May 25, 1990 |
Flake by painstaking flake, the sloping skull of a long-extinct whale emerged from an eight-foot-long cocoon of sedimentary earth and plaster of Paris. "I don't want to chip any of the fragile bone away," said Marian Meyer quietly as she scraped at the partially exposed fossil that sat on a pallet in the back room of RMW Paleontologists, a small research company in a light-industrial complex on Via Fabricante in Mission Viejo.
November 18, 1991 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1990 |
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.
May 9, 1997 |
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 |
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.
January 19, 2014 |
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.
August 19, 2007 |
Earlier this summer, almost 100 psychedelic music fans, subculture aficionados, students of the occult and local literati climbed the flower-petal-strewn steps of publisher couple Jodi Wille and Adam Parfrey's Silver Lake home for a salon celebrating the upcoming publication of "The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, YaHoWa 13 and the Source Family" (Process), the definitive history of a mystical cult that thrived in Los Angeles between 1970 and 1974.
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May 26, 1995 |
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.
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.
April 13, 2008 |
I still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in a distinguished way, old enough that we, at 40-ish, passed as the occasion's young ladies. The house in Colorado was great -- if you like Ralph Lauren-style chalets: a rugged luxury cabin at 9,000 feet, complete with elk antlers, lots of kilims, and a wood-burning stove.