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February 2, 1987
An estimated 300 members of the Screen Extras Guild picketed the entrances to Universal Studios Tour in Universal City on Sunday, protesting what they claim is a proposal by motion picture and television producers to cut wages and benefits for extras by 40%. Los Angeles police reported the picketers caused no problems other than slight traffic delays near the entrances to the tour.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Transportation officials have shelved plans for a second entrance to a downtown subway station across from L.A. police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times because the newspaper's parent company says it may develop the site, according to Metro documents published Tuesday. The Tribune Co. property, a parking lot in downtown L.A.'s Historic Core, is the site of a future station along a $1.4-billion subway aimed at closing one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's growing rail network.
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TRAVEL
June 10, 2012
The Barnes, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, http://www.barnesfoundation.org . Admission $18; free to members and on the first Sunday of every month. Reservations for timed entrances can be made online or by phone at (866) 849-7056.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The College Board's decision to make the essay portion of its influential SAT exam optional is setting off a national debate among colleges and universities about whether to require applicants to take it. Beyond the potential effect on students, the March 5 announcement about the upcoming test change is stirring soul-searching about the importance of writing in higher education and how best to evaluate that ability. The new College Board policy also has raised concerns about setting up a possible barrier to college entrance, especially if the separate essay writing exam requires an additional fee. Many colleges will face a serious problem in considering whether to keep mandating the essay test after the change goes into effect in 2016, said Jerome Lucido, executive director of the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, a national think tank on college admissions issues.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
An accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin's church before fire heavily damaged the building, federal investigators said Monday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the accelerant was poured at several locations, including entrances. Lab tests will determine the type of substance involved. Possibilities include gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and lamp oil. The blaze was set Friday night at the main entrance of the Wasilla Bible Church while a small group, including two children, was inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is due to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that requires antiabortion protesters to stay 35 feet from abortion clinic entrances. If any group in America is going to be tormented by this conflict between free speech and abortion rights, it's the country's oldest civil rights organization. And yet, as usual, the American Civil Liberties Union gets it right. The buffer zone law is legal, says the ACLU. On its face, it neither prevents nor suppresses political expression, but rather finds a healthy balance between two seemingly irreconcilable rights.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2005
Re Shawn Hubler's "New Yorkers: How to Get a Life Out Here" [May 1]: I moved out here from New York three months ago. I grew up on Long Island and lived in Manhattan for 10 years so I know the city and the suburbs. Let's face it, L.A. is a civic engineering failure. The freeways? Yes, they are free, but you pay a price. No numbered exits?! Are you kidding me? There is no simpler, more effective system. Wherever you are, you know how to get where you're going. Take the numbers up or down!
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1987 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Somewhere along the line, it became an item of folk criticism to say: "I went out whistling the sets." It usually meant there wasn't much else worth whistling about. But once in a while the sets are so spectacular that they are likely to linger in mind long after you've forgotten the plot, the tunes or who it was who was excellent as the drunken uncle. It was true of the late Sean Kenny's sets for Lionel Bart's "Blitz," for example.
WORLD
February 1, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- As rescue efforts were winding down Friday at Mexico's state oil company, where a blast the day before killed at least 33 people, workers gathered nearby, saying they were unafraid of going back to work and eager to do so as soon as they were told it's OK. There would be no business at the tower complex until further notice. Yet on Friday, employees of Petroleos de Mexico, or Pemex, kept showing up. Some were eager to get inside to help with the rescue effort, while others said they  were awaiting news of co-workers and friends who remained unaccounted for. Armed soldiers were guarding all the entrances and exits of the complex.
