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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996
As usual, some heavy hitters will participate Sunday in AIDS Walk Los Angeles: GTE, The Gap and DreamWorks SKG will all sponsor walkers. But in sheer numbers, a modest, second-floor beauty shop in Studio City is beating out these world famous corporations. Salon Paul/Florent, with only five employees, has registered more participants for the walk benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles than any of the corporations named.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Maxine Harris goes calling, Gucci answers. So does Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren and half of Rodeo Drive. You might expect Harris to be some highbrow entertainment type with big connections. But this raspy-voiced grandmother with bad knees and a bad heart carries clout that even money can't buy. Harris spearheads a wildly successful silent auction for AIDS Project Los Angeles, a glitzy annual event that has become the highlight of the agency's huge "Summer Party" fund-raiser.
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July 28, 1996 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Riordan, Los Angeles' multimillionaire mayor, is once again pulling out his checkbook for a cause important to him--and this time he has added a twist aimed at boosting city employees' participation in the project. In a memo to drum up support for this year's AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Riordan promised that for each department head who participates in the walkathon, he will contribute $1,000 to the cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1996 | MAYRAV SAAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The mood is no less cheerful now at 191 N. Oak Ave. than when the Pasadena warehouse was a party accessories store. The rows and rows of colorful streamers have been removed, and the happy clown-faced party plates are gone. But they're not missed. To the first few clients to set foot last week inside the San Gabriel Valley's only food pantry for people who are HIV-positive, nothing was missing. David Claypoole, 36, of Arcadia has been living on $622 a month for half a year.
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December 27, 1995 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid reports that increasing numbers of HIV cases are heterosexually transmitted, we visited some of the people who have been unsuspectingly infected by spouses, lovers or casual dates ("The Changing Face of AIDS," June 16). In the months since, the health of the people we interviewed has not improved, but their courage and endurance seems to have multiplied. Lynn Chamberlain, 26, of Los Angeles, was found to be HIV-positive in 1991, at 21. She was infected by a man she met on summer break from Tuskegee University, where she was a pre-law senior.
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December 1, 1995 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Gill--arms stretching toward heaven, legs launching his body off the ground--tumbles into a corner. He lands on his back, his body scrunched up like a human pretzel, face grin ning like a kid with his hands in a cookie jar. Not to worry. The Sanctuary Project, a room made of 16 painted panels on which swirling, dancing, colliding colors melt into each other, is different things to different people. Happy and mournful. A laboratory for the soul. A nest. A womb. A romper room for Gill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1995
Congress is now almost certain to reauthorize the Ryan White Care Act to provide care and treatment for AIDS patients for another five years. But the big question is whether it can fend off ill-conceived amendments that could well cripple the program, which has funneled $93 million to Los Angeles alone since 1991. In his obsession against homosexuality, Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1995
Sen. Jesse Helms wants to reduce federal AIDS funding because the disease was brought on by "deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct" (July 7). Should we also cut back on medical care for smokers who bring on lung cancer by deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct? (Ironically, the federal government with Helms' hearty approval subsidizes tobacco!) How about medical problems caused by obesity? Better yet, why not just cut all federal medical aid and let the GOP market forces determine individual fate?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1995 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
The annual Commitment to Life benefit concerts may be the only time of the year in pop when you care more about the size of an artist's heart than the depth of that artist's talent. Despite one or two songs each Thursday night at the Universal Amphitheatre by such current and future members of the rock and country halls of fame as Garth Brooks, Don Henley, Little Richard and Tammy Wynette, it wasn't just a night of music. It was a night of deeds--starting with the raising of approximately $3.
NEWS
November 14, 1994 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To stroll past the handsome first-floor exhibit in AIDS Project Los Angeles' rambling new building is to get a sense of what people love and loathe about the place. There, in the photo blowups and big-print text, is the remarkable story of an organization that in a little more than a decade has evolved from a volunteer hot line run out of a borrowed closet into an institution rich enough--and some say, misguided enough--to spend $50,000 on a display of its own short history.
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