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November 18, 1990 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the morning of Nov. 21, 1980, the sound of sirens stirred Rafael Patino from bed. "Usually when you hear sirens, they come and then they go," he said. "But these were coming and staying." When he looked out the window of his 16th-floor room, he realized that the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel was on fire. "I woke up my wife and we got dressed to leave," said Patino, an Irvine sales executive. "But when we walked out of the room, we couldn't see anything. The hall was pitch black with smoke.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | Bob Pool
We heard it before we felt it. A roaring sound jolted us awake a second or so before the Northridge earthquake violently shook our house at 4:31 a.m. It was Jan. 17, 1994. We live in Woodland Hills, 51/2 miles from the earthquake's epicenter -- which actually was in Reseda, not Northridge. And the ripple effects from that morning 20 years ago still haunt us. Once the shaking started it lasted only 25 or 30 seconds, although I thought it wouldn't stop before the whole house shook apart.
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January 30, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now and then, when a dark mood strikes, Kevin Toshima returns to the Westwood Village street where his older sister was killed and tries to envision the last moments of one of Los Angeles' most famous innocent bystanders. He thinks about how Karen never saw the young South L.A. gunman who fired twice into a crowd of Saturday night strollers 10 years ago today while trying to shoot a rival gangster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | Brad Balukjian
NASA's Jet Propulsion Libratory in Pasadena was buzzing Monday over the one-year anniversary of Curiosity's touchdown on Mars to explore the 3-mile-high Mt. Sharp and to look for signs of past life. To celebrate the rover's landmark, JPL held a party, kicked off by a panel discussion in an auditorium full of enthusiastic employees. Emceed by Chief Scientist Dan McCleese, the presentation recapped the harrowing "7 Minutes of Terror," the name given to a video that described the seven minutes from Curiosity's initial penetration of the Martian atmosphere to its landing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1995 | TIM MAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a shimmering, windy morning, relatives, friends and guests attended the unveiling of a granite gravestone for Ronald L. Goldman, who was slashed to death last June with Nicole Brown Simpson outside her Brentwood condominium. Jewish tradition holds that a grave site go unmarked until a year of mourning has passed. The unveiling of the gravestone signifies the end of the mourning period. Rabbi Gary E. Johnson of Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills presided over the ceremony.
SPORTS
July 28, 1994 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten years ago today, a spirit of joyous expectancy pervaded Los Angeles as the 1984 Olympic Games got under way. From the time the torch relay had arrived the week before, it was evident enthusiasm about the Games was high and that many of the fears so widely expressed during seven years of preparation were fading. The man in charge of that effort, Peter Ueberroth, said Wednesday that he felt, on balance, relaxed 10 years ago this morning. "Something could go wrong, but it was working," he said.
NEWS
October 12, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Eskimos were holding the First Anniversary Celebration of the Great Gray Whale Rescue at Point Barrow, Alaska, today to mark last year's massive three-week effort to save three whales trapped by ice. One disappeared under the ice; the other two were freed by Eskimos using chain saws, aided by Soviet icebreakers, but their ultimate fate is unknown. A Soviet environmentalist is one of the few invited guests at the celebration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1997
A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday at Salt Creek Beach Park in memory of Nicole Brown Simpson on the third anniversary of her slaying. The vigil, from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., is being organized by her sister Denise Brown. "People ask me if the passing of time has allowed healing from the loss of my sister Nicole," Brown said. "As time goes by, the loss becomes more profound." O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the June 12, 1995, killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
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May 5, 1990 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe it was a catharsis or maybe just a fixation, but the wounds and weariness of Vietnam seemed fresh as ever Friday as thousands gathered here in driving rain for the dedication of a memorial to one of the war's most tragic but pivotal incidents. The theme was reconciliation at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the day Ohio National Guardsmen shot 13 Kent State University students during an anti-war demonstration, killing four of them.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2009 | Mike Boehm
