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May 7, 1993 | JOANNA RAEBEL
If you would like to try sewing from vintage patterns, here is some advice from those who have been doing it a while: * If you're not an expert sewer, pick something with few pieces. Make sure pattern pieces and directions are there before beginning. * Expect the sizing and the fit to be different. American women have become taller and more athletic over the years, and have come to prefer a looser fit. In addition, the corsetry used in the different eras will affect the look.
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NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
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NEWS
July 20, 1997 | From Associated Press
Fingerprinting may intimidate crooks, but businesses don't want to scare off law-abiding customers too. So they're trying to put a positive spin on a procedure long used mainly on criminals. Brochures extolling the "Thumbs-Up Identification Program" can be found at branches of First Union bank, which requires thumbprints for cashing checks presented by people without accounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Small tsunami waves and other unusual "water movements" arrived on the California coast Wednesday following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile's northern coast. Although officials stressed that no tsunami warning had been issued for California or the West Coast, the abnormal wave heights, tide fluctuations and current changes may have surprised boaters, they said. The first waves to strike California that were connected to Tuesday night's South American earthquake may have hit La Jolla about 4 a.m., said Bill Knight, an oceanographer with the National Tsunami Warning Center based in Alaska.
NEWS
July 19, 1991 | WILLIAM KISSEL
Traditionalists who believe that plaids are for stadium blankets and school uniforms are in for a surprise this fall. The home furnishing and fashion industries are embracing the variegated pattern in all its forms: authentic tartans, classic glens and Western ombres, windowpanes and buffalo checks. "From outerwear to underwear, plaid is the whimsical pattern that ties every category of fall fashion together," says Chip Tolbert, fashion director for the Men's Fashion Assn.
NEWS
July 9, 1993 | BARBARA DENATALE
Buying retail can be costly. Perhaps that's why people make their own clothing, sometimes saving as much as 50% on a garment. Understandably, making a garment does take time and talent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1988 | DELTHIA RICKS, United Press International Science Writer
The pattern of stripes is as different from one zebra to the next as the sprinkling of spots is on one leopard compared to its cousin. The same holds true of snowflakes and even the circles and swirls comprising fingerprints. These differences, it has been surmised for years, are likely due to chance. But for the first time, three physicists at the University of California have shown mathematically that this age-old observation is probably true, at least for patterns on the surface of water.
NEWS
August 9, 2009 | Trine Tsouderos
Celebrities die in threes. The moon landing was a hoax. Climate change is a myth. And President Obama? Not born on U.S. soil. Oh, how we love our conspiracy theories, our superstitions, our beliefs that fly in the face of facts, logic and science. When asked about climate change, half of Americans recently polled by the Pew Research Center and the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science said they didn't believe in it. (Nearly all scientists said they did.) And how many of us, when Michael Jackson died, thought yes, of course, he completes the Ed McMahon-Farrah Fawcett trio?
NEWS
May 7, 1993 | CINDY LAFAVRE YORKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Remember home sewing? Those made-at-home-with-loving-hands jumpers and shirts that Mom stitched at the beginning of the school year? The mother-daughter dresses with rickrack trim? The brocade vests for Dad? They're history. It used to be that many women sewed for themselves and their families simply because it was cheaper than buying new outfits. But as women started to move into the workplace in the 1970s, sewing fell on hard times.
SCIENCE
November 7, 2009 | Karen Kaplan
They may not be old enough to talk, but babies less than a week old know how to cry in their native language. Researchers have known that infants have the ability to mimic speech starting around 12 weeks of age. Babies also show a preference for spoken language that mirrors the rhythm, melody and intensity patterns of their mother tongue. But when they're too young to control their vocal cords or the muscles that shape the mouth to make specific sounds, how can babies demonstrate that they're tuned in to the chatter around them?
