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May 6, 2012
Much of Dana Gioia's poetry might be set in the contemporary world, but a host of ancient, mythic references echo in the speakers' voices and the scenes they present to readers. In "Pity The Beautiful: Poems" (Graywolf: 75 pp., $15 paper), a new collection by the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (and now a professor of poetry at the University of Southern California), Gioia sounds an elegiac note as he considers lost loved ones, growing older and the daily frustrations that cause us to yearn for something more transcendent.
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NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Well, as they say in Jersey, “Chris Christie didn't do nuthin'!” On Thursday, the New Jersey governor's handpicked legal team cleared him of any wrongdoing in "Bridgegate" - the four-day traffic tie-up in Fort Lee, N.J., in September. The governor played no part in orchestrating the traffic nightmare, the report (which cost New Jersey taxpayers about $1 million) said. Instead, it faulted two Christie loyalists who basically, it found, went rogue. PHOTO ESSAY: Chris Christie, President Obama and the 'ignorance is bliss' dodge It also said that one of those rogues, David Wildstein, insisted that he had told Christie about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge while they were happening.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
He's @IKEAmonkey on Twitter and fast becoming a meme star. Tweeters were having a blast Monday morning with the tiny monkey that surprised shoppers at a Toronto IKEA. "BREAKING: 53% of Toronto residents say they'll vote #ikeamonkey for mayor. " "Report: Lawyers are working to free #ikeamonkey. They're working pro bonobo. " According to the Toronto Star, the monkey, dressed in a faux shearling coat and diaper, was sighted in a parking garage of the IKEA on Sunday afternoon.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
In the 1960s and '70s, as Americans argued over legalizing abortion, supporters of abortion rights sometimes held coat hangers aloft as an eloquent, grisly reminder that desperate women used them - and other methods --  for horrific, sometimes fatal self-induced illegal abortions. In an April 1969 demonstration by more than 300,000 protesters in Washington, marchers wore coat hangers around their necks and held signs reading, “Never again.” Maybe that symbol has faded from memory after 40 years of legal abortion, but not everyone's forgotten.
WORLD
March 18, 2013 | By Henry Chu
ROME - Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the New World, has decided to remember his roots by choosing a personal coat of arms that recalls his career as a cleric in Argentina, the Vatican said Monday. Francis opted to keep the same coat of arms that he used as the archbishop of Buenos Aires before his election as pope but with the addition of the golden papal miter and the crossed keys that unlock the kingdom of God. The shield from his days as archbishop features a logo of the Jesuit order to which he belongs, a golden star symbolizing the Virgin Mary and a flower representing St. Joseph.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
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IMAGE
August 31, 2008 | Monica Corcoran, Times Staff Writer
September in L.A. is the cruelest month for a coat fiend like me. Temperatures laze in the 80s during the day, which makes buying a chic camel-hair swing coat about as daft as owning a beach towel in Anchorage. Nevermind the other East Coast sartorial staples -- fitted turtle necks and ribbed tights -- that taunt this N.Y. expat. Mostly, it's the coat I crave. Ten years in L.A. hasn't quelled my addiction to that jolt of static electricity that comes from friction with wool. Or the tickle of twill on my neck.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Hermès, which reopened its Rodeo Drive store in Beverly Hills with such fanfare last year, closed out Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday afternoon with a quietly elegant show. As it was on so many runways this season, outerwear was the big story in designer Christophe Lemaire's collection. The first look was an oatmeal cream double face cashmere coat so thick and blanket-like, it looked as if it would be able to stand on its own. The next coat came in a camel color, folded just so in the front.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | By R. Daniel Foster
The 1928 icebox in my Los Feliz apartment has always been a curiosity with its insulated door and brass latch. But the real oddity lives inside. A motor is stuck with 14 tubes that once coursed with methyl chloride or perhaps sulfur dioxide. I always thought the snake-like contraption resembled a marauding insect from a 1950s science-fiction horror flick. I loved the vintage container, but always thought it deserved better than serving as a haphazard cupboard. Plus, I'm careful how I use each inch in my 550-square-foot flat.
