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September 7, 2009 | Seema Mehta
As strapped schools open across California, educators are turning to outside sources like never before in an attempt to ease the effects of multibillion-dollar cuts, giving rise to the new three Rs: retailing, raising money and recouping budgets. Los Angeles Unified School District officials are courting the city's professional sports teams to blunt cuts to athletics programs. Beverly Hills trustees are considering logo T-shirts, hats and other apparel, counting on teenagers to snap up the merchandise because of the city's celebrity and the popularity of television's "Beverly Hills, 90210."
March 16, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
For 14 years, Los Angeles math teacher Darryl Newhouse has run a robotics program aimed at showing inner-city students that careers in science and engineering are just as possible as ones in sports and entertainment. But when funds run short, he digs into his own pocket - often shelling out as much as $5,000 a year. That's not easy to do on a public school teacher's salary - but now Newhouse will get some help. The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education is set to announce Monday a groundbreaking initiative that will give L.A. Unified teachers access to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities through a new website featuring custom grants, training tools and the services of a grant writer.
April 25, 1991
Covina residents, read. Financially strapped city of Covina to tax property owners for road tax. You may protest in writing only if you are a registered voter. Does this mean only registered voters will be taxed? No! If you are a property owner, you will pay! Is this fair or legal? Financially strapped city of Covina raises water rates. Financially strapped city of Covina to look for sources to save municipal swimming pool. These same financially strapped city officials gave themselves a 10% raise.
March 1, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Wearing a nitrogen-powered jet pack, Dale Gardner stepped from the space shuttle, alone and untethered, 224 miles above Earth. Armed with a 5-foot probe called a stinger, Gardner drifted toward a wayward satellite, the Westar 6, which was spinning slowly, 35 feet away. When he got close enough Gardner inserted the stinger into the orbiter's spent rocket nozzle and brought it to a halt. "I got it," he exclaimed. The mission to salvage the Westar and another communications satellite, the Palapa B-2, in November 1984 marked a high point of the space shuttle program, feeding a growing sense of NASA's infallibility that would end just a year later, when the Challenger exploded just after launch over Florida.
March 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A former paramedic was sentenced in Standish to between 40 months and 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old while she was being taken to a hospital. David Spresny, 43, was found guilty in January of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The girl, who was hurt in a traffic accident, said she was molested while strapped to a backboard in the ambulance.
February 9, 1991
I manage a business on a busy intersection. On a recent day during a 20-minute period, I have had to move one man from the front of the property because he was panhandling customers and talking to the traffic, evict two others because they decided to camp out on the patio, and watch two cars collide as they tried to avoid hitting a man with his worldly possessions strapped to his back as he urinated in the middle of the street. I know all of these people. They're here every day. They should be getting treatment, not left to fend on the streets.
May 29, 2005
Seeing the photo of Salvador Dali ["In Spain, the Complete Dali," May 15] reminded me of an old saying: "It is better to be good than bad and sane than mad." You have to see one of Dali's paintings in person to appreciate his artistic genius -- whether he was mad or not. Robert H. Williams Monterey Park My husband and I were in Barcelona recently and planning a trip to the Dali Museum in Figueres. On our second day, my purse, which was strapped around my neck, was yanked until the strap broke.
March 22, 2000
Re "Man Plants Himself in Ojai Oak to Protest Trees' Removal," March 16. I hope the photo of John Christianson strapped to the trunk of one of the condemned Ojai oak trees was sent around the world. Although he may be mocked by some as a "tree hugger," I was strangely and deeply moved by the picture. I saw two living beings in an intimate embrace, two of God's creatures become as one. The sad and wistful look on John Christianson's face pierced my heart. It took daring and courage for him to scale the fence and climb the tree.
June 3, 1990 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a reporter for the San Diego edition of The Times.
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
December 7, 1993 | From Associated Press
A jury Monday ordered Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husband to pay Elke Sommer $2 million for allegedly telling German publications that Sommer is a financially strapped Hollywood has-been. The Santa Monica Superior Court panel awarded Sommer $800,000 in general damages for statements attributed to Gabor and $1.2 million in general damages for statements linked to Frederick von Anhalt. The jury was scheduled to resume deliberations today to decide punitive damages.
