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September 23, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Judith Merkle Riley, a longtime associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and the author of internationally bestselling historical novels, has died. She was 68. Riley died of ovarian cancer Sept. 12 at her home in Claremont, said her daughter, Elizabeth Riley. Riley, who taught under her maiden name, joined the government department faculty at Claremont McKenna College and the faculty of Claremont Graduate School in 1982. She taught organization and management, public and comparative administration, political ideologies, and healthcare and public policy.
July 11, 2010 | Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
When is an apple more than an apple? When it's resting in Eve's palm ? or better yet, in the hands of the storyteller(s) of Genesis. The same happens to other objects touched by myth: Fire, for instance, has Genesis-sized significance in the story of Prometheus, while an ordinary ring of gold glows with forbidden power in the story of the Nibelungs (and in the tales of that splendid latter-day jeweler, Tolkien). Pick the fable of your choice, and you're bound to find a seemingly ordinary object transformed.
November 8, 2009 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
There are plenty of reasons to visit Querétaro, but it's the instability and conflict and violence that finally won me over. The instability of 1810, that is. The conflict of 1848. The violence of 1867. All set amid 18th century colonial architecture, surrounded these days by commerce and calm. Coming to this city in Mexico's central highlands, about 130 miles northwest of Mexico City, you get a glimpse of the 19th century days when Mexico was busy breaking free of Spain, losing about half of its land to the U.S., then deposing and executing a foreign-born monarch.
October 9, 2009 | Michael E. Ruane
Robert Thomas, 83, breezed into the National Archives with a smile, a white hankie peeking out of his suit coat pocket and an old briefcase containing the two rare books he filched in Germany 64 years ago. He was a World War II GI then, fresh from the horrors of combat. He had blundered into one of the notorious salt mines where the Germans stashed their national treasures. And this one contained books. Millions and millions of books from institutions across Germany. Thomas poked around, saw two that looked old and took them.
May 16, 2009 | Tina Susman
It slices! It dices! It pierces and pokes! It pulls stubborn flesh from bone with the flick of a wrist! And if that doesn't get your prisoner talking, perhaps the ornate chair with its spiked seat, back and arm rests will do the trick. The ghoulish throne and tiny flesh ripper, part of a bounty of iron torture implements dating to the 16th century, soon will be up for sale, but on one condition: The buyer must have morals as well as money -- more than $3 million, by some estimates.
July 6, 2008 | Susan Spano
When Swiss tennis pro Roger Federer signed an endorsement deal with Rolex in 2006, who would have expected that it would change the face of the fabled St. Mark's square in Venice? But this summer, while he slugged it out at Wimbledon, Federer's face has obscured most of the facade of the Sansovino Library, a Renaissance landmark described by the 16th century architect Andrea Palladio as the "richest and most decorated building" ever created. Never mind the winged lion or St. Theodore and his crocodile on top of their antique columns nearby.
January 21, 2007 | Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
Mexicans have long been taught to blame diseases brought by the Spaniards for wiping out most of their Indian ancestors. But recent research suggests things may not be that simple. Though the initial big die-offs are still blamed on the Conquistadors who started arriving in 1519, even more virulent epidemics in 1545 and 1576 may have been caused by a native blood-hemorrhaging fever spread by rats, Mexican researchers say. The idea has sparked heated debate in Mexican academic circles.
September 24, 2006
CINDY MUELLER of San Juan Capistrano took up the violin at age 51, and her wedding in June was full of violin music. So it's fitting that the honeymoon involved a stop in Cremona, Italy. This city is home of the world's most renowned violin makers, starting with Amati and Stradivari in the 16th century. This artisan took a break to show his craft to Mueller and husband Brian.
May 31, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Rocker Bruce Springsteen has released an album of folk songs paying tribute to Pete Seeger, but if anyone thinks that's strange, Sting is ready to do him one better. The next album from the former lead singer of the Police will feature 16th century music performed on the lute. It's due out in October on the classical label Deutsche Grammophon. "It's a strange record, a delightful record, and I think people will be intrigued by it," the singer-songwriter says on his website.
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