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March 31, 1987 | Associated Press
A Housing Court judge had no authority to appoint a guardian for a hermit resisting eviction from a lean-to on public land, a judge ruled Monday. State Appeals Court Judge Joseph Warner ordered a stay of a lower court's ruling naming a guardian for Bill Britt, who has lived nearly 20 years at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The stay is effective pending appeal.
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October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, Christopher Knight couldn't escape civilization. After vanishing into the woods near Rome, Maine, in 1986 -- and living without human contact for 27 years -- Knight was sentenced Monday to seven months in prison and an intensive reintegration program after pleading guilty to burglary and theft. To survive, officials say, he committed hundreds of thefts and burglaries from local residents. Knight, 47, was unmasked as the North Pond hermit in April after a game warden caught him burgling a kitchen at a camp for children with disabilities.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2006
Dec. 19, 1913: "Old Walter Tolley, an ancient of the Lankershim hills," was killed as he heated his afternoon coffee in his cabin, The Times reported under the headline "Modern Device Kills Recluse." Tolley, "whose interests were centered in his old horse 'Abe,' " and in raising the fattest carrots in the San Fernando Valley, died alone in his cabin. He was burned to death in an explosion of a gasoline stove," the newspaper said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
We don't hear Kristen Wiig's perpetual striver Imogene sing along to any Bruce Springsteen songs in "Girl Most Likely," though, given her dim view of her native Garden State, you can easily imagine her pounding the dashboard at some point during her extended adolescence and bellowing, "It's a death trap / It's a suicide rap / We gotta get out while we're young / 'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run. " Imogene escaped, but it's...
NEWS
April 6, 2002 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People."
A PELICAN IN THE WILDERNESS Hermits, Solitaries and Recluses By Isabel Colegate Counterpoint: 284 pp., $25 * "A man that Studies Happiness must sit alone like a Sparrow upon the Hous[e] Top," wrote Thomas Traherne, a 17th-century English vicar, "and like a Pelican in the Wilderness." What men and women seek in the solitary life of a spiritual hermit, however, is not happiness in the ordinary sense.
NEWS
February 14, 1999 | NEELESH MISRA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Hindu hermit stood on his mountaintop, watching a violent hailstorm topple thick-trunked trees and send them crashing down the lower Himalayan slopes. When followers of the 80-year-old Swami Vankhandi climbed up after the storm, they found that all the trees in his 15-acre environmental retreat were among the mountain's plant life that escaped damage. They immediately proclaimed it a miracle.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Disney Channel programming block formerly known as Playhouse Disney and now rebranded as Disney Junior, to what imagined benefit I don't know, fires off its first new cartoon Monday, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates. " A "Peter Pan"-derived series for the 2-to-7 set that features neither the willful Peter nor his jealous pal Tinkerbell (busy with her own DVD franchise), it offers instead a trio of multicolored yet deracinated small fry whose tropical playtime is repeatedly interrupted by the meddlesome Captain Hook (voice of Corey Burton, channeling Hook 1, Hans Conried)
NEWS
April 18, 1988 | Reuters
L'AQUILA, Italy--Thieves have stolen the remains of 13th-Century hermit Pope Celestine V from a church where they were kept in a glass-lidded coffin, Italian police said today. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the robbery, discovered by a nun.
TRAVEL
June 2, 2002
I have been to Norwich several times, so I read the article about the city ("An Air of Antiquity in Norwich," May 19) with great interest. As someone who loves English history and has studied Julian of Norwich, I disagree with the description of her as a hermit. She was an anchoress [one who lives apart from society for religious meditation] who lived in a small room attached to a church. One window of her room opened to the street, and Julian would have provided the medieval version of spiritual counseling to anyone who came to see her. She was hardly a hermit.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Once upon a time there was a handsome young hermit whose purity of love for a beautiful princess was symbolized by a pair of unicorns who roamed the lush forest where the hermit made his home. So enchanted was the princess by the unicorns that she touched the magical but fragile horn of one of these blindingly white animals before the hermit could stop her. As the unicorn lay stricken, the Lord of Darkness started unleashing all his terrible powers.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
He escaped civilization in 1986 but had to steal from it to survive: packaged food, clothes. Officials said locals used to put supplies out on their porches for him so at least the North Pond hermit wouldn't enter their homes. That must have been fine for him. Maine winters are unforgiving yet he seemed to fear attention more than the cold. He always traveled at night so no one would see him. He piled on sleeping bags instead of starting fires. It worked. He said he had not been sick in 27 years.