When it comes to extracting free labor from famous cinematic figures, it would be hard to top Francesco Vezzoli. The Italian video artist's output over the last 12 years reflects his ability to get highly paid cinematic talent to work without pay. Vezzoli's enlistees so far have included Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone, Courtney Love, Benicio del Toro, Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Sonia Braga, Marianne Faithfull, Natalie Portman, Roman Polanski, Michelle...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2009 | Mikael Wood
Wednesday night at the Hollywood Palladium, in the first of three concerts there, the Pixies kicked off a U.S. tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of their 1989 college-rock classic "Doolittle." So what did the band open with? A string of obscure B-sides that even bassist Kim Deal admitted she had trouble remembering. Proudly noisy and unapologetically arty, the Pixies kept mainstream success at arm's length during their original run, which ended acrimoniously in 1993 after a stint opening arena shows for U2. Yet thanks in part to postmortem praise from the likes of Kurt Cobain (who famously called "Smells Like Teen Spirit" his attempt to replicate the Pixies' sound)
WORLD
November 5, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Iran's capital erupted in chaos and violence today as anti-government protestors and security forces clashed on the 30th anniversary of the seizing of the U.S. Embassy by radical students. Today's demonstration did not appear to be as large as the huge marches that erupted following the disputed June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But the protest, the largest in six weeks, struck at one of the ideological pillars of the Islamic Republic by showing that a sizable chunk of Iranians disagree with hard-liners' anti-American agenda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2009 | Larry B. Stammer
One group started walking on Oct. 18 from Cal State Long Beach. The other set out a week earlier from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Although the Southern Californians were 1,700 miles from this small Missouri town made famous as the site of Sir Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946, the two groups had the same goal: to fight hunger in the U.S. and around the world. This is the 40th anniversary of Crop Hunger Walk, a national interfaith program sponsored by Church World Service and viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity walks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
In pop, as in the sporting world that provided a model for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one fan's dream is another's disappointment. This is true of the annual artist inductions, which elevate some while ignoring others -- Rush was robbed again ! -- and the pattern will repeat Thursday and Friday in New York at the hall's 25th anniversary concerts. The shows at Madison Square Garden promise everything a classic rock fan desires. The headliners are U2 and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, rock's most reliably awe-inducing live acts.
TRAVEL
October 18, 2009 | Jenn Garbee
Aldous Huxley's eyebrows are so caked with mud in the black-and-white photograph they look as though they might snap off. But the novelist hardly appears concerned with the future state of his eyebrows. More pressing, perhaps, is whether actor Jim Backus, encased in a coffin-like steam box nearby, might melt away more than a few extra martinis. Officially, Huxley was participating in one of the first "men's weeks" at the Golden Door Spa in San Marcos -- 50 years ago this year -- to give a lecture on the "mind-body as one word."
NEWS
August 6, 1994 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since actress Sharon Tate was slain in her Benedict Canyon home, at least 18,335 people have been murdered in the city of Los Angeles. But no killers have become as notorious as the bizarre cult members responsible for the gruesome slaughter of Aug. 9, 1969. While Tate's husband, film director Roman Polanski, was in Europe, the pregnant actress and four visitors were beaten, stabbed and shot. The word PIGS was scrawled on the front door in Tate's blood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2004 | Hector Becerra and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
Ten years ago today, the 13-story Panorama Towers shook and rocked and cracked along with the rest of Los Angeles, damaged but not destroyed by the Northridge earthquake. Though the Panorama City building was salvageable, repairs stalled and the tenants all moved on. Today the building remains almost as it was then, an empty space behind a mosaic of plywood sheathing. A simple sign announces: "For sale/lease/Build to Suit."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
In 1969, five young British comedians and one young American animator came together to make a television show. Without much of an idea of what they were going to do, they were given a series by the BBC to do it in, and after hunting around for a name -- "Owl-Stretching Time" and "A Horse, a Spoon, and a Basin" having been bruited and vetoed -- they settled on "Monty Python's Flying Circus." The 40th anniversary of this event is being marked by an excellent six-hour documentary series, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, will return to ABC's "All My Children" for the daytime soap opera's 40th anniversary in January. Ripa and Consuelos' episodes will air Jan. 4-5. It will be the first time either actor has appeared on "All My Children" since they left the show in 2002. She is now co-host of the morning talk show "Live With Regis and Kelly."
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