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June 26, 1996 | ED BOND
Hospice in the Home, a program of the Verdugo Hills Visiting Nurses Assn., needs volunteers to help with terminally ill patients and their families as part of a team effort. Volunteers run errands, give rides to doctors' offices and fill in for primary caregivers when they need a break. Training begins July 22. Information: (818) 956-1860.
April 6, 2014 | By Tom Petruno
Over the last six years, roaring bears and raging bulls both have had their turns to be right about financial markets. But investing success in the next market phase could be far more about pinpointing individual opportunities than riding a wave. This is when it should pay for a money manager to have maximum flexibility: the option to go almost anywhere with investors' dollars in search of decent returns. That could include stocks, bonds, real estate or commodities, for example.
August 9, 2013
While quarterback Cody Kessler took the majority of snaps with the first-team offense during USC's scrimmage Thursday at the Coliseum, Max Wittek got only one series with the starters. But Wittek, who is competing with Kessler for the starting job, said he was not frustrated. “We just take advantage of all the reps we get, whether that's with the ones, twos or even threes,” Wittek said. “A lot of times, the coaches want to see us with those different groups to see how we manage the game and help the people around us. “We just make the most of all the opportunities we do get.” Wittek played well Thursday, completing 13 of 20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard scoring play to receiver Nelson Agholor.
April 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller and John Horn
Melvin Mar's entrée to Hollywood was far from glamorous. As an unpaid intern for "Platoon" producer Arnold Kopelson, Mar was responsible for fetching his boss' lunch of matzo ball soup every day. Mar calculated to the minute how long it would take to walk from the production company's Century City offices to the Stage Deli nearby, buy the soup and decant it into a bowl on Kopelson's desk, still piping hot, at precisely 1 p.m. Mar parlayed...
August 26, 2012 | By Morgen Witzel
"The Arab World Unbound: Tapping Into the Power of 350 Million Consumers" opens in a Hezbollah-controlled grocery shop in south Beirut, where people are drinking Red Bull. From there on, it just gets better and better. Most of us know the Middle East and North Africa only from what we see on our television screens and read in the newspapers. The daily tale of riots and protests, bombs and bullets can leave us feeling profoundly depressed about the entire region and its prospects.
February 21, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Now, how to get to 10,000 to 15,000 steps a day? Experts advise sprinkling activity throughout the day. So here's just one strategy: 1. Strap on the fitness tracker immediately after waking. 2. Make it a point to look at your fitness tracker every hour on the hour, beginning one hour after you awake. 3. Aim to get 800 to 1,000 steps in by the start of every new hour. (That might not happen, but the goal will help you scout opportunities to fit in steps.) 4. If necessary, play "catch up" by getting in a few hundred steps before work, at lunch, after work and when you get home.
February 26, 2004 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
In basketball, free throws can make the difference in a game. In hockey, the power play provides the perfect chance for a team to attack an opponent's goal. Similarly, the water polo teams that take advantage of their six-on-five opportunities tend to enjoy the most success. Consider Chino Hills Ayala, which recently beat La Canada, 11-1, in a girls' playoff game. The Bulldogs scored six times in eight man-advantage chances and limited their opponent to one goal in 13 similar situations.
October 28, 2012 | By Henry Mance
When Andrew Conru founded a dating website called FriendFinder, he soon became frustrated by users uploading explicit videos. Conru spent many hours deleting clips of home pornography before realizing he had stumbled by chance on a profitable niche. He renamed the site Adult FriendFinder and later sold it for a reported $500 million. The role of simple luck in success is a fashionable topic. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, concluded recently that there was little to learn from profiles of companies and chief executives, because their triumphs were more a case of serendipity than good judgment.
February 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
One is the reigning Major League Soccer most valuable player and the other should have won the award a year earlier. One leads the league in scoring over the last three seasons while the other leads the league in assists. But accolades and gaudy numbers aren't the only things Chris Wondolowski and Brad Davis share. Because despite their offensive prowess, neither has gotten much of a look from a U.S. national team that has often had trouble scoring. Wondolowski, 30, invited to his second consecutive winter training camp this year, played only sparingly in three friendlies for the U.S. in 2012.
