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January 19, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The first of several laser treatments for a Lithuanian secret service agent injured in an explosion was declared a success Thursday by his plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward Domanskis of Newport Beach. Domanskis said that about half of a skin discoloration caused by gunpowder was removed in Wednesday's treatment. If subsequent procedures go as well, he said, 95% of the discoloration will be removed. Alyvdas Kisunas was burned in 1993 when he opened a garage door that had been rigged with explosives.
January 29, 2014 | By David Wharton
Ten days before opening ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the host country has suffered the embarrassment of having one or more of its athletes suspended for a failed drug test. The International Biathlon Union announced Wednesday three competitors from Russia and Lithuania were found to have an unnamed prohibited substance in their samples. "According to the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] code, the IBU therefore provisionally suspended the respective athletes from any IBU competitions until the decision of the anti-doping hearing panel is reached," the statement said.
April 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
Thousands of Lithuanians prevented Soviet troops from entering a newspaper plant in Vilnius early Sunday, according to residents, in the latest confrontation since the republic declared independence four weeks ago. The action came one day after more than 150,000 people at a pro-independence rally in Vilnius, the republic's capital, heard President Vytautas Landsbergis say that the Kremlin would be unable to prevent Lithuania from breaking away from the Soviet Union.
July 30, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The star-studded field of the women's 100-meter breaststroke final on Tuesday featured reigning Olympic gold medalist and newly minted world-record holder Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania and former world-record holder Jessica Hardy of Long Beach. Meilutyte made a spirited bid at her own mark - set on Monday in the semifinals - and came close, winning in 1 minute 04.42 seconds at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona. The 16-year-old, who trains in Plymouth, England, was seven-hundredths off Monday's world-record time.
About 25,000 Lithuanians rallied next to the Parliament building here Saturday in a nationalist demonstration intended to show the Kremlin that this republic will not be pressured into backing down on its declaration of independence. "The goal of our work has been so our children can live in a free and clean Lithuania.
The day after they declared independence in Lithuania, it was rainy and cold, and for most people nothing much had changed. The night before, as the independence-minded legislature of the Baltic republic boldly severed Lithuania's ties to the Soviet Union, there were parties and demonstrations and crowds of people tearing Soviet emblems off state buildings.
Armed Soviet paratroopers broke into a psychiatric hospital here before dawn today to arrest about 20 army deserters who had taken shelter there after Lithuania declared itsindependence two weeks ago from the Soviet Union, government officials said. Other soldiers, all heavily armed, took over the headquarters of the independent Lithuanian Communist Party in Vilnius in a sharp escalation of tensions in the capital of the breakaway Baltic republic.
January 20, 1991
It looks like a double-header in January. Bush is killing uppity Arabs, while his best buddy, Gorbachev, is killing uppity Lithuanians. Ronald Reagan is a prophet in his own time. Democracy is exploding all over the world. PAUL A. CAVALLO, Ramona
January 12, 1998
"Lithuania's Blind Eye to Nazi Past" (Jan. 4), on the persecution of Jews in Lithuania during World War II, is misleading, suggesting that the entire nation eagerly participated in the killing of Jews. Rather, the country was forcibly occupied by the Germans, who expanded the Holocaust to include Lithuanians as well. In fact, Lithuania was the only occupied European nation to refuse to form SS units. Lithuania does not deny or condone the suffering the Jews endured at the hands of the Nazis and individual criminals.
September 26, 1991
I am appalled by Alan M. Dershowitz's commentary (Sept. 13) and the media blitz unleashed by Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Lithuania's purported vindication of war criminals. As this is written, only two out of 47,000 cases have been unearthed by Jewish activists in Lithuania that would tend to support their claims. The pictures painted by both Dershowitz and Hier on Lithuania during the Nazi occupation also are biased, unfair, grossly distorted and historically inaccurate.
August 31, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Looking at the titles of some of the fall's most noted documentaries, one could get an impression of a world spiraling desperately out of control. With titles such as "The House I Live In," Eugene Jarecki's Sundance-prize winning examination of the war on drugs opening Oct. 5; "How to Survive a Plague," David France's look at AIDS activism (Sept. 21); "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare," Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke's take on U.S. healthcare (Oct. 5); and "Detropia," Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's exploration of Detroit as a focal point of economic and social change (Oct.
