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September 23, 1990
Though it may sound odd coming from the sleepy San Gabriel Valley, democracy seems willing to enlist just a little "fascism" to prevent the deteriorating "history and reputation" of local real estate ("Front yard faux pas," Times, Sept. 16), and contrary to the remark by Director Rick Cole ("Hopefully, we're not talking about crabgrass fascism here"), the property maintenance ordinances being deliberated by Pasadena city officials are the vehicles for this lively yet oppressive authoritarianism.
September 30, 1990 | FRANZ J. HOFFMANN
O n May 14, 1990, UC Irvine plant geneticist Franz J. Hoffmann became one of the first Western scientists to visit the infamous Chernobyl nuclear reactor complex, site of the worst nuclear accident in history. Leaders of the Ukraine republic had invited scientists because they do not trust the official government pronouncements about the hazards, said Hoffmann.
"ABSINTHE: HISTORY IN A BOTTLE" By Barnaby Conrad III Chronicle Books, 1997: 160 pp., $19.95 * Absinthe, as reviled in its time as crack cocaine is today, now seems the rather quaint forbidden fruit of a more innocent age. We think of fin-de-siecle poets guzzling it in stagy despair or old paintings of stoned-out Parisians who don't look as if they're having that much fun slouched over their liqueur glasses. But absinthe-drinking certainly was a drug scene.
February 16, 2003 | Harry Basch, Special to The Times
Princess Cruises introduced the fleet's newest addition, Coral Princess, with a mid-cruise naming ceremony last month in the Panama Canal's Gatun Locks. The Coral Princess is the first of a new class of ships for Princess. It weighs 91,627 tons and carries 1,970 passengers, placing it between the Grand Princess (at 109,000 tons and 2,600 passengers) and the Sea Princess (77,000 tons, 1,950 passengers). The extra space means larger public areas and some innovative entertainment venues.
October 25, 1987 | BRUCE WHIPPERMAN, Whipperman is a Berkeley, Calif., free-lance writer.
I used to think this was a free country. That's why I got a jolt when I found out that I was forbidden to use certain Hawaiian state highways. The official word they used was "prohibited," in a red-stamped warning across my Big Island car-rental contract: "Driving the Saddle Road in a rental car is prohibited and is entirely at the driver's risk and expense." I asked the woman behind the desk why, and she said it was "because the Saddle Road isn't a state highway. Or something like that."
April 25, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN
The blockbuster exhibition "Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors From China's Imperial Palace" will return to the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art for an encore showing June 8, 2002, to Jan. 5, 2003. The exhibition drew 101,765 visitors over seven months in Santa Ana and made stops at the Oakland Museum of California and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
August 26, 1987 | Associated Press
A bolt of lightning started a fire in the Forbidden City, once home to China's emperors and now a major tourist attraction, but no damage to palace exhibits was reported, a Chinese newspaper said Tuesday. The Beijing Evening News said more than 30 fire trucks and 180 firefighters rushed late Monday night to the 250-acre palace compound, where for three hours they battled the blaze in front of the Hall of Sunlight. Jade articles exhibited there were saved, the paper said.
March 13, 2005
THANK YOU for a good summary about ways of dealing with forbidden objects accidentally taken into airports ["Oops, You Have a Pocketknife at the Airport. What to Do?" Travel Insider, Feb. 27]. There is another possible option. In 2003 I triggered the security X-ray at Male International Airport in the Maldives after I forgot to take a small pocketknife out of my purse. With my baggage long since checked, I feared my little knife was a goner. But the guard showed me to a desk where I filled out a form and the knife was sealed into a bag with a label.
From 1938 through 1962, the Forbidden City nightclub was a San Francisco landmark, featuring elaborate production numbers and specialty acts. It was like many such successful clubs of the era, except for one crucial difference: It featured Chinese-American entertainers.
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