July 29, 2013 |
A lone jewel thief who struck the lavish Carlton InterContinental hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes made off with $136 million in diamond-encrusted watches and gems, in one of the biggest jewel heists in history, French authorities said Monday. Initially, the jewels stolen midday Sunday were valued at $53 million. A subsequent inventory disclosed that more had been taken from a poorly guarded hotel room, where items were being stored for a diamond exhibit by the Dubai-based Leviev diamond house, Philippe Vique of the regional prosecutor's office told local media.
July 17, 2013 |
Three high schools in the Pomona Unified School District _ Pomona, Diamond Ranch and Garey _ will have new AstroTurf fields this fall. Construction began in May on the $16 million project. The fields are supposed to be ready in August. Each field will have artificial grass, similar to what was used at StubHub Center in Carson for the CIF state championship bowl games. Funding comes from a voter-approved bond measure that was passed in 2008. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
July 17, 2013 |
Neil Diamond is being accused of getting a little extra help from his friends at Fox when he sang "Sweet Caroline" at Tuesday's All-Star Game in New York. The 1969 hit, a signature song for the 72-year-old Diamond, has been an unofficial theme song of the Boston Red Sox since 2002 and has been played since the Boston Marathon bombings as a sign of unity. On Tuesday night at the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York -- broadcast on Fox -- Diamond crooned it to a seemingly appreciative crowd.
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July 12, 2013 |
Like many defenders of the beach bonfire, Chris Epting has questioned the priorities of air quality regulators who want to clamp down on the hundreds of fire rings that blaze nightly on Los Angeles and Orange County beaches, sending pollutants into beachfront neighborhoods. "I've wondered why they haven't focused on other areas: inland, the ports or the nightly Disneyland fireworks," said Epting, who writes a column for the Huntington Beach Independent. "There are a lot of trouble spots and yet there's been a laser-like focus on something that is almost statistically zero compared to those other sources.
July 2, 2013 |
It's not yet 11 a.m. and the temperature already is nearing 90 degrees as Galaxy rookie Gyasi Zardes drives his right leg through one penalty kick after another on a practice field next to StubHub Center. When practice is over, the 21-year-old forward strolls off the field sweating heavily but smiling, and why not? The Hawthorne native scored the only goal in the Galaxy's recent 1-0 win over Chivas USA. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Zardes - easily recognizable with his blond-and-black Mohawk haircut - is one of the Galaxy's most promising players.
May 16, 2013 |
The roughly 4-inch Lego likeness of Queen Elizabeth II will wear a silver-and-diamond crown less than an inch big to mark the 60th anniversary of the British monarch's coronation. The Queen of Miniland, as she's called, will show off the crown with 48 cut diamonds that was created by jewelry designer Dinny Hall. The Lego queen first displayed the crown during last year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The real Queen Elizabeth, by the way, was crowned with the almost 5-pound St. Edward's Crown six decades ago at Westminster Abbey in London.
May 14, 2013 |
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon on a cluttered street in Gardena, some very big and skilled athletes are hanging out on a concrete basketball court, bouncing around underneath rusted backboards and chain nets, acting out a typical inner-city scene, with one small exception. They are playing baseball. "It's Showtime!" shouts Coach Wil Aaron, only this is a very different kind of Showtime. Aaron is using a tennis racket to whack tennis balls at close range to infielders on his Gardena Serra High baseball team, whose players are leaping and spinning out of stereotypes and perhaps into history.
May 11, 2013 |
The manager was rushing directly to practice from work, so she jogged onto the infield carrying a plastic bucket of baseballs while wearing a skirt. '"You can't play baseball in a dress!" shrieked one of her players. "Just watch me," Claudia Chiovare said. One of the coaches was once challenged by a player who didn't want to wear his required protective cup. "How are you going to know if we have it on?" he taunted. "You've got to knock on it, and we've got to hear it," Tracy Chiovare said.
May 8, 2013 |
LONDON -- Authorities in three countries have arrested 31 people in connection with a spectacular diamond heist in February that saw robbers disguised as police steal an estimated $50 million worth of gemstones from a parked plane on a Belgian airport runway. Anja Bijnens in the Brussels prosecutor's office said Wednesday that at least some of the diamonds were recovered in Switzerland as well as a stash of money in Belgium. Police arrested 24 people in Belgium on Wednesday morning, plus one person in France and six others in Switzerland on Tuesday, authorities said.
May 8, 2013 |
LONDON - Thirty-one people have been arrested in a three-country sweep tied to a spectacular $50-million diamond heist at a Belgian airport in February, officials said Wednesday. More than 250 officers with the Belgian federal police and the country's special branches fanned out across Brussels early Wednesday, conducting 40 house searches and arresting 24 suspects. A day earlier, six people in Switzerland were taken into custody, as was one in France who authorities believe was among the masked thieves who took the gems from a jet on the tarmac at Brussels Airport.