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By Ross A. Benson | August 22, 2011
Photographer Ross A. Benson spotted a unusual street spelling near Disney Elementary in Burbank. He said neighbors wondered if the city ran out of paint, or simply forgot. 
NEWS
August 28, 2000
MONDAY 7 a.m. - Glendale Unified School District Calendar 6 p.m. - GUSD Calendar 7 p.m. - GUSD Issues: Measure K 8 p.m. - GUSD A Day in Kindergarten 9 p.m. - GUSD Middle School Spelling Bee TUESDAY 7 a.m. - GUSD Calendar 6 p.m. - GUSD Calendar 9 p.m. - Glendale College Telecourses WEDNESDAY 7 a.m. - GUSD Calendar 6 p.m. - GUSD Calendar 7 p.m. - GUSD Board Meeting, Aug....
NEWS
April 24, 2000
The following programs will be broadcast on Charter Cable Channel 15. MONDAY 7 a.m. - Glendale Unified School District Calendar 10 a.m. - Annenberg Educational programming 6 p.m. - GUSD Calendar 7 p.m. - GUSD Principal for a Day 8 p.m. - GUSD Middle School Spelling Bee TUESDAY 7 a.m. - GUSD Calendar 10 a.m. - Annenberg Educational programming 6 p.m. - GUSD Calendar 9 p.m. - Glendale College...
NEWS
May 29, 2000
A PUZZLING QUESTION A News-Press reporter recently received a tip that the fine officers at the Glendale Police Department had seized a "ton" of marijuana. When one editor was told about the potential story, he asked, "Was it a ton? Or was it a ton?" In other words, was it actually a full 2,000-pound ton or just a whole lot of the drug. After playing phone tag with vice/narcotics officers for most of the day, the reporter discovered it had, indeed, been an actual ton -- actually, it was a little more -- weighing in at about 2,357 pounds.
NEWS
By CHARLES J. UNGER | April 13, 2007
For those of you who think that celebrities tend to have their way with our system of justice, the legendary actor Robert Wagner would disagree with you. Wagner recently lost a lawsuit that would have been worth a lot of money to him, had he been successful. Wagner's lawsuit claimed that he was entitled to half of the profits from the two highly successful Charlie's Angels movies. In the early 1970s Wagner and his late wife Natalie Wood starred in a movie of the week called "Love Song," which led to the production of the "Charlie's Angels" television series.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | December 3, 2011
Cruises are a great vacation value. The food, transportation and entertainment are all included in the price. Better yet, the cruise doesn't have to end when you get off the boat. Days after disembarking the five-night Celebrity cruise I took with friends last month, I was still rocking and swaying as if the chair below me was the Caribbean sea and my computer was a sloshing soup tureen on a rocking buffet. It's like nine nights for the price of five. This bizarre effect on my equilibrium would be great fun if it weren't for my job. As any editor or proofreader can tell you, catching typos and misspellings on a good day can be tough.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | May 10, 2013
If it were possible to tally up all the moments of my life so far, the top activities would probably be watching "Simpsons" reruns, talking to computers over the telephone, and asking fellow diners, "Are you gonna eat that?" The activity of "swapping the places of the letter E and the letter R" wouldn't make the top three, yet it would nonetheless rank surprisingly high. "In theatres now!" "An exciting night of live theatre. " "The festival will take place in the city centre.
NEWS
April 10, 2003
Since I, too, felt dissatisfied with the article on Jay Drayman and more pleased with the letters about Jay, I thought I'd chime in as well. I was a school friend of John Drayman, Jay's son. I have an image in my mind of Jay from the late 1960s, when John and I were in YMCA Indian Guides together. There is nothing more incongruous than my mind's-eye picture of Jay at one of those Indian Guide meetings, with his red, curly hair and prominent features, sitting cross-legged at our meeting, wearing a crazy American Indian chief's headdress a la one of those TV Westerns.
FEATURES
By Frances Brannon | March 29, 2006
I have waited until the uproar over Ed Coffman's Community Commentary "Public schools in a real mess," March 2 subsided ? I assume all the teachers and the school board that needed to do so have defended their jobs, so now I will tell you from experience what is wrong with the Glendale school system. It starts in the elementary schools and manifests itself when I, as an employer, try to hire one of their "graduates" in the real world. First, the method of "teaching" includes: forget about memorizing anything ?
NEWS
August 18, 2010
Every time I see a promo for the movie "The Expendables," I do a double-take. The "-ables" ending looks wrong to me. So I picture the name spelled "Expendibles," which, of course, looks even worse. That's because the producers are spelling it correctly. "Webster's New World College Dictionary" lists "expendable," with an A, as an adjective meaning "that can be expended. " The question of when to end a word with "-able" and when to end it with "-ible" confounds a lot of people, from eBay sellers who push collectibles while spelling them "collectables" to anyone who says some expense is "deductable" when he meant it is "deductible.
