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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2005
The following new laws take effect Jan. 1 unless otherwise indicated. .50-caliber rifles: Sale of the heavy, long-range weapons, used mostly by target shooters, is banned in California. Ban supporters argued that the weapons, capable of hitting hovering helicopters, could be used by terrorists. AB 50 by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood).
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NEWS
December 30, 2004 | Robin Rauzi; Scott Sandell; Kevin Bronson; Alice Short; Martin Henderson; Mark Swed; Lewis Segal; Richard Cromelin; Kevin Crust; Rene Lynch; Don Shirley; Don Heckman
Consider the weekends you lost in 2004 to activities that were merely necessary. Visiting in-laws. Studying for an exam. Painting the bathroom. In 2005, you have 53 opportunities to do better; a quirk of the calendar gives the year one extra weekend. To help, we've selected a promising activity for each and every weekend -- rooting for the Dodgers, tanning at Coachella or appraising King Tut's stash at LACMA, for starters. We had to choose between ballet and baseball.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2004 | Mike Boehm; Don Shirley
Michael Ritchie Artistic director Center Theatre Group's new artistic director (as of Jan. 1) will be hard to avoid in 2005. Everyone in the Los Angeles theatrical world and many theater mavens elsewhere will sift his selection of productions for 2005-06 and his appointments of personnel for clues as to where he'll take the city's flagship theater company as it changes captains for the first time in its nearly 40-year history.
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