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September 6, 1998
Re "The Mystery of Model B," by Robert Jones, Aug. 16: The purpose of this response is to set the record straight regarding structured English immersion in the Los Angeles Unified School District. LAUSD has complied with the law by providing structured English Immersion Model B. This model is what most districts in California are offering as their structured English immersion program. Model B offers an English-language instructional program primarily or as the initiative states, "overwhelmingly" in English.
March 29, 2014 | By Martha Groves
It was moving day Saturday in Santa Monica - for a historic 19th century "shotgun house" that narrowly escaped demolition and will become the Santa Monica Conservancy's headquarters. Regarded as the last such intact structure in the coastal city, the skinny abode has been weakened by time and weather during 12 years in storage at Santa Monica Airport and the parking lot of a former lumber yard that is now a construction staging area for the Expo Line light rail. Just before 8 a.m., workers from American Heavy Moving & Rigging of Chino hitched a flatbed trailer carrying the house to a truck in the lot on Colorado Avenue.
April 16, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
The Orange County treasurer's office has taken an $11-million write-down on the value of an $80-million investment in a complex fund, a decrease of nearly 14%, according to a county treasury report issued Tuesday. The fund, a structured investment vehicle called Whistlejacket LLC, went into default in February and has been forced into receivership. County treasury officials said the lower pricing on the investment is a conservative estimate of what the securities would currently fetch on the market in a distress sale, but that they expect eventually to recover the full value of their investment, which is scheduled to mature in January.
March 18, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The new inspector general for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is recommending that the county cut off its contracts with two longtime civilian monitoring agencies, concluding they had only limited success in helping the troubled department. If the board accepts his recommendations, it would mark the end of relationships with two of the nation's most widely respected police monitors. The inspector general, former L.A. County prosecutor Max Huntsman, said that both Michael Gennaco and Merrick Bobb had their successes and were supported by well-intentioned staffers.
September 5, 2009 | Greg Braxton
Tyler Perry, who often appears in drag as the gun-toting grandmother Madea in his movies, will adapt the 1975 groundbreaking play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf" for the big screen. Perry will produce, write and direct the film for Lionsgate, which plans to release the movie next year. The Obie-winning play by Ntozake Shange is structured as a series of poems spoken by female characters, addressing issues of love, abandonment, rape and abortion.
March 6, 1988
Regarding "Sex Harassment: The Problem That Won't Go Away" (by Lynn Simross, Feb. 18), the American workplace is structured in such a way that employees have virtually no protection against harassment of any kind within the companies we work for. Bosses decide where employees work, how much space they work in, when they can go to lunch, how long they have to eat. Bosses also determine how much we make, when we make more (or less), whether we're promoted, and how long our tenure is with the company, unless we're part of the small minority with a contract or union agreement.
October 16, 2008
Re "Prop. 11 foes waging Orwellian campaign," Column, Oct. 9 George Skelton suggests that the only intellectually honest reason to vote against Proposition 11 is if one wants the Democrats to "totally control the Legislature," but he does not say why that is a bad thing. A more important reason for voting against this poorly structured proposition is that the cure is worse than the disease. Proposition 11 proposes an "independent commission" selected by a Rube Goldberg process that bans the most politically knowledgeable individuals and then uses merit-based criteria, random chance and political maneuvering to narrow the pool, with maybe a bit of affirmative action thrown in. The group selected must operate under rules that require extra-majoritarian votes and in the end permit two of the 14 members to block passage.
May 6, 1988 | ROBERT WELKOS, Times Staff Writer
Owners of the fire-scarred First Interstate Bank building said Thursday that it appeared the downtown Los Angeles skyscraper escaped serious structural damage but announced that it could take up to two months before bank employees and other tenants on the lower 21 floors are allowed to return. "An awful lot of the infrastructure has to be put back in place," said Harold J. Meyerman, president of First Interstate Bank Ltd., half-owners of the structure, after inspecting the 62-story high-rise.
October 22, 1992 | DIRK SUTRO
Irving Gill, San Diego's most significant modern architect, left a legacy of innovative buildings in San Diego and Los Angeles when he died in 1936. But while Gill's houses, apartments and public buildings in those two cities are his most famous, the last structures he designed are in Oceanside.
When the Mormon church decided to turn the historic Uintah Tabernacle into a temple, it did more than make another sanctuary for the faithful. The restoration spared the town of Vernal a divisive debate: Whether to swing the wrecking ball at the 90-year-old structure that had stood empty but remained a beloved symbol of the town's roots. "I remember one council member said he would drive the bulldozer to knock it down," said Leonard Heeney, mayor of the town located 125 miles east of here.
