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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
A Centralia School District sixth-grader has won the honor of representing California in an art contest celebrating the 200th anniversary of the setting of the White House cornerstone. Chris Stoops, 12, a student in the school district's hearing-impaired program at Raymond Temple School, will take part in the October celebration and is scheduled to meet President Bush.
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NEWS
February 14, 1988 | DAVE JOHNSON
--The national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow women to be scoutmasters, delighting those who fought the male-only leadership policy in court. A Scout spokesman said the rule was dropped, even though it had withstood legal challenges for 12 years, because the court battles had become too expensive. "It has cost the organization millions of dollars to defend a position that makes common sense," said Ron Phillippo, a Scout official in Minnesota.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1990 | SUE MARTIN
Even after completing her second "RoboCop" outing as Detroit police officer Anne Lewis, actress Nancy Allen admits that "swinging guns and throwing punches around just doesn't come naturally to me! The physicality of the role was foreign to me, and I had to work hard to make it real. It's sort of the antithesis of what I was trained for, which was dancing." But, according to Allen, Officer Lewis has plenty to do in "RoboCop 2," which opens June 22.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2000 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For a glimpse of how 20th century Hollywood musical director Busby Berkeley might have handled dramatic material by 19th century writer Charles Dickens, check out a live production Saturday of "A Christmas Carol" at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. It's a trip. It will be presented by Synthesis Performing Arts Company, based in Universal City, which is composed of nearly 50 teen and preteen dancers and singers, augmented by adult actors.
NEWS
June 20, 1985 | GEORGE STEIN, George Stein
How sweet it is! Miss Sugar Ray Teen for 1985-86 is Tamara Townsend. The 14-year-old Curtis Junior High student from Carson outpointed 14 other finalists from Southern California in the annual competition sponsored by the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation. Tamara, who wants to be an entertainer, does a soft-shoe dance routine as well as jazz and classical ballet. She was recently chosen for the chorus of a children's version of the Ethiopian famine relief benefit song "We Are the World."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1998 | REGINA HONG and JENNIFER HAMM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thousands of Ventura County students will start their school year in spruced-up classrooms or on new campuses, thanks to developer fees and school bonds. School districts in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley plan to open new elementary schools within the next two weeks. Ventura Unified just broke ground on one to open in September 1999. Early next year, Moorpark expects to open its first magnet school, specializing in performing arts.
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