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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1990
Mobil Oil Corp. has set a record for campaign spending in Torrance, so far paying more than $360,000 in the hope of defeating a March 6 ballot measure that would eliminate the use of hydrofluoric acid at its refinery there. Mobil has said a conversion to less volatile sulfuric acid would cost $100 million. The oil company has far outspent supporters of the measure, who reported $7,600 in expenditures through Feb. 17.
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NEWS
October 4, 1990 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
McDonnell Douglas Corp. has fallen into much deeper trouble on its Air Force C-17 cargo jet program and is projected to exceed the cost ceiling for developing the aircraft by as much as $500 million, according to defense officials citing a confidential Pentagon analysis. Such cost overruns could precipitate a financial crisis at the nation's largest defense contractor if the Pentagon doesn't step in to rescue the company.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1990
Environmental emphasis seems to be on acid rain, global warming and similar major areas. Why not devote some of this effort to asking people not to discard beer and soft-drink cans, paper cups and other debris all over? The result would be visible evidence of a cleaner environment. HENRY FEIL Laguna Niguel
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
The Kirov Ballet sold out all nine days of its run that ended Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, according to Center President Thomas R. Kendrick. About 260,370 people attended, Kendrick said Tuesday, with roughly 60% of that number buying single tickets as opposed to subscriptions. With a top ticket price of $65 during the company's only Southern California engagement, receipts totaled $1,433,475, according to Kendrick.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1989 | From Reuters
Labor costs for U.S. employers rose 1.6% in the third quarter, the Labor Department said Tuesday, the steepest increase this year and a sign of rising inflationary pressures. The department also said wages have jumped at their highest rate in the past 12 months since September, 1985. The department reported that gross pay, after deducting benefits, rose 4.6% in the year ended Sept. 30, against a 5.0% gain for the September, 1985, year. The 1.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When negotiators for the networks and Hollywood studios filed into the executive dinning room at Warner Bros. on Wednesday morning for the latest round of talks in the so-called financial interest and syndication rules, the hostility between the two sides was as oppressive as the smog over the Burbank lot. The negotiators are coming down to the wire in their talks over whether to allow the networks a piece of the lucrative profits from television reruns.
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