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August 22, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Shahbal Shabpareh and his band Black Cats — a premier Iranian American pop group — have performed American hits with a Persian twist at upper-crust Iranian celebrations almost weekly for years. They've seen lots of lavish weddings, but one stands out as the most over-the-top. As guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres outside the banquet hall, the bride was placed in a glass coffin. The groom fitted on a white half-mask. Then, the carefully planned Phantom of the Opera theme devolved into chaos.
April 7, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
The Navy plans to install a laser weapon prototype on a ship this summer for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf. The technology, called the Laser Weapon System, will be the first of its kind to be deployed, the Navy said. The idea is that the laser could zap dangerous swarming small boats and flying drones while on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Its power also can be scaled down, presenting the Navy a non-lethal alternative to ward off threats such as pirates, terrorists and smugglers.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller made an unusual plea Monday, seeking to recruit people who speak Arabic, Persian or Pashtun--the language of western Afghanistan--to help with the nation's probe into last week's hijackings. But even though the jobs pay as much as $38 per hour, filling them won't be easy. Not many native English speakers are fluent in these Middle Eastern tongues, and many native speakers of these languages are wary of working with the American government.
March 29, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Wearing a dark blue traditional Iranian garment, Roxanna Ameri followed the rhythm of the music as she marched with others outfitted in festive shades of red, green and purple. Ameri, 18, was among hundreds of Iranians who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last weekend for the sixth annual Iranian New Year celebration, hosted by the Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California. March 20 commemorates both the first day of spring and the Iranian holiday Nowruz, which translates to "new day. " The holiday, which ends Sunday in the U.S. and on Tuesday in Iran, is a time for Iranians across the globe to gather with family and friends to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature.
June 22, 1986 | MAX JACOBSON
Shamshiri, 1916 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. (213) 474-1410. Open daily. No credit cards, no checks, no exceptions. Lunch or dinner for two $15-25. Take a Sunday stroll down the east side of Westwood Boulevard just south of Wilshire and you will notice a curious thing: signs in Arabic script. But don't be fooled by appearances; the signs are in Farsi, the language of Iran. This section of Westwood has been affectionately dubbed "Tehrangeles" by its Iranian denizens.
January 6, 2005 | Litty Mathew, Special to The Times
The temperature is in the 40s, it's raining sharp pellets of water and there's a chance of hail in otherwise temperate Glendale. To most, this would signal an evening of cozying up indoors with a cup of Ghirardelli hot chocolate and reruns of "The Simpsons." Not to my husband, Melkon, who has a radical idea for a couples activity -- he wants to go outside and play. A transplant from Rhode Island, he believes in communing with winter.
July 2, 1989 | ITABARI NJERI, Times Staff Writer
He is an energetic man of 66, with silky white hair, mischievous eyes and a voice that erupts in a laugh so intense one is sure its force is meant to subdue some rising pain. He is replaying the years since he fled Iran in 1980--escaping a firing squad for the third time. "What I am really missing is my 12,000 volumes of books, which I left in Tehran," says Dr.
March 13, 2003 | From the Washington Post
Wallace M. Greene Jr., a retired four-star general who was commandant of the Marine Corps during the buildup of U.S. forces for the war in Southeast Asia, died Saturday in Alexandria, Va. He was 95, and the cause of death was multiple myeloma. During a 37-year career, Greene gained a reputation as a brilliant staff officer, long-range planner and troubleshooter. He served as commandant from 1964 through 1967.
In the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, a man crashed his pickup truck into a cafeteria crowded with lunchtime patrons here Wednesday afternoon and began firing rapidly and indiscriminately with a semiautomatic pistol, killing 22 people. The gunman later was found dead of a gunshot wound in a restaurant restroom, police said. The massacre resulted in injuries to 20 others, many of them listed in "very critical condition."
July 9, 1987
If the United States would permit the sale of Alaskan oil to Japan, it would permit disengagement of the U.S. Navy from the Persian Gulf, while simultaneously eliminating our negative trade balance. JAMES SULLIVAN Monterey Park
March 12, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
To help preserve a Persian New Year tradition, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has offered a temporary reprieve to those who want to burn wood in Newport Beach's fire pits. Wood can be burned in the pits until March 24, said City Manager Dave Kiff, when the agency and city will begin enforcing new regulations that were originally scheduled to go into effect March 1. Thousands of people have  flocked to Newport Beach around the holiday in years past, using the fire rings to fulfill a tradition that involves leaping over flames.