January 16, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Alligators do their best hunting in the early morning hours, say scientists who tramped out into muddy Florida wetlands and strapped cameras onto the giant reptiles' backs. The findings, published in the journal PLOS One, reveals once-obscure aspects of the lives of the animals by taking the alligator's-eye view. Alligators and crocodiles, known together as crocodilians, are found throughout the southeastern United States. Scientists have studied their hunting and eating habits for years (a recent study even found that these cunning predators may actually use sticks to lure birds to their doom )
November 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The pit bull that was strapped with fireworks and set ablaze, only to be yanked from a truck bed and left for dead in the San Fernando Valley , is on the mend after several surgeries to repair burns that exposed bone. Staff members at Westlake Village Animal Hospital  told NBC4 they weren't sure the 3-year-old pit pull, nicknamed "Indy," would survive his injuries after he was left for dead July 4 in an alley between Kittridge and Hamlin streets in Winnetka. The badly burned dog was found and rescued the next day. Now, four months later, Indy's "wounds are totally healed," said Dr. Daniel Slaton at the animal hospital.
July 30, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The Swiss daredevil and former fighter pilot known as "Jetman" made his first public flight in the U.S. on Monday, strapped to a jet-propelled wing he designed himself. In video taken after the flight over Wisconsin, 53-year-old Yves Rossy says his jet-powered creation "follows my moves. " "It's like when you are skiing," he says, "you do that move, and it turns. " Rossy's known for being the first person ever to fly using a jet-propelled wing. As his website details, he made his first official public flight in May 2008, flying over the Swiss Alps, followed by a flight over the English Channel in September that same year.
July 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Belize national soccer team probably won't win a game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But simply by qualifying the underdog Jaguars have become one of the fan favorites in the 12-country tournament, the country's first international soccer competition. And now comes another reason to root for Belize: The team, so strapped for money it had to organize fundraisers just to make to the event, turned down a man who offered big money to players in an effort to get them to manipulate Tuesday's game with the U.S., which Belize lost, 6-1. According to players, the man befriended the team before a recent friendly in Guatemala, then met them again at a mall near the team's Gold Cup hotel in Portland, Ore. Backup goalkeeper Woodrow West told a Belize television station what happened next, according to a transcript posted on the 7newsbelize Web page: "That is what I explained to the man: I made him understand that we're not into taking money from him or anything like that, and we're here for our country regardless if we're in the USA, but we're not into that none at all," West said.
June 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - It has been more than a month since Clayton Kershaw won. He might be a 10-game winner this season. He is the best pitcher in baseball. Those statements should not go together, but Kershaw pitches for the Dodgers, the most disappointing team in baseball. They don't hit, particularly when he pitches. They don't play good defense - in fact, with two errors Friday, they tied the Houston Astros for the most errors in the major leagues. BOX SCORE: San Diego 5, Dodgers 2 And so the Dodgers don't win. The San Diego Padres beat Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday night, 5-2. The Dodgers dropped deeper into last place in the National League West.
June 10, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The gunman who killed five people in a Santa Monica shooting rampage was armed with more than three dozen large-capacity ammunition magazines, sources familiar with the investigation said Monday. The ammunition was strapped to his body -- including his chest and thighs -- as well as in pouches in his clothing and protective vest. More ammunition was found in a black bag. John Zawahri, 23, had approximately 40 magazines each capable of holding 30 bullets. Authorities say they do not have a precise count of the number of rounds used by the former Santa Monica College student but said it was expected to be more than 1,000.
Active parents of young children once had to stay home or find a baby-sitter if they wanted to jog or bicycle. Now, courtesy of fitness-oriented marketers plugging in to the booming baby market, a variety of safe and sleek devices help parents take their infants and toddlers on the road. Since 1984, parents serious about their jogging have been rolling their children out in jogging strollers, the three-wheeled devices that sometimes even have their own class in 10-K races.
Fifty years ago, Hispanics made up barely 15% of Santa Ana's population. Mostly farm workers and laborers, they were forced to attend "Mexican" schools, not allowed to eat in certain restaurants, and segregated into five barrios. Now, according to U.S. Census figures released Monday, they make up 65% of the population, giving Santa Ana by far the highest percentage of Hispanics of any major California city.
May 24, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Summer is the main inspiration for NBC's "Camp," a dramatic comedy created by Liz Heldens ("Friday Night Lights") and Peter Elkoff ("Gossip Girl"). The hour-long show, which premieres July 10, is set in the American Midwest but was filmed inland from Australia's famed Gold Coast. The 10 episodes unfold from July to September at fictional Little Otter Family Camp. "The thing we got to, and that took my breath away, is summer and what that means - particularly when you're a teenager - and how your life can change over the course of one summer," Heldens says.
April 12, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I try to watch out for my neighbors, a married couple in their early 90s. Two of their three sons, who are both in their 60s, want them to get a reverse mortgage. The couple's house is paid off as well as their cars. They pay all their monthly bills with Social Security and his pension. They have a living trust as well. Neither I nor the couple see any reason or upside but the sons are pressuring. Any input? Answer: A reverse mortgage is typically a last-resort option for elderly people who are strapped for cash and who have few options for generating income other than tapping their home equity.
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