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February 15, 1993 | Associated Press
The chief deputy mayor of Paris needs a Happy Meal, quick. He's fuming over the proposed opening of a McDonald's restaurant at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and says he'll use all legal means to prevent it. "It is time that the protection of certain sites in Paris is reinforced," First Deputy Mayor Jean Tiberi said.
September 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Amid plenty of fanfare, Las Vegas's half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower welcomed its 10-millionth visitor Thursday. Five-thousand red, white and blue balloons floated skyward as the special guest, Martin Layton, a tourist from Britain, arrived with his fiancée, Sarah Connell, at the half-scale lookalike at Paris Las Vegas . They were greeted by colorfully dressed showgirls from " Jubilee!" along with other entertainers. David Hoenemeyer, president of the resort (which opened 14 years ago this month)
October 9, 1988 | Associated Press
The 70 employees at the Eiffel Tower went on strike Saturday for higher pay, preventing tourists from entering the world famous structure. The employees asked to meet with top management of the tower, which is a communications transmission station as well as a tourist attraction, to press their demand for a raise of 31 cents per hour. The current base wage is $4.55 an hour. The Eiffel Tower is 984 feet high and has elevators to take tourists to three observation levels.
July 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Opening day at Del Mar on Wednesday brought out more than just partygoers and horse racing fans. It's the day for the fabulous hat contest, and people showed up with their greatest imaginations on display on their heads. Hats with cherries, hats with eggs, hats with an Eiffel Tower welded to iron were among the spectacles. "It's a day to have fun," said one San Diego resident who brought her three grandchildren to the track with hats made from scratch. ALSO: Who will win the British Open?
February 26, 1994 | Reuters
A 22-year-old German jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower, the 378th suicide from the Paris landmark since it opened in 1889 but the first since new barriers were erected three years ago, police said Friday.
June 19, 1988 | BEVERLY BEYETTE
Joe King, 39, a professor of electrical engineering at University of the Pacific in Stockton, intends to glue the last of 110,000 toothpicks in place on his scale model of the Eiffel Tower in time for the Paris landmark's May, 1989, centennial "whether anybody cares or not." King--"People tend to call me the toothpick king"--is hoping, of course, that someone will.
April 7, 1996
Can you picture the Eiffel Tower in pink? How about plaid? Thanks to a new exhibit at the Paris landmark, visitors can now "paint" it any color they wish using interactive video screens. The electronic palette is one of several displays in the new visitor center that opened week before last in the French capital.
October 16, 1995 | Associated Press
Algeria's most radical armed group has threatened more bombings in France--including one at the Eiffel Tower--and drawn up a hit list of French journalists, a newspaper reported Sunday. The weekly Journal du Dimanche quoted the head of France's police union, Jean-Louis Arajol, as saying he received information indicating that new terrorist attacks were being planned against the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde and major department stores in Paris.
September 16, 1991 | Reuters
A mystery pilot flew a small plane under the Eiffel Tower early Sunday, defying a strict ban on flights in the area, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. The spokesman said the single-engine aircraft flew through the 245-foot gap between the pillars of the 1,060-foot Paris landmark. The red-and-yellow plane, which had been stolen, was found abandoned in a field east of Paris, the spokesman said. The pilot had vanished.
August 10, 1990 | Reuters
France has lodged a protest with the Swedish government over an official AIDS poster that features an image of the Eiffel Tower made of condom packages in the blue, white and red colors of the French flag. The posters have been plastered around Stockholm as part of a campaign warning summer travelers to take precautions against acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
April 12, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Justin Bieber has released his latest music video, "All Around the World," and is giving fans and critics a glimpse of his life during his "Believe" tour. The video plays out as a mash-up of footage from the 19-year-old's world tour and his performances of the song at various venues. It also shows the tour from his point of view. So it's fitting and fairly clever that his team approached the song in this manner. The YouTube sensation-turned-global pop star teased to the video on Twitter Thursday and finally made the big reveal on Friday.
