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December 4, 2011
Some historic moments lend themselves to the techniques of fiction, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is one of these, rendered with a novelist's eye in Ian W. Toll's "Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942" (W.W. Norton: 597 pp., $35). In the following excerpt, the award-winning author of "Six Frigates" paints the scene on that fateful morning as people went about their routines, unalarmed by the sound of airplanes in Hawaiian skies in the moments leading up to one of the worst events in U.S. history.
December 4, 2011
Visitor tips for Pearl Harbor --Because of security, no purses, backpacks, diaper bags, camera bags or other such items are allowed at the visitor center or on the memorials. Bag storage is available for $3. --Carry bottled water. --Dress comfortably and appropriately (no swimsuits). Be prepared to do some walking. --The center is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. every day but Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. --More info: (808) 422-3300,
December 4, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
The 70th anniversary of the "date which will live in infamy" does not itself conjure up any sense of nostalgia, especially along California's coast. Nostalgia is for homesickness and sentimentality. The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor — "sneak" became the motivating adjective used by Americans of all ages — evoked immediate feelings of anger, commitment and fright, the latter particularly among little kids. At least that's what I felt and saw. PHOTOS: A date which will live in infamy That said, there is for me a deep sense of nostalgia for the instinctive American attitude during World War II — an attitude of unity, shared sacrifice and, yes, unconcealed patriotism.
September 23, 2011
'Pearl Jam Twenty' No MPAA rating Running time: 2 hours Playing: In limited release
September 23, 2011 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
Rock documentaries made by fans of the band fall into two categories: They either exclude nonbelievers or draw them into the fold. "Pearl Jam Twenty" starts out exclusionary but opens the gates before it's through. Writer-director Cameron Crowe, whose idea it was to examine the celebrated Seattle-based band in time for its 20th anniversary, is no ordinary fan. His films include "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," and he has the Matt Damon-starring "We Bought a Zoo" due for December release.
August 5, 2011 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proclaimed Aug. 7 to 13 to be National Farmers Market Week . In Southern California, unlike most of the rest of the country, we enjoy exciting offerings of local produce year-round. But even here, high summer gives us the greatest abundance and diversity. Stone fruit and heirloom tomatoes, our markets' summer glory, are at their peak, while grapes and apples are coming on. The busier markets are often so crowded that it can be difficult to make one's way through them.
July 24, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Doctors' offices are full of brochures listing new nonsurgical procedures that promise to tighten skin, eliminate redness or brown spots and get rid of fat. Though the machines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the clearances don't encompass all of the cosmetic procedures that are popping up in doctors' offices; physicians can use approved products for off-label procedures. What follows is a sampling of some of those devices and cosmetic procedures that are associated with them.
June 23, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Bahrain sentenced eight prominent activists to life in prison Wednesday in the latest crackdown on a 5-month-old rebellion in the island monarchy that has been criticized by international human rights groups for mass arrests, torture and shooting of protesters. The verdicts by a military court follow the lifting of martial law but indicate that the ruling Sunni Muslim family will not tolerate unrest from the majority Shiite Muslim population, which is demanding an end to discrimination.
June 8, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Every morning, she climbed the wide marble steps of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was not trained for this work. She was a homemaker, not a historian. But she had a lifetime of simmering anger and unanswered questions. By lamplight in the grand reading room, she scoured thousands of documents, inventing her own organizing system to keep track of the information she found. She brought home so many copies that she commandeered a bathtub and used it as a filing cabinet.
May 6, 2011 | Jessica Gelt
For the last few weeks, after Disneyland has closed its gates for the night, a team of workers, including eight divers, has labored through into the morning in Frontierland and New Orleans Square, ferrying building materials to Tom Sawyer Island and sinking support structures into the floor of the surrounding "river. " Meanwhile, at corporate headquarters in Burbank, Laura-Lee Hartung has been combing through her list of a select 700 guests, checking such details as whether Disneyland's catering chef has prepared a menu that meets the needs of a visiting girl with certain food allergies.
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