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TRAVEL
June 14, 1998
I'm an American tourist staying in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Prague is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, four of our 45 tour members have been robbed during our four-day stay here. A lady had her purse stolen, and three men had their pockets picked on the subway. My wife and I have traveled to many of the world's major cities, including Beijing, Moscow, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Berlin, London and Madrid. None of these cities have the tourist pickpocket problem that Prague has. I urge the mayor and the police of Prague to take back their city from the thieves.
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WORLD
January 1, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday shortly after he was injured by an explosion when he opened an old safe in his Prague residence, according to a statement by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Jamal Jamal, who assumed his post in October, opened the safe after it was moved from the previous site of the Palestinian mission, the ministry said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1988 | From Reuters
President Francois Mitterrand of France arrived here Thursday for the first visit by a French head of state to Czechoslovakia and his first stop in an accelerated French drive to deepen contacts with Eastern Europe.
SPORTS
September 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away. Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip. Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it again. The A's will be crowned champions of the American League West for the second consecutive year, perhaps Sunday. Beane has run the A's for 16 years. Oakland is about to win the AL West for the sixth time in his tenure. The Angels have won five times in that span, the Texas Rangers four times, the Seattle Mariners once.
WORLD
January 1, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday shortly after he was injured by an explosion when he opened an old safe in his Prague residence, according to a statement by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Jamal Jamal, who assumed his post in October, opened the safe after it was moved from the previous site of the Palestinian mission, the ministry said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.
TRAVEL
December 11, 2005
I cannot say enough about the beautiful city of Prague. Having just returned from a week of touring the Czech city by foot, bus and boat, I am in awe of the churches, castles, synagogues, cemeteries and bridges built hundreds of years ago. The old and the new blend so easily. Cobblestone streets and sidewalks twist and curve among huge buildings topped with domes and statuary. The people are very friendly, and finding English-speaking assistance is not a problem. Food and accommodations are very reasonable.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Virginia-based metal band Lamb of God was forced to cancel a concert in Prague Thursday as lead singer Randy Blythe was detained for questioning in connection with the death of a fan at the band's 2010 performance in the Czech Republic. The band's representatives maintain that Blythe has not been officially charged, but some reports indicate that the vocalist is facing charges of "bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of a fan," which could carry a prison term of up to 10 years if convicted.
NEWS
June 28, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Alfred K. Stern, a multimillionaire businessman who was charged in 1957 with spying for the Soviet Union, died of cancer Monday in exile here, the Czechoslovak News Agency Ceteka reported. He was 88. Stern and his wife, Martha Dodd Stern, daughter of the last U.S. ambassador to Berlin before World War II, left the United States in 1957 after being accused of subversive activities. They had been accused before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities of spying. U.S.
NEWS
June 23, 1990
President Vaclav Havel's political movement and its ally on Friday formed the nation's first freely elected non-Communist government in four decades. The state CTK news agency reported that the agreement was reached at talks in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Participants were Havel, Prime Minister designate Marian Calfa and representatives of Civic Forum, its sister movement Public Against Violence, the Christian Democratic Movement and the Democratic Party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Alfred K. Stern, a multimillionaire businessman who was charged in 1957 with spying for the Soviet Union, died of cancer Monday in exile here, the Czechoslovak News Agency Ceteka reported. He was 88. Stern and his wife, Martha Dodd Stern, daughter of the last U.S. ambassador to Berlin before World War II, left the United States in 1957 after being accused of subversive activities. They had been accused before the House Committee on Un-American Activities of spying. U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Susan King
After visiting Prague in late 1938, a young British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton had an "intuition" about the fate of Jews in Czechoslovakia now that the country had come under Nazi occupation. So he began his own Kindertransport organization to rescue at risk Jewish children and send them to safety in England. Before the outbreak of World War II in Europe on Sept. 1, 1939, this British Oskar Schindler was able to organize seven rail-sea transports bringing 669 youngsters to host families in Great Britain.
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
River cruise companies have been canceling and modifying cruises as flooding continues over a large swath of Central Europe, including Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland. Viking Cruises , Tauck and others have been reaching out to customers and travel agents by email to tell them of the changes, according to company websites. The BBC reports at least 19 people have died as of Tuesday, including 10 from the Czech Republic and five from Austria, after rivers rose to dangerously high levels.
TRAVEL
November 18, 2012
CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY AND AUSTRIA Slide show Roberta Kritzia will speak about her travels to Prague, Budapest and Vienna. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. SNOWSHOEING Workshop Experts will offer tips on snowshoeing basics, gear and where to go to get started. When, where: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info : Free.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Virginia-based metal band Lamb of God was forced to cancel a concert in Prague Thursday as lead singer Randy Blythe was detained for questioning in connection with the death of a fan at the band's 2010 performance in the Czech Republic. The band's representatives maintain that Blythe has not been officially charged, but some reports indicate that the vocalist is facing charges of "bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of a fan," which could carry a prison term of up to 10 years if convicted.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
With hometown dates rapidly approaching, our "Bachelorette" knew it was time to get down to business in Prague during this week's episode. So did she ask her remaining suitors about their approach to child-rearing? Grill them to see if they'd be open to moving to North Carolina with her? Ask if any of them have a 401(k)? Nay. She decided to figure out who the best kisser was. Listen, I get that the woman needed to get her rocks off. She was spending a lot of lonely nights in hotel rooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Tribune newspapers
"Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948" Madeleine Albright Harper: 480 pp., $29.99 Madeleine Albright is a formidable figure. She was a member of the National Security Council and the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. When she became secretary of State in 1997, she was the first woman to hold the position. Her manner is direct, with a frankness uncommon for her level of statecraft. Nowadays she teaches at Georgetown, has a school of international studies named for her at her alma mater, Wellesley College, and writes the occasional book.
TRAVEL
June 23, 1991
Congratulations on a splendid article about Prague ("Smiles Are Back in Mozart's Prague," May 12). Writers captured feelings of people of Prague extremely well. Also all other topics, advice and prices were quite accurate. Only the bridge on the picture of Prague's castle is not the famed Charles but the Manes Bridge, which is a bit further on the flow of Vltava River. TOMAS K. SMETANA Goleta
SPORTS
September 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away. Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip. Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it again. The A's will be crowned champions of the American League West for the second consecutive year, perhaps Sunday. Beane has run the A's for 16 years. Oakland is about to win the AL West for the sixth time in his tenure. The Angels have won five times in that span, the Texas Rangers four times, the Seattle Mariners once.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2011
The Prague Cemetery A Novel Umberto Eco, translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 445 pp., $27
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
Bookish digressions and odd cultural details are two reasons why we read Umberto Eco. He takes great pleasure in showing readers the monastic care of books in "The Name of the Rose," the kabbalah in "Foucault's Pendulum" and day-to-day life in Mussolini's Italy in "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana. " Without such layers, without his plunging into the minutiae of other eras, it just wouldn't be an Eco novel. Such details and digressions are also crucial to his latest, "The Prague Cemetery," maybe even more than in any of his other novels.
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