June 5, 2012
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May 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Tokyo Skytree , the world's tallest communications tower, opened Tuesday. Twice the height of the Eiffel Tower, it stands 2,080 feet tall (only Dubai's Burj Khalifa is taller at 2,716 feet) with observation decks that offer amazing views of the densely packed Japanese capital. So how much does that view cost? Visitors going to the Tembo Deck at 1,148 feet above the city pay $31.25 for adults and $25 for children 12 to 17 from now until July 10 (and you have to buy tickets in advance and online with a credit card issued in Japan, according to Skytree website )
July 15, 2011 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Megan Cowles' friends envy her good luck. "Everyone wants my job," she says. This summer, her employer is taking her to Paris, where she'll see the Eiffel Tower, stroll along the Seine and eat buttery, melt-in-your-mouth croissants for breakfast. Her wonder job? She's a home-care worker. Her employer, a 76-year-old Orange County woman, is so grateful for her help that she's taking her to Paris on a vacation. Part 1: How to choose a caregiver "She's very excited about it," Cowles said.
March 14, 2011
Vegas or Paris? This tower looks a little too shiny to be the famed Eiffel Tower of Paris, but c'est vrai . "The tower twinkles for five minutes on the hour and it is at that moment the photo was taken with a 12x zoom," says Times reader "GdashG75. " If you visit the City of Lights to see the Eiffel Tower, read our France guide . If you'd prefer to see the Sin City version, read our Vegas guide . Interested in feedback from Los Angeles Times photographers? Come join us at the L.A. Times Travel & Adventure Show  March 19 and 20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
December 19, 2010
1, France Year in and year out, Europe's most familiar monuments can count on a steady stream of visitors. Yet even must-do destinations offer creative new wrinkles to bring in the crowds. Here are a few innovations in France, Britain and Italy: Eiffel Tower: Some tourists are turned off by the idea of waiting in line just to climb the Eiffel Tower's well-worn stairs. So the Paris monument has set up an ice-skating rink on its first floor, 187 feet above ground, that will be available every night until 10:30 and operate until Feb. 9. There is no extra cost to use the rink, and skates are free.
January 5, 1987 | From Reuters
The Eiffel Tower, France's most famous monument, has been immortalized in a new form--a model built by a Spaniard using 884 cows' teeth and six of his own. Juan Merchan, 58, told reporters from his home in this northeastern town that he collected 3,000 cattle teeth from a friend who works in an slaughterhouse. "It was very hard work," he said of the tower. "It took me two years to collect the teeth and sort them out and 15 months to build it."
May 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
American artist Jeff Koons plans to erect a 360-foot-tall sculpture in Hamburg, Germany -- two cranes with outsize inner tubes dangling down -- that he hopes will rival the effect of the Eiffel Tower. Koons was commissioned to redesign the Spielbudenplatz square, located near the Reeperbahn boulevard that runs through the port city's red-light district. Construction is slated to begin this year, said Mario Mettbach, the Hamburg official in charge of building projects.
November 25, 2010 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
'Tis the season to be jolly for affluent travelers headed to Paris with the opening Dec. 17 of a new Shangri-La Hotel in the capital’s tony 16 th arrondissement . The Hong Kong hotel group’s inaugural foray into the luxury European market comes two months after the Royal Monceau reopened as a Raffles hotel. (Fans of the Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental will have to wait into next year or beyond to stay at Paris outposts of those brands.
August 22, 2010
MUSTS Some of the sights of Paris, rank-ordered according to the author's personal preferences: Musée d'Orsay: Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, all in exquisite and comfortable settings. Île Saint-Louis: This little island neighborhood seems right out of a romantic French movie. Latin Quarter: shopping, browsing, clubbing, browsing, shopping, clubbing. Repeat. Notre Dame Cathedral: begun in 1160, plundered in 1790, still amazing in 2010. Eiffel Tower: Is there a more romantic attraction in the world?
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