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April 7, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Maya--the Indians found on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras--were known as one of the world's most highly developed civilizations. They were master astronomers and architects, brilliant statesmen and great warriors. Highly literate, they created one of the most subtle and sophisticated languages in the ancient world, and scribes--an honored social class prized second only to priests and kings--wrote beautifully illustrated books on bark paper.
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April 7, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Maya--the Indians found on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras--were known as one of the world's most highly developed civilizations. They were master astronomers and architects, brilliant statesmen and great warriors. Highly literate, they created one of the most subtle and sophisticated languages in the ancient world, and scribes--an honored social class prized second only to priests and kings--wrote beautifully illustrated books on bark paper.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1997 | REGINA HONG
A proposal to move Ventura's farmers' market to a parking lot on the corner of Santa Clara and Palm streets was approved by the city's administrative hearing officer Tuesday. Forced out of its current site by plans for a four-story parking garage, the 45 to 70 vendors may start selling fresh produce, plants and baked goods at their new location as early as mid-March, said Karen Wetzel, operations manager for the Ventura County Certified Farmers' Market Assn., which runs the market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1988 | STEVE PADILLA
Every dog has its day. Thursday was Tori's. Tori, a 5-year-old sheltie mix, was presented a silver medal and a certificate by the Astoria Convalescent Hospital in Sylmar for saving the life of a patient who suffered a seizure at the facility in February. Tori's barking alerted nurses to the plight of Nancy Merritt, 50, who had collapsed in a hallway while staff members gathered in a dining hall.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
A convicted murderer and a prison warden's wife who disappeared about 11 years ago have been found living together and raising chickens in Texas. The woman said she was held captive the whole time, staying with the killer out of fear her family would be harmed if she fled. Bobbi Parker, 42, was reunited with her husband, Randy Parker, on Tuesday as authorities tried to piece together details of the strange case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1991 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area would receive $14 million--far less than requested but more than any other national park--under the 1992 interior appropriations bill approved Thursday by a congressional committee. The measure, passed by the interior subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, also contains $250,000 for the William O.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The packet that arrived from the Hallmark Channel with the screener for "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" was topped by a faux hand-written note insisting, in an almost threatening manner: "This time you will cry for real. " It also included this odd statement: " Richard Gere has no explanation as to why the critically acclaimed film did not get a U.S. theatrical window. " True, the film has made more than $40 million worldwide, but after watching it, the explanation seems abundantly clear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After listening attentively to the concerns of organic farmers, downtown merchants and Ventura shoppers, the Planning Commission on Tuesday night unanimously overturned an appeal by a downtown antique dealer who protested relocation of the Saturday morning farmers' market. "I would hope the businesses downtown can support this move, even though they are so different in makeup," Commissioner Sandy Smith said before the vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1988 | JACK JONES, From staff and wire reports
The nearly 200 patients at the Astoria Convalescent Home in Sylmar were "thrilled," according to activities director Lita Joy Parker, when a 5-year-old mixed sheltie mascot was acquired from the pound. Everyone except Nancy Merritt, a woman in her 40s, who said she was afraid of dogs and was going to leave if Tori (short for Astoria) stayed. Eight days later, on Feb. 7, Merritt changed her mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Paul Scofield, one of the giants of the British stage who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in the 1966 film "A Man for All Seasons," has died. He was 86. Scofield, who had been suffering from leukemia, died Wednesday in a hospital near his home in Sussex, England, his agent, Rosalind Chatto, said in a statement. Considered one of the most talented actors of his generation, the tall, craggy-faced Scofield had a memorably rich voice that movie director Fred Zinnemann likened to the sound of "a Rolls-Royce being started."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1988 | NANCY MILLS
Americans like their English actors to be grand, maybe even flamboyant. And most particularly, they like them to come to Hollywood, ensnare themselves in the star-making machine and maybe even fall in love with a local girl. Richard Burton fulfilled all these requirements admirably. His contemporary, Paul Scofield, did not. The two men were good friends and rivals on the London stage before Burton answered the Hollywood call, became a superstar, married Elizabeth Taylor twice and died young.
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