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November 18, 1991 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a budding anthropologist, Jack Weatherford went to Kahl, Germany, to study the impact of an atomic power plant on the 2,000-year-old town. He figured the technological behemoth was the biggest thing to happen there since the Roman Empire sent its legions into the dark forests of Central Europe. Instead, in this unlikely setting, he discovered the American Indians and their often-overlooked contributions to the world--including the daily life of an obscure German village.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1990 | LEN HALL
What began as a construction project turned into an impromptu history lesson when workers unearthed an assortment of Indian artifacts on the playground of San Juan Elementary School. An assortment of 50 to 75 items, including shells, tile, fragments of bone and stone tools, were dug out of 20 holes about four feet deep, said Nick Magalousis, director of the nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano Museum, who was called to the school to help.
NEWS
May 9, 1997 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A handful of squash seeds and a bit of rind from a Mexican cave are rewriting the saga of one of the most important turning points in the history of humans in the Americas--the development of farming. Dating of the seeds indicates that domestic cultivation of plants in this hemisphere began about 10,000 years ago--more than 4,000 years earlier than scientists had believed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1991 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Let's face it. Accountants are not universally loved in our society, especially now that income tax time is nearing and a depressed economy is forcing the "bean counters" to make drastic cuts in budgets of all kinds. It may, then, come as a big surprise that accountants are responsible for two of the most basic concepts that provide the underpinning of modern society: the development of writing and the ability to use numbers in complex mathematical manipulations.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1994 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Creators of "The Lion King," Disney's summer box-office smash, say they were surprised to learn of reported similarities in the animated film and a Japanese-created American television cartoon series of the 1960s called "Kimba, the White Lion." "Frankly, I'm not familiar with (the TV series)," said Rob Minkoff, who added that he and co-director Roger Allers first learned about the controversy on a recent trip to Japan to promote the Disney film, whose lion cub is named Simba.
OPINION
January 19, 2014 | By John McWhorter
Few things stick out more in black American speech than the pronunciation of "ask" as "ax. " And when I say that it "sticks out," I'm being polite. Attitudes about Ebonics have evolved somewhat as hip hop has become America's favorite music. Even the strictest grammarian would have to agree that Kanye West's "Gold Digger" in standard English wouldn't be worth hearing. And Americans from Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad" to Key and Peele get that it's OK to speak "hood" when you're among friends.
NEWS
February 5, 1997 | STEPHANIE SIMON and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They didn't get Mark Fuhrman's voice spitting out racial epithets on tape. Or Denise Brown sobbing on the witness stand. They didn't hear testimony about O.J. Simpson's dark dreams. Or learn that he suffers from hobbling arthritis. Instead, they learned that an FBI agent, supposedly objective, put a framed picture of Fred and Kim Goldman on his desk. And that retired detectives signed book deals. They heard--though they were told to forget it--that O.J. Simpson flunked a lie detector test.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1995 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN and ERIC SLATER and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a move the government called a warning to disgruntled aerospace workers tempted to peddle U.S. defense secrets, a former Lockheed engineer was indicted Thursday on charges of attempted espionage for allegedly trying to sell secret plans concerning the Sea Shadow, a Navy stealth project. John Douglas Charlton, 62, allegedly tried to sell the plans concerning the ship and other projects to an FBI agent posing as an official of an unnamed Western European government, according to prosecutors.
OPINION
February 25, 2006 | Catherine Seipp, CATHERINE SEIPP writes a weekly column for National Review Online and blogs at www.cathyseipp.net.
A FRIEND OF MINE took his young daughter to visit the famous City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, explaining to her that the place is important because years ago it sold books no other store would -- even, perhaps especially, books whose ideas many people found offensive.
NEWS
March 11, 1995
John Allen Buggs, former director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who was a leading advocate for the black community after the 1965 Watts riots and then an adviser to three Presidents, has died. A daughter, Zara Gale Taylor, said her father was 79 and died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
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