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July 20, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
Tired of your date tucking into the food on your plate? Here's a neat trick: Go to Henry's Hat, a new neighborhood bar and restaurant in Studio City, order dinner and request a game of Battleship from the "play" menu. When your food comes, there'll be a handy wall of plastic sea between you. You'll be so busy bombing each other that you won't have to share. Or if you'd rather cozy up, opt for a game of Jenga and purposefully topple a tower of precariously placed wood into your date's lap.
February 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A French battleship sunk by a German submarine during World War I has been discovered in remarkable condition on the Mediterranean seabed off the Italian island of Sardinia, officials said. The 410-foot-long Danton was one of the largest French naval vessels of its era. It was spotted by a company conducting an underwater survey for a gas pipeline between Algeria and Italy. The pipeline builder, Galsi, said in a statement that many of the ship's gun turrets were still intact. It said the Danton was sitting upright under more than 1,000 yards of water 22 miles southwest of Sardinia.
June 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Friedrich Adolph, 89, the last surviving sailor in Uruguay from the famous German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee, which was sunk off the South American nation's coast early in World War II, has died, his family told the Associated Press. Adolph had been "very sick" and died Friday in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, according to his grandson, Tobias Friedrich Adolph. The Graf Spee was considered one of the most sophisticated battleships of its time.
May 18, 2007 | Clancy Sigal, Special to The Times
ANYONE who's seen Warren Beatty's 1981 film "Reds," which dramatized the birth pangs of the Russian Revolution, may be equally moved by "Red Mutiny," Neal Bascomb's elegiac and emotionally involving story of that revolution's dress rehearsal. It happened on a muggy June day in 1905, when 700 Russian sailors aboard the battleship Potemkin mutinied, throwing some of their officers into the Black Sea, and set up a free-speech soviet (council) to run the ship under the red flag of revolution.
September 22, 2006 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mountjoy has claimed in his campaign biography that he served aboard the battleship Missouri during the Korean War, but his military record shows no assignment on the famous vessel, The Times has found. In an interview Thursday, Mountjoy acknowledged that he did not serve on the Missouri. Last week, when first asked about his record, he said his Missouri stint had been "very brief" and that he otherwise served on the U.S.
January 3, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Turning a battleship around is never easy -- especially in the politically roiled waters of the San Francisco Bay. Last July, San Francisco's county supervisors voted 8 to 3 against bringing the vintage World War II battleship Iowa to San Francisco as a permanent tourist attraction. Some opponents said they were taking a stand against both the war in Iraq and a military that boots out gays and lesbians, a powerful faction in local politics.
December 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bidding for the World War II battleship Iowa has been opened to any California community willing to give it a permanent home. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Richard W. Pombo (R-Tracy) agreed to open bidding for the ship to any California town or city. The Iowa is now moored in Suisun Bay, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. Pombo had previously supported donating the 63-year-old ship to the Port of Stockton.
July 18, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
San Francisco might be a lovely place to leave your heart, but it's not the place to park a battleship. Instead, look east to scrappy Stockton, where residents eagerly await the historic warship Iowa, which was spurned last week by San Francisco officials objecting to the war in Iraq and the military's treatment of gays. No such cautions were sounded in Stockton, where officials have orchestrated an aggressive battle plan to capture the Iowa.
May 18, 2005 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
This old warship was at the surrender of the German fleet during World War I and withstood torpedoes at Omaha Beach in France on D-Day. Long moored in a berth at the Houston Ship Channel, the Battleship Texas is now a floating tourist attraction, and a badly leaking one at that. Time and corrosive saltwater are slowly destroying the vessel once called the world's most powerful weapon, and cash-strapped conservators are scrambling to secure funding for an overhaul before it's too late.
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