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August 19, 2009 | Oscar Avila
The fishing boats and hiking trails offer a welcome respite for countless visitors at the Wagon Trail Resort along Lake Michigan. This summer, however, the getaway has also become a lifeline for casualties of the economy who are about to go under. A factory worker once employed by General Motors awakens before dawn to oversee an assembly line of pastries in the bakery. A husband and wife who lost their business and home now staff the buffet and reception desk. Throughout the region, employers and job-placement officials have reported a rush of applications from American workers who are interested in hard-to-fill seasonal jobs, many of which traditionally go to foreign students.
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BUSINESS
March 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
One lucky child won't have to do chores around the house or sell lemonade to make money this summer. Los Angeles-based ToyQuest is searching for candidates for "the best summer job in the world" -- a toy tester who will earn big bucks to play with some of the company's latest products. The job pays $100 an hour and includes hotel accommodations and round-trip airfare to L.A. The tester will play with toys and product samples from the company's Banzai line, which includes water slides, bouncers, water and foam blasters, sprinklers and pool toys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
Steve Bentley's last stint in the lifeguard chair was more than two decades ago. But on Sunday, the out-of-work purchasing agent pounded sand alongside the usual gaggle of bronzed teenagers, taking the chilly seawater plunge for the annual Huntington Beach city lifeguard tryout. In this down economy, 43-year-old Bentley could use the $16-an-hour job. And he's not alone.
SPORTS
June 2, 2008 | Barry Stavro, Times Staff Writer
The titles were easier to win than the rings. Frank Ramsey was a Hall of Fame forward on the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and '60s, an era when Bill Russell ruled in the paint and the Celtics won 11 NBA titles in 13 years. Ramsey played on seven Celtics title teams -- he got only one championship ring. "There wasn't enough money to buy them," he said. For most of this period, the Celtics gave out rings only to players winning their first championship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other civic leaders announced their intention Monday to expand this summer's jobs programs to reach as many as 10,000 teenagers and young adults. Jobs provided through Hire LA's Youth 2007 are aimed at applicants between the ages of 14 and 24. Information about the jobs programs can be found at www.hirelayouth.com
SPORTS
December 2, 2006
What did Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi see in goalie Dan Cloutier that justified signing him to a two-year contract extension before this season even started? And why does Coach Marc Crawford continue to throw Cloutier back on the ice game after dreadful game? Cloutier should get a summer job at Dodger Stadium as a security guard, because they cannot stop beach balls thrown their way either. JONAH MACKINNEY Westchester Dan Cloutier is to the Kings what Inspector Clouseau was to the French police: inept, clumsy and frustrating to everyone around him. MICHAEL GRAY Yorba Linda
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2002 | KAREN ALEXANDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a Hello Kitty poster on the wall and daily motivational messages taped to the window, the tiny office that E'Leva Hughes and Patti Forster share looks more like a cheery classroom than a hard-driving Silicon Valley technology company. That's because Hughes and Forster are middle-school English teachers.
NEWS
June 9, 2002 | EDWARD HARRIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
SINGAPORE--Fifteen-year-old Kalliste Oh doesn't make her bed. She also doesn't clean her room, or iron her private-school uniforms or straighten her 50 pairs of shoes. That's what her family's three Filipino maids are for, she says. Oh says she can't perform basic domestic duties and has never held an after-school or summer job. "Whatever I need, I ask for," she says, whiling away a muggy afternoon inside one of Singapore's air-conditioned havens for teen consumers. "It's true, I can't do anything."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 15 years old with no work experience, Priscilla Flores figured the best summer job she could get would most certainly involve flipping greasy burgers or wearing a ridiculous paper hat. But instead, the Oxnard teenager is getting paid to spend her afternoons outdoors, learning landscaping skills she plans to put to good use in the yard of her grandmother's house in La Colonia.
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