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By Brian McGackin | August 18, 2011
Whenever possible, book reviewers will set out to make clear statements in their reviews on whether a book is “good” or “bad.” Strong plot, compelling themes and layered characters: good. Muddled prose, poor editing and heavy-handed description: bad. Not every book is so considerate as to lie clearly on one side of the good/bad line or the other, though, and the growing use of self-publishing companies like Xlibris to circumvent agents, editors and publishers means that the line will only continue to be blurred further.
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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | August 12, 2009
Three out of four executives surveyed said one or two typos in a resume is all it takes to put an otherwise qualified job applicant in the ?fat chance? file, according to the Aug. 2 Los Angeles Times. And 40% of the 1,000 executives who participated in the recent Accountemps telephone survey said even a single typo took a candidate out of the running. A lot of people might think pristine resumes and cover letters are hopelessly out of reach. After all, there?s so much to know ?
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By Dan Kimber | August 13, 2010
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. A few years ago, an elementary school in Massachusetts made the news by banning games such as tag and dodge ball and other "contact" or "chase" games. Another school somewhere in this great land outdid that by outlawing any touching whatsoever by students.
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April 6, 2007
AUDITIONS " Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance " — Saturday, April 14, doors open to the public at 9 a.m. The first stop in a three-city casting call to find full-figured women who will help redefine beauty in the world's fashion capital. Five curvy and fabulous finalists will be selected and flown to Paris, France to compete for the title of Miss F.A.T. (Fabulous and Thick) for the third installment of "Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance" an Oxygen Network special created and hosted by actress-comedienne Mo'Nique ("The Parkers," "Queens of Comedy")
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May 20, 2003
John Gregg must have finally finished counting his $25 million because he is once more writing letters -- ("Is this a property-rights epiphany?" April 30). He says that contrary to my Oakmont V development opposition, my anti-rent control stance tells him that I have experienced an epiphany about government interference in property matters now that it is my "ox being gored." There is no truth to this. John proves again that he is a master of superficiality and obfuscation, and here's why: 1. John's ox was a mere gleam in the eye of the daddy bull.
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June 30, 2003
Let me see if I've got this right: Greedy landlords raise rents, businesses of all sorts die because renters no longer buy, unemployment rises, business owners lose their houses because they can't pay the mortgage, no one can afford to move up, the housing market craters, financial investment return goes into the pits, baby boomers can't retire and must keep working and the econ- omy withers. This is the essence of Ken Carlson's latest downright silly two column feat, "Rent increases affect even homeowners," June 10. (Note the June 14 L.A. Times business section headline, "L.A.
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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | February 8, 2006
Valentine's Day is coming. And you know what that means. Lots of exciting, passionate, thrilling talk about possessives -- specifically, the use of possessives in holiday names. (If you know something I don't here, it's probably best that you don't mention it.) All across the nation, couples will come together this Valentine's Day to explore questions such as: Is there an apostrophe in Valentine's Day and where does it go? Is it the same for Saint Patrick's Day? Because that's coming up too and we still haven't figured out whether an apostrophe belongs in Presidents Day. And what about Mother's Day?
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May 7, 2005
Chance for a library might never return It's amazing how certain people are visionaries and have so much insight to the needs of a community. I wish to congratulate Mayor Rafi Manoukian, Councilman Frank Quintero and City Manager Jim Starbird on their performance at the Tuesday council meeting regarding the installation of a local library ("Council declines to book building"). The issue was about installing a pocket library in the Adams Square building or waiting eight to 10 years for the Glendale College Garfield project, where a new library is anticipated.
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By Dan Kimber | April 28, 2011
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. I was 9 years old when the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to L.A. in 1958. The day that my dad took my brothers and me to see them play a game at the Coliseum was a moment that will live in my memory forever.
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By Brian McGackin | August 18, 2011
Whenever possible, book reviewers will set out to make clear statements in their reviews on whether a book is “good” or “bad.” Strong plot, compelling themes and layered characters: good. Muddled prose, poor editing and heavy-handed description: bad. Not every book is so considerate as to lie clearly on one side of the good/bad line or the other, though, and the growing use of self-publishing companies like Xlibris to circumvent agents, editors and publishers means that the line will only continue to be blurred further.
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By Dan Kimber | August 13, 2010
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. A few years ago, an elementary school in Massachusetts made the news by banning games such as tag and dodge ball and other "contact" or "chase" games. Another school somewhere in this great land outdid that by outlawing any touching whatsoever by students.
NEWS
By JUNE CASAGRANDE | August 12, 2009
Three out of four executives surveyed said one or two typos in a resume is all it takes to put an otherwise qualified job applicant in the ?fat chance? file, according to the Aug. 2 Los Angeles Times. And 40% of the 1,000 executives who participated in the recent Accountemps telephone survey said even a single typo took a candidate out of the running. A lot of people might think pristine resumes and cover letters are hopelessly out of reach. After all, there?s so much to know ?
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