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February 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Nobel laureates Saul Bellow, Gunter Grass and Gabriel Garcia Marquez were among 18 finalists announced Friday for the first-ever Man International Booker Prize, a lifetime achievement award worth about $115,000. "For us, these are 18 authors who combine uniqueness and universality and remind us irresistibly of the joy of reading," said novelist John Casey, chairman of the Booker judging panel. Casey spoke at a news conference in Washington, D.C.
June 26, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
The German Parliament on Friday backed a U.S. architect's design for a national Holocaust memorial remembering the 6 million Jews killed under the Nazis, signaling an end to 10 years of argument. Jewish groups said they welcomed the lawmakers' approval, after four hours of debate, of the design by New Yorker Peter Eisenman. It envisages a maze the size of two football fields filled with 2,600 close-set concrete pillars, giving the impression of a huge graveyard.
December 14, 1990 | DAVID COLKER
The third edition of West Word, a journal issued by the writers program at UCLA Extension, includes the work of several San Fernando Valley authors. Chosen for the collection, issued twice a year by the program, were stories by Kate Crane McCarthy of Sherman Oaks and Laura Ho Fineman of Burbank. Valley poets represented are Erika Nanes of Sherman Oaks, Beth Halper of Woodland Hills and Margie Davidson of Canoga Park.
October 24, 1994 | STEVE HOCHMAN
You can tell a lot about a band from its encores, and it was rarely so true as at the Palace on Saturday. Headlining MC 900 Ft. Jesus and his seven-piece band ended the evening with two impressive, complex jazz numbers, Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" and Miles Davis' "Freedom Jazz Dance." Second-billed trio Consolidated ended its set by handing the microphone over to audience members who spouted off about vegetarianism and intolerance.
December 13, 1990 | GUILLERMO TORRES
When Oskar is born into the drab and menacing world of prewar Germany, he notes dryly that his first sight was that of a moth flying around a 60-watt light bulb suspended above his mother's bed. He is not impressed with his new environment. But as he lies bundled next to his proud mother, she announces that she will give him a tin drum when he turns 3.
September 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Joachim Fest, a journalist and historian who wrote one of the best-regarded biographies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, has died. He was 79. Fest, who worked closely with Hitler's architect Albert Speer on his memoirs, died Monday at his home in Kronberg of unspecified causes, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Tuesday. Fest worked at the newspaper for two decades before leaving in 1993.
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