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February 19, 2011 | By Nomi Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When Sharon Salzberg returned to New York from her first trips to India in the 1970s, a crinkled cotton blouse was still exotic and people would politely sidle away from her at parties after she told them she taught meditation for a living. Now even Starbucks sells chai (a milky Indian spice tea), and a landmark Massachusetts General Hospital study released last month has documented that the brain shows positive physical changes ? in density of gray matter ? after just eight weeks of meditation.
October 26, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
Rand Paul, one of the darlings of the “tea party” movement, has moved into a solid lead in his Kentucky race for the U.S. Senate, and it is independents who have fueled his rise, according to a poll released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling. Paul, who defeated a GOP establishment candidate in the May primary to win the nomination, is ahead of Democrat Jack Conway by 53% to 40%, according to PPP. The winner replaces Republican Sen. Jim Bunning. In September, Rand Paul, the son of the conservative and libertarian hero Rep. Ron Paul, was ahead by seven points and a seven-point bulge among independents.
October 18, 2010 | By Michael Muskal
As the midterm elections move into their final weeks, the Tea Party Express kicked off its bus tour on Monday, even as some of the movement’s best-known candidates tried to recover from a weekend that had some Republicans wondering if their candidates could withstand the pressures of the final electoral push. Sarah Palin was on hand to launch the bus tour, designed to hit key districts in 19 states before ending in the presidential wellhead of New Hampshire on Nov. 1, the day before midterm voting.
May 14, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Emmy-winning visual effects creator Syd Dutton and his wife, Laura, have listed their Sunset Strip-area home at $1.68 million. Double doors open to a courtyard with a tiled goldfish pool and a Buddha statue, sited according to feng shui practices. The contemporary home was built in 1964. Inside, the open plan living room connects with the den and updated kitchen. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,460 square feet of living space. The nearly one-third acre lot includes a swimming pool and fruit trees.
May 14, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
The last time that the Chinese art star Zhang Huan made a public appearance here, just over a decade ago, he was lying face down on an uprooted tree, naked, covered with dog food. A pack of nine dogs, invited to participate in his performance, fought for the chance to lick it off. One bit the artist. This week, Zhang flew into town from Shanghai for the dedication ceremony for "Three Heads, Six Arms": a 15-ton, two-story tall sculpture , considered the artist's largest to date, which has been installed in the plaza in front of City Hall.
April 7, 2010
'The Buddha' Where: KCET When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-G (suitable for all ages)
April 7, 2010 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
You may think you know the Buddha, because you have seen him standing outside a Chinese restaurant, belly burnished from being rubbed repeatedly for good luck, or hiding in the corner of a garden. But you have more to learn, grasshopper. David Grubin's "The Buddha," which airs Wednesday on PBS, is not the story of Buddhism -- whose history as a religion, like that of Christianity, really gets going after the demise of its founder and is addressed here only in a couple of lines near the end of the film -- but rather that of the historical person who said the things on which followers have based their several, differing practices.
January 10, 2010
Fallen Angel Re "Rory Markas, 1955 - 2010," Obituary, Jan. 6 Living here in Southern California, we are blessed with some wonderful announcers for our local teams. But the death of Rory Markas leaves a huge void. He made Angel games fun to listen to and was an absolute professional in every sense of the word. He seemed like he had a great sense of humor, was extremely polished in the booth and had a tremendous sense of history as well. In an age of knucklehead, over-the-top, loudmouthed sports "personalities" who seem to get more radio and TV airtime than they deserve, Markas was a true class act who excelled at his profession.
December 28, 2009 | By Jessica Gelt
Los Angeles isn't a city known for its humble design schemes. That's why diners aren't fazed when they step off La Cienega Boulevard and into a new restaurant called Agura, which features a sushi bar lorded over by a massive golden Buddha statue. This isn't the smiling, rotund variety of Buddha found on your grandma's kitsch shelf, either. It's a noble, beatific Buddha meant to reflect the serious nature of the space. Before its turn as a restaurant, the structure housing Agura was a church.
October 28, 2009 | By David Karp
Shoppers usually stop in their tracks, jaws hanging down, the first time they see a Buddha's Hand citron, which looks like a cross between a lemon and a squid. Its ancestor, the ordinary citron, is one of the three original species of citrus and looks like a large, lumpy lemon; in the Buddha's Hand, the fruit splits at the end opposite the stem into segments that look somewhat like human fingers - whence the fruit's other name, fingered citron. This prodigy is a genetic mutation that arose many centuries ago somewhere in the citron's homeland, southwestern China and northeastern India.
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