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November 10, 1999
Karen Wright errs in saying that "all human cultures recognize the sanctity of human remains and burial" (Opinion, Oct. 31). The Greek historian Herodotus used sharply contrasting mortuary practices (cremation versus ritual cannibalism) to illustrate cultural relativism and ethnocentrism. Even among native North Americans burial, though common, was not universal: Some peoples cremated and some exposed or abandoned corpses to the elements and wild animals. In time, however, Christian influence did largely eliminate the alternatives to burial.
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April 8, 2014 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan
For decades in Hollywood, Mickey Rooney led a charmed life. He acted opposite Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, collecting award nominations for performances praised by the likes of Cary Grant, Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams. He married starlets and beauty queens - eight times in all. On Tuesday, two days after his death at 93, it became clear how far his fortunes had fallen in recent years. Rooney's trust didn't have a dime. He owed back taxes to the IRS and the state Franchise Tax Board.
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NATIONAL
May 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See below for details.
There may be no place in the earth for Tamerlan Tsarnaev. One of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been dead more than two weeks after a dramatic showdown with police in Watertown, Mass., on April 19. But officials and his family still don't know where Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen who turned to conservative Islam, will be buried. On Sunday, city officials in Cambridge, Tsarnaev's home in the United States, announced that the city's cemetery would reject his body for burial after other local cemeteries also said they did not want the remains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Abbot Archimandrite Theodor Micka was awakened on Tuesday morning by his fellow priests with some good news. Gov. Jerry Brown had signed legislation allowing the ailing 76-year-old abbot, who has terminal cancer, to be buried on the grounds of his Alameda County monastery. “I'm in really high spirits now," Micka said in a phone interview. Despite ongoing chemotherapy, he said, "I have strength that is almost superhuman this morning.” Micka has spent decades developing an Orthodox Christian monastery in Castro Valley, buying the first plot of land in 1979.
NEWS
May 2, 2011 | By Tony Perry
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was sent to start  the air assault to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan and bring Osama bin Laden to justice. Starting Oct. 7, 2001, the carrier launched 4,000 combat sorties, playing a key role in removing the Taliban grip on the Afghan capital, Kabul. Now the Vinson, whose home port is now San Diego, has played another significant role in the Afghanistan war: as the platform from which Bin Laden's body was buried at sea. The burial, Navy officials said, followed Muslim custom, with the body washed and placed in a white sheet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1985
Cartoonist Paul Conrad's latest foray into religious symbolism (Oct. 8) shows a large coffin in the form of a cross with the legend, "At last, 16,000 fetuses rest in peace." He is referring to a stunt burial organized by Americans Committed to Loving the Unwanted. And guess whose initials (ACLU) they have appropriated? The American Civil Liberties Union, that's who. Incidentally, this outfit invited a Marine Corps color guard--under false pretense, according to the Marines--to participate in the event.
NEWS
April 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez was returned home to Guatemala, a day after he was honored in his adopted state of California. Gutierrez, 28, one of the first U.S. troops killed in combat in Iraq, will be recognized today in a private official ceremony, said a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman. His burial is being arranged by his only surviving relative, a sister, Engracia Sirin. Gutierrez, a legal resident of the U.S., was posthumously awarded U.S. citizenship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2013 | Jon Schleuss
Community leaders, chaplains and dozens of others gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning in Boyle Heights to remember more than 1,400 people whose remains were left unclaimed at the county's crematory. Their ashes were buried in fresh soil covered with flowers, the mass grave surrounded by teal-colored sheets. One small stone marked the grave, reading 2010, the year they died. Los Angeles County has buried its unclaimed dead in plots at the corner of 1st and Lorena streets since the late 1800s.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Jon Schleuss
Community leaders, chaplains and observers gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning in Boyle Heights to remember more than 1,400 people left unclaimed at the county's crematory. The ashes were buried under fresh soil covered with flowers at Evergreen Memorial Park. The grave was surrounded by teal sheets. One small stone marked the grave, reading 2010, the year they died.  Los Angeles County has buried its unclaimed dead in plots at the corner of 1st and Lorena streets since the late 1800s.
