October 11, 2013 |
“I AM LA” could stand for many things -- for example, it could be the proud assertion of an Angeleno, invoking the city's strikingly diverse composition of ethnic cultures. This Saturday, the term “I AM LA” will resonate in Downtown L.A. as the abbreviation of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, which is hosting its fifth food and wine festival, “Taste of Italy.” The event is a fundraiser for the in-progress museum, which is nearing the end of a 20-year process working toward building a brick-and-mortar home for its collection.
September 25, 2007 |
At least nine kidnappers were killed when Italian commandos aided by other NATO forces and aircraft rescued two kidnapped Italian intelligence operatives in a daring ambush and gun battle. Although both the freed Italians were wounded, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said the operation was a success. Defense Minister Arturo Parisi said Italian forces were aided in the rescue by British, German and U.S. forces.
February 15, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - He's God's own man, but Italians think he should be theirs too. Now, after a 35-year hiccup, they have a good shot at making that true again. As the derby begins to replace Pope Benedict XVI, who stunned the world this week by announcing his intention to retire at the end of the month, Italy is aiming to resume the line of homegrown pontiffs who reigned for more than 450 years until John Paul II, a Pole, came along in 1978. Italians figure high on the list of likely successors to the German-born Benedict and, by a wide margin, form the single largest national bloc - though far from a majority - among the cardinals who will choose the next occupant of St. Peter's throne.
July 13, 1986
In response to Laheen Gallo's (second) letter of hatred of Italians, a hatred which I find more pathetic than pathological (Calendar Letters, July 6): I'm fully aware that we Italians haven't contributed a single thing to the rest of the world--specially your little world in . . . how do you call it? . . . Ontario, yes. I'm glad to find out that Thunderbird wine is far superior than a bolla, and that a Pinto is 10 times more reliable than a Maserati or Lamborghini. Not to mention films.
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October 29, 1996
Frank Del Olmo's article "Latinos Can Look to an Italian Legacy" (Commentary, Oct. 20) amused, surprised and worried this son of an immigrant Sicilian. I was amused that anyone would think the term "wop" stood for "without papers" since the Oxford English Dictionary gives the correct derivation as originating from the dialect word "guapo" meaning "handsome." I was surprised to learn that half of the 4 million Italians who migrated to the U.S. between 1880 and 1920 returned to Italy, since I and my friends had never heard of one doing so. Certainly Sicilians were unlikely to do so because of the danger stemming from the ever-present vendettas back home.
June 23, 1990
Who is American soccer forward Bruce Murray trying to kid? By The Times' own admission, the Italians played at the Americans' pedestrian level in their World Cup match. Obviously, the Italians were pressured by outside forces to let the United States save face, since it is hosting the next World Cup. Another romp would have ruined America's chances to fully cash in on the upcoming games. STEFANIA SAMMARTINO Apple Valley