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The fitness class gathered on the playground of a Sierra Madre elementary school, an eclectic group of men and women whose ages ranged from teens to mid-50s. Mingling among them were three men and a woman wearing camouflage pants and black T-shirts with the words "Boot Camp" emblazoned on them. I had heard about similar throwbacks to the past for more than a year--physical fitness programs spun off from the purgatory that comes with the first weeks of military basic training.
Bob Shadur walks along the dusty trail at Camp Max Strauss--a summer camp for at-risk boys and girls that is tucked into the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains in Glendale. "It's nothing like what the kids would see at 120th and Broadway," said Shadur, 69, referring to a South Los Angeles neighborhood. "It's so rustic [here]. Listen. You can hear the quiet."
April 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Homeless people are being allowed to return to what Ontario city officials say is a safer, more sanitary "tent city." Brent Schultz, Ontario's housing director, said 32 people moved in to the renovated site near Ontario International Airport Tuesday and dozens more will move in over the next several days. Hundreds were evicted last month and moved to a nearby alternative site while city officials graded the land, installed a gate and portable toilets. Some homeless activists however, aren't happy with the new situation.
August 4, 1990 | ERIK HAMILTON
Oscar Rodriguez has the same hopes and aspirations many 13-year-olds have--to one day go to college, get a meaningful job and live a happy life. But in Rodriguez's case, the realities of the barrio can sometimes pose a formidable obstacle. Not one to stand still and brood, Rodriguez and 46 other youngsters hope to chip away at that barrier with the help of Camp Escalera. The five-day camp, which began Tuesday and ends today, was the brainchild of Stephanie Lopez, Ray Navarro and Sam Mendoza.
August 17, 1996
Aaron Young, 17, was at a Santa Monica beach watching five people trying to combat the heat under one small umbrella when a business venture hit him: umbrella rentals. "I figure if I find a heavily populated beach I could make some pretty good money," Young said. With some help from a business camp in Santa Monica, Young prepared a marketing plan that he hopes will launch him in the business world.
June 28, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
When the organizers of Camp Chesed/Camp Dora Hauser handed out an award for best camper this week, they realized they had a 31-way tie. All the campers were found to be the best-liked and best-behaved, which oddly enough, has also happened the past two years at the weeklong day camp. Camp Chesed, which is Hebrew for loving-kindness, plans activities for mentally and physically challenged Jewish students from Los Angeles.
July 23, 2002 | From Times staff and wire reports
The American Lung Assn. is seeking high school and college-age volunteers to help at Camp Wheeze, a day camp for asthmatic first- to sixth-graders. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 through 9 at Sacred Heart School, 10770 Henderson Road. Orientation for counselors will be held the week before. For more information, call the American Lung Assn. at 988-6023.
February 8, 1996 | DAVID REYES
Erosion of a steep bluff above a pristine state campground has forced the area's closure because of the threat of a landslide, officials said Wednesday. The 26-campsite Echo Arch campground, near the San Onofre nuclear power plant, is part of San Onofre State Beach west of Interstate 5 near the immigration checkpoint. It is regarded by campers and rangers as a jewel among state campsites.
August 7, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
Camp opens for most teams this week. USC jumped the starter's gun last Wednesday, but it wasn't an NCAA violation (the school has enough of those) because the Trojans play an early game at Hawaii. Here are a few boilerplate questions as schools work their way into condition and contention: Is USC still the team to beat in the Pacific 10? No, but don't blame the NCAA. The defending Emerald (now Kraft Fight Hunger) Bowl champions weren't the team to beat last year.
March 1, 1995 | Associated Press
Twenty-two activists and wives of dissidents serving labor camp sentences argued Tuesday that China's "re-education through labor" camps are historical relics and should be abolished. In a petition delivered to the legislature, the activists said the police-run labor camps violate the constitution and the criminal code. It was the third day in a row that political activists have petitioned the National People's Congress, which opens Sunday for its annual three-week session.
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