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September 5, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- The end to California's 60-day prison hunger strike ended after a rare meeting among inmates who have spent years -- some decades -- in isolation, one of their lawyers says. In a call with inmate advocates Tuesday, state prison officials began discussing small changes in living conditions for those held in solitary confinement. The next day the four leaders of the prolonged hunger strike asked prison guards to set up a meeting with the handful of core organizers still housed in isolation units at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border, said inmate attorney Anne Weills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 |
A 24-year-old Anaheim Hills man was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in a library bathroom. Robert Howard Claudio lured the boy into the bathroom in March 2012 and engaged in "substantial sexual contact," according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Claudio approached the boy in the teen room of the Tustin library while he was waiting for his mother to pick him up. Claudio said he was studying to be a social worker and was "used to talking to younger boys," the district attorney's office said in a statement.
September 1, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO PARIS From LAX , nonstop service to Paris is offered on Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on Delta, United, Lufthansa, American, KLM and British; restricted round-trip fares range from $707-$1,306, including taxes and fees. American Library in Paris, 10 Rue du Général Camou ; 011 - 33-1-53-59-12-60, http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org . Closed Sundays and Mondays. Visitors who want to use the library's reading rooms and access the Internet or other services can buy a day pass, for about $19, or a week pass, for about $37.50.
August 30, 2013 |
Appropriately enough, the award-winning recording artist Moby, nicknamed for his ancestor Herman Melville's great white whale, joined the Young Literati 's party Thursday to read to the group from the classic American novel. "My dad gave me the name 10 minutes after I was born," said Moby, who is actually named Richard Melville Hall. Calling the nickname ironic, owing to his tiny size at the time, he later said, “I don't think that either of my parents thought that 47 years later, I would still be saddled with my infant joke nickname.” Other “readers” at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica included actor Colin Hanks, of “Dexter,” “Orange County” and “Parkland”; author Mark Z. Danielewski of “House of Leaves” and “Only Revolutions”; and author Attica Locke of “The Cutting Season” and “Black Water Rising.” Dhani Harrison, son of the late Beatle George Harrison, and his band, thenewno2, came to perform, while artist Shepard Fairey served as the night's DJ. The cocktail party celebrated Amanda Fairey's new role as chair of Young Literati -- a support group for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles -- which is targeted at Angelenos in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Previously, Amanda and her husband had been honorary chairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- When members of a local historical group wanted a video of President Gerald Ford testifying about the 1975 attempt to assassinate him, they filed a petition with a federal judge. The judge released the recording on Monday, drawing new headlines about the case of Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the woman convicted of trying to kill the late president outside the Capitol. Turns out, the video was already available. Officials at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Michigan say they've had a public copy of the recording for almost three decades.
August 26, 2013 |
Chinese subway riders using Shanghai's Metro Line 2 will soon have their very own unofficial library. Pick up a book at one station, drop it off at any other. The project was initiated by a bookstore, the subway line and the online education provider Hujiang.com. "Now you can read a real book, rather than staring at the cellphone through the metro ride," said Zou Shuxian, an Aizhi bookstore spokesperson, told the China Daily . Special bookshelves are installed at the metro stations, containing rows books for the taking.
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August 21, 2013 |
The final installment of 94 White House tapes recorded during a turbulent period of Richard Nixon's administration were released Wednesday at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. The tapes cover a period from April 9 to July 12, 1973, as Watergate was bearing down on the administration. Included in the hours of secretly taped conversations are discussions of the Vietnam War peace settlement and the return of prisoners of war, tensions over “most favored nation” trade status for the Soviet Union and other key foreign policy issues of the time.
August 16, 2013 |
It's a scholastic rite of passage for every California fourth-grader: studying the history of the Spanish Catholic missions and the life of Father Junípero Serra. Steven W. Hackel remembers the drill. "We were taught that Father Serra was a good, gentle padre who built missions every one-day's horseback ride apart for tired travelers, as sort of like Motel 6's of the day," says Hackel, a UC Riverside associate professor of history and author of a new biography of Serra. "And there was nothing about Indians in those missions at all. " Finding the complex man of God wrapped inside the saintly myth and putting the missing indigenous Americans back into the picture, are lead objectives of an exhibition scheduled to open Aug. 17 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and run through Jan. 6. PHOTOS: Junipero Serra exhibition Titled "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" and co-curated by Hackel and Catherine Gudis, also a UC Riverside associate professor of history, it's perhaps the most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled about the devout Franciscan friar who established nine of the 21 missions in present-day California and is sometimes called the state's "founding father.
August 9, 2013 |
You never know when you'll need a 3-D printer. They can cost anywhere from $400 to $25,000, which is a bit much if you're trying to “print” (somehow, that seems like the wrong verb) a plastic cookie-cutter you've downloaded off the Internet or a kids' toy, two popular uses. But if you live in Washington, D.C., or Cleveland, you can stop by your local public library and use one for a small fee. Public libraries have been trying to find all sorts of ways to stay "relevant" in the modern, digital age. (This blogger thinks that providing access to the two millenniums of human knowledge stored in that archaic information system called “the printed book” will always keep them relevant, but I digress)
August 6, 2013 |
Libraries buy lots of books. Library patrons like to read bestsellers at the library. They have e-book readers and ask: Why can't I check out these virtual books at the library too? The libraries want to provide them, but say the “big six” publishers aren't making it easy. “Libraries say they're being cut out of the market because publishers are afraid they can lose money selling e-books to libraries,” says Lynn Neary in a new report on NPR on Monday. Take, for example, the current No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan.