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April 28, 1989 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
Public schools and community colleges are likely to be the big winners as the result of the disclosure Thursday that state personal and corporate income tax collections are going to be an estimated $660 million higher this year than previously projected. State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig said that schools should be in line to receive about 40% of the total, or $264 million. The guarantee of 40% of the money stems from voter approval last November of Proposition 98, the school funding initiative.
April 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Jonathan Fleming had videos of his Disney World holiday. He had a receipt from his hotel, where employees remembered him for running up a high phone bill. But the perfect alibi couldn't save Fleming from serving nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit - a murder that took place in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than 900 miles from the Florida resort. On Tuesday, Fleming, 51, walked free after the Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, dismissed the case after an examination by his office's Conviction Review Unit.
December 30, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Although the domestic box office continues to struggle, movie ticket sales in China are booming. Nearly final government figures in the world's most populous nation show receipts probably will grow more than 30% in 2011 and, for the first time, exceed $2 billion. That probably will make China the world's third-biggest movie market, behind only the U.S. and Japan. Although some other nations are growing fast — Brazil, for example, is up 14% this year, according to Rentrak Corp.
December 30, 2013 | Sandy Banks
If my New Year's resolution holds in 2014, this is the last time I'll wind up staring blankly at my computer screen as my column deadline bears down. I've been thinking about what to write all week, in between shopping, cooking, kicking back and outings with my daughters. So many things seemed to interest me during this holiday season. But now I can't seem to grab hold of a single idea. If I'd managed to adhere to last year's resolution - keep a notebook with me at all times, to record my thoughts and feelings about what I see, hear and read - I wouldn't be struggling right now to make sense of a tired mind's cacophony.
November 29, 1986
Let's hope Pete Rozelle saved his receipts for those walkie-talkies he gave the referees. CLINT HOWARD Burbank
July 11, 2000 | RICHARD NATALE
This report is based on projections of total U.S. box-office gross from a consensus of industry sources and studio financial models. The U.S. returns represent only 20% of a film's final revenue, which includes income from video, TV and overseas theatrical release. Typical industry marketing costs are factored into this profit analysis. Results for the weekend of July 7-9: $$Mega-Moneymakers ($50 million or more in profit) -- Box- Estimated office cost, in Movie title Studio rank millions Mission: Impossible 2 Paramount 11 $100 Gladiator DreamWorks/Univ.
July 7, 1985
I arrived from Hong Kong on June 9. The article by Beverly Beyer and Ed Rabey that day didn't mention that the Sheridan Hotel across from the Peninsula is good. Has just had a $17-million restoration. Also, the exit fee to leave Hong Kong is $120HK. I went through customs in Honolulu. It was the worst experience I've ever had. The officer went through my purse, every check I'd written, every Visa receipt, my wallet, and all my other receipts, as well as a thorough search of my suitcase and carrying bag. I would advise everyone to send their Visa receipts and checkbooks home by mail, as it takes so much time.
October 14, 1990
Allowing two tickets per ID would definitely sell more tickets, but some would be bought by brokers and defeat the purpose of this wonderful plan. The problem in the plan was allowing only 24 hours to purchase. Had tickets (or receipts) been available three to seven days in advance, the show surely would have sold out without Ticketmaster's services. LONNA GARDINER Northridge
October 5, 1986
Venant's interesting article contained a passing reference to the Sunday fund-raising dinners I organize that needs to be corrected. She implies that the money goes into my pocket and not to intellectuals in Poland. For over five years, with a lot of help from my friends, I have been sending food, clothes and medicine to Poland. And I have the receipts. If anyone in L.A. would like to help, I can pass names and addresses of people in Poland to anyone interested. JIM HAYNES Atelier A2 83 rue de la Tombe Issoire 75014 Paris, France
July 25, 1993
I would like to alert shoppers traveling to the Republic of Ireland to a nuance in retrieving VATs (value added taxes). The forms were available everywhere I shopped on my recent trip. I saved all receipts, filling out a form for each shop visited. In small print on the forms, it mentioned a service charge. What it did not spell out is that the charge is for each receipt. After all was totaled at Shannon Airport, I was handed about $3. Had I known, I would have done more shopping at fewer places.
