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August 19, 2011
Neither the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. nor Jerry Lewis have said why they parted ways this month, but the move doesn't appear to be hindering the group's plans for its annual Labor Day telethon. The MDA announced Thursday that Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Antebellum, Richie Sambora and Jordin Sparks are among the celebrities who will appear on the Sept. 4 telecast. "While we deeply appreciate everything that Jerry Lewis has done and his enduring legacy for MDA, our show will go on," a spokesman for the Arizona-based organization said.
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NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
In recent years, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s annual telethon has undergone dramatic transformations from its early days as a live Labor Day weekend broadcast spanning almost two days with an endless parade of stars, pleas for charity and the anything-goes antics of host Jerry Lewis. The hours were gradually reduced, and the most jarring change came in 2011 when the MDA abruptly ousted Lewis as host and national chairman without much explanation. The event continued without him, airing on local and cable stations, but lost much of its entertainment value, which had been tied to Lewis' unpredictable persona.
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OPINION
August 8, 2011
Lewis' contribution Re "Jerry Lewis ousted by MDA," Aug. 5 The Times mentions the strides made in muscular dystrophy research almost parenthetically to Jerry Lewis and the telethon. To be sure, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. is more than a telethon and more than Jerry Lewis, but the great advances in treatment were due in no small measure to Lewis' efforts. The article quotes Lewis as saying, "Get the cure for muscular dystrophy, then I'm fine. " The fact is, his efforts and that of the MDA may well have led to just that.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2011
Neither the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. nor Jerry Lewis have said why they parted ways this month, but the move doesn't appear to be hindering the group's plans for its annual Labor Day telethon. The MDA announced Thursday that Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Antebellum, Richie Sambora and Jordin Sparks are among the celebrities who will appear on the Sept. 4 telecast. "While we deeply appreciate everything that Jerry Lewis has done and his enduring legacy for MDA, our show will go on," a spokesman for the Arizona-based organization said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The inmates frantically called their friends and family on cellular phones, trying to raise $1,000 bail. They had been transported to their makeshift cells, not in the back of a police car, but in the comfort of a limousine. They ate muffins and drank coffee as they pleaded for pledges of $10, $25, or $50. These were no ordinary jailbirds. They were actually business leaders raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. in his annual Labor Day telethon, a benefit that also made a pitch for those inconvenienced by Hurricane Gustav. This year's 22-hour telethon added a special plea for MDA-registered families forced to leave their homes because of the hurricane, which made landfall Monday in Louisiana. The storm affected nearly 5,000 MDA families needing services in their new location, the organization said. The 2008 haul for the 43rd annual fundraising blitz was $1.2 million more than last year's total.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1992
I am writing to encourage support for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Labor Day Telethon, which will air on KTLA Channel 5 Sunday at 8 p.m. through Monday at 5 p.m. I am 23 years old and was born with spinal muscular atrophy. I have been using a wheelchair since I was about in the third grade. I am also a member of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Task Force on Public Awareness. MDA has significantly helped my family to purchase my wheelchairs and other medical equipment through the years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1997
I was most interested in the staunch defense of the National Endowment for the Arts by choreographer Bill T. Jones (Opinion, April 27). Not too long ago, Jones and his NEA-funded troupe treated an unsuspecting Tucson audience to what must have been the most elaborate stage display of full frontal nudity ever seen here. I'm sure the outrage of audience members who left would have been compounded had they known that not only their ticket prices but their tax dollars had financed the event.
MAGAZINE
June 3, 1990 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a reporter for the San Diego edition of The Times.
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1992
I'm disturbed to see that the Associated Press story you ran (Sept. 8) inaccurately describes the activity that took place outside the KTLA-TV studios in Los Angeles in protest of our telethon. By relying on information gathered from only one side, the story fails to portray the aggressive behavior of a few of the protesters, while creating a false impression that their actions were met with physical force by MDA supporters. In fact, the opposite is true. A report by one of the security officers hired for the telethon describes several demonstrators as "very boisterous and aggressive in preventing the ingress and egress of persons attending the MDA Telethon" by blocking the TV station's gates and street traffic with their wheelchairs.
