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October 9, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
To create the dramatic opening sequence for the CIA thriller “Argo,” filmmakers visited two continents to depict Iranian students storming the American embassy in Tehran. The scene in which students demonstrate in 1979 and climb up the embassy's gate was shot in Istanbul, Turkey. The scene in which they climb down the gate and burst into the embassy compound was filmed some 7,000 miles away -- in the San Fernando Valley. A Veterans Affairs medical building in North Hills, with its institutional, red brick facade, turned out to be remarkably similar to the U.S. embassy in Tehran from which six Americans escaped and sought refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador.
January 28, 2001 | JORDAN RAPHAEL, Jordan Raphael's last story for the magazine was about the Internet adventures of comics icon Stan Lee
Shahrzad Sepanlou's cell phone rings. At her office desk on a Tuesday morning, the 28-year-old event coordinator at UCLA considers her silver Samsung. She usually leaves its calls to the answering service, but she's already checked her boss' e-mail, arranged his schedule, paid some bills and sorted the mail. She may as well see who's calling on the line she uses for her real business. On the other end is a man from Ahvaz, a large city in southwestern Iran.
March 7, 2000 | By ROBIN WRIGHT,
In what would be a groundbreaking initiative to spur rapprochement with Iran, the Clinton administration is close to a decision to lift economic sanctions on Iranian carpets, caviar and pistachios, U.S. officials said Monday. The gesture, one of several now being considered, would follow the sweeping election victory last month by Iranian reformers, ending two decades of domination by conservatives in Iran's parliament.
October 11, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Paul Richter and Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
American officials charged that an alleged plot by Iran to blow up the Saudi ambassador as he dined in Washington marks a radical shift by Tehran toward direct confrontation with the United States. The FBI said Tuesday that it had broken up a conspiracy orchestrated by a secretive unit of Iran's military with close ties to the country's senior leadership. In addition to criminal charges against two alleged perpetrators, the U.S. announced sanctions against five people, including two described as senior officials of Iran's Revolutionary Guard who were accused of overseeing the plot to kill Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir.
May 5, 1988
The newly formed Iranian-American Bar Assn. will have its first meeting Friday at 5 p.m. at 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1010. The meeting is open to all practicing attorneys of Iranian descent who are members of the State Bar of California, event organizer Noble Ghafouri said. For more information, call Ghafouri at (213) 859-9500.
April 15, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
The trial of an Iranian American journalist facing espionage charges is over and her fate rests in the hands of a judge who will deliver a verdict in the next three weeks, a judiciary official in Tehran told reporters Tuesday. The spokesman for Iran's judiciary said 31-year-old Roxana Saberi, an American-born dual U.S. and Iranian national, had her day in court Monday.
March 29, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Wearing a dark blue traditional Iranian garment, Roxanna Ameri followed the rhythm of the music as she marched with others outfitted in festive shades of red, green and purple. Ameri, 18, was among hundreds of Iranians who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last weekend for the sixth annual Iranian New Year celebration, hosted by the Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California. March 20 commemorates both the first day of spring and the Iranian holiday Nowruz, which translates to "new day. " The holiday, which ends Sunday in the U.S. and on Tuesday in Iran, is a time for Iranians across the globe to gather with family and friends to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature.
December 29, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Before comedian Peter the Persian took the stage and joked about his immigrant father's mispronunciation of English obscenities, Nadia Babayi stepped to the front of the room and struck a more serious tone. She told the group, gathered at the Brick Building in Culver City for a cancer fundraiser, that about 300,000 Iranians were counted in the last U.S. census. She said the numbers were grossly underreported. "All of us know we are more than that. We are in the millions," Babayi said.
March 8, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Golnesa Gharachedaghi talks like a real soon-to-be housewife of Beverly Hills. The 30-year-old self-proclaimed Persian princess, who doesn't shy away from confrontation or dropping expletives, explains her simple tastes. "There are two things I don't like. I don't like ants, and I don't like ugly people. " Another time, the young woman who says she is eager to settle down offers a guiding principle of her active night life: "Looking good, and not repeating outfits, is imperative.
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