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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.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
The road to hell is typically paved with good intentions. For Greg Mortenson, it was laid down with two New York Times bestsellers, hundreds of public appearances and the idea that Afghanistan and Pakistan could be saved if you built enough schools in them. Hidden beneath those efforts appear to have been “significant lapses in judgment” involving charity money. Those lapses have led the Montana state attorney general to toss Mortenson out of his own charity, the Central Asia Institute, and now to force him to pay back $1 million, according to the results of an investigation announced Thursday.   “The story of Central Asia Institute and Greg Mortenson evokes notions of the best of our aspirations to do good and the generosity of the American public,” Montana Atty.
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 7, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Fergie hosted the star-studded Voli Light Vodka cocktail party Thursday night to benefit Cell Phones For Soldiers at Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles. The vodka brand donated 500,000 minutes to the charity, and Fergie, who co-owns Voli Light Vodka, presented the organization with a check at the party. Guests sipped Voli cocktails called the "Fergatini," "Red Carpet" and "Creamsicle. " The songstress walked the event in a sparkling red Monique Lhuillier dress and Fergalicious heels and dished on he favorite drink.
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.
OPINION
January 30, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Almost on impulse, almost 35 years ago, Richard M. Walden and a friend rounded up six tons of relief supplies and a jet to ferry them to Vietnamese boat people in Malaysia. Thus was Operation California - now Operation USA - born. A Times headline soon called him the "charity buccaneer," a red-tape-slashing contrarian who fretted about the "international web of neglect," and who still has sharp words for relief efforts unmet and relief agencies that don't measure up. He has steadfast celebrity supporters, like Julie Andrews, but the advent of social media that let anyone text a few bucks to Lady Gaga's favorite charity in the middle of a concert has made things harder for brick-and-mortar charities like Operation USA. Walden soldiers on, boldly going where too many charity-come-latelies can only try to go. You began in 1979 as Operation California; now it's Operation USA. Our legal name is Operation California.
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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