OPINION
August 8, 2011
Lewis' contribution Re "Jerry Lewis ousted by MDA," Aug. 5 The Times mentions the strides made in muscular dystrophy research almost parenthetically to Jerry Lewis and the telethon. To be sure, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. is more than a telethon and more than Jerry Lewis, but the great advances in treatment were due in no small measure to Lewis' efforts. The article quotes Lewis as saying, "Get the cure for muscular dystrophy, then I'm fine. " The fact is, his efforts and that of the MDA may well have led to just that.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
For the first time in 45 years, Jerry Lewis will not be pleading for donations in front of a camera Labor Day weekend after he was abruptly dismissed as the host of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s telethon, an event that drew attention to the childhood disease and in its heyday was an annual television highlight. The group said the 85-year-old legendary comedian would not appear on this year's telethon, and would no longer serve as its national chairman, a position he held for nearly 60 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Change of plans: You won't get get to see Jerry Lewis on the MDA telethon one last time this year. He's out of the organization completely. ( Huffington Post ) President Obama's 50th birthday party is looking as if it'll be decidedly unstarry. ( Los Angeles Times ) CNN's Piers Morgan and Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills, are having a phone-hacking spat of their own. ( Los Angeles Times ) Her Royal Highness, Kate, has gained entry into the International Best Dressed list.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
California home sales slumped for a third straight month and prices rose slightly, according to data released Thursday. A total of 33,176 newly built and previously owned houses and condominiums sold statewide in September, a 3.1% decline from the previous month and down 17.5% from September 2009, according to real estate research firm MDA DataQuick of San Diego. Real estate professionals and economists expect the sales pace to remain sluggish for the rest of the year as buyers take longer to commit to purchases and sellers wait out the slow period.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo
Southern California's housing market showed fresh signs of momentum in March with the median price and sales pace improving from the same month a year earlier as buyers hurried to take advantage of a soon-to-expire federal tax incentive, cheap prices and low interest rates. The median price paid for new and previously occupied houses and condominiums in Southern California jumped 14% in March to $285,000 from the same month a year earlier, according to San Diego real estate research firm MDA DataQuick.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo
The Obama administration's $75-billion program to help troubled borrowers hold on to their homes appears to be keeping more California families out of foreclosure, data released Wednesday showed, but the relief may be temporary. The number of homes entering the first stage of foreclosure declined 24.3% during the fourth quarter from the previous three months, according to MDA DataQuick, a San Diego real estate research firm. The decline in the default number is significant because any new wave of foreclosures, which could swamp the housing market's recovery, would be preceded by a surge in defaults.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2006 | From the Associated Press
After 10 years of doing the show in Los Angeles, Jerry Lewis says he's happy about hosting his annual telethon fundraiser for muscular dystrophy in Las Vegas again. "There's something about Los Angeles that subjugates it," Lewis, 80, told reporters on the set at the South Coast hotel-casino south of the Las Vegas Strip. "I always feel like I'm claustrophobic there." The Labor Day telethon, which has raised $1.35 billion for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
Serious and casual athletes will have the opportunity to raise money forlocal charities Saturday when the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. hosts a "Roll & Stroll" in Westlake and the American Cancer Society sponsors "Making Strides Against Cancer" in Camarillo. The MDA fund-raiser asks people to run, walk or bike a 5-K, 10-K or a 20-mile route to raise money for the mid-state chapter, which includes Ventura County.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2009 | Peter Y. Hong
The median home price in California ended a three-month rally in August, falling 0.4% to $249,000, a real estate research firm reported Thursday. The San Francisco Bay Area showed an even greater drop of 8.9%, bringing its August median down to $360,000. Statewide, 39,811 homes were sold in August, down 11.7% from July, according to MDA DataQuick. The sales drop may have resulted from fewer foreclosed homes on the market. In the Bay Area, for instance, the percentage of homes sold that had been foreclosed fell to 32.5%, down from 36% a year earlier, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2009 | Peter Y. Hong
Southern California's median home price climbed for a fourth straight month in August, boosted by investors snatching up homes in distant suburbs and a relative decline in foreclosed homes for sale, a real estate research firm reported Tuesday. The median price inched up 2.6% from July to $275,000, according to MDA DataQuick. The market bottomed out in April at a $247,000 median, the San Diego company said. Behind the price improvement are investors like Robert S. Moore, a Rancho Palos Verdes management consultant, who is wrapping up his third home purchase in as many months.
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