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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Marvin Diaz quit a $700-a-week job delivering magazines to learn how to drive a public transit bus. He excelled behind the wheel but flunked out of the training program. The native Nicaraguan speaks English but had trouble reading and comprehending the test questions. "It was a little confusing," said Diaz, 38, of Sun Valley.
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BUSINESS
July 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Amid a desperate shortage of labor to rebuild the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a business group launched an effort Friday to recruit and train as many as 20,000 new construction workers for the region. The Business Roundtable, a Washington-based association of 160 chief executives of major companies, said it planned to recruit 2,500 workers this year, 15,000 in 2007 and 2008 and 2,500 more in 2009.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2006 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
IN Hollywood, to paraphrase the old James Brown song, it's a white, white, very white world. Sometimes when I sit in on a production meeting or visit a movie set or have lunch at the Grill I'm struck by the fact that in an industry with an ever-growing roster of African American and Latino actors and filmmakers, the odds of my seeing a black or Latino executive are about as good as seeing a studio chief pumping gas at a truck stop in Wyoming.
SCIENCE
May 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NASA's workforce is graying and the agency lacks a long-term plan for luring qualified workers to help send astronauts to the moon and Mars, a National Research Council report says. "NASA doesn't have a lot of people leaving, so what's been happening is they're aging in place," said MIT aeronautics professor Daniel Hastings, who helped lead the panel of aerospace industry experts who wrote the report. NASA hired 411 new engineers in 2005, about 4% of the 10,700 engineers at the agency.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Dell Inc. plans to double the number of its employees in India to 20,000 in three years, Chairman Michael Dell said Monday, as the personal computer maker beefs up its presence in one of the world's fastest-growing markets. Although most of the new hiring will be made at the company's call centers, there also will be substantial recruitment at its product testing center and a possible manufacturing plant.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
The hunt for the next Universal Pictures chairman appears to have narrowed to two inside candidates with deep backgrounds in marketing and distributing films but lacking in experience developing major studio movies. Universal Studios President Ron Meyer is said to be favoring a partnership between Vice Chairman Marc Shmuger and David Linde, co-head of Universal's specialty film label Focus Features, to replace outgoing movie chief Stacey Snider.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s 75-year-old chief executive, said the company's board had selected an executive to eventually succeed him. The board chose from three internal candidates at the Omaha-based insurance and investment company, Buffett wrote in his annual letter released Saturday. He didn't identify them or discuss the timing of succession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg and Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writers
Wanted: superintendent to take over troubled school district, second-largest in nation. Must be willing to work long hours with squabbling school board and union officials who think the superintendent works for them. But may wind up working for ambitious mayor, in which case all bets are off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2006 | Richard Winton and Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who blamed jail unrest over the weekend partly on staffing shortages, has failed to significantly boost his deputy ranks although the Board of Supervisors last year allocated nearly $70 million to hire new officers and ease jail overcrowding. He faced a third night of racially motivated unrest at the North County Correctional Facility as deputies used tear gas Monday to break up a fight involving 80 inmates that left one man injured.
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