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BUSINESS
January 3, 1996 | From Reuters
Chief economists for the Big Three auto makers predicted Tuesday that U.S. vehicle sales will be flat or rise modestly in 1996, as an expected cut in interest rates will be tempered by the cautious mood of debt-burdened buyers. "1996 is likely to be a good year for the auto industry but not a spectacular year," said Mustafa Mohatarem, chief economist at General Motors Corp., the nation's largest auto maker.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The top music and dance events in 1996: 1. "Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc," score by Richard Einhorn; 1928 silent film by Carl Dreyer; Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, I Cantori and vocal soloists led by Lucinda Carver, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa (Oct. 10-11). Silent films, of course, were never silent; live music always accompanied them. Recently, some composers have been writing scores for classics such as Dreyer's overwhelming "The Passion of Joan of Arc."
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1995 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anthony Beilenson, Carlos Moorhead, Paula Boland, Newton Russell, Richard Katz, Barbara Friedman, Jim Rogan.
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
December 29, 1996 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The outlook in most forecasts for 1997 is for slow to moderately growing economies in the United States and around the world, with low inflation and declining interest rates. Rates on 30-year U.S. Treasury bonds should fall about 1 percentage point to about 5.5%, 10-year bond rates to nearly 5%, experts predict. Forecasts vary, to be sure. Some economists see stronger economies with rising inflation and interest rates in '97.
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