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May 15, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- The state government's contribution to employee pensions is expected to jump to $3.7 billion from $3.5 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1. On Tuesday, a committee of the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System recommended the increase as well as a $29-million drop to $1.2 billion for non-teaching school and community college district workers. Even with the increase, the state's contribution is lower than the $3.9 billion paid in fiscal 2010-2011, CalPERS said.
October 6, 1985
Stearns Development is creating two new communities--Tocayo Mesa and Tocayo Meadows--in the master-planned Forster Ranch area of San Clemente.
July 20, 2009 | Emily Sohn
Allergies are on the rise, experts know. What they don't know is why. The most popular theory is the so-called hygiene hypothesis. It holds that our culture's addiction to cleanliness, antiseptics and antibiotics prevents our immune systems from developing the ability to ward off real infections. Our bodies then end up overreacting to things they should be ignoring.
May 9, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Time Warner Cable is launching two regional sports networks: Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language network Time Warner Cable Deportes. Entertainment reporter Joe Flint gives the rundown in this video. The cable operator has already spent billions of dollars to take the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports West. It's won the rights to broadcast Galaxy soccer games too, and now it is vying for the Dodgers. All the money the company is paying raises the likelihood that cable rates will go up, Flint says.
March 27, 2011 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the three years since playing the imprisoned lover Latika in the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," Freida Pinto has appeared in only one film, as part of the ensemble cast in Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. " But though you might not know it from your local marquee, she's been busy. Come November she'll be hard to miss, appearing in two of the season's biggest productions, released within two weeks of each other: the Greek gods saga "Immortals" and the "Planet of the Apes" prequel "Rise of the Apes.
July 27, 1985 | Associated Press
A baby boom generation entering child-bearing age will increase Peking's population to 11.1 million by the end of the century, more than 1 million over the government's target, a report said Friday. The capital's population now stands at 9.45 million.
May 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said its first-quarter profit rose 3% from a year earlier on stronger sales. New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch said it earned $62.1 million, or 69 cents a share, compared with $60.1 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. Sales increased 8% to $800.1 million.
January 22, 2000
In response to the Saturday Letters headline question last week, "Is Dr. Laura's Anti-Gay Stance Based on Religion or Bigotry?": Might it be religious bigotry? A. GILMAN Rancho Palos Verdes Reader Stuart Krane's claim that "hateful people do not rise to Dr. Laura's level of success--not in America, anyway" is plain wrong. In the 1930s, Father Charles Coughlin, a charismatic radio preacher, enjoyed considerable success by pandering to Americans' fears and insecurities, scapegoating both urban Irish-Catholics and Jews.
March 14, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
For Dinara Safina, it is time. Lil' sister deserves her own picture over the fireplace. No more hand-me-downs. No tennis rackets with man-sized grips. No more keys to big-brother's old convertible. Safina is now four tennis-match victories away from not having to pass the potatoes first at the dinner table at home. If she gets to the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells next weekend, she will become the No. 1 player in the world.
August 30, 2009 | Richard Fausset
Wilmot Greene was sitting on a stoop next to the hulking Georgia Theatre, the movie-palace-turned-music-club that was supposed to be his ticket to a carefree future in this rock 'n' roll college town. It was a hot Monday afternoon and Greene, the club's co-owner, was pulling drags on a Camel and talking into his iPhone in his deep, emphatic and subtly Southern voice. These days, there are charity concerts to pump up, and Greene was practicing the art of the pump. "Oh, they're huge," he was saying to an ex-girlfriend.
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