August 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
As the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team takes the court for the gold medal game against Spain, the attention is inevitably on whether the LeBron James- and Kobe Bryant-led squad is the best Olympic team ever assembled. But a potentially more historic hoops game was played at the Olympics 20 years ago in Barcelona, Spain, where the newly born independent country of Lithuania won a contest that may not have matched any American achievements on the court but resonated a lot more deeply off it. That historic event is explored in "The Other Dream Team," Marius Markevicius' compelling documentary about the Lithuanian men's basketball squad and its politically charged run to the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics (the same Games, incidentally, that saw the debut of the so-called U.S. dream team of Magic, Larry and Michael)
July 28, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
You won't find his name in the 38-page Farmers Classic program, but Ricardas Berankis continued his weeklong tournament run with a 7-5, 6-1 upset of sixth-seeded Marinko Matosevic in Saturday's semifinal at UCLA's L.A. Tennis Center. In Sunday's final, Berankis will face Sam Querrey, who defeated fellow American Rajeev Ram in the other semifinal, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Querrey is seeking to win his third Farmers Classic championship in four years; he missed the 2011 tournament with an elbow injury.
December 16, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Reeves Nelson is turning pro. The former UCLA forward, who was dismissed from the team last week, is expected to sign with a Lithuanian team, Zalgiris, as soon as this weekend. "He's ready to go," his father, Brian, said Friday. "He has indicated to me, this is for the money now. " Brian Nelson also said his son "100%" plans to make himself eligible for the next NBA draft and that he is done playing college basketball. Brian Nelson declined to reveal the terms of the contract because he said the deal was not yet finalized.
November 7, 2011 | By Reed Johnson
The border regions between countries can be oases of free exchange and fruitful mixing or zones of fear and conflict. On Tuesday night, a half-dozen visual artists, activists and academics will convene at downtown's Central Library to consider how culture can help span the gulfs of language, history and ethnicity that often keep people in border areas apart, even when they live side by side. The encounter, "From Tijuana to Gaza to Bosnia: Rethinking Borders in a 21st Century World," is a cross-disciplinary panel discussion, hosted by the Library Foundation's ALOUD public lecture series.
November 6, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick A Novel Joe Schreiber Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 192 pp., $16.99, ages 12 and up When Perry Stormaire learned his family would be hosting a Lithuanian exchange student during his senior year of high school, he immediately imagined "some chic Mediterranean lioness with half-lidded eyes, fully upholstered lips, curves like a European sports car, and legs of a swimsuit model who would tutor me with...
March 28, 1990
Early in the Lithuanian crisis, President Bush sensibly appealed to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev not to use force to keep the tiny Baltic nation in line and urged the leaders to talk over their problem. Then he tossed off one of his customary enigmatic lines: "There are certain realities in life," he said. "The Lithuanians are well aware of them."
Half of Alexander Gomelsky's 1988 gold medalists, now playing for Lithuania, met the other half, now playing for the Commonwealth of Independent States. Imagine Gomelsky's confusion. "I like it, Communism breakup," the former Soviet basketball coach said Friday after the CIS came from 19 points behind in the second half to win, 92-80. "This is nice. Everybody like it. Terrible system. Crazy system. This is experiment for 300 million people. "But I don't like it, this team break up."
March 27, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Between Shades of Gray A Novel Ruta Sepetys Philomel: 344 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and up In young adult books about World War II, the Holocaust dominates. But there are lesser-known atrocities that also took place, including during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. The Soviets not only displaced countless Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians, leaving them to die, but wiped those countries from the map for much of the last century. It's this story that is told in "Between Shades of Gray," the heart-wrenching debut novel from Ruta Sepetys.
January 17, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to quell demonstrators in the Lithuanian capital Friday, as economic hardship burst into street-level rage in another European country. With dwindling budgets forcing unpopular spending cuts and tax hikes in many countries, the global financial crisis is steadily emerging as a political threat to governments. Demonstrations have erupted in Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria and Iceland as bread-and-butter anxiety turns into anti-government rage.
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