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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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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.
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April 1, 2005 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The day he sold his food company for $2.6 billion, Paul Merage wanted to share his excitement with a friend. "I want to give back to America," Merage told Marshall Kaplan, the former dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado. That was in October 2002. Three months later, Merage, whose company Chef America was best known for the Hot Pockets calzone-style frozen sandwiches, moved from Denver to Newport Beach and began giving away his money.
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April 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Howard Askins grew up in New York, the son of blue-collar transit authority employees who expected him to go far, and he did. His first stop was Brown University, and then he was off to Harvard, where he earned both medical and law degrees before moving on to psychiatric residency at UCLA. Nathaniel Ayers, like Askins, grew up working class - in his case, Cleveland was home. His dream was music, not medicine, and his hard work landed him at the prestigious Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he played for a time in the same orchestra as Yo-Yo Ma. On Monday, the two African American men sat across from each other in a former pickle factory on San Fernando Road that serves as the mental health division of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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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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November 28, 1992 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
Ed Miller locked himself away for five days recently to put together a quilt panel for a friend who had died of AIDS. During that time he fluctuated between being angry and sad while remembering the good times they had shared. Making the quilt was a cathartic experience, said Miller, 31, of Stanton. It also gave him the chance to create a memorial for his friend. "I wanted everyone to know that he was here and made contributions," Miller said.
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