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November 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them - his parents included - in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland. A few months later, he too was forced out of Tarnow and into the first of several Nazi labor camps in Eastern Europe. "I thought often [about] how I'm going to die," he recalled in a 1999 CNN interview, "whether it's going to be a bullet, would it hurt. I really did not know. " Instead, he was among the survivors.
November 8, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
History, as we all know, is framed by events. But it also grows from relationships, both personal and political, and is framed by how the actions of particular players in specific circumstances set the course for the future. In her sweeping new history, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the relationships among Roosevelt, Taft and those pesky muckraking journalists and how their individual behaviors influenced not only one another but also the nation.
November 6, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
J.P. Howell , 30, reliever Final 2013 stats: 4-1, 2.03 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .193 opponent batting average, 54 strikeouts in 62 innings. Contract status: A free agent. The good: Left-handed specialist was everything the Dodgers had hoped, and probably a little more. His ERA and WHIP were the best of his career. Held left-handed hitters to a .164 batting average, but right-handed hitters hit only .222. Fit in great in the clubhouse. The bad: Not much to complain about.
November 4, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - The elderly gentleman appeared nervous when authorities questioned him during a customs check aboard a train from Switzerland to Germany. He was carrying about $12,000 in cash, just within the legal limit. But a feeling that something was not quite right eventually led them several months later to raid the apartment in Munich where the man lived as a recluse. What they found was astonishing: paintings by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Paul Klee among 1,500 works of art crammed amid piles of canned food.
November 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Many of the songs on "Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War" had been long relegated to the dustbins of history before executive producer Randall Poster decided to pair the 19th century tunes with contemporary artists such as Ashley Monroe and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. But beyond giving fresh treatments to nearly three dozen songs and commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the project also delivers an allegory for the political polarization of the U.S. today.
October 21, 2013 | By Susan King
Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies, some of the most artistic silent films were released in 1928 as studios were beginning the transition to talkies. Two of MGM's masterworks from 1928 - King Vidor's heartbreaking "The Crowd" and Ernst Lubitsch's lushly romantic "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" - are screening this week at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
October 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Old World architectural details take center stage at this Spanish Colonial Revival-style house in the Little Holmby area of Westwood. Elaborate ironwork, carved and stenciled beams and colorful tile, as well as a Prohibition-era bar hidden behind panels, are among original features. Location: 10571 Wyton Drive, Los Angeles 90024 Asking price: $2.895 million Year built: 1932 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,243 square feet Lot size: 10,649 square feet Features: Rotunda entry, French doors, wood-paneled library, breakfast room, vaulted ceilings, balcony, sleeping porch, outdoor dining loggia About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes sold in the 90024 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.82 million, according to DataQuick.
October 11, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
When historians are asked to name our greatest president, Woodrow Wilson is consistently ranked near the top. He was president during the Progressive Era and championed many of its reforms, including the eight-hour workday, a federal income tax and government regulation of big business. But Wilson is not beloved in the American imagination. His legislative achievements were a precursor to the New Deal, the New Frontier and the Great Society, but Democrats have never added him to their pantheon of 20th century heroes.
October 10, 2013 | By Sam Lubell, This article has been corrected, as indicated below
Although it was designed in Vienna, Team Austria's entry for the 2013 Solar Decathlon seems better suited to the event's sun-washed setting in Southern California. Wall-to-wall sliding glass pocket doors open up most of the home to the outdoors, including two large decks. Breezes flow through without impediment. Native California plants -- rented for the decathlon, so as not to waste resources -- sit at your feet on the porch, and above float fabric canopies that can retract when the sun isn't out. "We studied the California climate very carefully," team member Katharina Bauer said.
October 7, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Don Bartletti
A portion of the roof of a World War II-era blimp hangar in Tustin collapsed early Monday, damaging a $35-million experimental zeppelin and triggering a helium leak. Employees at the hangar were evacuated and a hazardous material teams was working to contain the leak, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said. "We had a collapse of a large section and it fell onto a blimp that caused damage," Concialdi said. He said the incident was reported at 7:45 a.m. The extent of the damage was unknown and the cause has not been determined,  Concialdi said.
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