February 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The conflict between tradition and assimilation has long been a staple of immigrant drama. No mystery here: Not only is the experience true to life, but there's nothing more theatrical than a family at war with itself. In the "Who & the What," now having its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, Ayad Akhtar explores this timeless situation through the clashes within a prosperous Pakistani American family living in Atlanta. As with the playwright's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Disgraced," "The Who & the What" intrepidly treads on sensitive matters regarding Islam.
February 14, 2014 | By Amina Khan, This post has been updated. See note below.
Imagine a team of workers that can tirelessly build and rebuild complicated structures even under daunting and dangerous conditions. They already exist - they're called termites. Now, inspired by these mound-building insects, Harvard University scientists have created a mini-swarm of surprisingly simpleminded robots that can work together to construct buildings much larger than themselves. The findings, described in the journal Science, present an important step toward designing robots that may one day be able to build research facilities in the deep ocean, buildings on Mars or even levees at a flood zone during an emergency - jobs that are far too hazardous or expensive for human workers to do. [Updated 11:28 a.m. Feb. 14: "It's a very impressive accomplishment," said Hod Lipson, a roboticist at Cornell University, who was not involved in the study.
February 13, 2014 | By Thomas Curwen
The latest addition to the Los Angeles skyline - the New Wilshire Grand, the tallest structure to be built west of the Mississippi - takes a major step forward Saturday when more than 2,000 truckloads of concrete are driven through downtown for what is being billed as the world's largest continuous concrete pour. The slurry-fest begins at 5 p.m. and is expected to last nearly 20 hours. Wilshire Boulevard and 7th and Figueroa streets in the vicinity of the construction site will be closed from noon Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday.
February 1, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. He presents his child, whom he has never seen, a star stolen from heaven. You might expect the title character to break into "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel. " But this is not musical theater. It's a ballet, where the movement alone speaks and sings. Starting Feb. 7, for four performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hamburg Ballett is presenting John Neumeier's "Liliom," a ballet in seven scenes and a prologue.
January 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant killed two people and injured 10 others, four critically, Omaha authorities said Monday. Officials had said the fire at the International Nutrition plant could have been precipitated by an explosion. But later, in a televised news conference, Omaha Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said it was unclear whether there had been a blast. "We are classifying this as an industrial accident that led to a structural fire," he said.
December 18, 2013 | By Lee Romney
BIG SUR, Calif. -   A late-season wildfire in Big Sur that has burned 769 acres and 22 structures is expected to be fully contained later this week as crews are assisted by cooler temperatures and the chance of rain showers. The Pfeiffer fire, which seemed to roar out of nowhere shortly after midnight Monday, was 20% contained by Tuesday afternoon - up from 5% earlier in the morning - and full containment was expected by Friday, according to U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mark Nunez.
December 8, 1992
Since things are suddenly looking up for our country, perhaps we should keep the political structure just as it is. Bill Clinton would be our permanent President-elect. His job is to run around the country, have the time of his life, and make us feel good. George Bush stays on as lame-duck, do-nothing President. He could move to Kennebunkport and run a yogurt shop. Congress stays in everlasting recess, never to be heard from again. It might just work. RON SALMONS Pacific Palisades
October 16, 1992
Regarding Glen Becerra's comments on family values (Platform, Commentary, Oct. 2), I agree with the opening paragraph. What bothers me about the remainder is the hopeless feeling that without government intervention our basic family structure will deteriorate. I've been a family man for 31 years and have never felt that my political affiliation influenced my instincts to teach my children right from wrong, to accept responsibility, set goals, make commitments, work hard and so on.
December 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety will propose a plan for identifying which of the approximately 29,000 apartment buildings constructed in the city before 1978 might be potentially deadly wood frame "soft-story" structures. These buildings, supported by inadequate perimeter walls around open spaces on the ground level - such as carports - run the risk of collapsing during a serious earthquake, causing injury and death. In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, about 200 soft-story buildings were severely damaged or destroyed.
November 21, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was found dead in a Westchester parking structure Thursday morning, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Cleon Joseph said the man, who is in his 50s, was found about 5:40 a.m. in a parking structure behind a store near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Westchester Parkway. It was not immediately clear how the man died, and his identity was not immediately released. The case remains under investigation.  ALSO: California man, 85, detained in North Korea since Oct. 26 Corona man turns himself in after fatal fight over adult escort Professor taken into custody in 1995 slaying of her alleged rapist Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook
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