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August 19, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Ahmad Ali Lewis made a deal with his mother back when he was a student at Palisades High School: He would go to college unless he got a recording contract for his upbeat rap music. It was a big if. But Lewis, 17, an honors student and top football player, skipped the college entrance exams and signed with Giant Records. "I said, 'S.A.T. -- whatever. I want to R.A.P.,' " he recalls. His 1994 album, immodestly called "Ahmad," included a hit single, "Back in the Day," a nostalgic riff on his South Los Angeles childhood.
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BUSINESS
December 4, 2007 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
If you're in Alhambra and ask Shawn Chen what his job is, the 46-year-old Chinese American will probably tell you he runs a 60-room Best Western next to a drugstore and a burger stand on Main Street. But if you pose the same question standing here in China's central Henan province, Chen will say he's building one of this nation's fastest-growing universities on about 400 acres -- almost twice the size of the main USC campus.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2010 | Liz Pulliam Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: My wife and I sold our house and have to be out by the end of the month, but we can't find a place to live because of our bad credit. If we don't move out, we will lose the sale and still have to pay the real estate agent his commission. We've applied with about 65 landlords and each one checked our credit, which has caused our scores to fall further. We live on Social Security checks of $1,367 a month. We're in our 70s and not in good health and we don't need this stress.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1996
A College Board study released last week found that four-year colleges and universities boosted undergraduate tuition this year an average 6%--much less than the double-digit increases between 1991 and 1993. Room and board also went up 6% to $4,152 at four-year public colleges and 4% to $5,361 at private schools. In-state tuition and fees now average $2,811 at public colleges and $12,823 at private ones.
NEWS
December 5, 1991
Vista Del Mar Child & Family Service is seeking foster homes for teen-agers. The agency will pay for the youngsters' room and board and take care of clothing, medical and dental needs. "These teen-agers need a caring home to provide structure in their lives," said Joan Apt, foster home recruiter for the agency. "They feel very alone, isolated and abandoned." Homes are needed for both boys and girls, and single people will be considered as foster parents, Apt said.
NEWS
July 31, 1986 | United Press International
The price of a bachelor's degree has hit a record high of nearly $70,000 at the nation's most expensive college and the average annual bill for any college this fall will rise 6%, a College Board report said today. Bennington College in Bennington, Vt., the most expensive, is issuing $16,950 "fixed costs" bills--$13,970 for tuition and $2,980 for room and board--for the 1986-87 academic year.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Picket lines were set up across the Yale University campus as unions representing about 5,000 service workers kicked off a five-day strike to protest deadlocked contract talks. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and New Haven clergy marched with a few thousand workers, community leaders and students through New Haven's streets to a rally just outside the Yale campus. All but one campus dining hall was closed because of the walkout.
NEWS
March 31, 1985
The Atlantic Richfield Foundation has given a $25,000 grant to the Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital Companion Program, which pairs senior citizens who need care with developmentally disabled people needing work experience to become more independent. The senior citizen usually provides room and board or meals for the companion in exchange for up to 20 hours of service per week.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
In-state tuition at four-year public colleges for the 2007-08 school year was up 6.6%, a faster increase than last year, according to the College Board's annual survey of higher-education expenses released Monday. Average total in-state charges -- including tuition, room and board and other costs -- for public colleges rose to $13,589 a year. At private colleges, they rose to $32,307, said the board, a nonprofit research group.
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