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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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stripped to its core, rap music is free-style, braggadocio rhymes chanted by urban kids who pounded on their desks to create impromptu classroom shows. The Philadelphia-based rap group the Roots--abandoning contemporary rap staples of drum machines and turntables--has shifted back to that foundation of the old school. The group specializes in garage-style '70s funk laced with up-tempo jazz, with raw break-beats and clever free styles meshing effortlessly with saxophone and piano.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Joel Hirschhorn, the songwriter who shared Academy Awards for theme songs in two catastrophe-oriented motion pictures, "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno," has died. He was 67. Hirschhorn, who lived in Agoura Hills, died early Sunday of a heart attack at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, his wife, documentary producer Jennifer Carter Hirschhorn, said Monday. She said Hirschhorn had fallen Friday night and broken his shoulder.
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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