NEWS
February 24, 1993 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mitchell can't stop washing his hands. Philip has trouble keeping his clothes on--even in cold weather. And Luke goes everywhere with a pair of men's bikini underpants around his neck. Bizarre behavior? Maybe by adult standards, but not for little kids. For 4-year-old Philip, 2-year-old Luke and 3-year-old Mitchell, it's just a part of growing up. Parents may be worried when children's habits mimic frightening adult disorders, but the experts say: Relax.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Times staff writer Larry Gordon for an L.A. Now Live online chat at 12:30 p.m. on  the major overhaul coming to the SAT college entrance exam.  Starting in 2016, students will no longer be required to write an essay and will not be penalized for wrong answers. However, they will no longer be allowed to use calculators as much as they want. About 1.7 million high school students take the test each year and The College Board's announcement Wednesday sent ripples through education communities across the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
In a major overhaul of the SAT college entrance exam, students starting in 2016 will no longer be required to write an essay, will not be penalized for wrong answers and will not be able to freely use calculators. The College Board announcement Wednesday shook up a test that is taken by about 1.7 million high school students annually and, though its influence has been waning, remains a major factor in college admission decisions nationally. The shifts, officials said, are part of an effort to better align the 88-year-old exam with what students learn in high school and to get away from any advantages they may gain from expensive private tutoring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
As part of a major overhaul of the SAT college entrance exam, test-takers starting in 2016 will no longer be required to write an essay, the College Board announced Wednesday. However, an essay-writing test still will be offered, and many colleges may demand that applicants take it and submit the score. With that change, the main SAT will be condensed to two sections from the current three, and the top possible score will be 1,600, as it was for many decades. The current 2,400-point maximum was introduced with the start of the required essay seven years ago. The new optional essay test will be graded separately on a scale that is still under consideration, said officials of the College Board, which owns the widely used exam.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Mentioned in a profile on the Chatsworth Sierra Canyon basketball team this month was a note that the star freshman player, 6-foot-8 Cody Riley, is 16 years old. That provoked outrage from several readers. "I find it laughable and unfortunately acceptable that we praise kids as freshmen when they are 16-, 17-year-old kids who have been held back," one reader wrote. Another reader said his son is a "true" freshman, having turned 14 in September, and that "it is high time that CIF imposed a role requiring that no seniors can be over 18 on Sept.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In a case pitting free speech against abortion rights, Supreme Court justices signaled Wednesday they were inclined to strike down a Massachusetts law that sets a 35-foot buffer zone to prevent protesters from approaching clinics that offer the procedure. Opponents called the law a violation of free speech and complained it prohibits "peaceful conversation on a public sidewalk," said Mark Rienzi, the attorney representing antiabortion activist Eleanor McCullen, 77, from Boston.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is due to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that requires antiabortion protesters to stay 35 feet from abortion clinic entrances. If any group in America is going to be tormented by this conflict between free speech and abortion rights, it's the country's oldest civil rights organization. And yet, as usual, the American Civil Liberties Union gets it right. The buffer zone law is legal, says the ACLU. On its face, it neither prevents nor suppresses political expression, but rather finds a healthy balance between two seemingly irreconcilable rights.
OPINION
June 7, 1998
"Controversial Opening" (May 30) missed a very important point. How many passengers will require elevator service at the Vermont/Sunset subway station? That would be people with strollers and buggies; people on crutches, people in wheelchairs, etc. This point was not mentioned in the discussion of the cost of the second subway entrance for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. The problem is that every station on the line is identical. The argument is made that it is cheaper to build cookie-cutter stations, but the fact is that it costs more money to go back and correct the problems created by the differences in need at some of the stations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1992
The new congressional entrance exam: Applicants must demonstrate proven skills in both draft and overdraft dodging. Balanced patriots need not apply! FREDRIC STRAHL, Granada Hills
BUSINESS
January 12, 2014 | LAUREN BEALE
Katy Perry has tidied up some old business, selling her fortress-like compound in Hollywood Hills West for $5.565 million. The pop singer bought the property in 2011 with her then-husband, actor RussellBrand, for $6.5 million. But the couple never moved in and were divorced in 2012. The double-gated Mediterranean-style house, built in 1925, features an impressive baronial stone foyer with a sweeping staircase. A two-story living room, stained-glass windows, a carved fireplace mantel in the living room, a pub, a study and a media room are among other features.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The Webb Schools, a private high school in Claremont, is a magnet for college recruiters from around the country and the world. This fall, 113 Ivy League and other schools sent representatives to the campus - more than the 106 students in the senior class. At Jefferson High School, a low-income public school with 280 seniors in South Los Angeles, eight recruiters from local universities showed up. Recruiters' visits often are an important first contact for students to discover campuses far beyond their hometowns and for the colleges to discover talented applicants.
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