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July 4, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
Carmageddon, schmarmageddon. Like just about everybody else, Orthodox Jews in Los Angeles have their issues with the 405 Freeway widening project. Unlike most people, however, their primary concern is not necessarily the impending closure of a stretch of the freeway on the July 16-17 weekend. Their problem is that the 405 construction project keeps messing up their eruv . Some explanation is probably in order. An eruv is a ritual enclosure surrounding a neighborhood.
July 12, 2012 | By Rachel Miller, Special to the Los Angeles Times
British television writer Paul Abbott has created and written series as diverse as "Touching Evil," "State of Play" and "Shameless. "His new miniseries "Hit & Miss" premiered last week on DirectTV and stars Chloe Sevigny as a transgender contract killer who inherits a family. Abbott talks about the new show and how his rocky upbringing inspired his work. Have you put any facets of your personal life into your shows? "Shameless" derives from my personal life, as it is based off of my family.
September 12, 2011 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
The State Lands Commission has approved the boundaries for Marina Park in Newport Beach, bringing the Balboa Peninsula public waterfront development one step closer to construction. The city can now complete its California Coastal Commission application and restart the long-stalled project. Park advocates, city officials and others decided on a plan for the development more than three years ago, but it has been stuck in a bureaucratic morass. In the meantime, residents of the 57 mobile homes were afforded more time on public land, while others protested the slow progress.
Breaking down cultural barriers is a mission for 17-year-old Marquel Carter, asenior three-sport athlete at Culver City High who speaks fluent Japanese, stars at quarterback for the football team and counts Harvard and Stanford among the colleges he's interested in. He won a sports essay contest last school year that included this vision: "I have a dream: to be somebody special, to change lives and to make a difference in the world." He has tried fencing, snorkeling, snowboarding and lacrosse, traveled to Switzerland and Japan, and practiced Japanese taiko drumming.
April 29, 1995
An increasing number of students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District may force changes in attendance boundaries as early as September, officials said this week, despite earlier assurances to parents that revisions could wait until the 1996-97 school year.
March 11, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Westminster School District officials last week approved attendance boundaries for Finley Elementary School, which will reopen next fall to reduce overcrowding at two other schools. The boundary changes will affect about 200 students at both Fay Fryberger and Sequoia elementary schools who will transfer to Finley and about 80 students at Ray M. Schmitt Elementary School who will transfer to Fryberger, district officials said.
February 4, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
In an effort to address community concerns over the redrawing of Huntington Beach City School District boundaries, which could uproot nearly 700 students, Supt. Duane Dishno has started a newsletter with weekly updates. The district filled all its available classrooms last fall by implementing the governor's class-size reduction plan in first grades, which gives districts $650 for each student who is in a class of 20 students or less.
November 6, 1993 | ED BOND
New boundaries for three middle schools have been approved by the Burbank School Board in an attempt to balance student populations. However, the board put off reversing another recent change to the high school boundaries. Board President Elena Hubbell said that some parents had called her worried about the boundary changes involving John Muir, Luther Burbank and David Starr Jordan middle schools. "We just feel that being overcrowded on a site is not going to do them any good," Hubbell said.
July 8, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
Michael Jackson was a pop star whose talent, like that of Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, turned him into a global wonder and the epitome of the ideal that a man's singular gifts make irrelevant the color of his skin. The embodiment of eccentricity and child-like escapism, Jackson may have been ambivalent in his skin as he slipped across the color chart from black to pale.
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