September 7, 1991
Larry Smith is a nice man, but I wish he wouldn't give his coaching friends any more of these opportunities at my expense. JOE REGAN Los Angeles
April 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Michelle Wie is among the best-known figures in American golf, yet she has never won an LPGA Tour event in the United States. The former teenage phenom does have two LPGA victories but they came in Mexico (in 2009) and Canada (2010). Now the 24-year-old Wie, playing some of her best golf in years, is in position to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, one of the LPGA's major events. Wie and 19-year-old Lexi Thompson will enter Sunday's final round as the tournament's co-leaders at 10-under-par 206. "I'm really excited that I have a good chance," Wie said.
March 26, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
For Chone Figgins, his reunion with the Angels in the Freeway Series will mark a triumph. Games against his former team used to a be painful reminder of what he left behind. Over the next three days, when the Dodgers and Angels face each other in their annual exhibition series, they will be a testament to his perseverance. Figgins is on the Dodgers' major league roster, a minor miracle considering how he has spent the last several years. He went into spring training on a minor league contract.
March 16, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
For 14 years, Los Angeles math teacher Darryl Newhouse has run a robotics program aimed at showing inner-city students that careers in science and engineering are just as possible as ones in sports and entertainment. But when funds run short, he digs into his own pocket - often shelling out as much as $5,000 a year. That's not easy to do on a public school teacher's salary - but now Newhouse will get some help. The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education is set to announce Monday a groundbreaking initiative that will give L.A. Unified teachers access to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities through a new website featuring custom grants, training tools and the services of a grant writer.
March 15, 2014 | By David Pierson
FALLON, Nev. - The dairy plant with its tangle of stainless steel pipes rises out of the parched landscape here like a beckoning oasis. Perched on the outskirts of this desert town dotted with small churches and roadside casinos, the factory represents a potential lifeline for nearly two dozen nearby dairy farmers. In a few weeks, every drop of milk collected from the surrounding farms will be brought to the plant and converted into fine powder inside a towering heating chamber specially made for the $85-million facility.
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate. Assistant Sheriff Jim Hellmold, one of two candidates tapped to run by former Sheriff Lee Baca, called out former Cmdr. Bob Olmsted more than once. Before retiring, Olmsted oversaw the department's most troubled jails. He has described himself as a whistle-blower who tried to alert top brass about inmate abuse and aggressive deputy "gangs" but was ignored.
March 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Four, three, two … The Derrick Williams position countdown goes on, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft still trying to find his spot in the NBA before time runs out. The Minnesota Timberwolves tried him at power forward and small forward before deciding neither worked and trading him in November to the Sacramento Kings. Williams now plays both positions as well as occasional stints at shooting guard. Like a 300-pound man shopping for pants, the right fit has been elusive.
March 16, 2011
About this series One in a series of occasional reports on China's fast-growing film industry and the opportunities — and challenges — it presents for Hollywood.
August 23, 1992
Heilbrun emerges as a fine role model for women over 50. She is courageous and knows that the later years offer exciting opportunities for those brave enough to take advantage of them. DIANE KOVACS Los Angeles
February 28, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The laid-back chic of the spring runway collections begs for a warm, sun-kissed beauty look. And there is an array of new products to help achieve that vacation-refreshed magic, even if your next getaway isn't on the horizon. No tan? No problem. There are several new pigments and powders designed to enhance the skin's luminosity. Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer and Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Radiant Pigment have light-reflecting properties that promise to help brighten the face with a healthy flush and hide imperfections.
February 25, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors can create a citizens commission to oversee the sheriff, in an effort to prevent the kinds of abuses that have been the subject of news reports, lawsuits and indictments over the last several years. But let's be clear at the outset: Neither the board nor any citizens commission it creates will have the power to reward or punish the sheriff or to give him orders. So is there any value to adding a new layer of review? There can be, if oversight is designed with care and with a deep understanding of the particular challenges presented by the office of sheriff.
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