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February 11, 2009 |
The UCLA library has received a $5-million donation from the London-based Arcadia Fund in what officials said Tuesday was the single largest gift for library collections on the Westwood campus. In expressing his thanks for the gift, which will be paid over five years, university librarian Gary E. Strong said the funds may be used to purchase new materials or to expand digitization efforts, among other things. The Arcadia Fund specializes in helping with the preservation of cultural knowledge, such as rare archives and artifacts, and the protection of threatened natural environments.
February 3, 2009 |
In the 16 years since his release from prison, disgraced junk-bond king Michael Milken has beaten prostate cancer, raised hundreds of millions of dollars for medical research and reshaped an image tarnished by a 1990 conviction for securities fraud. One thing he's been unable to do is win a presidential pardon, despite the support of some of the country's most influential people. Before he left office Jan.
January 31, 2009 |
The high school coach thinks of Edgerrin James when he looks at the football field. "He wrote a check to upgrade our facilities, our field, a big number like $100,000," Israel Gallegos said. The restaurant manager thinks of James when it gets crowded. "He didn't go to New York for the big NFL draft party -- he stayed here and threw a party for everyone," Linda Lozano says at her Mexican restaurant. "It was packed. People waited outside."
January 9, 2009 |
Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg says the losses on his personal investments with Bernard L. Madoff have done "extraordinary damage" to his philanthropic efforts. In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, the DreamWorks Animation SKG chief said it was a "disgrace" that Madoff remained free pending the next phase of his case.
December 21, 2008 |
The Santa Claus of this bleak desert outpost wears a polo shirt with a pack of Camel Lights in the pocket and a pair of suspenders stretched tight over his stomach. Larry Bai is 60, balding and Jewish. He shuffles through the post office doors this blustery morning, gripping a cane topped with a lion's head. He opens Santa's post office box, No. 133. There are eight more letters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2008 |
Peeking to advance stem cell research in California, philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad announced Wednesday that they will donate $25 million to UC San Francisco for a state-of-the-art laboratory that will bring together some of the world's leading scientists in the field. The gift was hailed by Gov.
December 11, 2008 |
Princeton University will pay nearly $100 million but maintain control of a much-larger endowment that supports its school of public affairs, under a settlement between the school and disgruntled heirs of a major donor. The 6-year-old case pitted heirs of Charles and Marie Robertson, who held the A&P grocery fortune, against the university. In dispute was a 1961 gift of $35 million, which grew to $900 million, to support Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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November 26, 2008 |
Shards of glass, bumpy grass and rocks are what Jose Serna was used to as a kid. Lights and modern turf on a baseball field were luxuries. "If the ball took a bad hop, you lose a tooth," the Roosevelt High School senior outfielder said. So now, as he watched with his teammates on the edge of the baseball infield at Evergreen Recreation Center in Boyle Heights, Serna was pleased to hear the news.
November 25, 2008 |
Some major artists have provided songs to help launch (Red)Wire, a new digital music service working in conjunction with (Red) and Product Red, all aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight AIDS in Africa. On Monday, World Aids Day, songs and videos from artists such as Coldplay, Death Cab for Cuties, the Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z, John Legend, U2 and Elton John will be showcased during the (Red)Wire unveiling at red.msn.com. (Red)Wire subscribers will download a special custom player for their computer and will receive a weekly digital music offering, including an exclusive song from a major artist, a less well-known song that (Red)
November 13, 2008 |
"American Idol" has allocated more than $64 million in grants to six U.S. and international charities from contributions to its "Idol Gives Back" fundraising event. The popular Fox singing competition's star-studded gala, held at the Kodak Theatre in April, featured musical performances by Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Heart and Snoop Dogg. Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams were among the celebrities who also appeared on stage. "Idol Gives Back" said Wednesday that grants had been made to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Malaria No More; Children's Health Fund; U.S. programs of Save the Children; Children's Defense Fund; and Make It Right, Pitt's campaign to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.