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December 4, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Regional economies throughout the country got a boost from manufacturing and the housing recovery this fall, but overall the nation's economic growth was modest to moderate.  Manufacturing, which expanded in most regions of the country, was led by gains in motor vehicle and high-tech production, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The survey, the so-called beige book, covers the nation's 12 regional Federal Reserve banks. The survey time period covered early October to mid-November.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
In the picture, I am probably 10 years old. I'm wearing blue jeans and a bright red sweater, and I'm perched on the stump of a redwood tree, surrounded by a forest of the same. On my lap, I hold an open book. My head is bowed, long blond hair studiously tucked behind my ears. I wish I could remember the book I was reading, but I can't. What I do remember is that I knew my mother was taking the picture — even though she didn't know I knew it. As a result, I was trying extra-hard to look serious.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a moderate pace in most of the nation this summer as consumer spending rose and the housing recovery continued, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its periodic Beige Book report. The overview of conditions in the central bank's 12 regions indicated that economic growth could be picking up at the start of the second half of the year. The economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8% in the first half of the year. An improving recovery could lead Fed policymakers to start reducing their stimulus efforts this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2010 | By Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, there were two brother princes. Their beautiful mother had died when the boys were young, and after their aloof father took up with a selfish stepmother ? Stop. That's how the spin whirled, for a time, around the young sons of Diana and Charles. Now, Prince William of Wales, "Wills," is closing in on 30, with his father's early-receding hairline to prove it, and Prince Henry of Wales, "Harry," is a decorated army veteran whose experience of combat has advanced beyond warring with paparazzi outside nightclubs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2012 | By Laura Nelson, Los Angeles Times
A year and a half ago, Laryssa Almazan wanted to build volcanoes, not write about them. But last month, the fourth-grader at Panorama Elementary in Santa Ana stood up before an audience of adults to read aloud from a 26-page book on volcanoes that she'd written herself. It was a shining moment for a young girl who had always been a decent reader but struggled with comprehension. Laryssa had never voluntarily opened a book. That began to change, her father, Juan Almazan, said, after he saw an ad for the Kathleen Muth Reading and Learning Center in the Orange Unified School District newsletter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2008 | Preston Williams, Williams is a writer at the Washington Post.
Here's all you need to know about Chris Crutcher, whose young-adult fiction is set against a high school sports backdrop and is a hit with jocks and non-jocks, not to mention readers and supposed nonreaders: During the morning sessions of an all-day appearance at Strasburg (Va.) High School recently, students approached Crutcher on three occasions and paused while tears welled in their eyes as they talked to him. That's how much his books reflect their lives. Although Crutcher, 62, has no children, he said that knack comes in part from years of working as a director of an alternative school and as a family therapist dealing with child abuse and neglect cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2000 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Those second-graders at Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary School in Sherman Oaks are real characters. Two classes dressed up Tuesday as their favorite personalities from books, for a new twist on the usual ho-hum oral book report. "It makes the books come alive," said teacher Tina Fenton, who introduced costumed book reports to second-graders in 1993. "It really gets the children interested in reading." One at a time, children from rooms 28 and 29 took center stage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1997 | BARBARA PERKINS, Barbara Perkins, a resident of Sylmar, is founding president of the San Fernando Valley section of the National Council of Negro Women
As President Clinton begins to focus on literacy in this country, I anticipate reading reports by "experts" and tuning in to many panel discussions on C-SPAN and the networks. But while all of this is taking place, thousands of America's children will continue to be nonreaders. And thousands of adults will be satisfied with simply knowing that there are conversations going on about the problem.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Regional economies throughout the country got a boost from manufacturing and the housing recovery this fall, but overall the nation's economic growth was modest to moderate.  Manufacturing, which expanded in most regions of the country, was led by gains in motor vehicle and high-tech production, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The survey, the so-called beige book, covers the nation's 12 regional Federal Reserve banks. The survey time period covered early October to mid-November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2012 | By Laura Nelson, Los Angeles Times
