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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1994
Re "Penny Here, and There," editorial, Oct. 22: I agree with your editorial. While cleaning the carpet at my rental, I find pennies enough for a Pepsi. Why am I picking up pennies? I'm a property owner with a Depression mentality. Yet it's my luck to lack a penny and have to break a dollar. I remember when five pennies could buy a burger, another five a Coke. Now a penny can't even buy a Tootsie Roll--a fistful might. Years ago, Congress wanted to do away with the penny.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1994
In the era that I grew up (1930s and 1940s), charity was a part of everyone's life. Those that had, gave, and those that were in need, received and gave thanks. In those days my family received more than they gave and we were always thankful for the help we received. As I grew older and became more successful in life, I found out how the givers felt when they actively donated time or material things to a person, family, or charitable organization. Call it satisfying one's ego, but one feels something special when actively donating to a charity you believe is helping those in need and who are grateful for the help.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Charitable donations hit a notable high-water mark in California last year. According to a report released Thursday by the state attorney general's office, a little more than half of the dollars collected by commercial fundraisers in 2011 actually found its way to the charity that hired them. That's the first time since the state began reporting these figures in 1997 that less than half of the contributions were lost to fundraiser overhead and profits. But that's the average, not the rule, when it comes to commercial fundraisers.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Shoe brand Nine West has launched what it's calling the "Gangs for Good" charitable campaign. The center of the campaign is a contest that will give girls a chance to win a trip to New York City and $5,000 to the charity of their choice.  All entrants have to do is create a gang with your friends -- and they don't mean "gang" in the gangster sense. Each group must consist of at least three girls, but no more than five. To enter, each group is to submit a video showing the group's acts of kindness and style to Nine West's YouTube channel,  "Channel 9. " The gangs will be judged based on their style, how they dress individually and how they look as a group and also on the gang's act of kindness.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday A report in the Daily says the FBI is looking into Madonna's charity Success for Kids. ( The Daily ) Larry King is spending his retirement interviewing people on other TV shows. ( Los Angeles Times ) It's safe to say that Tokyo Disney has not been the happiest place on Earth since the earthquake in Japan. ( Los Angeles Times ) Weeknights at the movie theater are starting to mean 3-D concert events.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Shoppers who want to find good stuff and do good deeds at the same time can head to Fred Segal Santa Monica tonight for "An Evening of Gratitude. " The event, which will feature Gratitude Designs by Tara Dixon, will benefit the Flawless Foundation , which creates and supports programs that advocate for better care for children with mental illness and neuro-developmental challenges. Michael and Susan Schofield, the parents of Jani, a child featured in a 2009 story in The Times, will be on hand to talk about their experience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
A UCLA School of Medicine professor of cardiothoracic surgery is being sued by the state attorney general for allegedly using money from a research charity he founded to fund his personal business ventures and medical research activities. California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Dr. Gerald D. Buckberg and five officers of the nonprofit L.B. Research & Education Foundation, citing California law that bars a charity's director, officer or board member from benefiting from the organization's income or assets.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2012 | Laura Hautala
Donating your car can benefit a charity -- and your tax return. To maximize the benefit for the charity and for yourself, keep these things in mind: 1 - Make sure you're donating to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization if you want a tax deduction. You can look up the charity by searching its name on the Exempt Organizations Select Check at irs.gov or by calling (877) 829-5500. You can look up the group's tax filing at guidestar.org. 2 - You get the tax benefit only if you itemize expenses on your return.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Job satisfaction is at a 20-year low in the U.S., and we're spending more and more time at work. Some researchers say there's a cheap and effective way to boost happiness and productivity. Rather than award employees bonuses, either as individuals or in teams, employers who give money to their workers to spend on charities or on their colleagues get better results, the researchers reported this week in the journal PLOS One . The researchers looked at three experiments. In one, workers at an Australian bank were given $25 or $50 to donate to the charity of their choice.
SPORTS
August 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Second Mile, a charity for troubled youths started by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, announced Monday that it will postpone its plan to shut down until lawsuits against the charity are resolved. The Second Mile had petitioned a judge to allow it to shut down and shift its programs and millions of dollars in assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries Inc. "Our goal is to ensure that the at-risk children who benefit from the Second Mile programs continue to receive the support they need while also being mindful of Jerry Sandusky's victims and the horrible abuse they suffered," said David Woodle, the charity's chief executive.
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