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June 5, 1987
It is time to place blame where it belongs regarding the Singleton fiasco. Contrary to the widely held belief that the parole board convened and decided to free him, no one deemed Singleton fit to re-enter society. No one reviewed his case at all. Our state legislators must bear the responsibility for the early release of countless violent offenders, including Singleton. Thanks to Senate Bill 42, passed in 1976, all prisoners, regardless of the nature of their crimes, receive one day's reduction in sentence for every day served without incident while working at a "meaningful job" in the penitentiary.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Open Road Films will distribute "Tupac," a movie about the late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur to be directed by John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood," "2 Fast 2 Furious"), the studio announced Wednesday. Written by Singleton with Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez (the last two penned the 2011 direct-to-video crime drama "Street Kings 2"), "Tupac" will chronicle the life and legacy of the influential rapper, who has sold more than 75 million albums. Born in Harlem in 1971, Shakur moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988 and eventually signed with Los Angeles-based Death Row Records, under which he became a lightning rod in the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud of the 1990s.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 1989 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Teledyne Chairman Henry E. Singleton took the second step toward eventual retirement Wednesday when he announced at the firm's annual shareholders meeting that he will no longer participate in day-to-day management. In 1986, Singleton, 71, relinquished the title of chief executive to Teledyne President George A. Roberts, who has now been president under Singleton for 22 years. Even before that, Roberts had already taken over management of Teledyne's far-flung empire of small companies, while Singleton had turned his attention to the company's elaborate financial dealings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The biopic of slain rapper Tupac Shakur finally has a director. John Singleton has signed on to rewrite, direct and produce the long-gestating film, according to Variety . Singleton was previously linked to the project years ago, but the deal fell through, adding to one of several hurdles that stalled the project. Last year, as fans were mourning the anniversary of Shakur's death at age 25 due to complications after a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, news broke that the often-delayed project had gained new steam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2013
. George A. Roberts Helped transform Teledyne Corp. George A. Roberts, 93, who was a pioneer in the field of steel manufacturing and helped turn the Southern California-based Teledyne Corp. into a Fortune 500 firm, died Feb. 15 of heart failure at a Dallas hospital, his family said. Trained as a metallurgist, Roberts became president of Teledyne in 1966 when the Pennsylvania company he ran was merged with Teledyne, which was founded by his friend Henry E. Singleton.
NEWS
January 12, 1996 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pop diva Janet Jackson is expected to sign a four-album contract today with Virgin Records worth an estimated $80 million--an unprecedented fee that analysts say could set the stage for another round of music industry mega-deals. The pact is the biggest ever awarded, surpassing the $60-million mark shared by such superstars as Michael Jackson and Madonna, whose six-album deals included film and joint-venture record label components.
NEWS
February 25, 1997 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawrence Singleton, say his Florida prosecutors, killed a prostitute with a dozen enraged stabs of a boning knife. Mary Vincent is not surprised. He took her life 19 years ago. "He really did," she says with a slight shudder, with awful pain in her words. "He destroyed everything about me. My way of thinking. My way of life. Holding on to innocence . . . and I'm still doing everything I can to hold on." Singleton also devastated a young dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1991
"Boyz" is not Singleton's first effort to send a message to kids in South-Central Los Angeles. As a student at USC, I served with him on the governing board of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, an organization that funds the college educations of local minority students. He spent much time recruiting in high schools, getting across our message: that attending a quality university is not impossible. He knew it didn't matter where you grew up, that you could do anything you put your mind to--he's a living example of that.
SCIENCE
December 4, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Triplets are out, singletons are in and twins are holding steady. So says a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine that examined birth trends in the United States from1971 to 2011. The authors of the report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions, attribute the shift to professional guidelines urging fertility doctors to transfer only one or two embryos to their patients hoping to get pregnant. Those guidelines were first issued by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology in 1998, the same year that rates of triplet, quadruplets and even higher-order multiple births peaked in the U.S. Overall, the proportion of actual births that involved more than one baby rose from 1.8% in 1971 to 3.5% in 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays - and turned down 1,960 of them. The rejects were an "amorphous goo" of confusing plot lines and poorly developed characters that often caused him to close his office door at 2 or 3 in the afternoon and go to sleep. But eventually he figured out what distinguished the winners from the losers. The answer was crystallized in "Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting," Field's 1979 bestseller that today remains the bible of scriptwriters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2013
. George A. Roberts Helped transform Teledyne Corp. George A. Roberts, 93, who was a pioneer in the field of steel manufacturing and helped turn the Southern California-based Teledyne Corp. into a Fortune 500 firm, died Feb. 15 of heart failure at a Dallas hospital, his family said. Trained as a metallurgist, Roberts became president of Teledyne in 1966 when the Pennsylvania company he ran was merged with Teledyne, which was founded by his friend Henry E. Singleton.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Richard Neutra-designed Singleton House in Bel-Air has sold for $16.5 million. Hair industry magnate Vidal Sassoon and his wife, Rhonda, bought the Midcentury Modern style home in 2004 for $6 million, according to public records. The renovated 6,400-square-foot house sits on 5.2 acres with a swimming pool and spa. A path of concrete steppingstones continues over a reflecting pond to terrace space by the pool. Features include expanses of glass walls, a media room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2012
Doris Singleton Actress worked with Lucille Ball Doris Singleton, 92, an actress best known for playing Lucy's friend Caroline Appleby on the classic TV comedy "I Love Lucy," died Tuesday in Los Angeles of complications from cancer, according to her nephew Henry Isaacs. Singleton, who was married for 61 years to comedy writer Charles Isaacs, worked in radio as an actress and singer before moving into television in the early 1950s. Besides her recurring part on "I Love Lucy," she had guest roles on several of Lucille Ball's later TV series, as well as "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "My Three Sons," "Hogan's Heroes," "All in the Family," and other comedies and dramas.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Nardine Saad
Doris Singleton, an actress on "I Love Lucy" who played one of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's neighbors and called her character "Lucy's nemesis," has died. She was 92. Singleton died Tuesday in Los Angeles from complications of cancer, according to her nephew Henry Isaacs.   Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz , posted on Facebook that Singleton died the same day that writer-director Nora Ephron passed away, according to the Associated Press.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2012 | By Randy O. Williams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Training camps regularly prepare football players for their roles on the field, so why not one to help them prepare for their post-gridiron roles — in this case, a career in Hollywood? That's the idea behind the inaugural NFL Hollywood Boot Camp that kicks off (so to speak) Monday on the back lots of Universal Studios. Born out of a meeting between Film Life Chief Executive Jeff Friday and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, the new program is funded by the Player Engagement division of the NFL, an educational arm that also offers programs in broadcasting, business and music for current and former NFL players.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Not long into the so-so action thriller "Abduction," Lily Collins is living every teen girl's dream, hanging out in Taylor Lautner's bedroom. No … it's not like that . They're two high-school seniors, sitting on opposite ends of the bed while researching a class project on missing children. They're scrolling through pictures of kids on their laptops, guessing what the children might look like today. For the Record, 7:26 a.m. Sept. 23: The headline on an earlier version of this online article incorrectly referred to Taylor Lautner as Tyler.
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