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August 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of Masai tribesmen who were calling for the Kenyan government to give them ancestral land acquired by colonialists 100 years ago. The protest campaign, which began Aug. 13, has brought demonstrations in central Kenya and Nairobi, as well as attempts to invade at least one privately owned ranch. Protesters say one person has been shot to death and more than 100 have been arrested.
August 28, 1988
I must commend your Travel Section and Sharon Dirlam's Tours & Cruises column last summer (Aug. 30, 1987), which led me to take Sally Kneifel's trip to Israel and Kenya. We all became fast friends and loyal rooters whether we were at Treetops seeing animals at close range or Samburu and Governor's Masai Mara Camp getting spectacular close-ups. Accommodations were excellent and food superb in both Kenya and Israel. I would heartily recommend her trip. I am going again this October.
October 9, 2005
KARL ANGEL and his family learned some things about the tribal customs of Tanzania's Masai on a trip to Africa in July. For instance, the women shave their heads and the men wear long braids. "I was looking for interesting people," said Angel, a salesman who lives in Beverly Hills. This woman, whom he photographed with his Nikon D70, took the Angels inside her dung-and-stick hut (background). "It was warm and cozy and quite nice."
August 7, 1992
California Highway Patrol officials have identified a woman killed Wednesday afternoon in a car accident as Louisa Maria Barrie. Barrie, 35, of Santa Monica was thrown from the passenger seat of a 1988 Saab convertible when the driver, Owen H. Owens III of Laguna Beach, swerved to avoid debris on Newport Coast Drive and the car flipped, CHP Officer Bruce Lian said. Barrie died of massive injuries at the scene.
July 29, 1997 | Associated Press
The National Zoo has a new 127-pound baby. The zoo's 15-year-old Masai giraffe, Griff, gave birth Sunday to a male calf. The birth, which occurred with Griff standing and the baby dropping 6 feet to the ground, was witnessed by dozens of tourists and sightseers. A few minutes later the baby was on his feet walking. "The giraffe is just a miniature adult," said zoo spokesman Mike Morgan.
April 19, 1992
Your State Department advisory regarding robberies in Kenya and in particular the Masai Mara (News & Briefs, March 8) troubled me because I have just returned from this wonderful country and its popular game park for the second time. Never did I feel threatened nor did I ever feel suspicious of any Kenyan. To the contrary, they (made me) feel very special and treated me with the utmost respect and courtesy. I take with great offense that Kenya was singled out as an "alert" to tourists as I uphold East Africa as my favorite, special corner of the world.
July 18, 1999
Kenya, suffering a slump in tourist traffic, is waiving visas for short-term visitors. Americans who plan to stay less than 30 days in this East African nation, renowned for its game parks and safaris, will no longer have to pay the $50 visa fee, the Kenyan government announced. Last month, gunmen robbed two dozen American tourists aboard vans en route to the Masai Mara game park.
May 5, 2006 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A Pasadena newspaper said Thursday that it is reviewing a guest column written by the superintendent of public schools because the text contains phrases similar to a widely distributed sermon delivered years ago. The column in Thursday's edition of Pasadena Weekly written by Pasadena Unified School Supt. Percy Clark Jr. was removed from the publication's website after questions about the origin of several passages were raised, Editor Kevin Uhrich said.
"Amazing Grace and Other Stories," a new video release from Children's Circle, is a delight. "Amazing Grace" is Mary Hoffman's book about a remarkable little girl who wins the title role in her class production of "Peter Pan," despite classmates' warnings that she doesn't have a chance because she's a girl and she's black. The joyful, affirming tale, narrated by Alfre Woodard, is complemented by the vibrant life in Caroline Binch's illustrations.
April 24, 1988 | BEVERLY BEYER and ED RABEY, Beyer and Rabey are Los Angeles travel writers.
At the age of 15 or 16, male members of the Masai tribe go through a traditional manhood ritual that will forever determine the course of their lives. For about three months before and after their ordeal, they wear distinctive white facial paint, meet with village elders and contemplate their lifetime roles in the tribe, determined by their reactions to the ceremony.
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