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August 14, 2012 | By John Horn
Rep. Paul D. Ryan says he doesn't like government waste and he's probably got very few friends in show business, so when he found out several years ago what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was up to in Hollywood, he tried to pull the plug on one  entertainment industry initiative. The CDC was one of the founders of Hollywood Health & Society, a program of the Norman Lear Center at USC. The program gives entertainment industry professionals free consultations on their television programs and movies so that any health-related plots reflect “accurate and timely information.” Over the past two years, Hollywood Health & Society has consulted on more than 380 story lines on shows such as “Grey's Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Sesame Street,” said the program's director, Sandra de Castro Buffington.
December 2, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
James M. Beggs, the administrator of NASA, was indicted today along with three other present or former executives of General Dynamics Corp. on charges of trying to hide overrun losses on the Army's ill-fated Sgt. York anti-aircraft gun. General Dynamics and the four men were charged with conspiring to reduce the company's losses on their Army contract to build the prototype gun systems by illegally mischarging contract expenses to other government-funded accounts.
July 24, 1988 | Patrick Goldstein
Guns 'N' Roses may be the hottest new band in the country--a No. 2 album on Billboard's chart and a growing rep as the most charismatic group to emerge from the local rock scene since Van Halen. So why isn't L.A.'s top album-rock station, KLOS-FM, playing the album's hit single, "Sweet Child O' Mine"? "Our testing found it had a highly negative reaction with anyone over 25--they just don't like the song," explained program director Charlie West.
It's getting close to crunch time, or D-day, at KABC-AM (790). In what clearly was part pep talk and part warning, Drew Hayes, the new program director, hosted a bagels-and-cream-cheese session two weeks ago at KABC with 40 or so talk hosts, producers and other personnel. No lox, he explained--the ratings didn't merit it. "We're going to be No. 1," Hayes told the staff. "Some of you will be here--and some bodies will fly out of here."
June 24, 1997 | DAVID GREENBERG
KCLU-FM (88.3), a National Public Radio affiliate located at Cal Lutheran University, has hired radio veteran Rob Selkow as program director. Selkow, 33, served as program director for six years at WFIT in Melbourne, Fla. He replaces Mike West, who recently moved to Ohio after being with the station since its inception more than two years ago. KCLU "is a jewel of a station," Selkow said in explaining why he made the cross-country trek. "I really like being near L.A.
January 12, 1996
The Van Nuys-based California Women's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Dependencies has a new executive director. Deborah Werner, currently with Social Model Recovery Systems Inc. in Los Angeles, will take over at the women's commission, replacing current executive director Laurie Drabble, commission officials said. "Laurie is going on to do more consulting work," said Karen Kent, program director at the commission.
February 5, 1993 | LARRY STEWART
With an overload of programming, it sometimes gets confusing which events are carried on all-sports radio station KMPC and which are farmed out to sister station KLITE-FM (101.9). Thursday night, the UCLA-Washington game was on KLITE, the Clippers and Chicago Bulls on KMPC. KMPC General Manager Bill Ward said program director Len Weiner got together with the American Network Group, the UCLA rights-holders, and the Clippers before the season to work out a schedule where conflicts existed.
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