WORLD
January 21, 2012 | By Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Michael Memoli
SYCAMORE RANCH, Israel - On a day marked by military protocol, somber ceremony and informal reflection, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was remembered Monday as a "practical and pragmatic man," a "bulldozer" who helped shape his nation even as he earned a reputation for ruthlessness from its enemies. Sharon, who died Saturday at 85 after years in a stroke-induced coma, was hailed by world leaders in a public memorial service in Jerusalem before taking a last journey to his family's ranch in southern Israel, where he was laid to rest beside his second wife in a burial that combined military pomp with traditional Jewish ritual.
NATIONAL
December 31, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
PORTLAND, Ore. - New mothers will now be able to leave Oregon hospitals with two bundles of joy - one in a car seat, the other in a cooler. The first, of course, is the baby. The second, thanks to one of the more curious laws that went into effect with the new year, is the placenta. Many cultures have long revered the meaty organ, whose chief duty is to provide nourishment and oxygen to the fetus. Traditional Cambodian healers call the placenta "the globe of the origin of the soul" and believe it must be buried properly to protect the newborn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A 22-year-old Compton man was charged Friday on suspicion of killing of his girlfriend and burying her body in the backyard of the family's home, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. A family member of Devion Keith Anderson called 911 on Monday night to say Anderson may have killed and buried his 18-year-old girlfriend, according to the district attorney's office. L.A. County Sheriff's Department deputies found freshly dug dirt in the backyard and eventually pulled out a body.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Obama legislation on Wednesday that its chief sponsor said he wished weren't necessary. The Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to disinter from national cemeteries any veterans who have committed capital crimes. The measure was approved by the House on Wednesday after earlier passing the Senate. It grew out of what its chief sponsor, Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), said was a "very disturbing mistake" by Veterans Affairs: burying the killer of a mother of two at a national cemetery, and with military honors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2013 | Jon Schleuss
Community leaders, chaplains and dozens of others gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning in Boyle Heights to remember more than 1,400 people whose remains were left unclaimed at the county's crematory. Their ashes were buried in fresh soil covered with flowers, the mass grave surrounded by teal-colored sheets. One small stone marked the grave, reading 2010, the year they died. Los Angeles County has buried its unclaimed dead in plots at the corner of 1st and Lorena streets since the late 1800s.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Jon Schleuss
Community leaders, chaplains and observers gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning in Boyle Heights to remember more than 1,400 people left unclaimed at the county's crematory. The ashes were buried under fresh soil covered with flowers at Evergreen Memorial Park. The grave was surrounded by teal sheets. One small stone marked the grave, reading 2010, the year they died.  Los Angeles County has buried its unclaimed dead in plots at the corner of 1st and Lorena streets since the late 1800s.
NEWS
September 5, 2003
Cleric's funeral -- An A2 news summary Wednesday overstated the number of Shiite followers who attended the burial of Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr Hakim in Najaf, Iraq. The estimated funeral attendance was about 300,000, not millions.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2013 | By David Zucchino
With each scrape of the Florida Panhandle soil by an excavator's metal claw, anthropologists are moving a step closer to unraveling a century of mystery over the fates of missing boys from an infamous reform school. Some of those sent to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys as "incorrigible" never returned. Those who survived have described decades of beatings, rapes - and possible murders - at the school in Marianna, Fla., from 1900 until it was shut down in 2011. A team of anthropologists is carefully digging on the school grounds in search of boys buried in unmarked graves.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With the drumbeats building for the release of the second movie in the "Hunger Games" franchise -- "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens Nov. 22 -- it seems reasonable for the film's cast to be shaping up their future plans. Star Jennifer Lawrence will soon be seen in "American Hustle," which reteams her with director David O. Russell and costar Bradley Cooper from "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won a lead actress Oscar. The 23-year-old could likely have her pick of pretty much any project and filmmaker pairing she wants, and it now looks as if she will be reteaming with Gary Ross, director of the first "Hunger Games" (but not the sequel)
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