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August 5, 2011 | By Amanda Mascarelli, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As students return to middle schools and high schools in California this fall, they will need more than fresh notebooks and apples for their teachers. Thanks to a state law that took effect last month, students entering grades 7 through 12 will need proof that they received a vaccine for whooping cough. The law was prompted by last year's outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory infection, which is also known as pertussis. Nearly 9,500 cases were reported in California, the most in 65 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
April 6, 2008 | Audrey Davidow, Special to The Times
IT was a nail-biter of a month. But at last the news is in: The idle chitchat, the intense speculation and competitive jockeying are over, and families throughout the Los Angeles area are either exulting in victory or wallowing in defeat. It's kindergarten acceptance time, the make-it or break-it moment when L.A.'s top private schools mail their acceptance and rejection letters, then conveniently take off on spring break to dodge the hysteria.
January 3, 2009 | Joanna Lin
Two decades ago, real estate mogul Randy Black turned this blip on the Arizona border into a boomtown when he opened the first of four casinos. Nearly 1 million visitors a year followed, and hotels, restaurants and stucco homes seemed to sprout from sand. "It seemed to be one of those things that 'Geez, it's just going great. It's never going to end,' " said Victor Kotalion, who left Las Vegas in 1990 for this arid patch off Interstate 15.
April 4, 2011 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I'm self-employed and make $20,000 a year. The tax lady calculated that I owe $1,600. Can this be right? Answer: Self-employment income is subject to both income tax and self-employment tax. Ordinary income can be reduced by standard deductions and exemptions, but income subject to self-employment tax cannot, said Donald Lucove, a CPA with Lucove, Say & Co. in Calabasas. "The self-employment tax is calculated using 92.35% of self-employment income at 15.3%," he said.
Mike Ambrose, a computer systems analyst, often would spend 36 hours straight on weekends playing slot machines until his paycheck was gone. After blowing $15,000 to $20,000 a year on his habit for more than a decade, Ambrose, in desperation, volunteered as a patient in a clinical study to test a drug to control his gambling urge. The medication, naltrexone, originally devised to combat heroin addiction and alcoholism, changed his life. Within two weeks, the Fridley, Minn.
October 9, 2007 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Ask Fiona Whitney what private school directors think of her books that help angst-ridden parents choose the right campus, and she doesn't hesitate: "I think they love me," she says. "I haven't heard one negative thing -- and I'm really surprised." Whitney is the author behind the self-published Whitney Guides, which review Los Angeles' top private schools, blending facts and figures with amusingly opinionated descriptions.
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