December 13, 2006 |
Wurms Janitorial Service will not go quietly. The shabby old building on downtown Riverside's historic pedestrian mall will be knocked down by a bulldozer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday amid a cacophony of falling bricks, stucco, wood and metal. That's what happens to eyesores when their upscale neighbors are slated for renovation. The Wurms building clings to one side of the former Rouse department store.
September 27, 2006 |
The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece, is in fragile condition but should not suffer too much damage if taken care of properly, experts who studied the painting closely said Tuesday. Scientists from Canada's National Research Council used special three-dimensional technology to examine both sides of the masterpiece, which was painted at some stage between 1503 and 1506 and now sits in the Louvre museum in Paris.
December 28, 2005 |
The documentary "Hoop Dreams" and footage of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are among the 25 movies picked this year for the National Film Registry, a compilation of significant films being preserved by the Library of Congress. Fictional films chosen by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington range from the Buster Keaton comedy "The Cameraman" to the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street" to the 1982 teen comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
September 18, 2005 |
Garbed improbably but characteristically in a worn denim shirt and a faded trucker's cap, Rene di Rosa is apologizing for his faltering memory. We are in the main room of the gray stone house that was his residence for the better part of 30 years.
April 6, 2005 |
Astronaut Neil Armstrong's first words from the moon, speeches by President Woodrow Wilson and Gen. Douglas MacArthur and songs by Al Jolson, Muddy Waters and Nirvana are among 50 recordings being set aside for special preservation by the Library of Congress. The library on Tuesday announced the new selections for its National Recording Registry. News broadcasts include Wilson's speech of Nov. 11, 1923, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
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January 20, 2005 |
A monolithic public artwork has become a cultural irony in downtown Los Angeles. Despite its size, it is easy to miss by passersby. When it was erected in 1962, the 80-foot by 20-foot mosaic mural in front of the Los Angeles County Hall of Records stood as a glittery testament to the region's booming growth. Today the mural -- a highly stylized topographical map of Los Angeles County fashioned by one of the nation's best-known mosaic artists -- is dingy and decaying.