September 2, 2010 |
The command center of Andrew Breitbart's growing media empire is a suite of offices on Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles with the temporary feel of a campaign office. Only the computers seem firmly anchored. On a recent summer day, just weeks after he posted video clips that touched off a national furor over race, Breitbart was swigging a bottled Frappuccino at his desk. In a Lacoste shirt, cargo shorts and laceless Converse All-Stars, he looked every bit the 41-year-old industry player he might have been, but for a political awakening that transformed this liberal, West Side child of privilege into a Hollywood-hating, mainstream-media-loathing conservative.
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July 3, 2010 |
One day in 1996, readers of The Times, the Wall Street Journal and several other newspapers were stunned to see an announcement by Taco Bell that it had purchased the Liberty Bell "in an effort to help the national debt." In full-page ads, the fast-food chain said that the nation's symbol of freedom would now be called the "Taco Liberty Bell" and would split its time between Philadelphia and Taco Bell's headquarters in Irvine. Taco Bell voiced the hope that other corporations would "do their part to reduce the country's debt."
February 28, 2010
Soar with the Liberty Belle You can relive history on the Liberty Belle, a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber from World War II. It will make a two-week swing through Southern California, including Sunday in San Diego County, Saturday and next Sunday in Long Beach, and March 13 and 14 in Burbank. Half-hour rides cost $430 per person. Seven people can ride on each flight. If you don't want to spend $430, you can, free of charge, watch the warplane take off and land and tour it after the last flight of the day. Reservations are accepted at (918)
June 3, 2007 |
WHAT Whitechapel Bell Foundry WHERE 32-34 Whitechapel Road, London WHY TAKE THE DETOUR Step from Whitechapel Road's traffic-jammed clamor into the library-like calm of this tiny East London shop. But don't be deceived by its unassuming demeanor: This 437-year-old business fronts a bell-making operation that crafted Philadelphia's Liberty Bell and the Great Bell of Westminster, otherwise known as Big Ben.
August 30, 2004 |
In October 1795 an African named Joe, who was born a slave and died a slave, arrived here from Mount Vernon, Va. He accompanied the presidential coach of George Washington, who called him "Postilion Joe," for Joe was a postilion, or footman. Joe worked at the Robert Morris house, which served as the presidential residence during Philadelphia's decade as the new nation's capital. Many historians believe he slept in slave quarters behind the mansion, now known as President's House.
October 10, 2003 |
Strapped to a specially made cart with wheels, the Liberty Bell made a four-hour, 1,000-foot journey to its new Philadelphia home in a procession featuring historical reenactments. The bell was moved to the Liberty Bell Center, a new facility constructed as part of a sweeping $314-million transformation of Independence Mall. The trip was interrupted frequently by actors reenacting historic moments.