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November 30, 1986
In her recent Calendar series, "A Capsule History of Women Directors, 1900-1980," Nancy Mills states that prior to the 1960s only two women film directors "developed a body of work," referring to Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino. She seems to be ignoring the entire silent period, in which many women directed, and in which two women in particular developed very large and significant bodies of work: Lois Weber and Alice Guy Blache. Both of these women directed scores of films during the first three decades of this century.
January 28, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Bodies found dumped in a well in northeastern Mexico may be those of the 18 musicians and staff of a band that went missing after a Thursday night performance, authorities said. The members of Kombo Kolombia were reported missing Friday by family members who said they lost contact with the group after it performed at a bar along a highway about 30 miles north of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon state. On Monday, Gov. Rodrigo Medina told reporters that early signs indicated the bodies discovered the day before in the community of Mina are probably the missing members of Kombo Kolombia.
April 7, 2005 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
When he heard that Pope John Paul II had died, Massimo Signoracci crossed himself, murmured a prayer and waited for a call that never came. The Signoracci clan, a dynasty of morticians and embalmers whose roots go back to an old Roman cemetery on an island in the Tiber River, has ministered to the last three popes and hoped to be asked to tend to this one as well. But for reasons that were unclear, no Vatican summons came.
March 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Five more bodies were recovered Monday from the Costa Concordia, more than two months after the cruise ship struck a reef and became submerged off the Tuscan coast, the Italian Civil Protection agency reported. That brings the official death toll of the Jan. 13 disaster to 30, with two people still missing and presumed dead. The bodies were found by search crews Thursday, the statement says, but it took 34 divers and 15 vessels to retrieve them in a recovery effort that started Monday morning local time.
January 9, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The bodies of six slain men were found in four cars in the Stavropol region of southern Russia, officials said Thursday, triggering an anti-terrorism alert and raising fresh security concerns in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. In two of the cases, booby traps were discovered near the vehicles, the officials said. One explosive device went off without harming anyone. The first of the incidents was discovered Wednesday in the village of Tambuktan, about 200 miles from Sochi, which will play host to the 2014 Winter Olympics next month.
December 3, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Firefighters responding to reports of someone injured in front of a Simi Valley home Tuesday instead found two bodies lying in the front yard, officials said. Ventura County firefighters made the discovery while responding to a call about a person who fell and appeared injured in the 3300 block of Billie Court. Instead, firefighters found the bodies of an adult man and woman, according to Simi Valley Police Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon. Details about the condition of the bodies or any wounds the pair may have had were not immediately released, nor were their identities.
February 18, 2009 | Rich Connell
A dead woman found near a San Bernardino Mountains highway was identified Tuesday as 28-year-old Cori Daye Desmond of Torrance, last seen at a Redondo Beach nightclub. Investigators turned their attention to the South Bay after Desmond's 1998 Jeep Wrangler was found near the Bac Street Lounge on Artesia Boulevard. She was last seen at the bar early Sunday, relatives and authorities said.
May 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Two bodies found in northeastern Mississippi were identified as a Tennessee woman and her daughter as authorities increased their search for the man believed to have abducted them and two other children. Police continued to search the area around Guntown, Miss., for Adam Mayes, 35, who has probably altered his appearance and may be using aliases, officials said. He is wanted in connection with the disappearance of four members of the Bain family from their western Tennessee home on April 27. The bodies found in a Mississippi home used by Mayes were identified as Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter, Adrienne Bain, 14, the FBI said Monday night.
November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former Lancaster apprentice embalmer charged with taking gold crowns from human remains pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts -- one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or possession of dental gold from human remains, and five counts of commercial burglary, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He will serve his term in local custody and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to veterans wounded in combat.
August 23, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- At least five bodies recovered from a mass grave outside Mexico City have been identified as those of young people kidnapped in broad daylight from a bar in the heart of this capital three months ago, Mexican authorities said Friday. Officials from the federal attorney general's office said the five were identified based on tattoos, dental records and, for one, a prosthetic device. A total of 13 bodies were pulled from the muddy pit on a Christmas tree farm about 25 miles east of Mexico City, Renato Sales, a senior prosecutor, said in a hastily called news conference.
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