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August 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Pirate wannabes, pirate speakers, wenches, heck, anyone with a striped shirt and a swagger, the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., desperately wants you -- about 15,000 of you, to be precise. The museum is gearing up to take a run at the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of pop-culture pirates. It aims to woo people far and wide to Pirates Pack the Park in Newport News on Sept. 21 in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day two days earlier. The record was set July 22, 2012, when the town of Hastings , England, persuaded 14,231 pirate-clad folks to invade the city.
April 20, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
January 9, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian protesters disrupted a citizens peace conference in Ramallah on Thursday, throwing stones at the meeting site until Palestinian Authority police were forced to intervene and usher the activists to safety. More than 20 Israelis and 30 Palestinians gathered in the City Inn hotel in the West Bank city for the first day of the Public Negotiating Congress, a grass-roots conference that brings citizens delegations from both sides together to negotiate an end to the decades-long conflict.
April 19, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
JERUSALEM - Thousands of people gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday for the lighting of the “holy fire,” an annual ritual marking the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. The Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem battled his way through crowds shortly after midday to enter the church's small chapel, where what is believed to be Jesus' tomb is located. Minutes later, the pilgrims inside the small basilica cheered as he emerged carrying two lit bundles of 33 candles each symbolizing the age of Jesus at the time of his death.
February 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Conservative activists began a three-day gathering in the nation's capital Thursday with a clear mission -- defeating President Obama -- if not a clear sense of how to get there. Thousands have descended on a Washington hotel for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at a time when the race for the Republican presidential nomination has taken yet another unexpected turn. Mitt Romney seemed to have secured his position as the front-runner with convincing victories in Florida and Nevada.
March 6, 2014 | By Maeve Reston and Michael A. Memoli
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Gov. Chris Christie arrived at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday at one of the most difficult moments of his political career: The investigations into his administration's mammoth traffic jam continue, his poll numbers have plunged, and the socially conservative GOP voters who dominate this gathering have always been his biggest hurdle in a potential quest for the presidency. But with surprisingly expansive comments on his opposition to abortion, the New Jersey governor drew a warm reception before a group that did not even invite him last year, a slight ascribed to organizers' criticism of his conservative credentials.
June 20, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
SAN JOSE -- Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean said Wednesday that President Obama needs to justify his administration's surveillance policies to the American people. “I think the American people are willing to give up some privacy in exchange for safety, but I think the president has to essentially ask our permission,” he said in an interview at a gathering here of liberal bloggers and activists. “The reason this country works is because we are governed with the consent of the governed.
April 27, 1993 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Scene: Hollywood book launch for Vanity Fair correspondent Dominick Dunne's latest tome, 'A Season in Purgatory." The novel from Crown revisits familiar Dunne territory--the wretched rich. Sunday night's cocktail party at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills was hosted by VF's L. A. editor, Wendy Stark. The Buzz: The gathering of the ancien regime of Hollywood society ("Richard Gully and Lee Minnelli in the same room--the old guard lives!"
June 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Supporters of an initiative that would crack down on illegal immigrants will have until July 9 to collect more than 2,500 additional signatures for a petition to place it on the ballot, the city clerk said Wednesday. The proposal, written by anti-illegal immigrant activist Joseph Turner, was expected to go before voters until a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the formula the city used to determine the number of signatures Turner needed was flawed.
September 10, 2003
Re "Races With No Winners," Commentary, Sept. 4: Ward Connerly's argument that individual Californians are being hurt by the state collection of racial and ethnic data is patently absurd. Social justice groups and health advocates view the gathering of racial and ethnic data as a positive step toward providing better public services to all communities in California. Gathering racial and ethnic data to understand how different diseases affect different communities is a good thing. Gathering racial and ethnic data to determine which kids are not receiving a sound, quality education is a good thing.
April 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM - Thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world filled the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem on Good Friday to celebrate on the site they believe Jesus was crucified and buried over 2,000 years ago. The pilgrims gathered near the fourth station on Via Dolorosa, the street down which Jesus is believed to have walked on the way to his Crucifixion. Then they followed his path through that narrow alley toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where they believe Jesus was crucified and buried.