NEWS
January 14, 1985 | United Press International
First Lady Nancy Reagan will wear an electric-blue melton coat by Adolfo when the President is sworn in a week from today because blue is "the color that lit up on television" each time her husband won a state on election night, according to an aide.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Hermès, which reopened its Rodeo Drive store in Beverly Hills with such fanfare last year, closed out Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday afternoon with a quietly elegant show. As it was on so many runways this season, outerwear was the big story in designer Christophe Lemaire's collection. The first look was an oatmeal cream double face cashmere coat so thick and blanket-like, it looked as if it would be able to stand on its own. The next coat came in a camel color, folded just so in the front.
SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Some things were settled by halftime Sunday. UCLA was not going to repeat as Pac-12 champion. Arizona clinched the conference regular-season title while the Bruins were sorting out issues in the locker room. Some things were unsettling by halftime. BOX SCORE: UCLA 74, Oregon State 69 Steve Alford, UCLA's always dapper-looking coach, ditched his jacket. That he didn't consider replacing it with a straitjacket was to his credit. In the first half the Bruins showed why they've lagged so far behind Arizona in the standings.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
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BUSINESS
December 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The LG G Flex isn't available in the United States, but it could be a preview of what's to come in the world of smartphones. That's because the futuristic devices features two technologies we haven't seen before: a curved screen and a self-healing coat. The LG G Flex is one of the first two commercially available curved-screen smartphones. The phone's massive 6-inch screen curves slightly from its top edge down to the bottom. If you lay it on a table, the top and bottom stick up ever so slightly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Whenever she has bad news for a family at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center emergency room, Gabriela Perez says a little prayer to herself before stepping through the door. A devout Roman Catholic nicknamed "Mother Teresa" by her co-workers, Perez became a nurse practitioner 27 years ago to serve her community and those in need. It's more than a job, she said. Serving the needy is deeply intertwined with her faith. Perez attended the White Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday afternoon to pray for her patients and for others in the healthcare profession.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Prince George's christening date has been set for Oct. 23, Kensington Palace announced Friday. That will make the son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- born July 22 -- about 3 months old for the intimate ceremony in which his guardians will pledge to raise him in the Christian faith. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday, 23rd October at The Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1998
Re: the answer given to the clue " 'Canterbury Tales' inn," 37 Down, in your Aug. 9 Puzzler: A "tabard" is a cloak, a jacket, a cape, a mantle, a coat, a gown. An inn is a tavern. OLGA McDOUGALL Pasadena
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Booth Moore
NEW YORK -- It was Thom Browne's moment to seize. After being thrust into the international spotlight during the presidential inauguration last month for creating First Lady Michelle Obama's superbly tailored, navy blue silk tie jacquard coat and dress combo, expectations were high Monday night when the designer presented his fall-winter women's collection at New York Fashion Week. And Browne rose to the occasion with a collection that was a love letter to powerful women, and a stunning  display of his fabric sense and tailoring skills.
SCIENCE
September 11, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Here are two things you might not expect to see together: spider silk coated in carbon nanotubes. This hybrid material is stretchy, super strong and can shrink and grow with humidity, making it potentially very useful for sensors and flexible electronics - and scientists made it by rubbing it between their fingers. This nanotube-coated spider silk, described in the journal Nature Communications, could be useful for devices such as heart monitors inside the body and might even act like synthetic muscle.
IMAGE
September 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
There's no disappearing into the background in this season's new, don't-mess-with-me camouflage and animal prints. Alexis Bittar's "Santa Fe Deco" necklace mixes a zebra Lucite bib with luxe jewels, while Eddie Borgo's "Moon" ring is set with a rock crystal, onyx and jade "horn" that spans four fingers. Dries Van Noten's satin clutch boasts exotic plumage, and Nicholas Kirkwood's ankle boots spout fox fur pelts for the toes. But the ultimate luxe urban jungle trophy is from Michael Kors: a camo mink coat that yells, "I am woman, hear me roar.
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