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November 21, 1994 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The international jade trade is reeling from a proliferation of doctored stones that have appeared on the market since 1990, hurting sales and eroding confidence in the translucent green gem prized throughout Asia. Some jade traders estimate that inferior stones, which are treated with chemicals to enhance their deep green color, now account for more than half the gems circulating in Hong Kong, the world's biggest jade market.
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February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
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SCIENCE
February 13, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover, feared to have suffered some irreparable technical difficulties, may yet have some spring in its step. In late January, Chinese authorities said the rover -- which arrived on the moon in mid-December -- had experienced mechanical abnormalities just before it was to enter a two-week dormancy during the moon's long, frigid night. The moon buggy, anthropomorphized through a microblog account, sent out some bleak but stoic messages about its apparently dire fate: "Masters are working round the clock.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2010
SERIES Heroes: Claire (Hayden Panettiere) begins to suspect that Samuel (Robert Knepper) has ulterior motives in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love: Former "Bachelorette" contestant and commercial pilot Jake Pavelka begins his own quest to find a mate from among 25 eligible women in this latest edition of the reality series (8 p.m. ABC). Antiques Roadshow: A women's collection of four rare pieces of carved Chinese jade earns the highest appraisal in the program's history in tonight's season premiere (8 p.m. KCET)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 1996 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
As predictably as swallows fly to Capistrano, dream-chasers traditionally flock to the West Coast. John Hawkes' one-man show "Nimrod Soul" at Theatre/Theater dramatizes the personal consequences for various hopefuls crushed by the Hollywood dream machine. All of Hawkes' characters are small-towners ("nimrods," i.e. hicks) whose rural antecedents make the adjustment to big-city life a particular challenge. Jade, a career waitress, cautions a starry-eyed new employee that she, too, once came to L.
TRAVEL
November 15, 1987
I have just returned from my yearly trip to faraway places. This year I visited New Zealand and Australia, a four-week journey on a magic carpet. I'd read an article in The Times about a Maori carver of jade, Hepi Maxwell, who lives in Rotorua, New Zealand, which was on my itinerary. In Auckland a tour of the city was conducted by a very pretty Maori girl. I asked her if she had knowledge of Maxwell. She gave me a happy smile and said, "That's my uncle in Rotorua, which is your next stop.
NEWS
June 7, 1985 | MARY ROURKE, Times Staff Writer
Issac Manevitz It looks as if the days of glass and glitz are numbered. Costume jewelry, if nothing else in fashion, is entering a golden age. Midas minus the gemstones. One leader of the look is Issac Manevitz of Ben-Amun, who often is called upon to accessorize Calvin Klein's "Mr. Clean" fashion collections, because his jewelry designs are so assertively simple.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2012 | By David Ng
Timothy Potts, who was named director of the Getty Museum in February and who will assume the post in September, no doubt had a busy weekend. As was reported in the British media, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, where Potts currently serves as director, is reeling from a major theft of ancient Chinese artifacts. The Telegraph reported that 18 items including a 14th century Ming jade cup were stolen around Friday evening. The missing pieces also include a jade-carved buffalo from the 16th century, a carved horse from the 17th century and a green and brown jade carved elephant.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
SCIENCE
January 27, 2014 | By Amina Khan
China's Jade Rabbit moon rover experienced a “mechanical control abnormality” over the weekend, according to the official Xinhua news agency, just as it was set to go to "sleep" for the long lunar night. "Goodnight, Earth. Goodnight, humans. " Those were the words in a "first-person" account from the rover's perspective that was published in Chinese state media after the robot experienced some troubling technical difficulties. Officials with China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said scientists are now organizing an overhaul, according to state-run CCTV . China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft made headlines last month after becoming the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the lunar surface in nearly four decades . The last one before that was the Soviet Union's Luna 24 mission, sent to collect samples in 1976.
