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May 6, 2012 | Steve Lopez
When I knocked on a door in Torrance on Tuesday afternoon, I had just about given up on finding Fidel Lopez. Twenty years ago, at the corner of Florence and Normandie, the self-employed construction worker was dragged from his truck and viciously beaten just minutes after the same vengeance was served on Reginald Denny during the L.A. riots. Both assaults were captured on video that was played over and over, nauseating for the sheer brutality and the inhumane, triumphant swagger of the attackers.
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February 13, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday announced his resignation after surrendering to a leadership challenge from a party colleague who is widely expected to become Italy's youngest-ever prime minister. The challenger, Matteo Renzi, 39, was overwhelmingly backed by the center-left Democratic Party after he demanded that a new government lead Italy out of a “quagmire.” For 10 months, Letta has led a shaky coalition government that has struggled largely without success to push through key reforms.
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November 6, 2010
Florence and the Machine When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday Where: The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Price: $29 (sold out) Info: http://www.livenation.com
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February 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
It's been a tough go for Florence, the stoic, graceful lady of Lincoln Park. Over the years, hooligans have broken her nose, spray-painted her face, shot at her, ripped off her hands and stolen her lamp. But for all the attempts to deface the statue of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing stands tall and calm in the spot she claimed in 1937, across the railroad tracks from the county hospital. I have to admit that I didn't know the statue was there until I heard from David Colachico, a professor in the nursing school at Azusa Pacific University.
TRAVEL
July 17, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO FLORENCE, ITALY From LAX, Alitalia, Air France and Lufthansa offer connecting service (change of plane) to Florence. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $884, excluding fees and taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (the country code for Italy) and then the local number. WHERE TO STAY Granduomo, No. 1/7 Piazza del Duomo; 055-2670004, http://www.granduomo.com . A newly restored 18th century palazzo overlooking the Duomo offers elegant mini-apartments, a roof terrace and a cozy library.
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June 26, 2013 | By Jean Merl
L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the unincorporated Florence area, officials said Wednesday. The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 5900 block of Miramonte Boulevard.   The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's department said. No other details were available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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August 7, 2013 | By David Ng, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
A 600-year-old statue residing in a museum in Florence, Italy, has one fewer finger on its right hand thanks to an American tourist who came in contact with the artwork and broke off a digit. The tourist, whose name has not been reported, allegedly broke off the right pinky finger of the statue while attempting to measure it. The incident is thought to have been an accident, but officials in Italy questioned the American and are weighing what action to take. Reports have described the tourist as a 55-year-old man from Missouri.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The statue, which is thought to depict the Virgin Mary, dates from either the 14th or 15th century.
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April 29, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Just a mention of the word throws off James Oh, as if you've come looking for someone who moved out long ago. "Riots here?" he says, pointing to his store, Tom's Liquor. "No, no. Riots long, long time ago. " Today, the shelves are neatly stocked, the floors are sparkling clean and marigold daisies blossom in the sun a few feet from his door. On the walls outside: "No graffiti at all," he says proudly. Twenty years ago today, when Oh was in Germany clearing minefields for the Army, one of the nation's worst riots exploded in Los Angeles.
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July 17, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Florence has changed," my friend Alessandra told me on the phone. "There's a new spirit here. " "I don't believe it," I said. "I know Florentines; they're conservative people who hate change. " "Come and see for yourself. I'm going on a trip. You can have my apartment," Alessandra said. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. Although Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and its entire center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, both of us worried that it had become tourist hell.
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May 16, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A bicyclist was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a car fleeing police after a shooting incident in Florence, authorities said. The victim was a 34-year-old Latino man, police said. He was hit about 10:45 p.m. at East 84th Street and South Central Avenue in Florence and was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher No said Thursday. The car struck the bicyclist and dragged him across the street, where it also knocked over a corner street sign, KTLA-TV reported.
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January 29, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 100 t h anniversary as a city Tuesday night, an easy feat given the abundant material created by dozens of notable composers and lyricists who have called the gilt-edged community home. A capacity crowd of about 1,500 attended the centennial concert and sing-along at the historic Saban Theater, where selections covered the melodic spectrum - from Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird" to George and Ira Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" to David Rose's "The Stripper.
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October 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway was backed up Thursday after a motorcyclist collided with a car and wound up lying in the middle of the road. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. on the northbound 5 Freeway near Florence Avenue in the Santa Fe Springs area, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. One lane of the freeway was soon reopened as crews rushed to the scene. The motorcyclist sustained only minor injuries after other motorists stopped to protect him from getting hit by oncoming cars, Jacobs added.
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August 7, 2013 | By David Ng, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
A 600-year-old statue residing in a museum in Florence, Italy, has one fewer finger on its right hand thanks to an American tourist who came in contact with the artwork and broke off a digit. The tourist, whose name has not been reported, allegedly broke off the right pinky finger of the statue while attempting to measure it. The incident is thought to have been an accident, but officials in Italy questioned the American and are weighing what action to take. Reports have described the tourist as a 55-year-old man from Missouri.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The statue, which is thought to depict the Virgin Mary, dates from either the 14th or 15th century.
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July 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was shot to death Tuesday night in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles, authorities said. The man, who has not been publicly identified, was shot about 8:40 p.m. in the 1900 block of East 71st Street and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The department in the release said "there is no further information at this time. " Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County Coroner's officials Wednesday morning did not release the man's name because his family has not yet been notified.  This is the sixth homicide this year in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood, according to data from the L.A. Times Homicide Report . ALSO: Social workers involved in horrific child torture case fired Lake Forest explosion not a meteor, probably fireworks blast O.C. firefighter among those arrested in Huntington Beach rioting Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
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June 26, 2013 | By Jean Merl
L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the unincorporated Florence area, officials said Wednesday. The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 5900 block of Miramonte Boulevard.   The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's department said. No other details were available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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May 16, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A bicyclist was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a car fleeing police after a shooting incident in Florence, authorities said. The victim was a 34-year-old Latino man, police said. He was hit about 10:45 p.m. at East 84th Street and South Central Avenue in Florence and was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher No said Thursday. The car struck the bicyclist and dragged him across the street, where it also knocked over a corner street sign, KTLA-TV reported.
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November 3, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
When in Florence, Italy, be sure to visit the small Opificio delle Pietre Dure, the Museum of Precious Stones, to see how artisans used semi-precious stones and marble to create beautiful artwork hundreds of years ago. Opificio delle Pietre Dure, 78 Via Alfani, Florence; 011-39-055-26511, http://www.opificiodellepietredure.it . Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission about $5. Cheryl Kohr Palos Verdes Estates
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May 2, 2013
Collecting rare works that include Italy's Giotto di Bondone and Pacino di Bonaguida, art history expands at the Getty to incorporate manuscript paintings as an essential feature of the early Renaissance story. "Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350," together with its first-rate catalog, is among the most important in an American museum this year. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, (310) 440-7300, through Feb. 10. Closed Mondays. http://www.getty.edu
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April 21, 2013 | By Alice Short
When you write a book that is titled "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History," you probably expect a question something like this: What on Earth was the impetus for the work ... and the title? Florence Williams, the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology, proved to be ready for the query. During a video chat at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, she explained that she had been nursing her second child and wondered about toxins in her breast milk.
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