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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
In light of widespread failings in a state-run treatment program for substance-abusing doctors, a key state senator said Monday that audits are needed of similar programs for nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals. Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) called a legislative hearing in the wake of a decision by the Medical Board of California last year to abolish its confidential addiction program after five audits found that it was not working.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2007 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
In 1969, when nearly every student at Beverly Hills High School was white, school officials went looking for some help diversifying the campus. They found it in the polyglot Los Angeles school system that surrounds the tony, iconic city. Under a system of "diversity permits," the high school began enrolling scores of minority students from Los Angeles each year. For decades, the permit program aimed to bring in a deliberate mix of black, Latino and Asian students from outside the city limits.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
IT'S hard enough for dancers trained in different styles of ballet -- sometimes in different countries -- to form a unified ensemble. It's harder still to display that unity in the distinctive dance languages of two choreographic masters.
SPORTS
October 15, 2006 | Sam Farmer
Two teams remain undefeated this season: the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts. They're coached by Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy. Both coaches happen to be black. This might have escaped the notice of some people, but not those in the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group dedicated to increasing diversity among the NFL's coaching and administrative ranks. "We're just totally ecstatic about what's going on in the league right now in terms of diversity," said John Wooten, the group's chairman.
SPORTS
May 2, 2006 | Gary Klein and David Wharton, Times Staff Writers
Four off-the-field controversies involving USC football players took varying turns on Monday, the first day the Trojans met as a team since a flurry of situations and alleged incidents rocked the program last week. "The key topic was making sure everyone knew what was happening and emphasizing awareness," Coach Pete Carroll said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Although it's commissioned works from contemporary composers and had a 1994 crossover hit collaborating with a Norwegian saxophonist, the early music Hilliard Ensemble stuck to Renaissance music Saturday at the Getty Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Something is stirring in St. Louis. Earlier this year, the St. Louis Symphony acted like the least contented orchestra in the land. Players said terrible things about management. Management spoke of players as if they were spoiled children needing a spanking, not competitive wages and benefits that could easily bankrupt an institution on the edge. Concerts were canceled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Corrections officials will scrap the centerpiece of their effort to reform California's beleaguered parole system because there is no evidence the new approach is working, according to a memo obtained by The Times. Beginning Monday, parole violators will no longer be diverted into drug treatment programs, halfway houses and home detention instead of being returned to prison, according to the memo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Two years after implementation, the jury is still very much out in Ventura County over whether a voter-approved diversion program for nonviolent drug offenders is a success. Under the provisions of Proposition 36, just over 4,000 county drug offenders have been referred to drug treatment and supervision rather than being sent to jail. Of those, 280 have completed required therapy sessions and are considered drug free. But is a 7% success rate good enough?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2003 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Self-empowerment was not only the theme of many offerings on the annual Praxis Project showcase program Friday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre but is also the underlying mission of the project.
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