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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy during a turbulent period in the 1970s when a cheating scandal rocked West Point months before he was forced to admit the first female cadets, has died. He was 87. Berry died July 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a retirement home in Kennett Square, Pa., said his daughter, Nan Berry Davenport. In 1974, Berry, at age 48, was named superintendent of West Point.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2011 | By Mark Kellam, Los Angeles Times
A handful of residents living along a busy stretch of Glendale Avenue say city officials are forcing them to take down mirrors they've attached to trees in the public right-of-way so they can better see oncoming traffic while exiting their driveways. The residents, who live north of the Ventura Freeway, say that in the absence of any speed-reduction enhancements — such as humps — the convex mirrors are one of the few safety measures they have. City officials, though, say the mirrors aren't allowed on city-owned trees.
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.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2010 | DAVID LAZARUS
These guys have to be some of the dumbest scammers ever. But their ploy is so brazen -- and so potentially attractive in these tough economic times -- you could just see it succeeding. That is, if they ever get their story straight. Beverly Hills resident Joy Shefter told me she had received a call the other day from a man identifying himself as a Bank of America employee. He said he had a cashier's check for Shefter's husband, Milt, from Publishers Clearing House. The check was for $2.5 million.
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