February 12, 2014 |
COLUMBUS, N.M. - Each morning, embattled Mayor Nicole Lawson performs a private ritual in this tiny U.S.-Mexico border village of 1,600 isolated souls, a forgotten place with mostly unpaved roads and not a single stoplight. After brushing her teeth, she pads over to a white note board bearing only an oversize number scrawled in black. On this mid-January morning, she wipes away the "58," replacing it with "57. " With a sigh of satisfaction, Lawson, 39, counts down yet another difficult day until the end of her term running a hamlet that may be one of America's most dysfunctional communities.
January 28, 2014 |
For decades, relatives of some boys dispatched to the notorious Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys have struggled to find out what became of them after they went missing amid reports of beatings, torture and sexual assaults at the reform school in Marianna, Fla. On Tuesday, researchers and forensic anthropologists moved a step closer to providing answers. The remains of 55 people have been uncovered on school grounds, University of South Florida researchers announced - five more than previous field work had indicated and 24 more than listed in school records.
January 21, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Was Viktor Bout an international arms smuggler? How do you make a movie out of home videos recorded by a man convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans? What's it like visiting an alleged "merchant of death" in federal prison? Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the directors of the Sundance Film Festival documentary "The Notorious Mr. Bout," dropped by the Los Angeles Times Studio in Park City to discuss how these issues are explored in their movie, which premiered at the festival Friday night.
November 29, 2013 |
The publishing house Elsevier no doubt hoped to put a major embarrassment behind itself Thursday by retracting one of the most controversial papers of recent times. Instead, it has created further contention over peer-review practices in the for-profit scientific publishing world. The paper , by French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini and his colleagues, created an instant uproar when it appeared in Elsevier's journal Food and Chemical Toxicology last year. The paper's explosive finding was that laboratory rats fed for up to two years on genetically modified corn of a type widely used in the United States developed huge, grotesque tumors.
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October 31, 2013 |
PALM DESERT - Doris Payne - demure, elegant and 83 - is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn't use muscle and she doesn't rely on guns. Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe. Her most recent alleged theft found her on El Paseo, the luxurious row of shops in Palm Desert. Jeweler Raju Mehta thought she fit right in with his customers.
September 29, 2013 |
The letter was two sentences long, addressed to "Dear Mr. Rossellini" and signed "Ingrid Bergman. " Like many moviegoers in the late 1940s, the actress was deeply affected by "Rome, Open City" and "Paisan," Roberto Rossellini's landmarks of neorealist cinema. Alone among the Italian director's admirers, she offered her star power and talents, as "a Swedish actress who speaks English very well," in hope of an on-screen collaboration. Rossellini accepted eagerly. But any expectation that Bergman's high profile would heighten his clout at the box office were dashed.