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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
February 20, 2011 | Nicole Sperling
David Seidler first sparked to the idea of writing a movie about the life of King George VI in 1980. A stutterer himself, he found the real-life narrative of the English monarch's struggles to overcome a debilitating stammer moving and profoundly relatable, but Seidler understood that it wasn't going to be easy to see his script turned into a feature film. First, he had to wait for the Queen Mum to die; he had asked the royal matriarch for her blessing to tell her husband's story, and she had requested that he wait until after her passing, since the memories of that time were still too painful.
Peter Berg is a morning person. This morning, Berg, who is probably best known as Dr. Billy Kronk in "Chicago Hope," is sitting in the office of Dr. Robert Berger, who is the real-life director of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at Bellevue Hospital Center. Around a corner and down the hallway, behind several sets of bars and a phalanx of police, is a psychiatric ward. Inside are 27 of the most dangerous people in New York.
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.
December 29, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Before iPads, smart phones and even computers, there was the page: a tangible place to jot down thoughts, work out ideas, write a novel, love letter, thesis or equation. "Pages," an exhibition at the Williamson Gallery at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, focuses on the simple piece of refined pulp as a place for formal and finished ideas and a space for creativity. "It's a way of celebrating the page as our human external memory of choice for the last two millennial," said co-curator and gallery director Stephen Nowlin.
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