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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until last year, even going out to dinner with friends made 20-year-old Shawnee Schroeder nervous. When it was his turn to order, his hands started sweating and his stomach tensed. So Schroeder listened closely as the waitress rattled off specials. He ordered whatever she said. Or sometimes he would just order whatever his friends did. The reason: The words on the menu just didn't make sense to him. Schroeder couldn't read.
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BUSINESS
May 30, 1999 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amber Keppler makes an unlikely fashion statement: platinum blond hair with a hint of orange showing through, a fuzzy blue coat and the plastic baggie carrying the tongue piercing she acquired during a trip to London. The 17-year-old senior at Redondo Union High School is one of six teen girls sipping colas and munching pizza in a West Los Angeles corporate boardroom. They're here because they're cool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1999 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Children's Literacy Program at Laguna Hills High School began with a maid crying at a dinner party in Los Angeles. Just before her senior year, Golnaz Alemi saw the distressed maid and went to see if she could help. "She told me that one of her kids was demoted a grade because he had failed English," Golnaz said. Realizing that the maid's struggle was not unique, she decided last fall to start the first-of-its-kind program in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
MAGAZINE
September 27, 1998 | Phuong-Cac Nguyen
The Prada Men's store on Rodeo Drive opened in July, so it's time to check in: Which suit are guys grabbing off the racks before all others? The Techno Gab. * Designed by Miuccia Prada. * Made in Florence, Italy. * First shown on the runway in Milan, late January. * Techno Gabardine stretch material. * Black and navy most popular colors. * 50 and 52 are the best-selling sizes. * 9 belt loops. * 4 buttons on jacket. * 4 buttons on each cuff. * More than 100 sold since store's opening.
NEWS
July 23, 1998 | JEANNINE STEIN
Barbra Streisand's grand wedding to James Brolin a few weeks ago inspired a comprehensive, photo-filled People magazine spread, which, in turn, prompted us to think about that Donna Karan gown she wore. It was long, white, had a veil, showed a lot of cleavage, and got us wondering: Was it the best look for La Streisand? So we solicited your opinions on this extremely important matter. Responses were pretty evenly mixed, pro and con, with only a few catty comments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1998 | JERRY HICKS
The late John Huston, who directed "The African Queen" and other classic films, became an Irish citizen in his later years. Huston wrote in his autobiography that his first trip to Ireland was for a fox hunt with friends. Looking out the window his first morning there, he describes it: "Through pines and yews in the garden I saw, across a running stream, a field of marigolds.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Rosie O'Donnell set out to make her mark in daytime talk, she modeled "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" after the chat fests of daytime pioneers Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas. An unabashed fan of all things television, O'Donnell, 35, grew up enthralled with Griffin's Emmy-winning show, which was seen in syndication and on CBS from 1965 to 1986. Griffin, 72, also created the long-running game shows "Jeopardy!"
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