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February 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" not only has people debating the last hours of Jesus' life but also running out to buy such souvenirs as crucifixes, lapel pins and cards tied to the film's promotion. A particularly popular item is a pendant fashioned from a single nail made of pewter and attached to a leather strap, say officials of Bob Siemon Designs, licensed by Gibson's Icon Productions to produce jewelry tied to the film.
May 14, 1998 | CHRIS CHI
Two Oxnard men were in jail on suspicion of committing a robbery in La Colonia early Wednesday, authorities said. The arrests occurred after an unidentified person came to the Oxnard Police Station about 2 a.m. and reported being robbed near the corner of Cooper Road and Grant Avenue, police said. Twenty minutes later, police pulled over a red 1993 Ford Escort in an alley off Grant Avenue and arrested the two men.
August 17, 2006 | David A. Keeps
SET up like an exhibition space but operating as a store, Denizen Design Gallery opened last week in Los Angeles. Conceived as a West Coast showcase for limited edition domestic furnishings, Denizen mixes fine art and functionality in wood, concrete, steel and plastic. The discoveries include Johnston-Ready's sleek stools made of folded sheet aluminum and benches in solid walnut (shown above with a cast aluminum table topped in glass).
November 16, 2003
"Like a big jigsaw puzzle, the 30-foot, 2,000-pound chandelier was put back together and rehung in the rotunda." The heck with faceless bureaucracy. This town's municipal seat is a 1920s Mission-meets-Deco palace at Temple and Main streets. "City Hall: The Heart of Los Angeles," an illustrated children's paperback from Beverly Hills-based Tallfellow Press, hails the restoration of the building, largely completed in 2001.
February 8, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE
A Studio City man pleaded no contest to stealing $7,000 from the sick and elderly in a telemarketing scheme and was sentenced to a year in jail or 130 days on a Caltrans work crew. Mark Phillip Sugarman, 37, was sentenced Thursday by Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Jacob Adajian after Sugarman entered his plea on two counts of grand theft. Adajian also ordered Sugarman to pay full restitution to the victims of the scheme. Deputy City Atty.
May 10, 2001 | ASHLEY DUNN
By the sound of Kryptolight's Web site, you'd think this glowing, battery-powered pendant was blessed by the Dalai Lama and endowed with special powers by Obi-Wan Kenobi. "Kryptolight symbolizes the power of the human spirit. When you click on a Kryptolight, you are making a statement against violence, drugs, injustices and abuses of every kind. . . . Wearing a Kryptolight is just one small way that we can express this pure message to the rest of the world." At $19.
July 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Turkmenistan's president awarded himself a large gold and diamond pendant and a 30% raise to celebrate his 50th birthday, an echo of the lavish personality cult built around his autocratic late predecessor. The government also issued 200 gold and 200 silver coins decorated with a portrait of the current leader, Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper said Saturday.
Do you take this divorce? I do. With this ring I-- SMASH! -- celebrate my freedom. With a whack of a four-pound sledgehammer and Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" twanging in the background, Linda Howell reduced her wedding ring to an unrecognizable mess of gold, silver and cubic zirconia. Howell swigged champagne and thought about her plans. Make the mess into a pendant? Earrings? Yes, a pendant. So much for tradition.
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