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BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
In dozens of cities Thursday, fast food workers were planning to picket McDonald's, KFC and other quick service restaurants as they demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Workers in food preparation and serving have the lowest median wage of any occupation, earning $8.78 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They're followed by fast food and counter workers, who make $8.80 an hour, tying with shampooers. In the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region, that median rises slightly to $8.99 an hour, according to data from Economic Modeling Specialists International.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1989
The acidic remarks that director James Cameron made regarding his actors are appalling. He may not "shed one single tear for them," but berating them after they worked under such adverse conditions is inhuman. Films are created by a group of highly trained technicians and actors, not simply by the messianic vision of a director. So have a little compassion for your fellow workers, Mr. Cameron. They deserve your respect for helping you realize your script. SUE DOLPH BROWN Torrance
BUSINESS
September 29, 1996
"America Online Goes Offline--Again" (Sept. 26) says the trouble occurred between 3 and 3:45 p.m. Pacific time. I had trouble connecting to America Online all day on Sept. 25, and they lost all my e-mail files that I had received. When I talked with them on the phone, they said they were working on it, but they would not answer any e-mail questions I sent to their technicians. Some of the problems that I'm aware of went back to the previous week. ROBERT P. JOHNSON Panorama City
BUSINESS
October 11, 2000 | Times Staff and Bloomberg News
The Orange County Register said Tuesday that a hacker broke into its Web site recently and changed three stories, editing one article to say Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates had been arrested for breaking into NASA computers. The Sept. 29 stories were about Jason Diekman's arrest for breaking into Web sites at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, said Nancy Souza, spokeswoman for the paper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1987 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
Each year patients in California are given X-rays by as many as 400 doctors and their employees who have either not been certified by the state to operate X-ray equipment or lack the skills needed for the specialized diagnostic procedures they perform, the state Department of Health Services said Friday.
NEWS
July 30, 1987 | WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM, Times Staff Writer
The son of Mayor Walter R. Tucker acknowledged this week that his father's most recent campaign finance statement--which listed $19,220 in payments to eight of the mayor's relatives--contained two errors. Walter R. Tucker III, who is a lawyer, prepared the state-required campaign report on the mayor's behalf. The younger Tucker said "a clerical mistake" had occurred in listing $2,150 in payments to two videotape technicians. One of the technicians is the mayor's nephew.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2006
WHILE it was most fascinating and frankly disturbing to see that many arts organization leaders seem to be following in the steps of their corporate counterparts, your article does the many working performing artists and musicians in Los Angeles a disservice by not pointing out the discrepancies between the pay scales of the performers and the administrators ["Culture Cash," April 2]. Many people would be surprised at the average salaries many performing artists make. I suggest that you delve further into this topic for the benefit of your readers and include some union and nonunion pay scales for performing artists versus stage technicians and so forth instead of leaving the readers with the impression that artists are overpaid by focusing only on the top administrators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Lab tests done in a physician's office by unlicensed personnel are more than four times as likely to be wrong as those done by licensed technicians in a commercial lab, says a new report by the California Department of Health Services. The department's Laboratory Field Services division studied proficiency testing conducted last year--in which labs were asked to determine the identity of a prepared sample. Commercial laboratories got the wrong answer on 0.
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