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August 28, 2012
Re "Astronaut took 'giant leap' as first man on the moon," Obituary, Aug. 26 As a 12-year-old completely immersed in our nation's manned space program, I knew I was witnessing history as I watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. What I couldn't appreciate as a boy in 1969 was the broader context within which the moon landing took place: the Vietnam War; the fresh wounds of the Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations; and the Cold War that underlay the space program itself.
April 24, 2014 | Karolina Waclawiak
Haunted people wander through cul-de-sacs reeling from small-scale catastrophes or pace through Parisienne arrondissements wishing for different lives in Elizabeth McCracken's "Thunderstruck and Other Stories. " Her second fiction story collection is a stunningly beautiful rumination on loss. "You are so unlucky you don't want to brush up against anyone who isn't," a narrator laments in "Something Amazing. " Sadness is an infection, an allergen, a communicable disease, passing from mother to mother as children are lost or die. McCracken's vapor of misfortune threads around her characters and binds them.
August 10, 1985
The Times reported (July 17) an agreement that would have the effect of blocking exploration for oil and natural gas on much of the submerged federal lands off the California coast. The agreement, a tentative pact between some members of the California congressional delegation and Interior Secretary Donald Hodel, is shortsighted, inconsistent, unnecessary and damaging to the nation's economic and energy future. It would make available for leasing only 150 of the 6,460 tracts now under a congressional moratorium.
April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC basketball player Byron Wesley, who announced last week that he would graduate this summer and transfer for his final season of eligibility, has been contacted by seven schools, he told Wesley, a guard who was the Trojans' leading scorer last season, told reporter Chris Swanson that he had been contacted by Indiana, Baylor, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Providence. "I'm still trying to narrow down my list right now and take a few official visits," Wesley told Swanson . "I want to check out some schools, meet the coaches, players on the team and everyone.
January 26, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Occidental Petroleum Corp., the 13th-largest oil company in the U.S., on Monday slashed its spending on exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 63% to cope with low energy prices. Los Angeles-based Occidental, with 1997 revenue of about $8 billion, reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission this month that it's facing a cash shortfall for 1998 that may force it to sell assets, restructure debt and cut spending. Occidental reports fourth-quarter earnings today.
American hero Robert E. Peary was not a fraud but reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909, just as he claimed he did, the Navigation Foundation reported Monday after a yearlong study designed to quell the long-simmering controversy. "We sincerely hope," said the small but well-respected foundation, "that this report will help to set the record straight and perhaps put an end to the long process of vilification of a courageous American explorer."
December 5, 1987 | Associated Press
Divers from several countries concluded a month of exploration Friday that took them deeper than any human has ever gone into the 35-million-year-old limestone caverns beneath this former Tarzan movie set. The team found mastodon bones, caught exotic species of crustaceans that live without light and completed tests of a "rebreather" device that allows a diver to stay underwater for 24 hours without new air.
July 20, 1995
Want to explore the ruins of Central America? Try out Maya Adventure, developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. It includes images from the museum's anthropological collections and activities and can be reached at The page also features information from two Maya exhibits.
June 7, 1990
Oh why! Oh why would we want to spend good money to go to other planets and to study the stars. We have too many chores to do here at home! Global warming, poverty, pollution, crime, drugs, it never ends. How could a reasonable person decide to go to Mars? How could a reasonable person decide to have a baby? But people do want children, and people do want to explore. Despite the drawbacks, we must carry these burdens. I guess we're only human! EDWIN HOLLOWELL Lawndale
September 8, 1999
This week's subject: Middle East The Middle East has been called the cradle of civilization because it was the sight of the earliest cities, governments, law codes and alphabets. This region in southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa is home to many nations, which, while separated by deep political differences, offer unique cultural treasures and important natural resources.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian
State and federal investigators probing the cause of the fiery collision between a FedEx big rig and a charter bus in Northern California will delve into a wide range of factors from the health and rest of the truck driver to emergency exits and fire protection for bus passengers. "This is a very significant and unfortunate tragedy," said Jim Hall, a transportation safety consultant and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. "The NTSB is going to have its hands full on this one. " Although the cause of the accident has yet to be determined, Hall and other safety advocates say it could focus new attention on the NTSB's efforts to improve bus safety and the behind-the-scenes battle over safety standards for motor coaches and other commercial vehicles.
April 10, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It's too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert. Many roles come to mind when Nicole Kidman speaks: inconsolable mother, suicidal writer, dangerous weather girl, nuclear scientist, gangster lover, top-hatted cabaret singer and Southern femme fatale with an earthy remedy for jellyfish stings.
April 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yellowstone National Park covers 3,472 square miles in Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho -- a lot to explore on a family vacation. The Yellowstone Assn. Institute and Xanterra Parks & Resorts have joined up to offer a tour with kids in mind that breaks down the vast parkland. Yellowstone for Families is designed for parents and children between 8 and 12 years old. It includes five days of activities -- animal tracking, wildlife viewing, painting, photography and hiking -- with a naturalist guide.
April 8, 2014 | By David Pagel
At a time when museums seem to be torn between blockbusters and specialized scholarship, it's refreshing to come across "In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas" at the Norton Simon Museum, a no-nonsense exhibition that spares the bells and whistles to make a strong case for the virtues of amateurism. Not that long ago, before America was a nation of over-professionalized experts, pretension was something to be made fun of and it was OK to be an amateur. The word's Latin root is "lover.
April 6, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's the latest trip-planning website that can help you craft your own guidebook. Name: What it does: It's a Web bookmarking tool that lets you collect and store your travel itineraries, complete with maps and the ability to download and share. Cost: Free What's hot: This website has two things that will keep me coming back: its beautiful, design-friendly layout, and the ability to print out a PDF of my itinerary. I love being able to access my travel plans from my smartphone or tablet, as well as sharing with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, but I'm still a paper girl at heart.
April 6, 2014 | By Adam Jones
Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry. The same can be said of the new book "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he co-founded generated hits such as the "Toy Story" trilogy, "Up" and "Wall-E. " Catmull was a 1970s computer animation pioneer (university classmates included Netscape co-founder Jim Clark), but his book is not a technical history of how the hand-drawn artistry perfected by Disney was rendered obsolete by the processing power of machines.
October 9, 1997
Randolph the Robot, a sonar device inspired by the ability of bats and dolphins to use echoes for locating prey, has some experts reevaluating the merits of sound waves versus camera vision for exploring new environments. The robot, created by Yale University electrical engineering professor Roman Kuc, is so sensitive that it can tell whether a tossed coin has come up heads or tails, according to research published recently in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
April 5, 2014
For local trips, try Metrolink, which offers a $10 weekend day pass [Saturday or Sunday]. Angelenos might enjoy the antiques stores in Orange and the pier in San Clemente. There is more to see in San Juan Capistrano than the mission. In Riverside, the Mission Inn is definitely worth seeing. Metrolink, . Susan Ostrowsky Corona del Mar
April 3, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Romantic attraction, popular mythology notwithstanding, is not necessarily destiny, and the desire two people feel for each other can, under the wrong circumstances, cause chaos as often as contentment. Not every love should dare to speak its name, not even close. As directed and co-written by Drake Doremus, the exquisitely calibrated "Breathe In" explores such a fraught mutual passion with honesty, intimacy and complete emotional involvement. Every moment between stars Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones feels so much like an explosion about to go off that viewers may hesitate to so much as take a breath at the wrong time for fear of disturbing the film's delicate equilibrium.
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