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November 24, 1991 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Douglas Frantz is a Times reporter in Washington. This article is adapted from "From the Ground Up: The Business of Building in an Age of Money," published by Henry Holt and Co
IN THE SPRING OF 1978, SCOTT JOHNSON WAS a young architect in the San Francisco office of the preeminent firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He was one of about 60 designers who sat at identical desks arrayed in straight rows in a long, rectangular room on the 16th floor of the Alcoa Building. This was Skidmore's design studio, an assembly line of creativity, in which each phase of a project was planned and executed with numbing precision.
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January 30, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A Metrolink train en route to Los Angeles from the Antelope Valley struck and killed a man Thursday morning in the Sylmar area, officials said. The man was struck by Train 212 near the intersections of Cobalt Street and San Fernando Road , said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. No one on the train was injured, Humphrey said. Law enforcement officers will decide when to move the train, officials said. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the man was struck at 10:22 a.m. and that 197 passengers were on the train, which originated in Lancaster.
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March 6, 2001 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The highly acclaimed work of Los Angeles architect Scott Johnson and his colleagues ranges from mansions in Malibu to bank branches in Beijing. But the 50-year-old Johnson is best known in the skyscraper business, and his most recent creation is about to start construction: the 35-story MGM Tower. When completed in 2003, it will be Johnson's third Century City skyscraper and the first major new high-rise to be completed in the city of Los Angeles in more than a decade.
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January 9, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
A Metrolink train bound for Orange County from downtown L.A. fatally struck a bicyclist Thursday during the morning commute in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. The incident occurred around 7:10 a.m. near Lakeland Road and Bloomfield Avenue when the cyclist went around an arm gate and was struck by Metrolink train 682, according to Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. No information on the identity or age of the cyclist was immediately available. [Updated, 10:38 a.m. PST Jan. 9: Metrolink officials said the railroad was cleared as of 9 a.m. Delays associated with the incident were expected to fade in time for afternoon commuters.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2010 | By Catherine Ho
Nothing about it screams "house." There's no pitched roof, brick chimney or neutral-colored front door. In fact, Scott Johnson was once asked if the home he designed for his family on Larchmont Boulevard was the YMCA. But that's exactly how Johnson likes it. "I wasn't trying to design a house around visual symbols," said the architect and partner at the Los Angeles architecture and design firm Johnson Fain. "I was trying to design based on orientation, where the light came in, how we access the garden and how spaces flow from one to another."
BUSINESS
November 27, 1985
The Los Angeles-based architectural firm of Pereira Associates named President and Chief Executive Roy G. Schmidt to the additional title of chairman. He is the successor of William L. Pereira, who died earlier this month. At the same time, the firm announced four promotions to the level of executive vice president: Neil W. Birnbrauer, management services; William H. Fain Jr., urban design and planning; R. Scott Johnson, architectural design, and Alister A.
SPORTS
May 31, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Tiger Woods has adjusted his swing many times through the years. Have you ever wondered what his swings look like, side-by-side? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to Adam Sarson and Scott Johnson , you can compare all of Woods' swings, from when he was 3 years old to this year. Woods has had many swing coaches through the years, including his own father as well as Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Sean Foley. You can see subtle variations in his swing in each of the windows above.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
A Metrolink train bound for Orange County from downtown L.A. fatally struck a bicyclist Thursday during the morning commute in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. The incident occurred around 7:10 a.m. near Lakeland Road and Bloomfield Avenue when the cyclist went around an arm gate and was struck by Metrolink train 682, according to Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. No information on the identity or age of the cyclist was immediately available. [Updated, 10:38 a.m. PST Jan. 9: Metrolink officials said the railroad was cleared as of 9 a.m. Delays associated with the incident were expected to fade in time for afternoon commuters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A Metrolink train en route to Los Angeles from the Antelope Valley struck and killed a man Thursday morning in the Sylmar area, officials said. The man was struck by Train 212 near the intersections of Cobalt Street and San Fernando Road , said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. No one on the train was injured, Humphrey said. Law enforcement officers will decide when to move the train, officials said. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the man was struck at 10:22 a.m. and that 197 passengers were on the train, which originated in Lancaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
An unidentified man was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Monday evening in Simi Valley, according to police and Metrolink officials. Police received a call about 5:15 p.m. that a pedestrian had been hit by a train traveling parallel to Cochran Street near the Madera Road overpass. An adult man was found dead at the scene. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the area where the man was struck was not a pedestrian crossing, nor was it near one. The 118 train was traveling between the Moorpark and Simi Valley stations when the accident occurred.
