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February 5, 1987 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
The whole village had come to dinner in hall. There had been boar's head and venison and pork and beef and mutton and capons but no turkey, because this bird had not yet been invented. There had been plum pudding and snap - dragon, with blue fire on the tips of one's fingers, and as much mead as anyone could drink. From "The Once and Future King," by T. S. White.
July 7, 2009 | DeeDee Correll, Correll writes for The Times.
Until its trees started dying, the Colorado ski resort town of Breckenridge stayed out of the business of telling residents how to defend their homes against wildfire. But with trees ravaged by a mountain pine beetle epidemic that has left large rust-tinged swaths of forest vulnerable to a catastrophic fire, town officials decided this year they had to act.
For the first time in a decade, the Army is revising its dress code, allowing more color, style and convenience into all that soldiers can be. Front and center is the issue of hairstyles. For male recruits, the buzz cut has always been de rigueur. Now the Army is permitting shaved heads for men, and cornrows and braids for women. Dyed hair is fine too--as long as the hue isn't blue, fire-engine red, orange, purple, green or some other hair color not found in nature.
In the seconds before an F/A-18 Hornet catapults from the carrier deck, the fighter jet is locked in place with twin engines spewing blue fire like giant blowtorches. The flames are several yards long and so hot that they scorch the cool night wind blowing across the bow. An observer can feel the powerful blast of heat more than a hundred yards away.
Colored gemstones used to fall into two categories: the big three--emeralds, rubies and sapphires--and everything else, which was classified as semiprecious. Semiprecious stones are no longer treated like poor relations. Colored gemstones such as tourmaline and tanzanite have grown so much in value and prestige in recent years that jewelers say the term "semiprecious" has become outdated. Some semiprecious gems are even more valuable than so-called precious gems.
July 17, 2010 | By Kai Maristed, Special to the Los Angeles Times
According to recent surveys, the Danes, with their socialist monarchy, carpe diem atheism and boisterous birth rates, are the happiest people on the planet. Just don't try telling this to Thomas E. Kennedy. His ensnaring, original novel, "In the Company of Angels," looks into the hearts of four ordinary yet emotionally tortured Copenhageners — and confronts them with Nardo, a refugee from Chile whose courage in the face of physical torture points up the lies in their lives. Kennedy scrutinizes Danish experience the way only an expat son can view his adopted country.
July 6, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
August 5, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
The lights dim, the music swells, and the booming voice of an announcer washes over hundreds of people assembled before a pool of water in a corner of the Disneyland Hotel grounds. Mark Rubin's eyes are on the water, not the people, as he listens for the opening strains of the theme music from "Steamboat Willie," the 1928 cartoon that introduced Mickey Mouse to America.
February 4, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Floyd Mayweather Jr. ended the dramatic pause before his signature Wednesday when he officially signed to fight Pomona's world welterweight champion Shane Mosley , Mosley's attorney told The Times. The bout between two of the sport's top pound-for-pound fighters of the past decade-plus will occur May 1 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mosley signed to fight Friday night, and authorities close to the bout had expected Mayweather to sign no later than Monday. His delay caused some angst for the fight's promoter, Richard Schaefer , of Golden Boy Promotions, who watched Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao feud so heatedly over a pre-fight drug-testing plan that their planned March 13 bout was scrapped.
January 19, 2010 | By Shannon Ryan
Everyone wants to know what went wrong with Purdue after that 14-0 start where Final Four expectations were heaped upon the Boilermakers. Coach Matt Painter said the solution to breaking out of a three-game losing slump isn't all that complicated. "We're not very tough," he said. The evidence in that is being outrebounded in five straight games, including 115-81 in the three consecutive losses to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Northwestern. The Boilermakers' once stringent defense has turned flimsy with Ohio State shooting 51% and Northwestern 45.7%, despite a season average of holding teams to 40.3%.
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