OPINION
July 19, 2012
Re "N. Korea's Kim makes his mark with an ax," July 17 The ouster of its military chief may signal an end toNorth Korea's"military first" policy, or it may be simply a capstone in Kim Jong Un's rise to power. Changes in women's dress have also prompted speculation about the route Kim has chosen for his country. Is it a road that will allow a woman to wear a skirt while riding a bike, or is the change simply an attempt by communist fashionistas to usher in a new era of leadership?
OPINION
March 4, 2011 | By Laura Ling
Around the world, authoritarian regimes have tried to keep their citizens from hearing news of the protests raging throughout the Middle East and in their own countries. Some have tried shutting down cellphone and Internet service, but that has only sparked new flames of anger and discontent. Even the Chinese government, which has unleashed the most sophisticated Internet blocking system in the world, can't contain all the information and chatter on countless websites, social networks and blogs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Disney Channel programming block formerly known as Playhouse Disney and now rebranded as Disney Junior, to what imagined benefit I don't know, fires off its first new cartoon Monday, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates. " A "Peter Pan"-derived series for the 2-to-7 set that features neither the willful Peter nor his jealous pal Tinkerbell (busy with her own DVD franchise), it offers instead a trio of multicolored yet deracinated small fry whose tropical playtime is repeatedly interrupted by the meddlesome Captain Hook (voice of Corey Burton, channeling Hook 1, Hans Conried)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2010 | By Ed Park, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Witch of Hebron A Novel James Howard Kunstler Atlantic Monthly Press: 334 pp., $24 Provided you make it out the other side of the apocalypse, what is it about today that you'll miss the most? In James Howard Kunstler's new novel, "The Witch of Hebron," which is set "in the not-distant future," a minor character known as the hermit mentally rhapsodizes over a long-gone pleasure, "the gigantic batter-dipped, deep-fried sweet onion he used to order on weekend nights in the old times" at the "Outback restaurant.
OPINION
September 29, 2010
The top leadership of the Workers' Party in North Korea meets once every 30 years whether it needs to or not. The congress that opened Tuesday is the party's highest-level assembly since 1980, and seems to have been called to anoint a successor to "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il ? presumably his youngest son, Kim Jong Eun. The little Dear, who is twentysomething, was promoted just before the meeting to the military rank of four-star general , according to the country's official news media, which also happen to be the only news media in Kim-controlled North Korea.
FOOD
October 22, 1997
It was with horror and sadness that I read the article on the preparation of lobster ("Lobster for Four the Easy Way," Sept. 10). The checklist stated: "Buy live whole lobsters . . . packed in ice or put them in a box that will fit in the refrigerator." The list goes on to describe the size of the pot they will be boiled in. We are discussing living creatures here being frozen and then boiled alive. Evidence from past studies indicates that they live up to 12 minutes in boiling water and scream when they are dropped in the pot. How unbelievably cruel, but this is the standard treatment for the preparation of just about all crustaceans--lobsters, crabs and shrimp.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
We don't hear Kristen Wiig's perpetual striver Imogene sing along to any Bruce Springsteen songs in "Girl Most Likely," though, given her dim view of her native Garden State, you can easily imagine her pounding the dashboard at some point during her extended adolescence and bellowing, "It's a death trap / It's a suicide rap / We gotta get out while we're young / 'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run. " Imogene escaped, but it's...
WORLD
September 9, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
He's thought to be 27 years old. Or maybe it's 28. He may or may not have gone to school in Switzerland. And although the ruling Korean Workers' Party has been lecturing North Koreans about him in ideological training sessions for more than a year, few dare mention his name in public. Even as the party convenes, and is expected to elevate the youngest son of 68-year-old Kim Jong Il to the Politburo as a step toward taking over from his father, Kim Jong Eun is so unknown that he probably could walk through the streets of Pyongyang without anyone looking twice.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2010
Tame Impala: Not only is it probably one of the better band names in recent memory, but this Australian trio has also delivered one of the best records of 1969 that happened to be recorded some 40 years later. Fuzzy yet irresistably catchy, "Innerspeaker" at times resembles some hazy record clerk daydream of John Lennon fronting Blue Cheer, yet somehow never sounds like just another psych-rock tribute act. Tune in, turn on, rock out. 'Blood Simple' (1984): Recently re-released on Blu-ray, the Coen brothers' noirish debut often gets overshadowed by the ongoing cult of "Lebowski" and the nihilistic Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men. " With a remake on the way from the director of "House of Flying Daggers," now is a perfect time to revisit its humid, amoral world, featuring the great M. Emmet Walsh, Frances McDormand and the most startling newspaper delivery ever filmed.
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