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December 22, 2006 | David L. Ulin, Times Staff Writer
"LOS Angeles basin and hill slopes / Checkered with streetways," Gary Snyder wrote in his 1986 poem "Night Song of the Los Angeles Basin," a pitch perfect evocation of the way that, in L.A., nature and humanity collide. This is, to a very real extent, the defining story of the city, where we must constantly reassess the boundaries between the domestic and the wild. As William L.
October 27, 2006 | Eva Vergara and Patrick J. McDonnell, Special to The Times
A British bank Thursday cast serious doubt on reports that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet had stashed 9 tons of gold in its Hong Kong vaults, saying no such ingots exist. Documents purporting to show that Pinochet owns $160 million in gold are fake, said London-based HSBC, the financial institution reported to be holding the precious metal.
August 8, 2006 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
Soaring corporate profits have stood out in an economic expansion marked by lackluster job and wage growth. Now those profits might be the Federal Reserve's secret weapon when it meets today to consider a pause in its two-year campaign to raise interest rates. Recent developments have left the Fed unhappily contemplating both creeping inflation and slowing economic growth. Ordinarily, measures designed to improve one aggravate the other.
May 19, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
For four decades, Douglas J. Chrismas has been a prominent figure in the contemporary art world. His galleries in Los Angeles and New York have repeatedly showcased some of the world's most important contemporary artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Irwin to Andy Warhol. So when Chrismas entreated Jannis Kounellis to let him exhibit his work, the world-renowned Greek artist known for incorporating live animals into his installations readily agreed.
November 5, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
After reading a magazine article on "The Next Killer Flu," Cindy Gesner felt sick with worry. The Malibu mother of three wondered what would happen to her young boys if a lethal bird-flu pandemic hit. Would there be enough antiviral drugs for them? Or would the limited supply of Tamiflu in the United States run out? She immediately asked her sons' pediatrician to prescribe some for a family stash. Forget it, the doctor told her, explaining that the bird flu wasn't an immediate threat.
October 10, 2005 | Michael Standaert, Special to The Times
THIS snapshot of a book focuses on a few years in the life of W.S. Merwin just before he becomes a known poet, long before he could arguably be referred to as one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century. Never having to retreat to the shelter of academia, he managed to thrive off his work alone. Merwin is now in his late 70s, and "Summer Doorways" is a look back at his youth. One wonders why Merwin chose this period of his life for a memoir.
August 23, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
More than 15,000 small pieces of finely crafted gold have been discovered in a group of 4,500-year-old graves from central Bulgaria, a trove of beads, earrings and other small artifacts that were buried with a chieftain or king sometime before the 23rd century BC. The find in the small village of Dabene, about 75 miles east of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, dates from about the same period as the ancient city of Troy.
July 12, 2005 | Susan Dworski
In a memoir that skillfully blends the monastic spirit of a self-imposed retreat with the isolation of the wilderness, Oregon poet and nonfiction writer John Daniel recounts his experience living nearly five midwinter months in the Rogue River Gorge. At 52, Daniel takes stock of his life with a well-supplied cabin as hermitage, and wild turkeys, bobcats and owls as confreres.
December 24, 2004 | AL MARTINEZ
Stuff. Things. Gadgets. They come in the shape of computers, cellphones, television sets and electronic games. They're shirts and jackets and ties and sweaters. They're watches, rings, bracelets and necklaces. We arrive early at Fry's, Best Buy, Circuit City and Radio Shack to get the latest beeping thingamajig before it's gone.
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