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December 24, 2000 | Claudia Eller
Pearl Harbor: The Movie Watch for Walt Disney Co.'s mega-budgeted Memorial Day release "Pearl Harbor" to be the must-see event movie of 2001. The $135-million World War II epic, from director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer--the team behind such blockbusters as "Armageddon" and "The Rock"--is expected to be a huge box-office hit. The large-scale production, shot on location in Hawaii, was said to rival that of James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winning smash "Titanic."
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NEWS
January 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
With cheers, fireworks and hugs, the third millennium officially began in the continental United States--a more subdued celebration than a year ago but, for many, still a great opportunity to party. The year 2001 clicked over in a chilly Times Square in New York City, while fireworks sprang to life along the Delaware River and New Englanders paused from digging out after their first major blizzard in five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Phil Bronstein, it was the year of the dragon. But for car-parts salvager Glen McElroy, 2001 had a turkey of an ending. Southern California lovers of animal stories had an arkful of weirdness to revel in this year, and none was more off-the-wall than the story of the newspaper editor and the toe-breathing dragon.
SPORTS
December 25, 2001 | BILL DWYRE
It's Christmas morning and we are sitting by the tree, untying and unwrapping. There are 10 packages and each represents decades of stature in the Los Angeles sports community. As we open, we realize that we have never quite taken the time to cherish such gifts. Our days fly by and we never take the advice of an old friend, the late Al McGuire, who always told us to celebrate the moment, to stop and smell the roses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They stand shoulder to shoulder, oceanfront homes in the heart of Malibu, turning their backs on the clamor of Pacific Coast Highway and effectively walling off miles of beach from the public. On the ocean side, decks and balconies unfurl toward the rosy glow of the setting sun. Kayaks and catamarans lie unsecured on the sand. Owners and their guests stroll the solitary strand, pant legs rolled up, cocktails in hand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's even known as Secret Cove, this heart-shaped swath of beach below sheer cliffs in South Laguna. There's a public stairway down to it, but there's no sign to indicate that. In fact, a sign for the attached driveway announces "Private Drive," leading many pedestrians to think they are not allowed. Most of the handful of beachgoers on a recent day were from the immediate neighborhood, and they begged to have their secret cove kept that way.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2002 | TOM PETRUNO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Measured by most broad indexes, the U.S. stock market was a loser in 2001 for a second consecutive year. But under the surface, the market was a relatively hospitable place for many investors, depending on how they picked their stocks. For a second straight year, smaller-company stocks generally were better choices than bigger ones, a trend that continued with the powerful fourth-quarter rally that lifted the market overall from the three-year lows reached after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
2001 will be another big year for the media-business deal makers, at least that's how we read the tea leaves. Industry analysts, investors and executives tell us to expect the sale of Yahoo; NBC to be cut free from its parent, General Electric; and Comcast to buy AT&T's cable systems. And that's just for starters. Skeptical? Many of our annual predictions have come to at least partial fruition. For example, a hostile takeover of Time Warner by America Online was in last year's forecast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2001 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the distractions of the state's energy crisis and the nation's war on terrorism, 2001 was a big year for education reform, both in Congress and in California classrooms. Accomplishments ranged from boosting students' basic skills in city schools to setting a national agenda in a sweeping federal education bill passed at year's end. But some divisive issues, such as school vouchers, remain unresolved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wearing a Motley Crue T-shirt and a scraggly beard, Brett Roland stood out from the crowd admiring Rose Parade floats on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Long Beach man leaned against a fence and smoked a cigarette with what looked like a faint sneer. Could he have been mocking one of Southern California's most hallowed traditions? "Nah, it's all right," he said. "Our mom's out from Texas, so we brought her out here."
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