April 17, 2009 |
Two of Southern California's biggest insurance companies are joining forces to create the state's largest auto insurer, at the same time throwing a financial lifeline to troubled insurance giant American International Group Inc. AIG agreed to sell its 21st Century Insurance subsidiary for $1.9 billion to Farmers Insurance Group of Los Angeles, itself a unit of Zurich Financial Services of Switzerland.
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November 3, 2013 |
The Torrance Police Department unveiled a new forensics laboratory last week, filled with state-of-the-art equipment that officials said would expedite their analysis of evidence and better assist with investigations. Dozens of civic leaders, community members and law enforcement officials gathered at the Police Department to tour the new $1.5-million facility - a bright, gleaming space filled with cameras, computer screens and "CSI"-reminiscent machines with names such as the "fingerprint chamber.
March 7, 2010 |
To reinvent the madcap look of "Alice in Wonderland" for the 21st century, Tim Burton turned to longtime collaborator Colleen Atwood. The costume designer, nominated eight times in the Academy Awards, took time out from working in Venice on her next film, "The Tourist," to talk about how she re-dressed the characters (the cast is led by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway) in the early Victorian tale, starting with Alice and her famous blue frock. The new Alice is 19 years old, and she's not the typical frilly Disney character.
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December 29, 2000
In spite of all the celebrations a year ago, we are just now entering the 21st century. Interestingly enough, on Jan. 1, 2001, the date itself gives us a clue, if one applies a bit of mathematical analysis: 01/01/01 looks like a binary number, which is the language of computers. The decimal equivalent of the binary number 010101 is 21. Coincidence? RAY UHLER Tustin
June 12, 2011 |
As the sun rises over this lonely land, turning snowy Montana mountaintops a startling pink, the little school bus is already miles into its morning mission. For an hour and a half, the door swings open at the end of gravel driveways and country road intersections, gathering children one and two at a time until there are nine — the entire student body of Spring Creek School. Perched atop a hill, not far from where Gen. George Crook battled Crazy Horse in the 1876 Battle of the Rosebud, tiny Spring Creek is one of only 200 one-room public schoolhouses left in America.
July 21, 2010 |
The allure of ants may escape most people, but Uncle Milton Industries Inc. has based decades of success on the creatures. The Westlake Village toy maker is famed for inventing the ant farm in 1956 as well as other playthings in the science-and-nature niche. Uncle Milton's Ant Farm is so popular and has spawned so many imitators that company President Frank Adler may be only half joking when he says: "We do supply the ants from a secret source; we'd tell you but then we'd have to kill you. ... Competition is always seeking out that information."