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There aren't many women who can walk into a jewelry store on a Sunday morning and walk out five minutes later with a $24,000 pair of cognac diamond earrings to match their outfit. But there aren't many women like Elaine Wynn. "I need something daytime, sporty, fun," she says, trying on the dangling "sliced" diamond earrings. "When is Hanukkah?"
December 6, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. researchers said this week that they have discovered what appears to be the oldest imprint of a prehistoric insect, made while the dragonfly-like creature was still alive. The imprint found at a rocky outcrop near a large shopping center in North Attleboro, Mass., is believed to have been made by a 3-inch-long insect as it stood on mud about 312 million years ago. The imprint shows the thorax and abdomen, along with six legs, two of which may have moved slightly to create drag marks that hardened into burgundy-colored stone.
November 6, 2008 | Jon Thurber, Thurber is a Times staff writer.
Philip M. Neal, the retired chairman and chief executive of Avery Dennison Corp. who was instrumental in driving the strategic focus of the Pasadena firm, has died. He was 68. Neal died of heart failure Oct. 29 at his home in Manhattan Beach, the company announced.
September 29, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Paul NEWMAN, who passed away Friday at 83 after a long battle with cancer, was a humanitarian, a loving husband and a race car driver, but most of all, he was an actor of perceptive intelligence, power and even simplicity. In his review of Newman's 1994 film "Nobody's Fool," critic Roger Ebert stated that Newman "is an exact contemporary of Marlon Brando, who is said to have invented modern film acting.
September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro is collaborating with crime author Chuck Hogan on a trilogy of vampire novels, starting next summer with "The Strain." "The idea is epic in scope," Del Toro said in a statement issued by publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. "The trilogy advances in unexpected ways, and each book contains unique and surprising revelations about the history, physiology and lore of the vampiric race, tracing its roots all the way back to its Old Testament origins."
July 30, 2008 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Restaurant Critic
AS CHEFS have come and gone at Ammo, the relaxing ambience at times has been more of a draw than the food. But under new chef Julia Wolfson, the kitchen is turning out beautiful seasonal cooking. Wolfson, an Orange County native, has been working most recently in New York under Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin), Dan Barber (Blue Hill) and earlier with Rocco DiSpirito (Union Pacific). For the last few months, she's been putting her own stamp on the menu originally laid down by owner Amy Sweeney.
June 15, 2008 | Liesl Bradner
When TWO vanishing traditions collide, it can make for heated arguments or, just as possibly, a piece of fine art. Consider: In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Aardvark Letterpress has commissioned 18 local artists to create images based on the once-popular Mexican card game loteria, but with an L.A. twist. Loteria, which has its roots in the Middle Ages, is similar to bingo, but instead of numbers it utilizes 54 familiar images on a deck of cards.
May 29, 2008 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
Images run through my mind when I'm brave enough to let them in like the click-click of an old slide projector. The body of the security guard five days after the quake, his keys still on his belt, his uniform and badge struggling to lend some dignity to his bloated corpse. The body of the student, a boy slightly older than my son, his sneakers battered, his shirttail out. Like most people, I move through life clinging to a few assumptions that give me a modest sense of control.
May 15, 2008 | Pamela Chelin
IT MAKES no difference to Swedish singer Robyn (Robin Carlsson) when fans discovered her -- in the late 1990s as a mainstream teen pop star or 13 years later as an independent electro pop artist. "I don't feel like I have to have everybody remember what I did before, and I don't feel like I have to detach myself from my previous albums either," the 28-year-old singer-songwriter says from Montreal, where she is on tour. "It's not about then and now. It's about the whole thing coming together."
February 28, 2008 | Mindy Farabee
JUST east of the Los Angeles River and beyond the railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights, where postindustrial downtown gives way to the anachronistically industrial, a fat red demon hovers, smirking from the sign above a former auto repair shop. Welcome to La Mano Press, a puckish workshop space/publishing press/art gallery devoted to contemporary printmaking.
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