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Jerry Hirsch
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators twice declined to investigate faulty ignition switches in General Motors Co. cars that led to 13 deaths - even though one official found "a pattern" of problems, according to a new congressional report. The report, released Sunday, added fresh details to a controversy that has shaken the revitalized automaker. Already under fire for lengthy delays in recalling the vehicles, GM also was accused in the report of allowing the defective part to be installed in millions of vehicles after testing showed it did not meet the company's own specifications.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Two-fifths of the nation's public school districts offer no preschool programs, and most of those that do offer only part-day programs. Black students account for less than a fifth of those in preschool across the nation but make up almost half of the students who are suspended from preschool multiple times. Those results from the first comprehensive survey in nearly 15 years of civil rights data from the 97,000 U.S. public schools show they remain marked by inequities.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The investigator looking into the abrupt departure of Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin released his months-long report Friday, concluding that three starters on the offensive line "engaged in a pattern of harassment" directed not only at Martin but other players and an assistant trainer. The 144-page report, prepared by independent investigator Ted Wells, identifies linemen Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey as the instigators in the locker room. Incognito, a Pro Bowl guard who recently finished a three-month suspension, is a free agent and isn't expected to return to the Dolphins.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
He had grown weary of the sportsmanlike platitudes and calm explanations. He had just spent 15 minutes discussing the most stunning upset of his career with a steady stare, and enough was enough. Just before exiting the dank basement interview area at the Adler Arena Skating Center on Wednesday, U.S. Olympic speedskater Shani Davis inexplicably stopped one more time. In front of a handful of remaining reporters, he seethed. "I don't know what's going on....I was skating hard, so hard....I was ready for it, man, like I was ready for this," he said.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
About 12,000 feet above the state of Washington, aerospace giant Boeing Co. is flying a 747 jumbo jet painted in the colors of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks in the pattern of a massive “12.” Check the flight tracker out here . The flight is a publicity move by Boeing, which is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks football team. The Seahawks are set to play the Denver Broncos in next Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII. The 747-8 is owned by Boeing and is being used for flight testing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The Webb Schools, a private high school in Claremont, is a magnet for college recruiters from around the country and the world. This fall, 113 Ivy League and other schools sent representatives to the campus - more than the 106 students in the senior class. At Jefferson High School, a low-income public school with 280 seniors in South Los Angeles, eight recruiters from local universities showed up. Recruiters' visits often are an important first contact for students to discover campuses far beyond their hometowns and for the colleges to discover talented applicants.
SCIENCE
July 16, 2010 | By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times
Sea levels are rising, but not in a geographically uniform pattern, says a new study published online on July 11 in the journal Nature Geoscience. Focusing on the Indian Ocean, researchers from the University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, both in Boulder, found that increases in sea levels in some regions corresponded with declines in other areas. Sea level increases were significantly greater than the global mean at midocean islands such as the Mascarenhas Archipelago as well as the coasts of Indonesia and Sumatra and the northern Indian Ocean.
NEWS
May 7, 1993 | JOANNA RAEBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To meet someone for tea on a warm afternoon, Brigitte Bergman of South Pasadena has on a wispy, fluttery '30s floral georgette dress with shirring at the shoulders and down the sleeves. It looks for all the world like an antique. It isn't. It's one of about 20 garments Bergman has made for herself from the 100 or so vintage sewing patterns she has collected. She, like home sewers of all stripes, has discovered that the best way to get exactly what she wants is to make it herself.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Joaquin Phoenix refused to hug it out. On an overcast November afternoon, in a $13-million Hollywood home with a skyline view stretching from downtown L.A. to the Palos Verdes peninsula, the notoriously press-averse actor was throwing a fit of pique - aimed squarely at me. He had tolerated more than an hour of my questions. I was interviewing him with Spike Jonze, writer-director of "Her," the idiosyncratic yet affecting sci-fi romance in which Phoenix stars. "Her" reaches theaters in limited release on Wednesday but has already been crowned best film of 2013 by the National Board of Review and tied for best film honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
Arcade Fire has certainly found itself on a strange perch with its new album, "Reflektor. " The last time the Montreal-based group made a record, "The Suburbs," it did so as an acclaimed indie band - not a Grammy album of the year-winning act on the verge of becoming a household name. "Reflektor" accepts the challenge that comes with millions of ears, eyes and lenses aimed at it but does so by taking listeners on a journey unlike any they've taken before. Its most confident and experimental yet, "Reflektor" features songs steeped in punk, dance rock, disco, reggae and noise, and themes ranging from love in the Digital Age to faith amid profound tragedy.
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