5.8 billion, almost 9% over 1995. Two special-effects-driven vehicles--"Independence Day" and "Twister"--dominated the year, heading a Top 10 list that, in contrast to 1995's family-oriented mix, contained five big-budget action films.
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