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Countrywide to cut jobs

Fed's rate drop may help

By Joann Groff  joann@theacorn.com The nation’s largest mortgage lender will hand up to 12,000 of its employees pink slips in the next three months in an effort to stay afloat during the home-loan crisis. After cutting 900 jobs earlier this month and 500 in August, Countrywide Financial Corp. announced last week that up to 20 percent of its nationwide work […]

Women protest fluoridated water

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com Several Oak Park moms tried in vain to convince the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to rescind its decision to add fluoride to tap water starting in October. They testified about the perceived hazards of fluoride at the MWD board of directors’ Aug. 20 meeting at district headquarters in Los Angeles. Opponents of adding fluoride […]

Nonprofit group battles growing teen drinking epidemic

By Sophia Fischer  sfischer@theacorn.com The local teen party scene is increasingly including such activities as binge drinking until passing out, sexual assault and drunken fights. It’s not uncommon to see a bowl of prescription drugs, obtained by kids from home medicine cabinets, taken like candy, washed down with alcohol. Party information is often placed on such online social networking sites […]

Acorn makes its Emmy debut

TAKE YOUR ACORN TO THE EMMYS- Representatives of Teranex Video Computer display the Emmy plaque awarded them for outstanding achievement in engineering development. From left, Oak Park resident Kaycee Wong; Steve Wong, Teranex national sales manager; Jed Deame, Teranex founder; and Chi Deame. Teranex is based in Florida with offices in Oak Park. The award was presented during the Primetime […]

Dogs can stay

Sophie, a gravely ill 13-year-old German shepherd, will be able to live out her days sleeping on a pillow inside her family’s Lake Sherwood estate. Two younger dogs, Marley and Duke, also have received the Lake Sherwood Valley Homeowners association’s permission to stay. Brad Wear and his family appeared before their homeowners association board Aug. 29 after receiving a notice […]

Long distance tax refund still available

Telephone customers in California can still request this year’s one-time long-distance telephone tax refund. The refund of previously collected federal telephone excise taxes is owed to “just about anyone who paid a phone bill in the last several years,” according to an IRS spokesperson. Anyone who paid long-distance excise taxes on landline, cellphone, Voice over Internet Protocol or bundled service […]

Calabasas expands recycling program

Calabasas apartment and condominium residents have gotten some unexpected visits from their city’s staff this month. Evening and Saturday employees of Calabasas have been traipsing around the city distributing blue recycling baskets to help residents of housing complexes get their bottles and cans to the appropriate parking lot garbage bin. The baskets make it easier to sort items in the […]

Dine with former Middle East envoy

Whizin Center for Continuing Education will present a dinner and lecture by former Middle East envoy Dennis Ross at 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12 at the American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive in Bel Air. Ross, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is author of “Statecraft: And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World.” For […]

New bill protects pets

A bill that allows criminal and family courts to include animals in domestic violence restraining orders was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week. Senate Bill 353, which was written by state Sen. Sheila James Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), “will prevent abusers from harming or threatening to harm animals in order to exert power and control over their human victims,” said […]