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NEWS
September 13, 2000
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a motion in San Francisco Superior Court asking that an outside expert be appointed to conduct a survey of textbook availability in California classrooms. The motion is part of a broader lawsuit filed in May by civil rights groups alleging that the state denies tens of thousands of minority students an equal educational opportunity by allowing them to attend substandard schools that lack textbooks, trained teachers and up-to-date facilities.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2000
A judge said Thursday he believes the state may have unfairly doled out 1998 bond money to build new schools, but he isn't inclined to set aside any of it for the Los Angeles district. Civil rights groups suing over the issue have produced some evidence that the neediest school districts are getting short shrift when it comes to school construction funds, Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe said in a tentative ruling.
NEWS
July 6, 2000 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Francois Pinault owns Christie's, but he couldn't use the auction house's front door recently for one of this year's largest art sales. Like a movie star dodging paparazzi, Pinault climbed out of his black limousine and scurried toward a side door of Rockefeller Center. He was ushered to a private balcony overlooking the auction floor from where he watched such bidders as casino magnate Steve Wynn, deal-maker Eli Broad and Snapple millionaire Thomas H.
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lawsuit holding the state responsible for substandard conditions in its urban schools could focus much needed attention on the problem but could take years to have any impact on the lives of schoolchildren, legal scholars and educators agreed Thursday. The suit faces a lengthy journey through the courts and, if successful, would probably endure subsequent delays as legislators decide how to address the vexing problems it raises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is not your forsaken pocket of inner-city decay. Brightwood Elementary School is the top performing school in a suburban, middle-class district with highly involved parents. It is both a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School that has scored far above average on the state's new Academic Performance Index.
NEWS
May 18, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
The state denies tens of thousands of minority students an equal educational opportunity by allowing them to attend substandard schools that lack textbooks, trained teachers and clean, modern facilities, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged in a lawsuit Wednesday.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
The state filed a lawsuit Thursday against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for distributing free cigarette samples to Californians in violation of a prior agreement. The suit filed in San Diego Superior Court, alleges R.J. Reynolds mailed an estimated 900,000 packs of free cigarettes to 115,000 Californians in 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2000
A local nonprofit agency has filed a lawsuit in federal district court accusing four state agencies of setting up a pay scale that makes it nearly impossible to attract and keep workers who care for people with developmental disabilities in small, community-based facilities.
NEWS
May 4, 2000 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
U.S. Ecology, the firm that hoped to operate the Ward Valley nuclear waste dump, is seeking $162 million in damages in a lawsuit stemming from the Davis administration's abandonment of the project. The suit, filed Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court, would also require the governor to resume efforts to acquire the site of the proposed dump near Needles in the eastern Mojave Desert. Championed by former Gov.
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