December 3, 2013 |
The surprise restitution last week of a major Baroque masterpiece looted by the Nazis in 1944 was a stunning finale to a remarkable story. Missing for more than six decades, the bravura painting "Saint Catherine of Alexandria" by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) had been tied up in Italian courts for almost five years. But the sudden return to its rightful owner in Los Angeles also raised a provocative question. The extensive art collection in Florence, Italy, from which the painting had been stolen included 15 canvases by Paul Cézanne, the celebrated French Post-Impressionist commonly regarded as the father of Modern art. As I wrote in a story in September, eight of those Cézanne paintings were bequeathed to "the President of the United States and his successors in office" - paintings that arrived in Washington from Europe in 1951.
November 21, 2013 |
- Kate Winslet will be the first to admit that the backdrop and framing of her upcoming movie, "Labor Day," is "utterly insane. " The film finds Winslet playing Adele, an emotionally fragile single mother of a 13-year-old son. She meets and then harbors and then falls deeply in love with an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) over the course of five eventful days in a small New England town in 1987. "At the end of the day, the only thing that is 'wrong' about their relationship is that he's just escaped from prison," Winslet says.
November 17, 2013 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - It was just before 9 a.m. on a Monday as I stepped out of the luxurious, air-conditioned changing rooms of the Garden City Golf Club and onto the first tee. The temperature was already in the 90s and rising. But the heat didn't concern me as much as the design of this beast of a golf course. It runs 7,361 yards from the black tees, through narrow, winding fairways, between bunkers you could get lost in, with water everywhere and, finally, into huge undulating greens that look big enough to hold a game of five-a-side touch football.
November 16, 2013 |
No one, it seemed, was going to match the “catch of the year” in college football this season: Kodi Whitfield's remarkable grab in Stanford's 24-10 win over UCLA on Oct. 19. Well, Whitfield may have to share the honor with Central Florida receiver J.J. Worton after his remarkable catch against Temple. Watch the video and judge for yourself Now, compare it with Whitfield's catch: Worton's catch tied the score at 36-36 with 1:06 left and proved critical when Central Florida won on Shawn Moffitt's 23-yard field goal as time expired.
November 11, 2013 |
UCLA tonight VS. OAKLAND When: 6. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Records: Bruins 1-0, Golden Grizzlies 0-1. Update: The No. 24 Bruins escaped with a 72-67 victory in their season opener against Drexel. They must work on improving the flow of their half-court offense and finding a reasonable balance between man-to-man and zone defense. With senior forward Travis Wear still recovering from an appendectomy, UCLA was thin up front and struggled when center Tony Parker got into early foul trouble.
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November 10, 2013 |
There will be no animals at the Ramos Bros. Circus set to return to Glendale this week. City officials requested that the zebras, horses and other four-legged performers, except dogs and cats, be kept out of the show, in part because a camel escaped last November . The getaway camel, which was caught after a one-block pursuit, brought criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , which at the time called on city officials...
November 4, 2013 |
A 19-year-old New York University student was recovering on Monday after he was freed from a coffin-sized space between two buildings in Manhattan. Asher Vongtau, 19, was freed about 5 p.m. Sunday by the New York Fire Department from the space, described in reports as a two-foot shaft between a university dorm building and a garage in downtown Manhattan. The student had been missing since Saturday morning. Vongtau was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was listed in stable condition on Monday.
November 1, 2013 |
You never know what you might see in Reno. On our first night in town, my wife and 6-year-old daughter called me to look out the window of our 27th-story hotel room. There, in the center of town, was a brilliant fireworks display - an appropriate welcome to this Nevada town full of flash and color. Although there is a plethora of casinos and night life, we found this mini-Vegas to be offbeat and kid-friendly. It's also affordable: two nights at Circus Circus cost about $175, a buffet dinner for two at the Silver Legacy was $50 and the Discovery Museum cost $24 for two adults and one child.
October 28, 2013 |
Two Oklahoma inmates were captured Monday, but two other escapees remained on the loose after the men broke out of a county jail through the shower room crawl space over the weekend. Police said they caught up with Dylan Ray Three Irons, 21, and Prime Tounwin Brown, 23, looking wet and dirty, at a convenience store in Chickasha, where they attempted to make a run for it before they were arrested, according to a news release. Officials said Three Irons and Brown, along with Triston Cheadle, 32, and Anthony James Mendonca, 24, had escaped from the Caddo County jail in nearby Anadarko early Sunday morning.
October 27, 2013 |
Mendocino gets most of the ink when the virtues of quaint, oceanside Northern California villages are written up, but Fort Bragg, its more working-class neighbor to the north, is no slouch when it comes to charms. My sweetheart and I spent a few days here last winter and could have filled a few guidebook chapters with all the good goings-on. Tallied up, we spent about $650, which included $340 for two nights at the North Cliff Hotel, just listed on TripAdvisor as a 2013 Travelers' Choice for Romance.