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March 24, 2011 |
They call Villa Park "The Hidden Jewel. " Bound on all sides by the city of Orange, this 2.1-square-mile city is something of a well-kept Orange County secret, residents say: affluent, welcoming, conservative, and quiet. In recent weeks, it's also been the center of heated controversy after video of a protest at an Islamic charity event captured a city councilwoman's angry words. Speaking outside a community center in nearby Yorba Linda during the February event, Councilwoman Deborah Pauly pointed at the center and said, "What's going on over there right now ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2011 |
After slowly but steadily working his way through a 26.2-mile course drenched by driving rain, mammoth distance runner Kelly Gneiting finished Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon in nine hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds, probably establishing a Guinness world record for someone his size. "I did it, but it was hell," Gneiting, 40, said, shortly after crossing the finish line in Santa Monica. "Pure hell. " Featured in a Times profile last week , Gneiting is a former national champion sumo wrestler with a 60-inch waist who weighed in just before the race at 400 pounds.
March 2, 2011
Chickpea puree with crisp croutons (Crema de garbanzos con pan frito) Total time: 1 hour Servings: 6 Note: Use 1 cup dry chickpeas to make 2¾ cups cooked. Soak them in water for 8 hours. Put them to cook in hot water and simmer until tender, about 3 hours. Sieving the soup after it is pureed eliminates the chickpea hulls and makes for a smoother soup. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish.
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February 4, 2011 |
Some bright lights in Washington have come up with another solution to the problem of illegal immigration. This one won't ever become law, because it involves tinkering with the Constitution, and specifically with the 14th Amendment, which declares that everyone born in the U.S. is a citizen. The 14th Amendment was written to overturn an 1857 Supreme Court decision that found U.S.-born people of African descent were not entitled to citizenship. And it's responsible for the citizenship of this columnist, the L.A.-born son of Guatemalan immigrants.
January 25, 2011 |
On the eve of President Obama's State of the Union, civility is en vogue in Washington and no one wants to be caught not minding their manners ? especially after two recent joint sessions of Congress yielded memorable breaches of decorum. In advance of last week's vote to repeal the healthcare overhaul, House Republican leaders signaled that the rhetoric should be taken down a notch. Democrats, meanwhile, made a show of offering to sit side-by-side with Republicans at Tuesday night's address.
January 5, 2011
Venice: Pure City Peter Ackroyd Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 416 pp., $37.50
January 5, 2011 |
The works of man are many and wondrous, but if I had to pick one that most completely embodies the concept of the sublime, it probably would be the autumnal view from the terrace of Venice's Gritti Palace, across the Grand Canal, to the great church of Santa Maria della Salute ? though I'm not sure I ever could satisfactorily explain precisely why. In the long years of its decline and decay, Venice always has managed to evoke both the rhapsodic and the mysterious. Thus Evelyn Waugh has his Charles Ryder in " Brideshead Revisited," glimpsing it for the first time, muse: "This was my introduction to the baroque.
December 31, 2010 |
Neanderthals ate plants ? and even cooked them ? just as their human cousins did, according to a new analysis of Neanderthal teeth. The work, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that Neanderthals had a diverse diet similar to humans, and challenges the idea that limited food sources were to blame for Neanderthals' disappearance about 30,000 years ago. "It's been thought they went mainly...
December 15, 2010 |
Few film directors have dipped their quills into more artistic inkpots than Peter Greenaway, the British-born auteur who during the past 30 years has cut a highbrow path through cinema, painting, books, opera and multimedia art installations. His latest project, "Nine Classic Paintings Revisited," unites most of these strands into what the director calls an attempt to "look at painting through the eyes of a filmmaker. " Greenaway's movies (of which "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" is the most famous)
October 24, 2010 |
Studio A at Capitol Records in Hollywood is the fabled place where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, the Beach Boys and other stellar names in popular music made some of their most beloved recordings over the last half century. On an unseasonably pleasant day last summer, however, the artist sitting dead center in front of the imposing 60-channel mixing board was Taylor Swift, the erstwhile teen queen of country-pop music who has dominated sales charts and captured the ears of her generation as firmly as any of her celebrated predecessors.