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July 28, 2009 | Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: Is there something I can do to increase my company's odds of surviving this recession? Answer: Executives of top companies share certain best practices, said Renny Ponvert, founder of Management CV, a Washington research firm that ranks chief executives of public companies. "We invariably see three overarching traits in top management of successful firms," he said. "One is a structured and disciplined approach to the way they go about their business."
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October 31, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali
NEW YORK -- A student activities center at New York University turned into a haven for stormĀ  refugees Wednesday, as dozens of students huddled on stairs and sofas to charge their phones and computers and reconnect with their families. NYU has canceled classes until Monday and ordered students to evacuate about half a dozen high-rise dorms in Greenwich Village because of the blackout in Lower Manhattan. The university said it would relocate 6,000 students from dorms where power and water were out, and fire safety and other emergency systems were no longer working.
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NATIONAL
October 31, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali
NEW YORK -- A student activities center at New York University turned into a haven for stormĀ  refugees Wednesday, as dozens of students huddled on stairs and sofas to charge their phones and computers and reconnect with their families. NYU has canceled classes until Monday and ordered students to evacuate about half a dozen high-rise dorms in Greenwich Village because of the blackout in Lower Manhattan. The university said it would relocate 6,000 students from dorms where power and water were out, and fire safety and other emergency systems were no longer working.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You think you've got mother problems. Meet Rosa, Tartar matriarch and Mommy Dearest. Poor Sulfia, 17, lives with Rosa and her father, Kalganow, in a communal apartment somewhere in Russia. Rosa is not above using her considerable charms (she's quite proud of her good looks) to get what she needs for her family, but she cannot believe how pathetic, passive and helpless they are. "I only hoped that her simplemindedness," she says of her daughter, "might prove attractive enough to some man that he wouldn't notice her awful legs until the two of them were already standing in front of a justice of the peace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1997
Parents are invited to "Survival Skills for Healthy Families," a series sponsored by the Anaheim Union High School District Parent Education Program. The Tuesday night classes are designed to help parents of teenagers or preteens and encourage strong familial relationships. Topics will include communication skills, disciplining with love, setting limits, enhancing your child's self-esteem and substance abuse information. Classes are offered in English and Spanish on Feb.
SPORTS
June 5, 1997 | ROB FERNAS
Preparing for an outdoor activity, such as hiking or mountain climbing, calls for more than just being in shape. Because nature can play havoc with any excursion, it's important to be knowledgeable of the surroundings and have good survival skills. Dr. Edward Otten, president-elect of the Wilderness Medical Society and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati, said proper preparation can mean the difference between an enjoyable outing and a disaster.
NEWS
January 15, 1989 | BRUCE DeSILVA, The Hartford Courant
Job Bearskin, 77, says he remembers his first kill as if it were a dream. It was a silver fish. He caught it through a hole in the ice. His parents had tied the fishing line to his arm so he would not drop it into the water. He was very young. Success on a boy's first hunt was thought to portend a life of good hunting, said Bearskin, one of the most respected of the Cree elders. A piece of flesh torn from a boy's first kill was thrown into the fire as an offering to nature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2001 | GENE MADDAUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daniel Katz is no ordinary pilot. The family of the 24-year-old, whose plane was last seen on radar June 3, is counting on that. Katz volunteered as a paratrooper with the Israeli armed forces and received extensive survival training, Joseph Weisenfeld, a family friend and attorney, said Thursday. With little else to hold on to, his family is clinging to the hope that his training has kept him alive.
NEWS
August 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
Fifteen Boy Scouts from this Minneapolis suburb got more adventure than they expected on their summer camping expedition. Bound for Washington state's Cascade Mountains, the private helicopter they hired dropped them off 4,000 feet higher than planned, leaving them stranded amid glaciers and snowfields. Rockslides and a sheer mountain face blocked their way. It took a harrowing day for a few to climb to safety and bring back help. "We were expecting high adventure," said Scoutmaster Brad Strot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1985 | DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press
The three Rs are just kid stuff to the youngsters at this floating timber camp. They must pass a tough swimming test--200 yards to shore and back in frigid waters--before they can walk around without life jackets. Survival skills and learning to cope with the environment come early to the 19 students who tread the wooden sidewalks at this temporary community, anchored off Revillagigedo Island, about 30 miles north of Ketchikan.
