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March 9, 2014 |
Archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd has excavated ancient sites in Egypt and Turkey. Her colleague Tom Garrison runs a dig site of Maya ruins in Guatemala. On Saturday they descended into a trench outside the former Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood to explore some more recent history. They were looking for the remains of a legendary racehorse. Native Diver was a wild-eyed black colt so fast and so beloved that when he died in 1967, he was buried at his hometown track. An elaborate stone memorial marks the grave, a testament to a bygone era when horses and their owners were national celebrities, and when tens of thousands of fans packed the stands of Hollywood Park to cheer on their favorite steed.
January 13, 2014 |
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.
December 31, 2013 |
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.
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December 27, 2013 |
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.
December 11, 2013 |
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.
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December 5, 2013 |
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.