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August 1, 2009 | Mark Magnier and Charles McDermid
A court's decision Friday to postpone the much-awaited verdict in a politically sensitive case against opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi fits into a broader pattern of Myanmar's military rulers using timing, leverage and blunt force in the interest of political survival, analysts said. Suu Kyi, 64, faces up to five years in prison on charges of harboring an American who swam across a lake in May and stayed for two days at her home, where she is under house arrest.
July 26, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
For the first anniversary of his Los Angeles store, Phillip Lim flew west to celebrate at the sprawling space with the spiky white walls. Hundreds of well-dressed celebrities and fashion followers joined him, with the Duke Spirit performing on an outside stage. (Frontwoman Liela Moss wore a sexy sequined top, tux blazer and micro-mini shorts -- all made by Lim, of course.) The looks of the night: shorts and sandals for men, swingy summer dresses for girls.
July 19, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Ask Genara Paxtor about her corn stalks, and her sun-baked face breaks into a wide grin as she tosses up her chin and gestures to indicate just how large they've grown. Six months ago, Paxtor began cultivating a patch of earth in the Francis Avenue Community Garden, a small, lush space in the otherwise densely populated Koreatown neighborhood. The 43-year-old is also growing tomatoes, peppers, onions and radishes.
July 18, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
With the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing just two days away, NASA on Friday released the sharpest images ever taken of astronaut work sites on the moon, showing hardware and soil disturbances left behind by the 12 Americans who visited the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972. The images, taken over the last few weeks by cameras aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, include some of the 10-foot-tall landing structure called the descent stage.
July 17, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were well on their way to a date with history, becoming the first men to set foot on another body in space. Events to mark the anniversary and commemorate the ever-thinning ranks of space-race veterans will include interviews with surviving Apollo astronauts and a Kennedy Center salute to the Apollo era. One highlight was the release Thursday of 15 newly digitized scenes of Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon.
July 13, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
On the morning of July 14, 1959, Sodium Reactor Experiment trainee John Pace received the bad news from a group of supervisors who had, he recalled, "terribly worried expressions on their faces." A reactor at the Atomics International field laboratory in the Santa Susana Mountains had experienced a power surge the night before and spewed radioactive gases into the atmosphere.
July 11, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Dennis Joe Rodgers Jr. grew up without his father. Twenty years ago, his father was shot to death outside the Imperial Courts Housing Project in South Los Angeles, only months before Rodgers was born. On Wednesday night, the anniversary of his father's death, Rodgers was shot and killed. He was 19. Police said three men had driven to Rodgers' Exposition Park home near Normandie Avenue and 37th Street, where the killer got out of the car and shot Rodgers once in the chest.
July 6, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
Todd Camp and some friends had just marked the 40th anniversary of the police raid on New York's Stonewall Inn by screening a documentary on the historic gay riots and then heading for drinks at the Rainbow Lounge. Camp remembered looking across the bar, packed with gay and some straight couples, and marveling how much times had changed since Stonewall -- the spark that ignited the gay rights movement. And then the police came.
June 20, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Kartell, known for turning plastic furniture into jewel-toned art, is holding a 60th-anniversary sale through June 30 with discounts up to 70%. Among reduced items: noted Parisian designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's Panier, which takes its name from the French term for basket. The shatter-proof polycarbonate design is 2 feet in diameter and can be used indoors and out as an open storage container or, with the addition of a lid, a 9-inch-tall side table.
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