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July 26, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In the 1950s couples who wanted better sex lives had few places to turn for help. They could confide in a priest or rabbi and pray for enlightenment or see a psychiatrist and pay for it, only to learn, after months or years, that their mothers were probably to blame. Then, in 1957, a balding, middle-aged gynecologist named William Masters teamed up with a divorced mother of two named Virginia Johnson in a research collaboration that would permanently illuminate the taboo subject.
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June 6, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
It was hailed as a crowning achievement for Los Angeles in the early 1970s - an indoor shopping mall that filled an entire downtown block and also boasted a plush hotel and a high-rise office building. For years, tourists flocked to the premier address. These days, however, Macy's Plaza has devolved into a dated, downscale relic and gets little love, even at the busy intersection of Seventh and Flower streets. The mammoth complex can reclaim star status, its new owner said, but only after radical surgery to open its fortress-like exterior, along with  several other multimillion-dollar improvements.
SPORTS
May 31, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Tiger Woods has adjusted his swing many times through the years. Have you ever wondered what his swings look like, side-by-side? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to Adam Sarson and Scott Johnson , you can compare all of Woods' swings, from when he was 3 years old to this year. Woods has had many swing coaches through the years, including his own father as well as Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Sean Foley. You can see subtle variations in his swing in each of the windows above.
SCIENCE
April 19, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times
Babies wise up fast. By the time infants are 3 months old, their unfinished brains are laced with a trillion connections, and the collective weight of all those firing neurons triples in a year. But the indecipherable babbling and maladroit wiggling so beloved by parents just leave scientists in baby labs scratching their heads. What do those little people know, and when do they know it? A team of French neuroscientists who compared brain waves of adults and babies has come up with a tentative answer: At 5 months, infants appear to have the internal architecture in place to perceive objects in adult-like ways, even though they can't tell us. "I think we have a pretty nice answer," said Sid Kouider of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, whose findings were published Friday in the journal Science.
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August 29, 2010 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Marriage between word and music has never been simple, and is seldom stress-free. Take melodrama. I'm not sure what caused its meaning to change over the years. In the 18th century, melodrama was the genre of spoken word accompanied by — and elevated by — music. Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Richard Strauss were melodramatists. Now Oxford English Dictionary defines melodrama as "a crude appeal to the emotions. " But call it what you will, the genre in its original sense has never lost its effectiveness or appeal, as Aaron Copland's lasting "Lincoln Portrait," with its stirring orchestral score joined to Honest Abe's magnificent words, attests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
An unidentified man was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Monday evening in Simi Valley, according to police and Metrolink officials. Police received a call about 5:15 p.m. that a pedestrian had been hit by a train traveling parallel to Cochran Street near the Madera Road overpass. An adult man was found dead at the scene. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the area where the man was struck was not a pedestrian crossing, nor was it near one. The 118 train was traveling between the Moorpark and Simi Valley stations when the accident occurred.
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June 15, 2001
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2010 | By Catherine Ho
Nothing about it screams "house." There's no pitched roof, brick chimney or neutral-colored front door. In fact, Scott Johnson was once asked if the home he designed for his family on Larchmont Boulevard was the YMCA. But that's exactly how Johnson likes it. "I wasn't trying to design a house around visual symbols," said the architect and partner at the Los Angeles architecture and design firm Johnson Fain. "I was trying to design based on orientation, where the light came in, how we access the garden and how spaces flow from one to another."
SPORTS
February 5, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Who says you can't win the lottery twice? Mike Dunleavy is a great guy, but the decision Thursday to finally move him off the Clippers' bench could prove as charmed as last spring's draft win. Back then, the Clippers used the NBA lottery prize to make Blake Griffin the No. 1 overall pick. Thanks to Dunleavy's departure, they now have a chance to make the same kind of impact addition with a coach. They have never been in a better position to add the guy who can lead them into June.
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