December 18, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to tighten the rules for who can vote in neighborhood council elections after complaints that an overly broad definition of community stakeholder had allowed outsiders to manipulate results. The new rules mark an ongoing attempt to refine the neighborhood governance system, struck in the late 1990s after the San Fernando Valley secession movement to give residents a stronger voice in city politics. Previously, anyone could vote in a neighborhood council race just by displaying a receipt for a latte from around the corner, as proof of having a vested interest in a community - a "Starbucks stakeholder.
December 16, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: In looking recently at Enterprise's car rental rates in the Los Angeles area, I notice that it stipulates that the car must remain in California, Arizona and Nevada. I chose another agency that did not have such a restriction. Do they have a tracking device in the vehicle? What are the consequences if I travel to other areas? Also, when I returned a different rental car, this one in Portland, Ore., the agency told me to bring a gas receipt from a station within five miles of the airport to show that the tank was filled.
September 17, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Garrett has noticed that a number of receipts he receives from stores include a sweepstakes offer. He could win a prize or some cash by filling out a survey or jumping through some other corporate hoop. He wants to know: Are these things legit? Pretty much, as long as they're from a well-known retailer. A number of top merchants, including Walgreen and Wal-Mart, have used receipt sweepstakes as a way to reach out and touch customers. The retailers say they do award prizes to people, although your chances of winning may run about one in a million.
February 27, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
In the debate over who should be the next mayor of Los Angeles, who would you suppose argues for elimination of a business tax to kick-start economic growth? Not the one-time investment banker who dropped out of the race early and says killing the business tax would leave a huge hole in the city treasury. Not the lone Republican in the field, who wants more modest business tax reform. Not a City Council fiscal hawk, also a candidate for mayor, who says cutting the tax could leave the city with a $400-million shortfall.
December 31, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Batman, James Bond, teenage vampires and a team of superheroes helped propel domestic movie ticket sales in 2012 to a projected all-time high of $10.8 billion, reversing a slump that saw attendance drop to a 16-year low last year. Box-office receipts are likely to be up 6% compared with last year, as is attendance, which is on track to hit 1.36 billion, according to That's much-needed good news for the film business, though this year's attendance figure is far from record-breaking - in 2002, 1.6 billion showed up at the box office.
December 10, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Three women who dined at Chilly D's Sports Lounge in Stockton, Calif., received a bill identifying them as "fat girls," and a server at the restaurant located inside the Cameo Club Casino has been suspended, says Fox News. The women had dinner at Chilly D's last week and were shocked to see that "fat girls" had been typed in on the receipt by a restaurant staffer, according to the report.    "I got the bill, and I was like, 'Why does the receipt say fat girls?'" said one of the diners, Christina Duran.
November 24, 2012 | Shan Li and Adolfo Flores
Opening their doors earlier than ever for Black Friday paid off for retailers as shoppers mobbed malls thick with sales across the Southland, snapping up electronics, toys and other deals. Hundreds of bargain hunters surged toward the Glendale Galleria before midnight, some banging on one entrance and shouting to be let in. At the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, shoppers rushing into Urban Outfitters shattered a glass door. Mall traffic was a nightmare throughout Southern California.
October 14, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Liam Neeson wouldn't let anyone take No. 1 from him at the box office this past weekend in the U.S. or overseas. "Taken 2," the kidnapping thriller starring the 60-year-old actor, dominated international ticket sales, raking in $41 million from 59 foreign markets. Overall, the movie has sold $132.8-million worth of receipts abroad - already far more than the $81.8 million the original "Taken" collected internationally in 2009. The movie, which sees Neeson's former CIA operative taken captive, is performing best in the United Kingdom, where it has grossed $23.4 million.
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