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July 20, 2004 | Cynthia Daniels, Times Staff Writer
Getty Center officials apologized Monday for an incident in which a volunteer tour guide at the art museum last month rubbed two black students' heads and, in a discussion about textures, described their hair as rough. Parents and teachers said the students, who were on a field trip to the Brentwood center, thought that they were being ridiculed and that the docent was invoking racial stereotypes.
May 25, 2004 | Mike Boehm
L.A.'s municipal arts agency has come up with enough money to keep tours of the Watts Towers going until late June, but threatened reductions in visiting hours at the colorful landmark of spires and sculptures could loom again when a new fiscal year begins and further spending cuts must kick in. "I can't promise anything after July 1," Leslie Thomas, assistant general manager of the Cultural Affairs Department, said Monday.
May 20, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Because of belt-tightening in Los Angeles' municipal arts agency, visiting hours will be cut at the Watts Towers, one of the city's most distinctive landmarks. Money is running out for tour guides who lead some 1,200 to 1,500 visitors a month through the site, said Leslie Thomas, assistant general manager of the city's Cultural Affairs Department. The unique, 99.
February 11, 2004 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
Volunteering at the information desk, Zulaika Mjasiri quickly picks up the buzz. She can tell what's hot by the number of questions. "Why can't we get tickets for 'SOS'?" asks an African American man interested in the documentary on a program to divert youngsters from gangs and other violence. In the same queue, Korean doctoral students seek information about "Wet Sand: Voices from L.A. Ten Years Later," a documentary about Los Angeles a decade after the 1992 riots.
December 17, 2003 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Dick Ebersol has agreed to a new nine-year contract as chairman of NBC Sports. He also will serve as executive producer of the 2004 Summer Olympics, which means he has some long days ahead. Ebersol, who will work his fifth Olympics as executive producer and eighth overall, is having a shower and pull-out bed installed in his office in the international broadcast center at Athens, where he intends to spend the entire 17-day run.
August 4, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Fact or fiction? Did James Irvine, the ranching tycoon, note in his will that the color of his home overlooking Newport Harbor be kept a bright blue, a hue that has become an eyesore for some neighbors? Is there a color named Irvine blue? Does Don Crevier, owner of the Santa Ana car dealership that routinely sells the most BMW in the nation, have an elevator in his home because he's a Hollywood stuntman and often comes home injured?
March 19, 2003 | Rod Smith, Special to The Times
Wine lovers taste their way around Europe by the grape varieties established in each region. In France, they sample the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that grow in Burgundy. They savor the Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, the Sauvignon Blanc in the upper Loire, and so on. In Italy, Sangiovese is the taste of Tuscany and Nebbiolo of Piedmont, to choose two among hundreds of examples. In California, wine lovers need only one grape to find their way around.
November 3, 2002 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
I was sick with the flu recently, so I spent four days on the couch, sleeping and reading through a stack of Alan Furst spy novels: "Night Soldiers," "The Polish Officer," "Red Gold" and others, all set in Europe from 1933 to 1945. Reading fiction is right up there with travel for me. The novels I admire most have a strong sense of place, brought to life by writers who research by traveling.
It may be the hardest-to-get minimum wage job in town. Steve Dawson found that out when he began reading his script under the intense gaze of two executives at Universal Studios Hollywood. Right away, his voice sputtered. "Stop," the first executive interrupted. "A little more enthusiasm." Dawson, 25, shifted, took a deep breath and tried again. This time, his voice soared an octave. "Lose the DJ voice," the second executive said. Dawson lost the voice.
In the spirit of cutting-edge journalism, we bring you the bridge climb. Other newspapers are here to cover sports that already have Olympic status. That's easy. Go to the event. Watch what happens. Go to the news conference. Listen as the athletes mouth cliches. Write down the cliches, send them home to the readers and go to dinner on expense account. But not your L.A. Times. We innovate. We think outside the box. We synergize. We go climb a bridge.
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