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February 26, 2014
Gwen P. Murakami was named Senior Vice President, Administration for the Los Angeles Times in February 2008 and oversees human resources, employee communications, public affairs and legal. She served as vice president/human resources from January 2004 after serving as acting director/human resources since December 2003. She was the director/employee relations from 2000 - 2004. In this role, she was responsible for guiding and developing a team of employee relations generalists assigned to internal client groups focused on various workforce issues related to key business initiatives.  Murakami joined the Times in 1999 as the senior human resources generalist for the advertising and marketing departments.
February 19, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Kevin Grow has gone from longtime manager of his high school basketball team to a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in a matter of weeks. Born with Down syndrome, Grow has been manager at Bensalem (Pa.) High for the last four years. For the final two games of Grow's senior season earlier this month, Coach John Mullin let him suit up and play in the final two minutes of the games as a way of thanking him for all his hard work. And that's when the magic started. Grow scored three points in his first game and 14 points in the finale, including four three-pointers with one coming at the buzzer.
February 11, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
You could try to do it with speeches. You could try to do it with laws. Or you could go grass-roots with glue sticks, markers and red hearts. How do you bring the people of a big city together? Big Sunday prefers the making-friends-while-making-valentines approach. The nonprofit, which aims to build community through service, is best known for one big weekend a year when thousands of volunteers fan out to hundreds of projects. But how to keep all those people feeling part of something bigger than themselves all year long?
February 8, 2014
Re "Deasy provides fodder for both sides in lawsuit," Feb. 3 In his testimony during the trial on teacher tenure, former Sacramento Unified School District Supt. Jonathan Raymond described the pain of having to lay off his son's teacher - one of the top five teachers he'd ever seen. It reminded me of when a dad came before the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education during a debate on layoffs. He spoke about his son, who had autism and had spent years with teachers who could not reach him. Not only was he not learning, he was also spiraling down in terms of his motivation and interest in school.
February 4, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Navy said Tuesday that instructors responsible for training sailors to operate nuclear reactors that power submarines and aircraft carriers may have cheated on qualification tests, the latest in a series of ethical and criminal misconduct cases roiling the Pentagon. The Navy suspended 30 senior enlisted sailors serving as instructors at the Navy base in Charleston, S.C., after a sailor seeking to qualify as an instructor alerted his superiors that he had been offered answers to a written test on reactor operations, senior Navy officers said.
January 30, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday stepped up his effort to overhaul the leadership of the city's much-criticized municipal utility and curb the influence of its powerful employees' union by nominating a new agency boss and dismissing a top-ranking executive. Garcetti nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to take charge of the Department of Water and Power, which has been struggling to manage a series of controversies over spending and customer service. Edwards, who ran Anaheim's utility and previously worked at the DWP for more than two decades, was picked because she has the experience to run one of the nation's largest municipal utilities like a business and the toughness to "take on the status quo at the DWP," Garcetti said.
January 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Ajon Efferson knows how to win championships. He has picked up championship rings playing for three different high schools in three years _ Taft, Pasadena and Gardena Serra. Now he's back at his home-town school, Pasadena, trying to enjoy his senior year. He had 28 points on Friday night in a win over Muir, matching his season scoring average. His movement from school to school over the last four years has raised concerns among some college recruiters, but Efferson said the moves were mostly for “personal reasons” and he's glad to be back playing for the Bulldogs.
January 25, 2014 | By Suzanne Muchnic
"It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added 70 pictures; we have also deaccessioned 70 pictures. So the collection is the same size as when I started - about 430 paintings and pastels - but it's better," he says. As Schaefer prepares to leave his corner office at the Getty Center as well as the galleries he has visited almost daily, he leaves an impressive record of exhibitions organized under his purview.
January 24, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
A fire that swept through a home for seniors in the Quebec to wn of L'Isle- Verte likely took the lives of many of the 30 frail and elderly residents now listed as missing, authorities in the Canadian province said Friday. Five of the 52 people registered as living at the Residence du Havre were confirmed dead after the Thursday blaze, and 20 were reported to have been brought out to safety. Ice that now encrusts the doused fire scene has hampered the search for the missing , Quebec provincial police Lt. Guy Lapointe told CBC News.
January 24, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The clear favorite to win a 13th City Section Division I basketball championship is Westchester High, and the Comets' depth and talent finally wore down Western League rival Fairfax on Friday night during a 69-60 victory. Fairfax (12-6, 2-2) unveiled junior guard Lorne Currie in his season debut. He scored 23 points and helped the Lions keep pace into the third quarter. The game was tied at 31, 33 and 36. But Westchester (17-4, 4-0) has many players to turn to, and senior guard Layon Gooden contributed 10 of his 16 points in the second half to ignite the Comets.
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