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By June Casagrande | April 25, 2014
I got an email recently from a reader whose spell-checker flagged the word “uninvolved” as an error. I'm not sure what software she was using. My Microsoft Word doesn't have a problem with “uninvolved.” But her spell-checker didn't like it one bit. Spell-check programs vary greatly. But there are two observations we can make about spell-checkers that are, in fact, universal: 1. You can't live with 'em. 2. You can't live without 'em. There's no question that spell-checkers can save your hide.
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By June Casagrande | February 14, 2014
A group of university researchers working with some Facebook folks have recently determined that I'm not a dinosaur. Not yet, at least. Copy editors like me, who for years have been watching our hard-earned grammar skills get discounted with every poorly constructed Facebook post and semiliterate celebrity tweet, could still be useful one, two, possibly three years from now. All those awful grammar errors you see online every day may not be rendering...
NEWS
By June Casagrande | May 10, 2013
If it were possible to tally up all the moments of my life so far, the top activities would probably be watching "Simpsons" reruns, talking to computers over the telephone, and asking fellow diners, "Are you gonna eat that?" The activity of "swapping the places of the letter E and the letter R" wouldn't make the top three, yet it would nonetheless rank surprisingly high. "In theatres now!" "An exciting night of live theatre. " "The festival will take place in the city centre.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | February 7, 2012
It took 19 rounds and 144 words to do it, but Mountain Avenue Elementary student Zerxes Bhadha emerged as the Glendale Unified spelling champion Monday after besting his counterparts from the district's 19 other elementary schools. “He reads a lot so he is he is a natural speller,” his mother, Bucky Bhadha said as she congratulated him after the event. The win was the result of a lot of practice and some steely nerves, the 12-year-old Zerxes said. “I tried to do that so I didn't feel nervous,” he said of his stoic demeanor throughout the competition.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | December 3, 2011
Cruises are a great vacation value. The food, transportation and entertainment are all included in the price. Better yet, the cruise doesn't have to end when you get off the boat. Days after disembarking the five-night Celebrity cruise I took with friends last month, I was still rocking and swaying as if the chair below me was the Caribbean sea and my computer was a sloshing soup tureen on a rocking buffet. It's like nine nights for the price of five. This bizarre effect on my equilibrium would be great fun if it weren't for my job. As any editor or proofreader can tell you, catching typos and misspellings on a good day can be tough.
THE818NOW
By Ross A. Benson | August 22, 2011
Photographer Ross A. Benson spotted a unusual street spelling near Disney Elementary in Burbank. He said neighbors wondered if the city ran out of paint, or simply forgot. 
THE818NOW
By The Los Angeles Times | July 6, 2011
Paramount Pictures is launching its own animation division, spelling a likely end next year to its longtime agreement to distribute movies for DreamWorks Animation. The relationship between the two companies has been strained recently over how much DreamWorks pays the Viacom Inc.-owned studio to release its films, according to people with knowledge of the matter. One person familiar with the thinking of top executives at Paramount said the studio offered DWA Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg a one-year extension to his company's deal, which expires in 2012, for the same fee DreamWorks now pays Paramount: 8% of film revenues.
NEWS
By Brian Crosby | July 5, 2011
And now for another episode of our fearless dog Noble, or as we call him lately, Trouble. Unlike our previous dog who for 11 years never created a problem, Noble likes to poke his head through our hedge to look at our neighbor’s dog.  We’re tried many ways to keep him from doing this, but to no avail. Two solutions to the problem:  build a higher fence or get an invisible fence. For those of you unfamiliar with an invisible fence, it is a device that involves putting a special collar around the dog’s neck that has signals to a transformer which is set to specific parameters for the dog to roam.  If the dog goes beyond the parameters, he feels a small electric shock.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 20, 2011
ACTON — Ahead of his team's opening round CIF Southern Section Division VI playoff game, Flintridge Prep baseball Coach Buzz Cook said he liked his Rebels' chances, provided they played sound defense. The veteran skipper prognosticated truth, as four errors plagued the Rebels in an 8-6 loss to host Vasquez High on Thursday afternoon. "We talk ad nauseum that you have to play defense, especially in the playoffs," Cook said. "If we didn't make errors, we would've won the game.
NEWS
March 18, 2011
Once you’ve seen “embarrass,” and “supersede” and “its” in print a million times, there’s a chance that the next time you write one of these words, you’ll get it right without thinking about it — a better chance than for people who don’t read as much, anyway. That’s why an SAT test prep company I worked for years ago had us tell students in our vocabulary course: read, read, read. But every once in a while, I come across a spelling or punctuation issue so odd that no amount of innate word smarts can save you. This came to my attention recently when a very word-savvy friend, author Carolyn Howard-Johnson, asked me how to write “conscience’ sake.” “Seems like something you’d remember if you’d ever looked it up,” she wrote.
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