January 13, 2012 |
It may not sound like it, but "In Heaven, Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery" is a playful, poetic and all-around charming documentary, an off-center look at an unusual institution. That would be Berlin's Weissensee, a 130-year-old veritable necropolis whose 115,000 graves make it the largest such establishment still in use in Europe. Yes, one of its administrators admits, there are a lot of dead people around, "but they don't hurt you. It's very peaceful. " It's also quite beautiful, a fully mature 100-acre forest in what was once East Berlin, and director Britta Wauer, working with cinematographer Kasper Kopke, has included numerous moments of random, unexpected beauty.
July 24, 2011
Placard protocol Re "Dead still alive on DMV disabled list," July 20 I read with interest the article about the misuse and misunderstanding by many of the disabled placards because I encountered this dilemma when my mother passed away several years ago. Her updated placard came in the mail, with a letter clearly stating that if the recipient had died, the placard was to be returned along with a note explaining that the person...
June 25, 2011 |
Syrian security officers opened fire on protesters Friday, leaving as many as 20 dead, as people poured into the streets across the nation in defiance of President Bashar Assad and his promise of limited reform, according to opposition activists. Meanwhile, the European Union slapped fresh sanctions on Syria and its principal regional ally, Iran, which has been accused of collaborating in the crackdown against protesters. Friday's anti-government marches, some tied to Friday prayers, reportedly were some of the largest in the 3-month-old protest movement that has convulsed the strategically situated Arab nation.
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March 6, 2011 |
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is blasting a campaign mailer sent out by an independent political action committee that listed more than a dozen dead community and religious leaders as endorsing Councilman Bernard C. Parks' reelection campaign. Ridley-Thomas, who ran against Parks for the Board of Supervisors in 2008 and has endorsed his challenger Forescee Hogan-Rowles in Tuesday's council race, said Friday that he was appalled by the literature sent to 8th Council District voters by the Los Angeles Jobs PAC, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
August 10, 2010 |
The father of a young woman who is fighting the foreclosure of her Diamond Bar home pleaded guilty in February to a federal tax fraud charge, court records show. The daughter, Zeenat Ali, said her father, Ather Ali, has been estranged from the family for three years, having moved out of the home before his indictment in December 2008. Zeenat Ali was profiled in a Los Angeles Times story Thursday focusing on her seven months of court battles to save the family home, including her lawsuit alleging wrongdoing by Deutsche Bank, Downey Savings and Arvest Bank subsidiary Central Mortgage Co. The banks wouldn't comment.
August 10, 2009 |
The first time I saw a dead body I was groping around in the dark in 125 feet of water looking for a drowning victim. A few members of my diving club had volunteered to help the grieving family find her: Collectively, we had enough brashness coupled with the insouciance of ignorance to go looking for this poor soul after the sheriff's divers said it was too dangerous at that depth. That's testosterone at work for you. We fanned out across the muddy bottom, holding onto a guide rope.