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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.
June 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
Civil rights activists called for a federal investigation Thursday after police seized copies of the Oscar-winning movie "Tin Drum" from six video stores--and at least one home--because a judge had declared the film obscene. "This kind of insensitive disregard of our fundamental rights of expression and free speech is outrageous," said Joann Bell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.
December 30, 1987
New efforts to restore and preserve Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades are most welcome. This residence, more than any other structure, was at the center of the extraordinary cultural life of German intellectuals living in exile during the horror of the Nazi years.
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