WhiteBoardness - 2/25/97
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 97 12:05:18 -0800
Subject: WhiteBoardness - 2/25/97
Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for Tuesday, February 25, 1997
Los Angeles, California:
About 200 prostitutes from around the world and 30 police officers from
across the country will check into a Los Angeles hotel next month.
And if all goes as planned, neither group will have much to do with the
The Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys will be sex central when several hundred
college professors, counselors, lawyers, public health experts, sex workers
and their clients convene March 13-16 for the International Conference on
At the same time at the same hotel, the Los Angeles Police Department will
be wrapping up a two-week seminar on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education
program, which puts officers in classrooms teaching kids to "Just Say No."
The coincidental scheduling of the events was just that. Coincidence.
"We're not uncomfortable with it. But it's not something we would normally
request," said Edward Arambula, training coordinator for the LAPD's DARE
division, Western Regional Training Center. "We wouldn't want to interfere
with their ability to conduct business. I mean the hotel. Not the hookers."
Norma Jean Almodovar, a former LAPD traffic officer-turned-call girl whose
prostitution association is co-sponsoring the sex conference, wants to make
one thing clear to the police: The sex workers are not here to work.
"I told them the minute they show up at the hotel, they're retired," said
Almodovar, co-chairwoman of the conference.
Kevin McCarthy, who manages the hotel, said he expects it will be an
interesting week. "I expect everyone to conduct themselves professionally,"
The Center for Sex Research at California State University Northridge is
co-sponsoring the conference on prostitution, one of the largest gatherings
of sex workers and experts, said James Elias, center director.
"We're not here to titillate," Elias said. "This is an academic conference
to discuss the issues related to prostitution, and that also includes the
concerns of the prostitute and sex worker population."
History books complete with smells of muck heaps, rotting heads on poles
and plague-ridden streets are set to bring the past truly alive for
The scratch and sniff "Smelly Old History" series promises to waft children
back to a past when Romans washed their laundry in urine and 16th century
lovers exchanged apples they had kept in their armpits, said publishers
Oxford University Press.
"Of all the senses of the past, we often forget the importance of smell.
It's the best, it's the worst, but it's the hardest sense to include in a
history lesson," said author Mary Dobson.
The first three books in the series are to be published in mid-March.
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