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NEWS
December 24, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Public complaints to the Immigration and Naturalization Service are up about 29% from 1996, although "serious" allegations of abuse and excessive force by INS and Border Patrol agents are down about 26%, federal officials estimated Tuesday. John Chase, head of the INS' office of internal audits, said the number of overall complaints has risen because of growth in INS enforcement efforts and a simultaneous easing of the complaint-filing procedure. He sees the jump as a positive sign.
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SPORTS
December 24, 1997 | J.A. ADANDE
The moments--be it Paul Kariya stepping back onto the ice or Barry Sanders stutter-stepping into the record books--are starting to come with more frequency now. They couldn't be more needed. Just when it seemed that everything wrong with sports was ready to take over, the last three weeks have provided us with enough reminders of why we still care, even after the strikes, holdouts, bites and chokes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Making the transition from middle school to high school can be a daunting challenge even for students used to being at the head of the class. For Jessica Watson, 14, a former honor student at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, the change also involved a move to an exclusive boarding school in New England. Jessica has adjusted to life at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., the oldest boarding school in America, with success, school officials said. She has maintained a 3.
BUSINESS
December 30, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Despite a slowdown in November, sales of existing homes are finishing 1997 at a record pace and economists are looking for next year to be nearly as good, according to figures released Monday. Single-family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.38 million units in November, the National Assn. of Realtors said Monday. That's just 0.2% lower than October's 4.39-million rate--the best since the group began tracking sales in 1968.
NEWS
December 28, 1997 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some lament it, others celebrate it, but "identity politics" have become a fixture on the American political landscape in the millennial twilight of the 1990s. And as it comes to a close, 1997 may go down as the year when the San Fernando Valley forcefully threw its own identity into the mix, in an assertion of confidence and will that could have far-reaching impact on its government, schools and infrastructure well into the next century.
BUSINESS
September 23, 1997 | From Associated Press
With only one month left to report in the government's fiscal year, the budget deficit is on track to be the smallest in 23 years. Red ink in August totaled $34.6 billion, the Treasury Department said Monday. That was a bit less than the $38 billion predicted by economists and brought the shortfall for the first 11 months of the budget year to $71.3 billion, 50% less than during the same period of fiscal 1996.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1996 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Patti LuPone will make her debut at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in February, ushering in what promises to be a year of theatrical wealth. Luck too. LuPone's appearance at the center in "Patti LuPone on Broadway" (Feb. 18-23) is a late replacement for "Funny Girl," starring Debbie Gibson, which had been scheduled for the same slot in the center's Broadway Series but was canceled by its producers. The center announced the change Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1997
As Orange County enters a new year, community activists, elected officials and municipal leaders countywide talk about their top priorities for the coming 12 months. Here is a sampling of their New Year's resolutions: * Registered nurse Judy Curreri, a community activist and former Dana Point City Council member, is determined that 1997 will see renewed public awareness of health-care issues.
NEWS
October 20, 1998 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite taunts from Democrats that congressional Republicans produced a do-nothing record this year, the session about to end has been one for the history books in at least three ways. It is the first Congress in a generation to write a balanced budget. It is only the third in history to open an impeachment inquiry. And, along the way, it has inspired an extraordinary rise--and an abrupt fall--in public approval of the institution of Congress.
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