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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
An outdoor plaza that officials say they hope will serve as an anchor of the historic downtown is in the works and may be ready for use by next fall. City officials recently approved plans for the plaza at Pomona and Wilshire avenues, estimated to cost $1.5 million. Joe Felz, the city's supervisor of cultural services, said it will be an open public space where people could go to listen to bands or visit with friends, hold parties or sit and read.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The second season of Reprise!, a series of semi-staged musicals introduced last year at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, will feature more than twice as many performances as last year. The season, announced Tuesday, will include "The Pajama Game" (May 6-17), "The Threepenny Opera" (Sept. 9-20) and the Gershwins' "Of Thee I Sing" (Nov. 11-22). The length of each show's run has been expanded from seven performances to 15 because last year's three musicals sold out.
BUSINESS
January 1, 1998 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Will General Electric sell NBC? Will Michael Ovitz resurface in the entertainment business after a year on the sidelines? Will Diller strike again? Could "ER" end up on WB? The entertainment business is full of surprise endings, making predictions a dangerous game. How many years did analysts predict the downfall of Gerald Levin, chief executive of Time Warner, who staged one of last year's biggest comebacks?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1998 | Jack Mathews, Jack Mathews is the film critic for Newsday
On July 1, when Michael Bay's "Armageddon" opens, we'll see an asteroid the size of Texas hurtling toward the Earth at 22,000 miles per hour. With any luck, it will land on "Godzilla." But the odds of that aren't good. In "Armageddon," NASA is sending superstar oil driller Bruce Willis into space to hitch a ride on the asteroid and plant a path-altering nuclear bomb in its belly. Willis can do this.
NEWS
June 3, 1998
Yeah, pep rallies are part of the deal, but we also gather in the stands to learn more about our world--from cultural and ethnic diversity to how to protect ourselves. Many schools held International Week assemblies, where we saw cultural performances and listened to stories about tolerance. Cornelia Connelly had a "Back-Off" gathering, where girls learned self-defense, and a forensic pathology lecture was a favorite at St. Margaret's.
NEWS
June 3, 1998
You could say '98 was the year of the rerun. Rumbling back were the Volkswagen Beetle, the movie "Grease" and hip-huggers. Is there a link between Then and Now? In the 1980s, Orange County high school students chose these as their favorite movies: * "The Jerk" * "Kramer vs.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Your financial ledgers may remember 1998 as a year of blockbuster IPOs and record-smashing Dow gains, but let's not forget everything that flopped and fizzled. For every mega-merger, there was a miscalculation, and for every stock split a snafu. A quick survey of the marketplace may refresh the memories of those who'd rather forget the big ideas and grand designs that weren't. * Forever in Your Debt: Remember bankruptcy reform?
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