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March 9, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Deryl McKissack, 52, is president and chief executive of McKissack & McKissack, a construction management and design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Baltimore. The firm manages about $15 billion in construction projects. It has 160 employees. "We're managing the construction process, providing inspections, overseeing schedules and budgets," McKissack said. "With program management, you are managing more than just one project. You are managing an entire capital program for a client.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. Supporters have organized a rally on his behalf at the campus for Thursday, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for his reinstatement and set up a social media page.
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BUSINESS
June 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Sometimes Apple becomes so wrapped up in its secrecy that it declines to release accessories that its products obviously could use. But that's what third parties are for, and right now a bunch of start-up third parties are on Kickstarter trying to get seed money for some pretty cool Apple-related projects. They range from iPhone cases and gadgets to a stand built to improve Apple's iPad Smart Cover and Smart Case. That project is the Smarter Stand , and it's a pair of clips that help you get more stand positions for your iPad out of your Smart Cover by holding together two of the cover's folds at the same time.
WORLD
April 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become apparent. The potholed two-lane route connecting Russia's two largest cities has never been upgraded into a proper highway. Anyone who cares to drive its entire 440-mile length - mostly truckers - will need at least 12 hours. But 5,600 miles away, the government spent more than $1 billion on less than a mile of bridge connecting Vladivostok with Russky Island, previously inhabited only by a military garrison so isolated that four soldiers starved to death in 1992.
WORLD
September 21, 2013 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul
LIMA, Peru - Peruvian government officials plan to restart several large mining projects stalled by mass protests, a move bound to draw renewed resistance. President Ollanta Humala last year was forced to suspend the development of the $4.8-billion Conga gold mining project proposed by Colorado-based Newmont Mining and declare a state of emergency after residents in northern Peru's Cajamarca region blocked roads and clashed with police at the site. The $1-billion Tia Maria copper mining project proposed near Arequipa by Arizona-based Southern Copper was halted in 2011 after clashes between residents and police left three dead.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Shan Li
Federal officials have announced the approval of two solar projects on public land in California and Nevada. The projects are expected to generate about 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes, the Interior Department said in a statement Wednesday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the two projects are among 50 such utility-scale renewable proposals that have been approved by the department since 2009. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The Stateline Solar Farm Project will be built in San Bernardino County about two miles south of the Nevada border.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2010 | By Tricia Romano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When Los Angeles performer Selene Luna applied for a grant in 2007 through the Franklin Furnace Fund, it took nine months and packets of paperwork to receive her money ? a small bounty of $3,000. But last month, looking for financing for her online soap opera, "Selene's Hollywood Confidential," she turned to a less traditional fundraising source: Kickstarter.com. It took her 30 days to meet her $5,000 goal. In fact, she even raised a little more. Luna is one many Los Angeles artists who have turned to Kickstarter.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2011 | By David Pierson and Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times
There are no highways running through this impoverished rural county. Children study in dilapidated schoolhouses. On many streets, you're just as likely to run into a chicken as you are a pedestrian. Yet the Wangjiang local government is constructing a headquarters on a slab of land the size of the Pentagon building — a sprawling edifice of granite and glass with a $10-million price tag in a county where the average resident earns $639 a year. "The government building is so grand, but at the same time, many people are still living in poverty here," said Ye Daoman, a local farmer and activist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When state officials wanted a computer system to track the cost of therapy, transportation and other services for 240,000 disabled Californians, they hired Deloitte Consulting. After four years, the Department of Developmental Services decided the new system didn't work as needed and canceled the project after paying Deloitte $5.7 million. That same month in 2006, the Department of Industrial Relations hired the New York-based company to computerize its monitoring system for workers' compensation claims.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Whether it's a life - size hologram or a smart garden, the latest start-ups and creative visionaries are placing their projects on Kickstarter to raise money. The online funding platform enables ordinary people to financially back projects through crowd sourcing.  Project creators set a funding goal and deadline, and if people like it, they can pledge money to make it happen. Many people pledge funds because they're inspired by new ideas. Others seek the rewards - a copy of what's being made, a limited-edition item or a custom experience related to the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - Osvel Hinojosa knew that an infusion of water would bring the Colorado River delta back to life. But in just a few days, a U.S.-Mexican experiment to revive the delta environment has exceeded his expectations. The water is running deeper, faster and wider than anticipated in a channel that was once bone-dry. Hinojosa has spotted hawks, egrets and ospreys flying above the newly flowing water. He's even seen beavers. "It's just amazing to see that we can recover the river and see it alive again," said Hinojosa, water and wetlands program director at Pronatura Noroeste, a Mexican water conservation group.