February 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, flush with oil riches and seeking to push its way to the front of the international stage, is in the midst of an enormous, decade-long building boom to construct facilities and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, the largest and most-viewed sporting event in the world. Unfortunately, Qatar is preparing for that moment of international cooperation and sport by grievously exploiting its foreign workers, subjecting them to dangerous conditions that should be drawing forceful condemnations from the world community.
February 20, 2014 | By Paul Richter
The Obama administration is mobilizing across several fronts to shore up its relationship with Persian Gulf leaders who fear the United States is reducing its commitments in the Middle East. In unusually blunt remarks Wednesday, the State Department's No. 2 diplomat urged the Gulf nations to overcome their differences with Washington, warning that the two sides cannot afford to become competitors in nations in upheaval, such as Syria and Egypt. No other country can offer the rich but thinly populated Gulf states as much protection as the United States, said Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns.
January 15, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The teenage girl Sepideh only wants to look at the stars. A student of astronomy and worshipful devotee of Albert Einstein, she dreams of joining the young men who trek out nightly in the desert south of Tehran to gaze at constellations. But such ambitions worry Sepideh's traditionalist Iranian family members, who issue her ominous warnings -- which, of course, only further fuels her desire. “We use the sky," Sepideh says in a new Farsi-language documentary, also named “Sepideh,” that premieres Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, “to vent the frustration that society has given us.” Sundance, which kicks off its 30th edition Thursday in the mountains of Utah, is largely known for unearthing new domestic voices.
October 30, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Two scruffy men with beards lean over assorted piles of military-style trousers, jackets and vests, all in different camouflage patterns. The pair examine a thick winter jacket, stroking the material as a salesman offers a discount for bulk orders. "We might take 40 pieces," one of the men murmurs in Arabic, as the two turn their attention to other wares. Near the Old Station district of this southern Turkish city lies the Aleppo Market, an animated jumble of pomegranate juice stalls, kebab stands and shops offering goods such as furniture and spices.
August 27, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel endured dozens of Scud missiles launched by Saddam Hussein's forces, but refrained from retaliating because of U.S. concern that Israeli involvement would fracture the international coalition it had built against Iraq. As the United States prepares for a possible military attack against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israeli leaders are making it clear that they have no intention of standing down this time if attacked.
March 8, 2000 | BARBARA HANSEN
Iranian salads, bread and yogurt make an unusual meal. You can buy these and other Iranian foods at the Old Fashioned Deli in Glendale. The deli's potato salad that contains lots of pickles, shreds of chicken breast so tiny they're hardly visible and equally small bits of hard-boiled egg. An eggplant salad is deep red from tomatoes and red bell peppers, and a bit spicy. (It's meant to be eaten cold but might make a good pasta sauce).
April 2, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
Saudi Arabia remains the world's leading source of money for Al Qaeda and other extremist networks and has failed to take key steps requested by U.S. officials to stem the flow, the Bush administration's top financial counter-terrorism official said Tuesday. Stuart A.
August 16, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Joseph Harounian came out of the closet to his Persian Jewish family, relatives told him to march right back in. Some worried he'd turn his cousins gay. Others feared for the family's reputation. They began excluding him from family events. It was only after his grandmother intervened that he was gradually welcomed back into the fold. Now, years later, Harounian says his family has come to terms with who he is. But he knows that the fear of ostracism still keeps other gay Persian Jews from coming out. Support for gay rights and same-sex unions has never been higher, according to numerous polls.
June 7, 2013 | By David Karp
This week may be the best of the year for high-flavored fruit that's worth a special trip to local farmers markets, because it's almost never available elsewhere. Start with boysenberries, whose rich, complex, sweet-tart flavor reflects their ancestry, part raspberry, part trailing blackberry. To be at their best, they must be picked dead-ripe, when they're too soft and perishable for supermarkets, and even at farmers market just a few vendors take the trouble. Look for containers in which all or most of the berries are deep purple, indicating full ripeness; less ripe berries are better for baking or making preserves.
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