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January 18, 1998
Opening Soon An Alan Smithee Film--Burn, Hollywood, Burn. Writer Joe Eszterhas skewers the world of big-budget films in this satirical account of an ill-fated production. (Hollywood) Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. Sharon Gless narrates and Michael Paxton directs an examination of the author's life, including her Hollywood apprenticeship to Cecil B. DeMille. (Strand) Blues Brothers 2000.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Valencia man was convicted Tuesday of the murders of two witnesses, but he was spared a possible death penalty when prosecutors withdrew their bid for capital punishment just before the verdict was announced. The dramatic conclusion to the trial of Kenneth Leighton, who now faces life in prison without parole, was the second strange twist in the case. Earlier, there were revelations that a prosecutor had concealed evidence from defense attorneys.
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NEWS
December 29, 1998 | BEVERLY BEYETTE
A look back at some of the people, places and things that made headlines in 1998: There was good news aplenty after all this year for Christoph Meili. The former Swiss bank guard was hailed as a hero in 1997 for his role in exposing Swiss banks for holding Jewish assets confiscated during the Nazi Holocaust. As a result, though, he was forced to flee with his family to America, and until recently the 30-year-old was working as a hotel doorman in Manhattan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Virtually every week a child is killed by a parent or caretaker in Los Angeles County, and the system for preventing these tragedies remains in disarray, according to a report released today. In fact, the report found, in 41% of the 1998 cases in which children were killed, county officials had been warned that the children were in physical peril.
NEWS
June 3, 1998
Laguna Hills High 25401 Paseo de Valencia Laguna Hills 92653 (949) 770-5447 * Enrollment: 1,800 * Established: 1978 * Hangouts: Irvine Spectrum; Taco Bell; Del Taco; McDonald's; Carl's Jr; Laguna Hills Mall food court; Noah's Bagels; Juice Stop * Team name: Hawks * Newspaper: Hawkeye * Principal: Wayne Mickaelian * Student president: Tyson Scott * Unsung hero: Driver's education and health teacher Jay Herron, who is known for his quirky sense of humor * Royal faculty: Nancy Pfaff and Lynn
NEWS
June 3, 1998
Brea Olinda High 789 Wildcat Way Brea 92621 (714) 990-7850 * Enrollment: 1,866 * Established: 1926, rebuilt in 1989 * Team name: Wildcats * Newspaper: Wildcat * Principal: Kathy Beard * Student president: Alison Lasseter * Valedictorians: Suchitra Ananthnarayan; Cindy Elsayed; Moshe Zutler * Famous alumnus: Not a grad, but "Titanic" producer James Cameron drove the food truck for the Brea Olinda food department * Winning moments: Southern Section Division II-AA and state Division II girls'
NEWS
June 3, 1998
El Toro High 25255 Toledo Way Lake Forest 92630 (949) 586-6333 * Enrollment: 2,445 * Established: 1973 * Team name: Chargers * Newspaper: Bull-ET-in * Principal: Jack R.
NEWS
June 3, 1998
Irvine High 4321 Walnut Ave.
NEWS
June 3, 1998
Saddleback High 2802 S. Flower St. Santa Ana 92707 (714) 513-2900 * Enrollment: 2,800 * Established: 1968 * Landmark: Roadrunner in front of the forum * Team name: Roadrunners * Newspaper: The Roadrunner * Principal: Lyn Maher * Student president: Julieta Moran * Famous alumnus: KPWR-FM (105.
NEWS
June 3, 1998
John F. Kennedy High 8281 Walker St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1999
Butterfly populations in the Sacramento Valley and nearby foothills hit a 28-year low in 1999, according to UC Davis entomologist Arthur Shapiro. But the problem is not human intervention, he added. The villain was a freeze during Christmas week of 1998, which reduced the survival of overwintering eggs, caterpillars, pupae and adults, and a cool spring and summer, he said Tuesday. Of the region's 55 resident species, he said, 14 were largely or completely missing during his biweekly surveys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1999 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More young children in Los Angeles County were killed by firearms in 1998 than the year before, and one-fourth of them were slain by a parent who then committed suicide, according to a report being issued today by gun-control advocates. The alarming figures cut against the grain of a sharp, overall decline in gun-related deaths in the county and nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999
United Way of Greater Los Angeles raised $62 million during the past year, a 5% increase over the previous year, the organization announced Tuesday. Almost 80% of the total was raised from local companies, employees and organized labor. About 20% was raised from individual donors who commit $1,000 or more to United Way. Bank of America, Southern California, was the single largest corporate contributor, with a donation total of $2.6 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's population rose modestly in 1998, with the strongest growth shown in unincorporated areas, a state Department of Finance report said. The county gained 41,100 new residents last year, a 1.5% increase, according to estimates in the annual report. With an estimated population of 2.8 million on Jan. 1, the county remains third in the state behind Los Angeles and San Diego. The state's population rose 1.6% from a year earlier to about 33.8 million.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1999 | LORENZA MUNOZ and KEVIN BAXTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The number of roles going to Latino, African American and Native American actors declined in 1998 for the first time in the six years, a Screen Actors Guild study released Monday found. The analysis of casting in film and television indicates that minorities are vastly underrepresented. But Latinos, who constitute 10.7% of the U.S. population, continue to be the most underrepresented ethnic group in both mediums, garnering only 3.5% of the available roles.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1999 | Bloomberg News
U.S. investors will pay a record $40 billion in mutual-fund-related taxes from gains generated by their funds last year, according to estimates from fund companies. That's up 18% from the $34 billion investors paid to cover 1997 fund-related taxes, according to an estimate Monday from Colonial Group Inc. "Taxes on mutual funds keep going up," said James Blakeslee, who oversees tax strategies at Colonial, a unit of Boston-based Liberty Financial Cos.
NEWS
June 3, 1998
Fountain Valley High 17816 Bushard St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1999 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More young children in Los Angeles County were killed by firearms in 1998 than the year before, and one-fourth of them were slain by a parent who then committed suicide, according to a report being issued today by gun-control advocates. The alarming figures cut against the grain of a sharp, overall decline in gun-related deaths in the county and nationwide.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1999 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Venture capital investments in Los Angeles-area companies nearly doubled last year from the previous year, sending a strong signal that businesses here in cutting-edge industries are growing and creating jobs, according to a nationwide survey expected to be released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Orange County, $265.9 million was invested last year, compared with $252.3 million the year before, according to the survey. Over five years, investments fell once, to $172.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1999 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Venture capital investments in Los Angeles-area companies nearly doubled last year from the previous year, sending a strong signal that businesses here in cutting-edge industries are growing and creating jobs, according to a nationwide survey expected to be released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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