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January 2, 2014 | By Robert Zaretsky
For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France. " But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic. Three weeks ago, as bloody mayhem engulfed the CAR, François Hollande did what French presidents do best: He sent in the paratroops. With the blessing, and precious little else, of his European neighbors, Hollande declared his intention to protect 100 or so French nationals in Bangui, the capital, and to disarm both the outlawed Seleka fighters, overwhelmingly Muslim, and the vigilante anti-balaka (or "machete")
October 18, 2013 | By Bernie Miklasz
Columnists and reporters from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have shared their views with Times readers during the National League Championship Series. Reality-TV America might not have liked it much, but the St. Louis Cardinals sent Mickey Mouse, the Goofy in right field and the whole Disneyland gaggle of characters back to Southern California to begin their off-season grooming. Main Street America is headed back to the World Series. The Cardinals made surprisingly swift work of ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in a 9-0 thumping in Game 6, putting an end to the National League Championship Series and the baseball culture war between the two franchises.
October 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Old World architectural details take center stage at this Spanish Colonial Revival-style house in the Little Holmby area of Westwood. Elaborate ironwork, carved and stenciled beams and colorful tile, as well as a Prohibition-era bar hidden behind panels, are among original features. Location: 10571 Wyton Drive, Los Angeles 90024 Asking price: $2.895 million Year built: 1932 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,243 square feet Lot size: 10,649 square feet Features: Rotunda entry, French doors, wood-paneled library, breakfast room, vaulted ceilings, balcony, sleeping porch, outdoor dining loggia About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes sold in the 90024 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.82 million, according to DataQuick.
September 15, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
More often than it should, my mind slips away to Alaska. To follow, you'd need to fly to Anchorage, rent a car, then drive to Homer, as I did in the summer of 1994. Homer is nice - a quirky hamlet on the Kenai Peninsula where eagles fly, bears swat at leaping salmon and your halibut might outweigh you. But Homer is only the jumping-off spot for my daydreams. My happy place is six miles across Kachemak Bay: Halibut Cove, once a fishing settlement on the island of Ismailof, then a ghost town, now an artists colony and summer apparition.
September 6, 2013
Set along the beach in Malibu Colony, the John Lautner-designed Stevens House draws inspiration for its curved shell from the shape of waves. The restored wood-and-concrete structure shelters a swimming pool that is separated from the living space by retractable glass walls. Location: 78 Malibu Colony Road, Malibu 90265 Asking price: $22 million Year built: 1968 House size: Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, 3,366 square feet Lot size: 8,702 square feet Features: Loft, media room, 37 feet of beach frontage, deck, swimming pool About the area: In the first half of the year, 135 single-family homes sold in the 90265 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.89 million, according to DataQuick.
August 22, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A three-century record of penguin poop shows that the flightless birds probably thrived during the Little Ice Age, a Chinese research team says. Contrary to some reports that the Adelie penguin fared better in warmer conditions, when sea ice broke up, Earth scientist Zhou-Quing Xie of the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China, says that from 1490 to 1670, the middle of the so-called Little Ice Age, Adelies thrived on Ross Island off...
July 30, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Our society often touts teamwork, but when faced with an easy task, groups may actually perform worse than individuals - at least when the group is made up of Temnothorax rugatulus ants. A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that T. rugatulus ant colonies could consider two competing nesting sites and make a good collective decision about which was the better option if the difference between the two was small. When the difference between the nests was obvious, however, the “group advantage” disappeared and colonies were more likely to choose the inferior site .    When T. rugatulus colonies in coniferous forests choose a potential nest, they  dispatch about 200 scouts to scope out the territory.
July 24, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Pesticides sprayed on crops could be making honey bees susceptible to a fatal parasite and contributing to recent declines in bee populations, according to a study. Researchers found 35 pesticides, some at lethal levels, in the pollen collected from bees servicing major food crops in five states, including California, according to the study published online Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. Levels for two chemicals were above the dose that would kill half a population within two days, according to the report.
July 11, 2013 | By David Ng
Leaders of the financially troubled Colony Theatre in Burbank said that they have achieved a measure of stability and that they are moving forward with a new season, scheduled to begin in September.  In the fall, the 38-year-old Colony was on the brink of shutting down and was looking to raise $500,000 by the end of 2012. While the company missed that deadline, leaders said they eventually raised the money with significant help from an individual donor and a grant from the Marilyn P. & Wayne H. Kohl Memorial Fund.
July 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Peri Gilpin of “Frasier” fame and her husband, artist Christian Vincent, have sold their place in Malibu for $4.25 million. Described as a “quintessential Malibu Colony cottage” in the listing, the main house and guest house contain four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 1,783 square foot of living space. The backyard includes a wood-burning fireplace, built-in barbecue and a spa. Gilpin, 52, has appeared this year in the series “Men at Work.” She played Roz Doyle on “Frasier” (1993-2004)
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