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January 9, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Advocates of boosting California's meager state-funded grants to the arts received official word Thursday that they've got some heavy lifting to do, because Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal has no good news for the arts. Brown's budget plan calls for an overall 8.5% spending increase, including major boosts to education, but envisions a $9,000 cut for the state's arts-grant agency, the California Arts Council - from a projected $5.058 million in the current fiscal year to $5.049 million in the 2014-15 budget year that begins July 1. Brown's budget also would exact a small cut from another cultural program: the budget for the state-run California Science Center in L.A.'s Exposition Park, which also includes funding for the next-door California African American Museum.
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September 16, 2012 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
A diva requires special handling and an entourage. Whatever the stage, the space shuttle Endeavour gets both. A constellation of engineers and assembly line workers designed and built the shuttle in Southern California. A universe of scientists hurled it into space on 25 missions. And in the coming weeks, after Endeavour is flown from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles, a cast of hundreds of engineers, police officers and utility and construction workers will ferry the shuttle over city streets to the California Science Center, where it will be permanently displayed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
Space shuttle Endeavour's final 12-mile journey through the streets of South Los Angeles already promises to be a meticulously planned spectacle: a two-day parade, an overnight slumber party in Inglewood and enough hoopla to create a giant traffic mess. But for some residents in South L.A., the excitement of the shuttle rumbling through their neighborhoods quickly faded when they learned that 400 trees will be chopped down to make room for the behemoth. The California Science Center - Endeavour's final home - has agreed to replant twice as many trees along the route from the shuttle's docking place at Los Angeles International Airport to Exposition Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
A NASA advance team took to the skies above Los Angeles on Saturday in preparation for next month's scheduled arrival of the space shuttle Endeavour. Two NASA jets, a T-38 trainer and an F-18 Hornet, circled low across the Southland for several hours, scouting possible routes - and backdrops - for a scenic flyover by Endeavor before its Sept. 20 touchdown in Los Angeles, officials said. NASA awarded the retired orbiter last year to the California Science Center in Exposition Park, where it will be put on permanent display.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A trustee of the California Science Center's fundraising arm on Saturday said his organization is considering legal action to block a deal that would give control of the museum's parking to USC, part of a larger pact that would turn over management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to the private university. A state lawmaker also warned at a public hearing on the 98-year deal that he would push for legislation to overturn the lease agreement if it hurt nearby public museums. The California Science Center is the stadium's landlord, and its board of directors is scheduled to vote on the agreement Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2010 | By Seema Mehta and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times
In a foray that underscored the tough reelection battle facing Sen. Barbara Boxer, President Obama visited Los Angeles on Monday for a set of fundraisers expected to raise nearly $3.5 million for the three-term senator and the Democratic National Committee. Obama mixed support for Boxer with a defense of his own leadership, arguing that while there would be "some hard days ahead" for the nation, signs of progress abound: the economy is expanding, businesses have begun hiring and tax revenue is edging up. "Here's the main message I have for all of you — change is coming, change has come," Obama told guests at a reception at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2010
Mummies of the World Where: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, L.A. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Nov. 28. Closed Thanksgiving. Price: Adult $19.50; children 4-12 $12.50; seniors, students and children 13-17 $16.50. Contact: (213) 744-2019; http://www.mummiesoftheworld.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Lori Worley shot this photo, which looks like it came straight out of a science-fiction movie, during a trip to the California Science Center on April 23. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
In an acquisition that will make it the largest auto parts seller in North America, Advance Auto Parts said Wednesday that it would pay $2 billion to buy General Parts International Inc., which owns the Carquest brand.   Advance Auto Parts , based in Roanoke, Va., said in a statement that the combination of the two firms will result in annual savings and revenue improvements of $160 million within three years of closing the deal. "This transformational transaction provides a compelling strategic opportunity for Advance to expand our geographic presence and commercial capabilities to better serve customers," Advance Auto Parts Chief Executive Darren Jackson said.  Advance Auto Parts will now pick up General Parts International's 1,246 company-operated stores, in addition to 1,418 independently operated Carquest stores.
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