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April 17, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Question: My son and I are going to London in June, and we were wondering whether you have any great ideas for budget accommodations. We were told that convents are great deals, but there is a curfew and that's not going to work for my 27-year-old son. We could do a room in a house, an apartment for a week, a bed-and-breakfast or a little hotel. --Patti Black, Pacific Palisades Answer: "Budget" and "London" these days are almost mutually exclusive. One good yardstick, the U.S. government's per diem — the allowance for federal employees traveling abroad — shows a max of $321 a day for a room and $182 for meals and incidentals.
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April 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Richard Simon
The National Rifle Assn. is preparing to kick off its annual convention Friday in Indianapolis, where it will mix politics with advocacy for 2nd Amendment issues, including one of its longtime goals: a national reciprocity law that would allow gun owners to carry licensed weapons across state lines. Efforts to pass such a law have failed in the past. That it is on the agenda less than two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is evidence of the NRA's resilience as well as its ability to bounce back from a low point.
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NEWS
October 9, 1989
Carmelite nuns denied a report that they had moved out of a convent at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Poland. The convent has caused conflict between Roman Catholics and Jews. Catholics have agreed to build a prayer center away from the camps to house the nuns, but a spokeswoman at the convent denied remarks by a World Jewish Congress official in New York on Friday that most of the nuns had already left. "There is no truth in the rumor that some of us have left," she said.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
In the battle for tourists, Los Angeles is losing ground to rivals Orlando, Fla., New York, and Chicago. L.A. County has broken its own record for annual visitors three years in a row - thanks to a rebounding economy, sunny California weather and popular tourist attractions. But L.A.'s tourist numbers are not growing fast enough to keep up with the nation's top three destinations, primarily because the city lacks enough hotel rooms to host more tourists. "We have an awful lot of things that are in our favor," said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
NEWS
September 20, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
The Vatican moved decisively Tuesday to improve strained relations between Roman Catholics and Jews, saying that a convent of Carmelite nuns at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland should indeed be relocated and offering to help pay the cost. Although there was no direct sign of it in a carefully worded statement issued by the Vatican press office, the action was tantamount to papal intervention in a dispute that had become an international embarrassment to the Vatican.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2000 | Reuters
A distinguished British Roman Catholic nun and theologian said Wednesday that she was leaving her religious order because of antagonism by the Vatican over a book she wrote on women's place within the church. Sister Lavinia Byrne, 52, a teacher at Cambridge Theological Federation and a regular contributor to religious broadcasts, will leave the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary after 35 years.
WORLD
October 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police evicted 65 rebellious ex-nuns from a convent they illegally occupied for two years after defying a Vatican order to replace their charismatic leader. The former nuns walked out after a locksmith opened the gate to the walled compound and police in riot gear rushed in and arrested the mother superior, who has said she has religious visions.
NEWS
September 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
Leaders of the Roman Catholic Carmelite order said Saturday that they support moving one of their convents from the former Auschwitz death camp in Poland as Jewish groups have demanded. Father Anthony Morello, general counselor of the Carmelite order, said he gave his order's assurances it supported moving the convent away from the Nazi death camp during a meeting with Sigmund Sternberg, head of the International Council of Christians and Jews.
NEWS
February 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held next week for a religious center to replace a controversial convent on the grounds of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, the World Jewish Congress said in Washington. A joint announcement of the dedication ceremony will be made following a meeting Monday between Poland's Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Jewish Congress President Edgar M. Bronfman.
