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TRAVEL
March 28, 2010 | By Laura Deutsch
THE BEST WAY TO AREZZO From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Florence is available on Air France and Lufthansa. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $786. From Florence, take a taxi ($35) or bus ($6.50) to the Santa Maria Novella train station in Arezzo. Several trains run every hour from Florence to Arezzo. For schedules, go to trenitalia.com. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (country code for Italy)
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BUSINESS
March 23, 1987
American Cablesystems Corp. of Beverly, Mass., announced the purchase from Heritage Communications Inc. for $15.5 million by American's affiliate, American Cablesystems of California Inc. The system being acquired provides service to 12,000 subscribers in a 63,600-home area of Compton, South El Monte and Hawaiian Gardens and the unincorporated communities of Willowbrook, Athens, Firestone, Florence and East Compton.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
The first time Philippa Calnan saw the Nazi-looted painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria by Bernardo Strozzi that had once belonged to her family was "an extremely moving moment. " Now, the Beverly Hills art aficionado says her emotions are running high for another reason: The Italian courts recently denied her application for an export license that would allow her to bring the painting back to the U.S. The Italian Baroque painting, dating from the early 17th century, measures roughly 5.6 by 4 feet.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2004 | AL MARTINEZ, Al's column appears Mondays and Fridays. He's at al.martinez@latimes.com
Probably the only reason to visit Florence is to retire, see a friend or hear more about the exploding whale. I am not in the mood for retirement at the moment, but the almost legendary story of the exploding whale was intriguing. It was told to me by ex-journalist Gayle Montgomery, whom I knew at the Oakland Tribune, where weirdness has always had an eager audience. Montgomery moved here a few months ago and e-mailed me immediately when he heard about the historic moment in Florence history.
TRAVEL
May 10, 1987 | BEVERLY BEYER and ED RABEY, Beyer and Rabey are Los Angeles travel writers.
In addition to being one of the world's most beautiful and civilized cities, this one lies in the heart of Tuscany, which puts it near the center of much that is considered Italy's best and purest. Nearby Siena lays claim to the purest language, the Italian of Dante, so decreed by the government a little more than a century ago to rid a newly united Italy of its chaos of dialects.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1985 | MI CHELLE SOREY, Sorey, a USC graduate, was a Calendar summer intern.
Marla Gibbs is bubbling over like a bottle of freshly opened champagne, and why shouldn't she be? In a dozen years, she has done what most actors only dream of doing: performed in numerous stage productions and television shows and been nominated for four Emmys. She's also a successful business woman, and this fall she's starring in her third television series, NBC's "227," which she is also co-producing. It's almost as if everything she touches turns to gold.
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