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January 27, 1991
It's always been tough to park in Westwood, but the city has made a bad problem worse by changing all the meters to accept quarters only. Recently I had to run into the cleaners for just a minute, and paying $3.50 to park in a lot for such a short time seemed ridiculous, so I parked on the street. I had only dimes and nickels, so I ran into a shop to ask for change, only to see a "No change for meters" sign on the counter. The experience was repeated in the next two stores I tried.
April 13, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
The continuing push for higher minimum wages across the country has much to recommend it, but the campaign shouldn't keep us from recognizing a truly insidious practice that impoverishes low-wage workers all the more. It's known as wage theft. Wage theft, as documented in surveys, regulatory actions and lawsuits from around the country, takes many forms: Forcing hourly employees off the clock by putting them to work before they can clock in or after they clock out. Manipulating their time cards to cheat them of overtime pay. Preventing them from taking legally mandated breaks or shaving down their lunch hours.
March 9, 1986 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
The kitchen designers had come to the Sheraton Premiere about midnight the night before and created all sorts of culinary cubbyhole fantasies for backdrops.
March 28, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Now that we've got 3-D printers, shall we make a singer? I want Al Jolson for the base material, useful for wholehearted expression derived from curious cultural transgression (but obviously without the blackface). Add a tad of Ethel Merman to enhance that in-your-face quality. For technique and theatricality, of course, Callas. This may be the ingredient hardest to obtain, but you can never have too much Maria Callas. Nor can you have too much Cathy Berberian, who not only blended opera and pop but took new music to new vocal heights developing extended vocal techniques and who understood that sex is part of song in all genres and cultures.
April 26, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Heather Spohr, a Brentwood mother who charmed readers of her blog nationwide as she chronicled her journey with her prematurely born daughter, was among 11,000 who participated in a March of Dimes benefit walk Saturday at Exposition Park to help prevent premature births. The tragic story of baby Madeline Alice Spohr spread across the Internet on April 7 when the sassy, 17-month-old, blue-eyed girl -- the Spohrs' only child -- died unexpectedly after being rushed to the hospital with respiratory problems.
November 12, 1986 | MEG SULLIVAN, Times Staff Writer
John Finger isn't the sort of person who takes things sitting down. When asked to donate to the March of Dimes' polio drive in 1948, the impoverished father of three took to the streets instead, mounting what is thought to be the first walkathon in the charity's history. And he kept on marching for dimes, despite the fact that the charity did not formally institute its nationwideWalkAmerica drive until 1971.
October 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Nearly 1 in 10 of the world's babies is born prematurely, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result of premature birth, according to a report released Sunday by the March of Dimes. The problem is concentrated in poor countries, with the vast majority of the nearly 13 million preemies born each year in Africa and Asia, the report says. Although Africa has the highest rate of premature births, North America isn't far behind. Why? "That's the 13-million-baby question," said March of Dimes epidemiologist Christopher Howson, who headed the project being debated this week at a child health meeting in India.
August 31, 1986
Let me congratulate you on an insightful profile of Sanford C. Sigoloff of the Wickes Cos., the successful corporate leader and the private man ("Ming the Merciless Is on the Prowl" by Nancy Yoshihara, July 27). Mr. Sigoloff also brings his commitment to win in his involvements outside the business arena. I am happy to tell you that, through Mr. Sigoloff's chairmanship of the Walk-America fund-raising event this year, the March of Dimes in Southern California raised a record $2.2 million, increasing its revenue by over 20% in only one year.
April 16, 1992
When I first started walking a couple of years ago, I wouldn't break my stride to pick up anything less than a quarter. After about a year dimes began looking pretty good. Now I even stop for pennies. Just goes to show how hard times are. JOSEPHINE S. YOUNG Gardena
August 17, 1990
Janny Scott's "Nightmare of Deadly Lullabies" (front page, Aug. 5) certainly points out the tragic crisis of infant mortality and the need for comprehensive prenatal care for expectant mothers in California. The heart-wrenching, personal tragedies of parents facing the stark reality of their baby's death give human dimension to the grim facts and statistics so well documented in Scott's article. Based on our soon to be released community perinatal needs assessment, the March of Dimes is looking for long-term solutions to eliminate the financial and non-financial barriers to universal prenatal care.