NEWS
July 22, 1989 | From Reuters
Poland has told Israel it will intervene to remove a Roman Catholic convent from the site of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Friday. A major source of bitterness between Catholics and Jews, the issue came to a head last week when Polish workers attacked American Jews protesting against the Carmelite convent on a site where millions of prisoners, mainly Jews, were exterminated by the Germans during World War II.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Talk about flying in the face of convention. Whereas many planes use a white or light color scheme, a newly painted Air New Zealand 787-9 is a study in black--a stunning study at that. The Dreamliner, whose paint job was completed Saturday at Seattle's Boeing facility, will be part of Air New Zealand 's group of 10 such aircraft but is so far the only one with the black scheme. Starting Oct. 15, the craft will carry passengers on a route from Auckland, New Zealand, to Perth, Australia, and also will fly from Auckland to Shanghai and from Auckland to Tokyo.  It's adorned with the fern, a New Zealand symbol that has its roots in Maori culture.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Jessica Wohl
CHICAGO - Wal-Mart is trying to make organic food more accessible to its budget-conscious shoppers. The retailer is making a bigger bet on the fast-growing category, teaming with Wild Oats to sell organic packaged food priced in line with conventional foods and at least 25% cheaper than other organic brands it currently carries. The effort by Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer and the largest single seller of food in the United States, could have a ripple effect in the grocery industry.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
There was - if not exactly dancing in the streets - a small frisson of excitement surging through half a dozen of America's great cities Wednesday as word emerged that six finalists had been chosen as the possible site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. They are, in impartially alphabetic order: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Two cities were eliminated from consideration by the party's site selection committee: Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix, the latter, doubtless, to the dismay of sun worshippers who savored nothing more than the prospect of baking in the Sonoran Desert's 120-degree summer heat.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
In a sign that the definition of prime office space is undergoing a dramatic shift, an old downtown Los Angeles office complex - once considered second rate - is now outperforming many of its newer, glitzier competitors. PacMutual Plaza, which dates to 1908, was one of the best addresses in Southern California until an unprecedented office building boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought a stately new crop of skyscrapers to town. For decades to follow, PacMutual - in the same block as the Biltmore hotel in Pershing Square - was a lower-cost alternative to such elite enclaves of corporate America as U.S. Bank Tower, Two California Plaza and the Gas Company Tower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Seema Mehta and Michael Finnegan
BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Republican gubernatorial candidates feted delegates to their state party's weekend convention late into the night Saturday with parties, cocktails and music. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari had a cover band that introduced him to Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” “I love to dance but my campaign team has forbidden me from dancing,” he told supporters gathered in a hotel ballroom. “So the point of tonight is to have fun. This has been a fantastic convention,” Kashkari said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta
BURLINGAME, Calif. -- The audience reaction told the story: For Neel Kashkari, polite applause; for his GOP gubernatorial rival, Tim Donnelly, a prolonged roar of cheers. With that, hundreds of Republicans wrapped up the state GOP convention near the San Francisco Airport on Sunday with a resounding - and unofficial - endorsement of Donnelly's candidacy for governor on a tea party platform that has left some moderates squirming. Kashkari, a Laguna Beach newcomer to California politics, has been collecting big-dollar donations from fellow investment bankers and other wealthy GOP donors to run a TV and mail campaign that he hopes will overcome Donnelly's apparent grassroots support.
NEWS
November 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Polish church officials honored a pledge to world Jewish leaders by laying the cornerstone of a convent to replace a controversial Carmelite nunnery at the Auschwitz death camp. The building, to be completed next year, is intended as a permanent home for the cloistered nuns whose convent under the walls of the Nazi death camp caused an uproar. If the nuns move in on schedule in October, 1992, they will ease a conflict that damaged Jewish-Catholic links worldwide.
NEWS
August 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Roman Catholic Church on Thursday suspended a 1987 agreement to move nuns from a Carmelite convent on the edge of Auschwitz and blamed Jewish groups for creating an "atmosphere of aggressive demands." The World Jewish Congress, which coordinated a campaign to move the convent, called Cardinal Franciszek Macharski's announcement "a tragic blow" and urged the Vatican to overturn it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
BURLINGAME, Calif. - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine was the direct result of Russian control of oil in that region of the world and emphasized that the United States needed to develop its domestic energy resources, maintain a robust military and avoid isolationism. "I know that people are tired. I know that after more than 10 years of war and terrorism and engagement abroad, and sometimes it doesn't look like there's light at the end of the tunnel, we can think, well, we'll let someone else do it," Rice told hundreds of delegates and guests at a California Republican Party luncheon here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
California Republicans will gather in the Bay Area this weekend to discuss efforts to rebuild their beleaguered state party, hear from a collection of national speakers and be courted by GOP candidates who hope to take on Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in the fall. The politicking between Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari will be closely watched as they court voters over the three-day meeting in Burlingame, address the convention on Sunday and host parties for delegates Saturday night.
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