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April 13, 1987 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Kent Taylor, a former awning salesman whose acting career included the lead role in the 1950s television series "Boston Blackie," died in his sleep early Saturday morning at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital. "He was tired out," said Augusta Taylor, his wife of 57 years. She said the 80-year-old actor had had several heart operations and was being tended by a nurse in their North Hollywood home until he was admitted to the hospital Thursday.
July 30, 2013
Re "Filner says he'll enter therapy," July 27 Is there such an incredible absence of individuals who could serve as respected leaders of major cities such as San Diego and New York that we have to put up with the antics and despicable behavior of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner? Taxpayers deserve honorable representation from their elected officials, and it's hard to believe that these two could give their constituents an honest day's work.
March 2, 1997
The meaning of the word "volunteer" seems to have changed in the past few years. There was a time when our nation was known for the number, caliber and dedication of its volunteers. It now seems that in many cases the "volunteer" expects some sort of reimbursement for services. The recent revelation of how many of our committee and commission members receive remuneration astonished me. Recently the county's Area Housing Authority was taken to task for payments for baby-sitting to the spouse of a member.
January 21, 2013 | By Nina Eliasoph
Monday, millions of Americans will honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering for community service. They will collect cans of food for the poor, ladle soup for the hungry and help the homeless. They will talk about their rewarding experiences, and the people they help will express their gratitude. Tomorrow, everybody will return to their normal routines. The MLK Day of Service represents an increasingly popular form of volunteerism - setting aside a day or so to help the needy.
October 20, 1990 | HERBERT J. VIDA
The South Orange County Community Services Council presented Mickie Dempsey of San Juan Capistrano and Marilyn Ditty of El Toro its first Community Service Awards. Dempsey was honored for her volunteer work teaching adults and preschoolers English as a second language in association with Episcopal Service Alliance and Anchor House.
February 1, 1991 | MAJA RADEVICH
After a year of acting like a troubled teen, 16-year-old Briana Hanson got her reward. The Camarillo High School junior was given the 1990 Al Jalaty Youth Recognition Award for her volunteer work at Interface: Children, Family Services of Ventura County. Hanson acted like a troubled teen in a public service television commercial for the agency that aired on KNBC-TV Channel 4 last year. She also posed as a troubled youth for Interface's brochure.
July 30, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
In 1987, Hilary Baker quit her job, started her own consulting business and became a school volunteer. She said she wished she could have done it sooner. "It was a leap of faith," said Baker, 51. "But, I wanted to be more involved in my daughter's education." That decision has paid off. Her daughter, Jolene Baker, now 18, graduated last month from Tustin High School with a 4.2 grade-point average during her senior year.
December 30, 2012 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Art of Elysium's "Heaven," the charity's sixth annual gala, is January's hot ticket on the Los Angeles social scene. Consider the host committee of Hollywood stars, among them Kristen Bell, Rachel Bilson, Sophia Bush, Gerard Butler, Finola Hughes. Camilla Belle, Justin Bartha, Dave and Odette Annable, Alicia Witt, Moby, Kat Von D, Topher Grace, Ahna O'Reilly, Kelly Osbourne, Busy Phillips, Courteney Cox, Joe Manganiello and Amy Smart. Actor David Arquette is to be honored with the Spirit of Elysium Award.
September 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Helen Verno is the queen of television movies and miniseries. An executive vice president at Sony Pictures Television, Verno has overseen the development and production of hundreds of projects during more than two decades with the studio. Her most recent success was the Emmy-nominated "Hatfields & McCoys," which starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton and scored record ratings for the History Channel this year. Engrossed by movies: A Bronx native, Verno spent her teen years eating popcorn and staring at the big screen.
May 13, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Kareen Sandoval was among the first to spot her tree, a skinny little thing about 9 feet tall with dark shimmering leaves. "Look how beautiful you are," she said, reaching for the trunk. "I want you to grow big and strong and never get knocked down. " Along 8th Street in Westlake on Saturday, volunteers planted 62 trees, but this was about more than mere beautification. Every tree honored a mother from the neighborhood, each one a woman whose volunteer work has made a difference in Westlake and Pico-Union, just west of downtown Los Angeles.
May 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Mark Liberman, the president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire after nine years with the agency. Liberman, 65, has headed the tourism board since June 2003. Before that, he worked for United Air Lines for more than 34 years, most recently as vice president for the western region of North America. Liberman is expected to stay on through the end of the year or until the 35-member board of directors appoints a replacement.
March 4, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
For almost a decade, Aeolian Elementary School did not have a library. So when parents decided to open one on the campus near Whittier, they decided not to wait for the cash-strapped school district to fund it. Instead, they built it themselves. Literally. The Parent-Teacher Committee dug into its piggy bank, went to a Borders bookstore close-out sale and purchased every bookshelf, sign and lighting fixture in the place. Over the next seven months, volunteers worked weekends and evenings to transform an empty bungalow into a brightly colored reading haven adorned with thousands of books.
December 21, 2011
In the midst of hard times, Americans are volunteering more and giving more to charity compared with last year and with the rest of the world. According to an annual poll conducted by the international Charities Aid Foundation, with results announced Monday, the people of the United States ranked as the most generous in the world in terms of time and money in 2011, up from fifth place in 2010. Nearly two-thirds of Americans said they had donated money to charity, more than 40% volunteered their time, and close to three-fourths said they had helped a stranger.
December 14, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to ban charter schools from offering admission to families in exchange for volunteer work or other services. The admission preference had been offered by two popular charter schools overseen by the L.A. Unified School District. One, Larchmont Charter School, ended the practice recently. The other, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, was already headed toward dropping the preference. The schools have long waiting lists; the law provides for a lottery when there are more applicants than spaces.
September 18, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Lake Machado is best known as the swampy hide-out of Reggie, the abandoned alligator who eluded animal control officers for two years. However, the 31-acre lake and surrounding Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park serve as an important stopover for migratory birds. Although Reggie was finally snagged with a dog-catcher's pole in 2007 and trucked to the Los Angeles Zoo, alien species and pollution remain serious problems at the park, which is a receptacle for urban runoff from Los Angeles County storm drains.
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