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TRAVEL
March 6, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO BAGAN, MYANMAR From LAX , Thai Airways offers connecting service (change of plane) to Bagan. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,397. TELEPHONE To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 95 (the country code for Myanmar) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Central Hotel , 335-337 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan Township, Yangon; 1-241-001, http://www.centralhotelyangon.com . It's clean and cheap, with doubles from $35 a night with breakfast.
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OPINION
January 22, 2012 | By Caitlin Flanagan
When I was a teenager in the 1970s, the hottest thing on girl radar was Judy Blume's young-adult novel "Forever. " My family was living in Ireland on a sabbatical year when it came out, and so a friend packaged it up (in actual brown paper) and sent me a copy from Berkeley. In Ireland at that time, not even adults could have bought a book like "Forever," let alone girls in their summer dresses. Every time I re-encounter the book, I expect to find an amusing curio, a reminder of a more innocent age. And each time I am surprised again — shocked — at how explicit and intentionally erotic a book it is. The protagonist, Katherine Danziger, was a new kind of girl hero.
TRAVEL
November 11, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO QUITO, ECUADOR From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Quito is offered on TACA, United, Delta, COPA, United and LACSA. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $899, including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 593 (the country code for Ecuador and 2 (the area code for Quito). WHERE TO STAY Casa Gangotena, Bolivar y Cuenca, Quito; 400-8000, http://www.casagangotena.com . The newest and most elegant hotel in Quito in the heart of the Centro Historico.
OPINION
July 14, 2002
Re "The Code of the Cosmos," July 9: Stephen Wolfram's theory seems to be an attempt to develop a GUT, or grand unified theory, long sought by many as a "holy grail." Such a theory would necessarily integrate all of the current, disparate theories (gravity, electromagnetism, et al.), each of which may explain some smaller part of the cosmos. The code that Wolfram is seeking may be the cosmos' equivalent of DNA. Such "universal DNA" as an ingredient of the big bang might help explain how a singularity could contain sufficient inconsistency to produce such a varied universe, and not the homogeneous sphere that one might expect.
TRAVEL
February 13, 2011 | By Mary Ellen Monahan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
THE BEST WAY TO ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to St. Petersburg is offered on KLM, Lufthansa and Aeroflot. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $490. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 7 (the country code for Russia), and the local number. WHAT TO DO Public banyas are generally sex-segregated and often have different hours, so check first.
FOOD
May 12, 2011
London restaurant details St. John Hotel, 1 Leicester St., London, 3301-8069, http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com . Appetizers, $12.50 to $30; main courses, $30 to $42; desserts, $7 to $13.50. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, 7201-3833, http://www.dinnerbyheston.com . Appetizers, $21 to $27; main courses, $34 to $60; dessert, $13.50 to $17. To call from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes and Emily Alpert Reyes
Apartments and houses in Los Angeles and Orange counties are home to some of the most crowded living conditions in the country, according to federal statistics. The Times analyzed the data to rank every ZIP code and census tract nationwide. Using this  interactive graphic, you can enter your address and see whether you live one of the most crowded sections of the country.   The Times found: -- In Los Angeles and Orange counties, about one in every 10 homes is crowded, compared with only 3% of homes nationwide.
NEWS
June 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
Parliament on Wednesday banned videos and sound recordings that show excessive violence. The lawmakers unanimously approved a revision of the penal code to set unspecified jail terms or fines for violators.
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