SCIENCE
December 16, 2013 | By Amina Khan
China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft successfully touched down on the moon and deployed  the "Jade Rabbit" rover, and now the pair have now sent their first images back to Earth. The color photographs, which the rover and lander took of each other, elicited applause from the engineers at Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center.  The successful touchdown -- the first soft landing in nearly four decades -- prompted NASA's planetary science division to congratulate the Chinese space agency on Twitter.
SCIENCE
December 2, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Welcome to the lunar club, China. A rocket carrying a moon rover blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, southwestern China at 1:30 a.m. local time Monday (9:30 a.m. Sunday Pacific time). The mission, called Chang'e 3, will be the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon since 1976, when the Soviet Union sent up a sample-collecting mission called Luna 24. Chang'e 3 follows two other Chinese lunar missions: Orbiter Chang'e 1 launched in 2007 to take a map of the entire lunar surface, and Chang'e 2 blasted off in 2010 to check out the moon before traveling to other points of interest in space.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
A decade ago, Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen started working on the script that would become "War Witch," a film about a girl in sub-Saharan Africa who is kidnapped by rebels, conscripted as a child soldier and forced to commit horrific acts of violence. Around the same time, Rachel Mwanza was abandoned by her parents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at age 6, living with her grandmother for a time and then fending for herself on the streets of Kinshasa, the capital. Nguyen was finally able to put his film into production in 2011 and cast Mwanza in the title role.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Imagine you're driving to work one day when a blazing meteor streaks across the horizon and explodes into a fireball. You'd be pretty shocked, and might even blurt out an expletive or two, right? That's what most of us, including Jon Stewart, would assume. But apparently that's not the case in Russia, where a 10,000-ton space rock lit up the sky last week , injuring hundreds and releasing as much energy as 30 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs -- or, as the locals call it, "Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
The shooting rampage, carjacking and kidnapping involving a Downey family had its roots in a Craigslist ad the family had placed in an attempt to sell their Chevy Camaro, prosecutors said Monday. Authorities allege that the gunman responded to the ad, and for reasons that are still unclear, opened fire in a bizarre series of crimes that began at the family's business and ended at their home. Prosecutors charged a parolee Monday with multiple counts of capital murder, attempted murder, carjacking and kidnapping.
NEWS
May 26, 1986 | Associated Press
Archeologists have unearthed more than 200 relics in the last two weeks from the 2,600-year-old tomb of a Chin state duke in Shaanxi province, the People's Daily reported Sunday. The tomb of the Duke of Jin in Fengxiang county is the largest burial chamber found in China this century. The overseas edition of the official newspaper said that all the artifacts found are valuable and include gold, jade and bronze objects, pottery and lacquer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2006 | Dana Parsons
I mused a few days ago about being childless and forgoing the pleasure of watching my own kids open Christmas presents. Way too sappy for some readers, but it prompted others to do some reflecting. My favorite -- which I hereby proclaim this year's official Christmas column -- comes from Dennis Flanagan, another longtime childless guy until ... well, he tells a pretty good story, complete with life's unexpected twists.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2012 | By Joyce Man, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hong Kong - Times were good in the 1970s and '80s for Hong Kong comics - so good that one publisher was listed on the stock exchange and a newspaper dedicated to the genre published daily for two years. They were, in the words of Tony Wong, the creator of the Oriental Heroes action series whom fans, artists and scholars have dubbed the territory's godfather of comics, "the golden years. " In recent years, comics publishers here in one of the world's largest markets for the genre have slimmed down.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2012 | By David Ng
Timothy Potts, who was named director of the Getty Museum in February and who will assume the post in September, no doubt had a busy weekend. As was reported in the British media, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, where Potts currently serves as director, is reeling from a major theft of ancient Chinese artifacts. The Telegraph reported that 18 items including a 14th century Ming jade cup were stolen around Friday evening. The missing pieces also include a jade-carved buffalo from the 16th century, a carved horse from the 17th century and a green and brown jade carved elephant.
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