February 21, 2012 |
There was a time when churches prepared for Ash Wednesday by burning the dried palms from the previous Palm Sunday. Many still do. More and more churches, however, are buying commercially produced ashes online. But there's a catch: Order early. “We just had a call 10 minutes ago,” said Mark Gould, owner of Religious Supply Service in Davenport, Iowa. “We've had them all day long.” Gould was speaking Tuesday, one day before the start of Lent. A few days earlier, Religious Supply Service had posted a note on its website saying, “Sorry, sold out for the season.” That didn't stop churches from calling the company for a last-minute shipment.
February 20, 2012 |
Fat Tuesday is your last hurrah, folks, so let the carbo loading begin. Fat Tuesday will give way to a more solemn occasion -- Ash Wednesday -- and then a 40-day period of self-sacrifice known as Lent. Fat Tuesday, the English translation of the French " Mardi Gras ," signals the official end of Carnival season, billed as a hedonistic frenzy of food, booze, parades, masked celebrations and things that can't be printed in a family newspaper. Fat Tuesday is kind of like a hangover helper -- and a way to get ready for what lies ahead.
February 12, 2012
Originally built from 1890 to 1893 by a Bible salesman from Illinois, the Victorian-style Newhall Mansion burned to the ground three decades ago when a fire broke out during a kitchen remodel. Meticulously reconstructed in keeping with its elaborate Queen Anne architecture, the manse is the centerpiece of an estate that includes nearly 10 acres of native flora, lawns, fountains and a manager's house. Location: 829 Park Road, Piru 90340 Asking price: $2.399 million Year built: 1984 House size: Main house: six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 11,500 square feet; manager's house: two bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,100 square feet Lot size: 9.6 acres Features: Eight fireplaces, den, library, art studio, wine cellar, basement, swimming pool Also available: The adjacent three-bedroom, three-bathroom Warring Stone House, built in 1934, is listed at $499,000.
January 21, 2012 |
When Jeon Gyeong-suk lost her husband to cancer three months ago, she agonized over how to keep his remains. Because land is at a premium, burial was out, and she found the idea of a heap of ashes stored in an urn sort of creepy. So the 51-year-old widow paid $900 to transform her husband's ashes into a few handfuls of tiny bluish beads that have the look of beluga caviar. Even though the beads look like pebble-sized gems, they aren't meant to be strung into a necklace.
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January 12, 2012 |
Roy L. Ash, a co-founder and former president of Litton Industries who served as director of the Office of Management and Budget in the 1970s during the Nixon and Ford administrations, has died. He was 93. Ash, who had Parkinson's disease, died Dec. 14 at his home in Los Angeles, said his wife, Lila. A Los Angeles native, Ash was chief financial officer of Hughes Aircraft Co. in Culver City before partnering with former Hughes colleague Charles B. "Tex" Thornton in 1953 in a new company that soon led to the acquisition of a small microwave tube firm owned by Charles Litton in the Bay Area community of San Carlos.
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January 1, 2012 |
Inside a mobile command center parked in the heart of Hollywood, Los Angeles City fire captains huddle around a bank of radios, monitoring six frequencies used by local law enforcement agencies. It was here on Friday night and early Saturday morning that reports of car fires streamed in, one by one. As the firefighters charted the locations on an ever-expanding map pinned to the wall, it quickly became apparent they were following the path of a serial arsonist. "He's here, he's here, now he's here," said Capt.
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December 8, 2011 |
They are the unidentified, the estranged, those whose loved ones just couldn't afford to bury them. In a simple yet poignant ceremony Wednesday near a busy Boyle Heights intersection, the ashes of more than 1,600 people who had never been identified or whose bodies were never claimed were buried in a single grave. The mass burial has become a custom each December at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery. This year's ceremony was attended by just a few, none of whom knew the deceased.
December 5, 2011 |
Not too long ago, my siblings scattered my mother's ashes in woods near the family house of more than 50 years. Two years earlier, she had scattered my father's ashes over the same ground. A friend aptly put it, "You've just advanced to third base. " The event got me thinking about whether cremation would be what I want when I die. Given my utter rejection of organized religion and faith itself, would it matter? My mother used to say in her pragmatic way, "Once you are dead, the body is of no significance; let efficiency be your guide.
October 9, 2011 |
Was the Great Chicago Fire on the night of Oct. 8, 1871, really caused by one of Kate O'Leary's cows knocking over a lantern? One hundred and 40 years later, that question remains the topic of sometimes-heated debate, at least in Illinois. Three hundred Chicagoans died in the conflagration, and an additional 90,000 were left homeless, putting the Windy City tragedy in record books as one of the nation's worst disasters. In an eerie quirk of fate, an inferno of even greater proportions was visited upon a village 250 miles to the north that same evening.
October 9, 2011 |
Meniere's disease is an inflammation of the inner ear. Specifically, a swelling in the tubes of the ear canal that control the body's balance. No one knows its cause, but stress, exhaustion and substance abuse are among the factors thought to contribute. Its symptoms include nausea, physical disorientation and occasionally debilitating bouts of tinnitus and the loss of hearing at certain frequencies. There is no known treatment. For an average person, Meniere's is irritating. For musicians, it can be the end of a livelihood, even a loss of their identity.