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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The new principal of West Granada High School in Granada Hills intends to work to change the perceptions of his continuation school students by the public and the students themselves. Phil Romans said that during his 25 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District, he found that the public often has false and "very destructive" ideas about who these students are. "My focus is to get them into the community and get the community to see what my students are capable of," he said.
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BUSINESS
September 8, 1987 | GREGORY CROUCH, Times Staff Writer
"You've probably never seen worse financials in any company that's taken a public offering." That's the assessment of Corporate Capital Resources in Westlake Village--not from a disgruntled shareholder, but from the company's founder and president, Daniel D. Weston. : CorpCap was set up as a publicly traded venture-capital firm that would invest in new companies with terrific ideas in exchange for a stake in those businesses.
NEWS
August 17, 1986 | ROB STEIN, United Press International
B.F. Skinner, sometimes likened to Hitler and shunned for decades in a fearful, skeptical world, still dreams of saving the human race. But the famous psychologist has grown pessimistic with age. At 82, the father of a behavior modification technique that he calls operant conditioning knows that it is probably already too late to see his hope of a society made better through positive reinforcement come true. He is not so sure anymore that it ever will.
NEWS
July 10, 1986 | KATHLEEN HENDRIX, Times Staff Writer
The words are familiar: venture capital, start-up needs, problem-solving, leverage, entrepreneurs, change makers, path-breakers. But the context in which Bill Drayton uses them to describe the Ashoka Society is not. He uses them to describe the society's search for and support of people working in public-service jobs in developing countries who have good ideas that can bring about social change.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2009 | Alana Semuels
If we have the Great Depression to thank for inventions such as the Twinkie, Monopoly and the photocopier, this recession may be remembered for inspiring a biodegradable shower mat, a tie that holds iPods and a gadget that breaks the vacuum seals of jars. That's because some self-starters among the ranks of the unemployed, sick of trudging off to job fairs and sending out resumes, are starting businesses to finally launch that invention they've been mulling over for years.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2006 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
JOHN SIMM was fine as a pinched-faced crusading journalist in the BBC's political thriller "State of Play." But wouldn't the sun-kissed Brad Pitt work better in the film version? The soccer soap "Footballers' Wives" was a hoot on BBC America. But wouldn't more U.S. viewers watch if it were about American football?
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
In the 15 years since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won the Academy Award for their "Good Will Hunting" screenplay, Damon has worked with some of Hollywood's best directors, become a humanitarian in Africa and even parodied himself with the help of Kevin Smith and Jimmy Kimmel. What he hasn't done is write another script. Until now. In partnership with John Krasinski of "The Office," Damon, 42, has returned to the blank page, co-writing "Promised Land," a script that he initially intended to direct, about a young comer in the natural gas industry who is selling the controversial practice of "fracking" to homeowners in struggling rural communities.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Academic and author Noam Chomsky is a creative but very structural thinker, stringing ideas together like dominoes. One thought progresses to the next, carefully placed with a logic and precision born of years of linguistics analysis shoring up each one. Filmmaker Michel Gondry is a creative thinker as well, though he's more deconstructive in his methods. Enthralled by the process of pulling ideas apart, he's not content with tipping a single domino, but crashing the entire pile, then setting about to make sense of the jumble.
OPINION
January 7, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
"In America," Oscar Wilde quipped, "the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. " And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone. Last week, the magazine posted a mini-manifesto titled " Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For . " After confirming it wasn't a parody, conservative critics launched a brutal assault on its author, Jesse A. Myerson. Myerson's essay captures nearly everything the unconverted despise about left-wing youth culture, starting with the assumption that being authentically young requires being theatrically left wing.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2013 | Chris O'Brien
The email that could change Meg Jay's life came in December without warning, containing little more than a link. Clicking on it opened a Web page that offered Jay the most significant invitation of her career: "We're honored to have this opportunity to invite you to give a talk at TED. " Without hesitation, she accepted. And just like that, the Virginia clinical psychologist, who specializes in "twentysomethings," or the study of people in their 20s, was swept into the slipstream of a cultural juggernaut that has expanded well beyond its original focus on technology, entertainment and design.
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