April 16, 2014 | Deborah Netburn and Alicia Banks
They came with iPhones, iPads, digital cameras and even some film cameras -- ready to capture the total lunar eclipse known as a "blood moon. " Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles offered a prime view, and hundreds of people were there when the eclipse began at 10:58 p.m. Monday. The full moon was beginning to move into Earth's shadow, leaving the impression that someone had taken a bite out of it. As the minutes passed, the shadow spread across more and more of the lunar surface.
April 16, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Wildflowers bloomed in a tiny garden - some red, purple and pink. Together, Jennifer Bonilla and Hailey Ordonez tended the patch in South Los Angeles, where the high schooler and the preschooler kept the flowers alive. Fourteen years separated the girls, but relatives noticed striking similarities - their coils of brown hair, their spunk. This week, not far from their garden, Hailey, 4, sat near burning candles, a crucifix and flowers as visitors looked at pictures of her aunt Jennifer.
April 14, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
In so many ways, the paths of Dr. A. Richard Grossman and firefighters crossed. When firefighters pulled badly burned people out of the flames, they took them straight to Grossman, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients. When the firefighters themselves were burned on the job, they went to him too. On Sunday, hundreds of uniformed firefighters, nurses and former patients gathered beneath the burning flame of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Hollywood to honor the doctor's life.
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
An array of cultural experiences awaits visitors to Albuquerque later this month during the Gathering of Nations. The gathering ,  billed as the world's largest assembly of indigenous peoples, will welcome tens of thousands of members from more than 700 Native American tribes plus aboriginal people from Canada and beyond. The first event, the Miss Indian World talent show, will be at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The April 25 and 26 activities at the University of New Mexico arena are highlighted by the "Grand Entry," during which thousands of people in traditional garb enter the area to the sound of hundreds of beating drums.
March 30, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OSO, Wash. -- Inside Oso Community Chapel on Sunday, locals gathered for a service eight days after a devastating landslide killed at least 18 people, including a 4-month-old girl and her grandmother. There were tears and despair but also songs and joy for those saved from the disaster. Thirty people remain missing. "We pray for strength and endurance for all those working on the rescues," Tim Alskog said. He wore one of the green printed "Oso Strong" T-shirts that have become a common sight around town.
March 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
About 500 former Latvian SS soldiers who fought for the Nazis during World War II gathered in Riga for a controversial commemoration of their unit's 55th anniversary. More than 100,000 Latvians served in the Latvian Legion. The gathering has been assailed by groups that see it as an affront to those who suffered Nazi atrocities.
June 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 300 survivors of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau in West Germany gathered to remember the joys of liberation by U.S. troops 45 years ago and the horrors that went before. Participants said the gathering at Brive-la-Gaillarde, southwest of Paris, was the largest such reunion ever and the first to which Eastern Europeans were free to attend.
March 27, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
At last year's Downtown Modernism show, midcentury design fans were treated to a surplus of vintage furnishings by Hans Wegner, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Harry Bertoia, among others. The show's latest incarnation, to be held Sunday in the parking lot of the Modernica factory near downtown Los Angeles, will be no different. Noted local dealers Shopclass , Reform Gallery and Tamara Kaye's House of Honey have signed up for the show. Be on the lookout for modern furniture, lighting, patio furniture and chairs and more chairs at the outdoor market, which will be set up like a vintage flea market.
March 25, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- Saying that U.S. intelligence agencies have to "win back the trust, not just of governments but more importantly of ordinary citizens," President Obama confirmed that he will propose to Congress that the National Security Agency no longer have the authority to collect and hold years' worth of telephone calling records. Under Obama's plan, however, the NSA also would gain access to cellphone information it currently lacks, significantly expanding its ability to search telephone calling records for potential terrorist threats.  Justice Department and intelligence officials "have presented me now with an option that I think is workable.
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