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas - Video images of fierce predatory animals flashed across several gigantic screens behind Jay Z and Kanye West at the Austin Music Hall on Wednesday night, a visual holdover from the rappers' collaborative tour in 2011 but also, it seemed, a kind of warning to the South by Southwest music festival they'd dropped in to dominate. Attract as many superstars as you like, the footage appeared to say - we'll devour them all. Once a forum for undiscovered regional talent, SXSW has become irresistible in recent years to A-list acts eager for a concentrated audience of gatekeepers and tastemakers.
December 31, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
For Los Angeles residents, the perfect holiday gift this year might have been a reusable grocery bag. On Wednesday, large grocery stores will be prohibited by law from providing free plastic bags. Shoppers will be required to bring their own bags when stocking up on food and goods, or pay 10 cents per paper bag provided by the grocery store. Smaller independent markets and liquor stores that sell groceries will become subject to the ban July 1. In backing the new law, Los Angeles City Council members cited concerns that the flimsy disposable bags often end up on city streets and eventually find their way to the ocean, where they threaten fish and wildlife.
October 31, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Sen. Ronald S. Calderon's offices are located in California's Capitol and his hometown of Montebello, but he's managed to conduct plenty of business in Las Vegas during his tenure in the Legislature. The Democrat has traveled to Las Vegas to host staff retreats, cool his heels at luxury hotels and raise money at an Oscar de la Hoya boxing match. "Las Vegas has great conference facilities," Calderon told the Los Angeles Times in 2004 after blowing through campaign cash on his trips and other perks.  Calderon's affinity for Sin City became a factor in a sting operation conducted by federal authorities, according to a document identified by the Al-Jazeera television network as a sealed FBI affidavit.
October 11, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Hugo Martín
California officials aren't biting when it comes to an offer by the  Obama administration to use state money to reopen national parks closed by the federal government shutdown. The Interior Department announced Thursday that it would consider reopening parks if states pledged to foot the bill for now-furloughed National Park Service personnel. In the immediate aftermath of the shutdown, state tourism industries with strong ties to national parks were deeply impacted . Weddings were canceled, family trips cut short and local businesses dependent on tourists suffered.
September 16, 2013 | David Lazarus
One of the most dubious practices of the business world is making people pay to pay - charging customers money so they can give the company money. Want to pay by credit card? That'll cost you. Want to pay by phone? That'll cost you. Want to pay using a fully automated, no-human-being-anywhere-in-sight computer system? That'll cost you. And then there's the wireless company MetroPCS, which takes things to a whole other level by charging customers a $3 fee to pay their bill in person at a MetroPCS store, even in cash.
August 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A powerful thunderstorm was rumbling across the Antelope Valley on Monday afternoon, dropping heavy rain and dime-sized pieces of hail, officials said. The California Highway Patrol urged motorists to use caution while navigating roads.  The National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm warning through Monday evening for the Lancaster area. "There's lots of lightning and rains and some accidents out there," said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the agency's Oxnard office.
May 26, 1989
This is in response to your excellent and timely editorial "Agenda for the Next Generation" (May 15). It listed seven high-priority goals for future generations in solving critical problems affecting the children of the U.S. The statistics you outlined should be shocking to caring citizens. The United States, one of the earth's wealthiest and most educated nations, has thousands of babies brought into the world suffering the terrible consequences of birth defects. Nearly 40,000 of them die annually during their first year.
November 1, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The rate of preterm births has been getting better overall, but the U.S. still gets a "C" grade on the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card. The report, issued Tuesday, shows that the country's preterm birth rate has been decreasing since 2006, when it was 12.8%. In 2009 that rate was 12.2%, but still short of the March of Dimes' goal of 9.6% by 2020. Almost every state showed some improvement from 2006 to 2009, with 16 states receiving a grade of B (including California)
July 25, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
The real-life people depicted in “Nickel and Dimed” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre aren't this docudrama's target audience - those people couldn't afford even the modest $25 ticket. Rather, Joan Holden's stage adaptation of journalist Barbara Ehrenreich's 2001 bestseller about America's working poor is aimed squarely at educating the more fortunate among us in the realities of trying to get by on the income from low-wage service jobs. In the social experiment depicted in both the book and play, Ehrenreich posed as an unskilled worker in three cities to see if such jobs (paying in the $6 - $7 range at the time)
March 6, 2013 | By David Ng
If you have the money and the desire, certain parts of the Hollywood Bowl can be renamed after you and your loved ones under a new plan from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra received approval from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to pursue a plan that would allow the selling of naming rights for certain sections of the historic outdoor music venue. Money raised from the naming rights would go toward improvements to the Bowl's infrastructure. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The orchestra shell and the Bowl itself will not be renamed.
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