March 4, 2014 |
After a five-year hiring freeze, the Los Angeles Fire Department is beginning to select its next generation of firefighters, and it is finding that there is tremendous demand for the jobs. Last year, 70 open slots at the fire academy drew 13,000 applications. Some 6,500 candidates passed the written exam and were invited to submit paperwork showing they had passed the physical fitness test. With such a huge pool of applicants, the LAFD should have picked the very best - those with the highest test scores and the most training, and experience in emergency medical response, which has become a significant part of a firefighter's job. But that didn't happen.
February 15, 1987 |
They way they're playing, UCLA should be investigated. What? They are? The Bruins have been playing under the cloud of a Pacific 10 and NCAA investigation of their basketball program for some time now and it seems to have caused an unexpected reaction from the conference co-leaders. Through it all, the Bruins keep on winning. UCLA completed a difficult 48-hour period Saturday with a 77-65 victory over USC in the Sports Arena.
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December 14, 1985 |
The Palomar Pomerado Hospital District, dissatisfied with depending on blood trucked from an hour away in San Diego, will set up a North County blood bank in February. The district's board of directors made the decision Tuesday and hopes to enlist the cooperation of Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, North County's other major medical center. Palomar officials expect that a North County bank will attract new donors, who would be more likely to give blood to a community-based operation.
January 31, 1991 |
As far back as Fannie Johnson can remember--and that's all the way back to World War I--her family has dutifully heeded the nation's call to arms. "I was little, but I remember my relatives being in that war," said Johnson, sitting erect in her favorite chair by the front window. Fighting in France during the war was Ernest Johnson, a fellow destined to be her first husband.
March 25, 2013 |
Since being rescued from the scrap heap two years ago after it was canceled by the CW, "The Game" has proved to be a winner for BET. The football-themed series scored record ratings in its 2011 cable debut, remains the channel's top-rated series, and with "Real Husbands of Hollywood" anchors BET's scripted comedy slate. But as it kicks off its sixth season Tuesday, "The Game" is reeling from the loss of its two MVPs: Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Pooch Hall. Though she is punching up the series with new cast members, creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil admitted that dealing with the absence of what she called "the heart" of "The Game" has been a formidable challenge, forcing the show into its third reboot in six years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1992 |
The image is of a lonely Korean woman in her late 60s, working in a back street bar in Shanghai. It could be Manila. Or Taipei. She is quiet. No one asks how she got there, so no one answers. The image and the silence haunt Bok Lim Kim, a La Jolla resident who has for a decade tried to raise awareness of sex crimes committed against Korean and other Asian women during World War II. The euphemism was "comfort girls." In reality, they were sex slaves.