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June 8, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
Stunned supporters of a proposed parcel tax to aid the city's schools were picking through the wreckage of their failed campaign Wednesday, trying to explain the "silent opposition" that defeated them at the polls. Despite virtual across-the-board support from the city's Establishment, Proposition A, which would have imposed a $98-a-year parcel tax for five years, fell more than four percentage points short of the two-thirds majority it needed in Tuesday's special election. The final count was 2,851 for the tax and 1,728 against it, or 62.3% to 37.7%.
March 16, 1989 | ELAINE WOO, Times Education Writer
Dade County Public Schools in Florida, the nation's fourth-largest school district, on Wednesday joined a growing list of school systems across the nation that have banished apples and related products from lunch menus because of fear of daminozide, a chemical used to treat some apple crops. It follows New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and scores of smaller districts that have removed apples, apple juice and apple sauce from school cafeterias and vending machines.
A woman, her ex-husband, their 12-year-old son and her boyfriend were found shot to death Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide on a peaceful, tree-lined street in South Pasadena. The bodies of Jane Larsen, 49; Gene Larsen, 64; Ben Larsen, 12, and Michael O'Brien, 44, were discovered in a tiny beige house in the 1000 block of Foothill Street shortly before 9 a.m.
June 6, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
Spurred by fear that predicting a low voter turnout would only increase the apathy level at the polls today, the Los Angeles city clerk's office decided to forgo its traditional election eve projection, a spokesman said Monday. But consultants to candidates in the handful of contests to be decided and other political experts said they would not be surprised if the Los Angeles runoff election sets a record for low turnout. With just one City Council contest, two school board seats and two Community College board offices on the ballot, turnout could drop below the 8.63% record low set in 1983, the experts said.
October 26, 2007 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
All sports competition scheduled for this weekend involving Orange County public high schools has been postponed or canceled because of health and air quality issues resulting from the ongoing wildfires, county education Supt. Bill Habermehl announced Thursday. Habermehl, in a conference call with 15 Orange County unified and high school district superintendents, made the "collective decision" to postpone indoor and outdoor sports and extracurricular activities through Sunday.
October 31, 1985 | ALAN MALTUN, Times Staff Writer
Maintaining a sound academic program with limited funding is the focus of the Nov. 5 election in the South Pasadena Unified School District. Two incumbents and three other candidates are seeking three seats on the five-member Board of Education. The district traditionally has rated above average on state test scores, even though it receives less money per student than state and county-wide averages.
An odd mixture of smells--formaldehyde, cookies and coffee--filled the air as Phillip DeFina held up a gray, fist-sized lump in front of his class. "Our arousal states emanate from the pons and the brain stem," the school psychologist said, motioning his students to examine similar lumps--sheep's brains--in the metal trays in front of them. The students poked at the rubbery masses with intense curiosity, some carefully peeling away the outer, cellophane-like membranes with forceps.
January 23, 1994
All schools and campuses in the following districts sustained minimal damage and are expected to follow their regular schedules Monday: * Acton-Agua Dulce Union School District (805) 269-5999 * Beverly Hills Unified School District (310) 277-5900 * Burbank Unified School District (818) 558-4600 * Compton Unified School District (213) 639-4321 * Culver City Unified School District (310) 842-4200 * Eastside Union School District (805) 946-2813 * Gorman School District (805) 248-6441 * Inglewood
April 11, 2004 | Susan Carrier, Special to The Times
South Pasadena, a small town of 25,000 next door to the larger cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, has striven to remain a distinct and distinctive community for more than a century. Since 1888, scrappy residents have fought everything from saloons and tree removal to the long-contested 710 Freeway extension and noise pollution from the Gold Line. * Beginnings In the late 1880s, Pasadena enforced "anti-saloon" laws, but that didn't stop bars from creeping into the southern part of the city.
April 19, 1987 | ZAN DUBIN
Everyone has been asking Howard Fox the same question lately. While curating the County Museum of Art's "Avant-Garde in the Eighties" "People kept saying to me, 'but is there an avant-garde in the '80s?' " Fox says. The answer is "definitely," he assures. More than 125 works by 112 American and European artists make up the multimedia exhibition, running Thursday through July 12. "I think we're living in a very vitalized and critically intelligent moment in our history," Fox explains.
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