A year and a half ago, Laryssa Almazan wanted to build volcanoes, not write about them. But last month, the fourth-grader at Panorama Elementary in Santa Ana stood up before an audience of adults to read aloud from a 26-page book on volcanoes that she'd written herself. It was a shining moment for a young girl who had always been a decent reader but struggled with comprehension. Laryssa had never voluntarily opened a book. That began to change, her father, Juan Almazan, said, after he saw an ad for the Kathleen Muth Reading and Learning Center in the Orange Unified School District newsletter.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Regional economies throughout the nation are getting a boost in real estate and other sectors, but barely enough to keep overall growth continuing to expand "at a modest to moderate pace" in the last two months. Housing markets in 12 federal regions were largely positive as sales increased and inventories declined, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The survey covers the nation's 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. Indeed, U.S. builders last month began construction on the highest number of new homes since October 2008, with housing starts jumping 6.9% last month from May, according to a Commerce Department report Wednesday.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — For all the gloom-and-doom economic news of late, there's little indication of trouble in the Federal Reserve's latest "beige book" report. In fact, the Fed's survey of its 12 banking regions, covering the period from early April to late May, paints a surprisingly upbeat picture of a U.S. economy continuing to improve at a moderate pace. Manufacturing in most areas is seen as expanding nicely, travel and tourism are strengthening, and the long-depressed housing market is showing more signs of recovery.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
In the picture, I am probably 10 years old. I'm wearing blue jeans and a bright red sweater, and I'm perched on the stump of a redwood tree, surrounded by a forest of the same. On my lap, I hold an open book. My head is bowed, long blond hair studiously tucked behind my ears. I wish I could remember the book I was reading, but I can't. What I do remember is that I knew my mother was taking the picture — even though she didn't know I knew it. As a result, I was trying extra-hard to look serious.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2010 | By Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, there were two brother princes. Their beautiful mother had died when the boys were young, and after their aloof father took up with a selfish stepmother ? Stop. That's how the spin whirled, for a time, around the young sons of Diana and Charles. Now, Prince William of Wales, "Wills," is closing in on 30, with his father's early-receding hairline to prove it, and Prince Henry of Wales, "Harry," is a decorated army veteran whose experience of combat has advanced beyond warring with paparazzi outside nightclubs.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2010 | By Tom Petruno
The Federal Reserve's new report on U.S. economic activity in December and early January showed more signs of improvement across the nation. But if you're out of work in the Western states, the Fed's report, released Wednesday, won't provide any solace: Many employers in the region expect to do little if any hiring in 2010, even if sales rise. The Fed's so-called beige book report was relatively upbeat on the nation's economy as a whole, noting that 10 of the central bank's 12 geographic districts reported "some increased activity or improvement in conditions."
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a moderate pace in most of the nation this summer as consumer spending rose and the housing recovery continued, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its periodic Beige Book report. The overview of conditions in the central bank's 12 regions indicated that economic growth could be picking up at the start of the second half of the year. The economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8% in the first half of the year. An improving recovery could lead Fed policymakers to start reducing their stimulus efforts this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1989 | TERRY McQUILKIN
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's recently published brochure announcing its coming concert season goes by the book. The book, in this case, is the dictionary. On the new 20-page brochure's cover, the word landmark is shown as a dictionary entry, along with its pronunciation and definition, and the lexical motif continues throughout the pamphlet. The brochure trumpets the orchestra's "1989/90 Landmark Season" and features members of the orchestra alongside a dozen or so Southland landmarks.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2008 | Preston Williams, Williams is a writer at the Washington Post.
Here's all you need to know about Chris Crutcher, whose young-adult fiction is set against a high school sports backdrop and is a hit with jocks and non-jocks, not to mention readers and supposed nonreaders: During the morning sessions of an all-day appearance at Strasburg (Va.) High School recently, students approached Crutcher on three occasions and paused while tears welled in their eyes as they talked to him. That's how much his books reflect their lives. Although Crutcher, 62, has no children, he said that knack comes in part from years of working as a director of an alternative school and as a family therapist dealing with child abuse and neglect cases.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
The weakness that gripped the nation's economy near the end of last year seemed less evident by February, the Federal Reserve suggested in its latest snapshot of economic conditions around the country. Although the economy still was mired in a slowdown, the Fed's new survey, released Wednesday, offered glimmers of hope. A majority of districts reported "sluggish to modest economic growth in February," said the survey, based on information supplied by the Fed's 12 regional banks.
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