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December 20, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The holidays are here, a good time to revisit Karla Green, devoted aunt and — in one horrible instant almost two years ago — the sudden, sainted mom to five young orphans. Doesn't hurt that speaking to Karla is like speaking to an angel. Even the timbre of her voice is soothing, acoustic, like a well-played cello. She'd scoff at such sentiment, and you probably would too. Unless you know of her incredible back story. Two years ago, Karla was a single nurse living in Vancouver, Canada, when, just before dawn one winter morning, she got an almost unimaginable phone call.
September 16, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
A trove of prehistoric feathers both primitive and complex is providing scientists with a snapshot of the diversity of down-covered dinosaurs and birds during the late Cretaceous. An account published in Friday's edition of the journal Science describes a host of feathers and feather-like filaments found ensconced in 70-million-year-old amber from western Canada. The structures reveal what the precursors of modern feathers really looked like. "The simplest feathers are of greatest interest because these protofeathers have been inferred to be the evolutionary precedent to evolved feathers," said study coauthor Alexander Wolfe, a paleoecologist at the University of Alberta in Canada.
May 7, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
The volunteer weaved through the bustling tornado relief camp with its mountains of water bottles and donated clothes, trying to reach the tall, rubicund, red-haired man, the one incongruously dapper amid the twisted metal, the one in the loafers and tie and collared dress shirt — the one who had become the city councilman representing disasterville. "Hey, Kip, I need your help. " The problem was portable toilets, overflowing. The red-faced man found a number on the side of a john and punched it in his cell.
April 29, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
As officials across the South continued the grim business of counting the dead and caring for the survivors, President Obama on Friday toured some of the areas in Alabama hit hardest by tornadoes. Obama and his family arrived in the morning from Washington in a flight that took them over a long wound of destruction. After landing in Tuscaloosa, Obama traveled by motorcade through the city where neighborhoods were flattened and debris and rubble were constant companions. "I've never seen devastation like this," Obama said.
February 5, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Ryan Smyth was born in Alberta, spent 12 seasons playing in the provincial capital of Edmonton and still has a host of family members living there. Clearly, he's no stranger to the area. Yet the trips home can be a whirlwind nonetheless. "You just prepare yourself mentally for it. And physically," said Smyth, the Kings' leading goal scorer with 19 heading into Saturday night's game against the Calgary Flames. "It's nice to see family and friends. We only come up here a couple of times a year.
February 21, 2010 | By Shauna Snow-Capparelli
Twenty toned and lithe dancers shook their hips in exaggerated movements, pounding Dodger blue baseball bats into the ballet studio floor in time to the staccato beats of Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets." "You're giving me hips, but you're giving me ballet hips. I want jazz hips," said the energetic choreographer, orchestrating his troupe. "Make a caricature out of it. . . . How much chin can you give me? It's gotta be tight -- think Rockettes, almost. Tight, tight, tight! "Listen!
September 26, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Photo prints of palm trees and beach scenes, crystal-covered jelly sandals and Lucite high heels dangling chandelier crystals -- Miuccia Prada must have had L.A. in mind when she designed her spring 2010 collection, shown Thursday in Milan, Italy, from the beauty of the coast to the glitz of Hollywood and all the artifice in between. Barely there silk short-shorts and pleated baby doll tops in vibrant photo prints depicting sand and surf clicked by on the runway like vacation snapshots.
July 8, 2007 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
The Aurora Mine exudes the odor of petroleum and the look of untapped riches. The open pit mine plunges 250 feet deep and ranges over a couple of square miles, carved out of pine and spruce forest by gigantic machines that operate 24/7, even in the dark of winter at 40 below zero. This is the heart of Alberta's oil sands, a remote Florida-sized region where moose, bears and beavers inhabit watery woodlands atop the world's largest proven petroleum reserves outside Saudi Arabia.
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