October 15, 2006 |
At Walt Disney Co., Chief Executive Robert Iger has made the mandate clear: Reaching the expanding Latino audience is a top priority for the Burbank-based entertainment giant. The company's theme park, cable and broadcast groups each have made inroads, creating Spanish-language sports channels through ESPN, TV shows starring Latinos for the ABC network and bicultural "Cinderella"-themed contests for Latina teens.
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October 14, 2006 |
Early Thursday morning, in a secret office building downtown, the seven members of the Los Angeles Board of Education called in David Brewer for his final interview. It had been a long, improbable few months for Brewer. A relative unknown in national education circles and someone without any experience running an urban school system, the recently retired Navy vice admiral had emerged unexpectedly as a front-runner in the search for a new superintendent of city schools.
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September 23, 2006 |
Los Angeles school officials Friday rejected the mayor's request for confidential information about the search to replace retiring schools chief Roy Romer. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had sought "all relevant information about all applicants" both for himself and for other members of a new "council of mayors" that will have partial authority over the school system as of Jan. 1.
August 30, 2006 |
Every color of the rainbow will stream past the green flag Sunday at the start of the NASCAR Sony HD 500, but only one color figures to be inside the 43 cockpits. White. It's a situation NASCAR hopes to change through a Drive for Diversity program that integrates minorities into racing and may ultimately uncover a Tiger Woods-like phenom. The sanctioning body has thrown its endorsement and licensing muscle behind Access Marketing & Communications, a company in Montgomery, Ala.
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August 24, 2006 |
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.
July 29, 2006 |
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.
July 10, 2006 |
For graduating college seniors, the job market is, well, awesome, dude: Hiring is up sharply and corporate competition for the class of 2006 is hot. But for employers, the real challenge isn't getting the freshly minted grads to sign on. It's getting them to stay. Employers and hiring experts say the younger generation no longer approaches the first job as a nest for the next 10 or five or even three years.
June 20, 2006 |
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.
May 6, 2006 |
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.