OPINION
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Butler
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's most spectacular national parks in the California desert. My experience in the National Park System began right out of high school, when I spent a season patrolling the mountainous trails of Yosemite National Park's backcountry as a wilderness ranger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | Corina Knoll
She spent three decades in prison as the outside world moved on. Her children aged. Grandchildren were born. Friends passed away. Mary Virginia Jones, who was serving life without parole for murder, did not despair. She told visitors not to cry. An ordained minister, she preached to dozens every week at the interfaith chapel. She directed Bible services, led hymns and was sought out by those who asked for spiritual guidance. They called her "Mother Mary. " On Monday, she walked into a Los Angeles courtroom in a blue jumpsuit, her hands shackled behind her, her gray hair pulled into a taut bun. The 74-year-old calmly sat down and smiled at her attorneys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
The troubled Central Basin Municipal Water District violated the state's open-meeting laws when it created a $2.7-million fund in virtual secrecy, an investigation by the agency's attorneys concluded. The fund, created for a groundwater storage project, was managed without public hearings or notifications, and records related to it were among those subpoenaed by federal prosecutors. The subpoenas came after an FBI raid on the Sacramento offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello)
IMAGE
March 24, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Today it's rare to see a piece of celebrity-worn apparel - on screen or off - that can't be identified and even purchased with a few mouse clicks. From politician Sarah Palin's eyeglass frames (Kawasaki 704s) to film protagonist Jay Gatsby's bow tie (Brooks Bros.), the power of the Internet has made the world one great, big clickable catalog. But what if the jacket you covet was the one Amelia Earhart was wearing on her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic? Or the dress of your dreams was last seen on Josephine Baker in a 1940 wartime photograph?
BUSINESS
February 10, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Not one, but two, projects posted on the crowd-sourced funding website broke the $1 million barrier on Thursday, kicking the previous record of $942,579 to the curb. And even crazier? One of those projects - a new game by game designer Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions - earned $1 million in less than 24 hours. A minute-by-minute post on the Kickstarter blog describing Kickstarter's big day in giddy detail shows the whole Kickstarter staff staring at a large screen hovering above their office, thumbs placed on Champagne corks to pop the bubbly the second the million dollar pledge for Double Fine's game came in, which it did at 6:41 p.m. EST. In the words of the Kickstarter blogger, “YES!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's $1.5-billion initiative to fix crumbling streets in his final months in office would also cover a backlog of other maintenance projects, like trimming tens of thousands of trees. According to documents circulated by the mayor's office, Villaraigosa's L.A. Road Works plan would include trimming an estimated 75,000 trees, ripping out 3,750 tree stumps and planting an equal number of replacement trees. Funds for the tree trimming would be drawn from $150 million in transportation funds now earmarked for street repairs, city officials said Monday.
SPORTS
March 24, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, has acknowledged the possibility of moving the franchise back to Los Angeles if Oakland can't get its act together on a new stadium. That's interesting. But if words translated into actions, the L.A. market would have landed an NFL team or two 15 years ago. More than half of the league's 32 teams have been linked to L.A. at one point or another, as in, Team 'X' could potentially move if it can't get a stadium deal where it is. At the league's annual meetings Monday, Davis said his patience is wearing thin over the Coliseum City project, the proposed redevelopment of the 850 acres in and around the Oakland Coliseum to create new homes for the Raiders, Athletics and Golden State Warriors.
IMAGE
March 23, 2014 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fans are counting the days until the return of Fox's "The Mindy Project" on April 1. What's next after the turbulence-induced airplane make-out session between fellow OB-GYN Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and the lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri? And, of course, they'll clamor to see what series star Mindy Kaling is wearing. That's because Kaling's character, with her everywoman figure, is TV's unlikely new style star in her signature jumble of contrasting prints and almost-clashing colors.
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