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WORLD
June 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Sixty years after leaving destitute Greece to pursue the quintessential immigrant's dream of striking it rich in America, Eftichios “Van” Vlahakis is back trying to do business in his again-impoverished homeland. Vlahakis, who at age 18 arrived in Chicago with a student visa and $23, slept in homeless shelters and did odd jobs at bars and restaurants while earning a chemistry degree at Roosevelt University in the 1950s. But he soon abandoned the toxins and caustic substances in use at his first jobs with companies producing aerosols, polishes and solvents, redirecting his knowledge of the Earth's elements to the creation of environmentally safe cleaning products.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
The J. Paul Getty Museum will consider Greece's request to return four antiquities to the country after its new director takes up his position next year. The Greek Culture Ministry said it had received a letter to that effect from Michael Brand, who takes over as museum director in January. But the ministry said in a statement that it wasn't satisfied with the response and would continue to press its case for return, by legal means if necessary.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
The prospect of a resolution to the Greek debt crisis, bolstered by Greek lawmakers' approval of a sweeping austerity plan, has buoyed investor spirits: After falling for much of the last two months, in part out of concern about Europe's debt troubles, the stock market rallied each day last week, with the Dow Jones industrial average jumping 5.4% to close within 228 points of its late April high. Still, important issues need to be resolved for the Greek aid package to go forward.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
European finance officials put off a decision Monday on handing debt-laden Greece its next installment of emergency loans, increasing the pressure on Athens to enact new austerity measures and fueling market fears of a national default. Investors had hoped that officials meeting in Luxembourg would approve the payout of about $17 billion in rescue loans to Greece, which desperately needs the money to pay bills that come due next month. But after several hours of talks, finance ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro said early Monday they would release the funds only if Greek lawmakers approve a controversial program of tax hikes and spending cuts to slash the country's mammoth budget deficit.
SPORTS
July 2, 2004 | MIKE PENNER
Jan Koller, the bald giant who plays forward for the Czech Republic, sat on the grass in Porto, Portugal, on Thursday, his boots off, his eyes glazed. He looked like Gulliver after being low-bridged by the Lilliputians, only these spoke Greek. What else can you say about the last play of Koller's last match of Euro 2004?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Many of Greece's most valued ancient statues are wearing chains and padded vests, ready for a rare outing. Culture Ministry officials demonstrated Thursday how more than 300 statues from the Acropolis are being packed for a move this fall to a new museum being built at the bottom of the hill.
TRAVEL
January 24, 1988
My fascination with Greece began more than three years ago. I had dreamed of visiting ancient oracles and tried to imagine walking across the land of the gods in the footsteps of history. This year was my third visit. The moment I arrived on Greek soil on a tour, I felt comfortable. Even as a single female, I was at home with the land and its people. I had complete trust, whether with a tour or on my own. When it came time to leave, I left with sadness, but with the hope that I may return soon to be with the many friends I made.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two ancient Greek artifacts that officials said had been smuggled out of the country came home Thursday as part of an agreement with the J. Paul Getty Museum. A 2,400-year-old, black limestone stele and a marble votive relief dating from about 490 BC went on display at Athens' National Archaeological Museum only hours after being flown in from L.A.
WORLD
May 14, 2012 | By Henry Chu and Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - As Greece lurches along without a government, its deepening political crisis is fast turning into a war of wills in which Europe's economy potentially hangs in the balance. On one side are the Greek politicians who accuse other Europeans of trying to "terrorize" their country into accepting more draconian austerity cuts and who warn that if Greece gets kicked out of the euro, "Europe will be doomed. " On the other are officials in Brussels, Berlin and other capitals, who say that expelling Greece from the Eurozone would be regrettable but "can be managed" if Athens reneges on the tough terms to which it has agreed in exchange for two international bailouts.
TRAVEL
February 5, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: What is the anticipated effect of the financial problems in Greece on tourists this summer? Mick Lowry Los Angeles Answer: That's not an easy question to answer, because negotiations over Greece's financial fate continued last week, and the outcome will determine how uncomfortable - or not - life there will be. What has happened to Greece is a bit like what happens to many of us: It borrowed too much money....
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