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NEWS
July 3, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lee E. Blair, artist and Disney animator who had the rare distinction of winning an Olympic gold medal for watercolor painting, has died. He was 81. Blair died of heart failure in Santa Cruz on June 19. The Los Angeles native won his gold medal in 1932, the first year the Olympics were staged in Los Angeles, for a watercolor of a rodeo. The painting was donated to a high school and has since been lost.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2011 | By Steven Armstrong, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Perch is a new rooftop bar and restaurant that's making downtown L.A. rethink the way it does night life. Unlike downtown's most famous rooftop bar — the ostentatious poolside lounge crowning the Standard Hotel — Perch doesn't have a pool or red Astroturf or gaggles of scantily clad partiers. It doesn't have a million-dollar lighting system or a make-believe speak-easy either. What Perch does have is a fine cocktail program, an impressive selection of French wines and spirits, a French-inspired dinner menu, panoramic views, live music and a palpable lack of pretension.
SPORTS
February 4, 1989
The difference between ice hockey and soccer: In soccer, the thugs are in the stands, and in ice hockey, the thugs are on the ice. MARSDEN A. THOMPSON Los Angeles
OPINION
September 18, 2007
Re "Reconciliation needed -- in D.C.," Opinion, Sept. 12 Ronald Brownstein's article asking how can we expect political reconciliation between the Sunnis and the Shiites in Iraq if we don't have it between Democrats and Republicans in Washington overlooks a key point: Reconciliation does not mean agreeing with each other, it means talking with each other toward a common goal. We have peaceful, albeit sometimes acrimonious, talking in our capital; we have violence and wanton murder in Iraq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1992
President Richard von Weizsaeker recently reminded his fellow citizens that a key reason democracy failed in Germany in the 1920s was that there simply weren't enough German democrats around to support it. It has become especially clear in the last few weeks that a lot of ordinary Germans are determined that this devastating experience, which led first to the triumph of Nazism and ultimately to Germany's wartime destruction and division, won't be repeated in the 1990s.
TRAVEL
October 4, 2009 | Phil Zimmerman
"So what are you having for breakfast this evening?" asked the waiter, while pouring Sauvignon Blanc into tiny white ceramic cups typically used for hot tea. As I reviewed the menu, I could feel the stranger next to me at the communal table leaning over my left shoulder. "You should really try the Burmese fish stew," said the woman with bright bleached blond and pink hair. "It's absolutely to die for." Welcome to one of the latest quirky restaurants to hit the dining scene in San Francisco, a city known for its culinary excellence and a style all its own. Of course, you can always visit the usual spots such as the Slanted Door.
REAL ESTATE
July 19, 1987
I read Sam Hall Kaplan's column on Los Angeles' downtown skyline (June 28) with great interest. While downtown Los Angeles may lack the density of New York or San Francisco, the imagination of Houston or Dallas, or the old-and-new mix of Chicago, I feel our downtown is very distinctive. True, those monoliths of the '70s building boom, First Interstate, Arco Towers and the incredibly boring Union Bank Square were no architectural roses. But our most recent additions, Wells Fargo, Crocker Center, California Plaza and others offer a clean, sleek identity to a city that in the 21st Century will be this nation's number one location for recreation, business and residence.
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