WORLD
March 11, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
In a country where most prime ministers lose power after about three years, Benjamin Netanyahu's political survival skills have impressed many. Heading a fractious coalition, he has stood up to American pressure to halt West Bank settlements, diverted blame for collapsed peace talks and deftly navigated challenges from his right flank. But though his coalition is viewed as stable for now, the Israeli leader, nearing the two-year mark, is starting to show signs of vulnerability. Polls this month put Netanyahu's approval rating at a new low of 32% and found that if elections were held now, his conservative Likud Party would trail the centrist Kadima by seven parliamentary seats.
TRAVEL
November 28, 2010
BACKCOUNTRY Workshop Expert Simon Mayer will discuss primitive survival skills in the backcountry. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave.; and Thursday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St. Admission, info: Free. (626) 447-1062 for Arcadia; (818) 831-5555 for Northridge. SKIING Workshop Sierra Club members will share stories, photos and tips on backcountry skiing on Southern California peaks.
WORLD
September 5, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Up in the boughs of acacia trees, farmers squat in makeshift nests, looking for thieves and waiting for the day when the ruinous Indus River finally recedes. When the rescue boats came to their submerged village, they chose to stay and safeguard the only possessions they've ever accumulated: a few water buffalo, some goats, stacks of wheat. Their huts destroyed, they've found refuge in trees, on rooftops or on swatches of mud. "Everything I own is here in this village," said Khuda Baksh, an emaciated Pakistani farmer who joined with other villagers to hastily build large mounds of dirt so their livestock would be above the floodwater.
SPORTS
November 17, 2009 | Pete Thomas
Dwight Lewis fakes to the inside, steps back and drains a baseline three-point shot, then hustles to the opposite end of the court and steals a telegraphed pass from a freshman to a sophomore. Or was that from a sophomore to a freshman? With so many young faces on the USC basketball roster, it's difficult to keep track while they are scrimmaging. What's clear for the glaringly inexperienced Trojans, who open the season tonight at the Galen Center against UC Riverside, is that Lewis is the undisputed team leader.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Where is Shirley Jackson when you need her? She wrote "The Lottery," she understood the small, dark, needful thing twisting within the residents of the most idyllic towns, she should have to review "There Goes the Neighborhood." In the new CBS reality competition, eight families living next to each other in an Atlanta suburb agree to engage in an "experiment."
BUSINESS
July 28, 2009 | Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: Is there something I can do to increase my company's odds of surviving this recession? Answer: Executives of top companies share certain best practices, said Renny Ponvert, founder of Management CV, a Washington research firm that ranks chief executives of public companies. "We invariably see three overarching traits in top management of successful firms," he said. "One is a structured and disciplined approach to the way they go about their business."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1993 | BARBARA ISENBERG
When the lead actor dropped out of her first play, UC Irvine student Denise Uyehara learned the role and performed it herself. "It was a double test of my skills. My writing skills and my performing skills." Now, at 26, Uyehara is testing her survival skills. Raised in Westminster, she's been in Los Angeles for four years, performing her monologues at Highways, East West Players and elsewhere.
NEWS
January 12, 1989 | SAMUEL GREENGARD, Greengard is a Burbank free-lance writer.
She wasn't old enough to drive a car or go to a high school prom, yet every day her mother would carefully dress and groom her, then send her out to turn tricks. Prostitution, her mother figured, was the perfect way to make easy money. And, for a while, the plan worked. Eventually, authorities found out what was going on, and the girl was taken from her mother.
NEWS
May 3, 2009 | David Tirrell-Wysocki, Tirrell-Wysocki writes for the Associated Press.
While stranded on New Hampshire's Mt. Washington, Eagle Scout Scott Mason plunged into frigid water, built a rock shelter to protect himself from the mountain's notorious winds and watched a rescue helicopter fly away as he tried to attract the crew's attention. Even with a sprained ankle and "frost-nipped" toes, the cool-headed 17-year-old said that things could have been a lot worse after he sank several times into mountain runoff hidden beneath waist-deep snow. "The runoff was about 2 1/2 feet deep and probably running 30 mph," he told the Associated Press last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2008 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
Back in July, the Long Beach-based soul-punk quartet Cold War Kids played a semi-secret show at R Bar, a windowless, nautically themed club in Koreatown. The young and besotted crowd climbed over tables, chairs and the bar in hopes of getting a better view of the band bobbing on the floor. Singer Nathan Willett held court with righteous wails, while behind him bassist Matt Maust, drummer Matthew Aveiro and guitarist Jonathan Russell prowled the floor as if looking for a fistfight.
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