June 5, 2006 |
Visitors to Rome could be forgiven if they concluded that the city is awash in refurbishing. Everywhere one looks, it seems, scaffolding hugs the facades of churches, obelisks and Renaissance-era palaces. In reality, there is more going on here -- or less, actually -- than meets the eye. Billboards are prohibited in Rome's historic center, the site of ancient ruins and some of the world's most famous monuments.
July 2, 1989 |
On the Fourth of July in Denmark, drums roll and horns sound to the beat of "Stars and Stripes Forever," the breezes carrying the noise to picnicking families on the hills of Rebild. For 77 years, except during two World Wars, this small Scandinavian country of 5 million people has celebrated the birthday of the United States at Rebild, the country's only national park, and in Alborg, a city 15 miles from the park. At Rebild, flags from the two nations fly everywhere.
May 29, 1988 |
C arpaccio is hot. Well, actually it's cold; but the smooth, cool, paper-thin slices of the finest raw beef, slick with extra-virgin olive oil, have found their way onto menus from Spago to Rex and nearly every restaurant on Melrose. It's become so trendy that Marie Callendar's feels compelled to sling mudpies at the dish in ads that proclaim, "We can't pronounce carpaccio either." Blame it on the contessa . . . Contessa Amalia Nani Moceniego, that is.
August 2, 2009 |
The first comprehensive effort to identify and catalog every species in the world's oceans, from microbes to blue whales, is a year from completion. But early discoveries have profoundly altered understanding of life beneath the sea, senior scientists say. New tracking tools, for example, show that some bluefin tuna migrate between Los Angeles and Yokohama, Japan; one tagged tuna crossed the Pacific three times in a year.
June 20, 1991 |
The pool hall--that enduring piece of Americana--has undergone a metamorphosis at The Shark Club. Look elsewhere for dingy back rooms, cigar-smoking gamblers, and sleepy-eyed hustlers--the trappings that can give pool halls a sleazy reputation. This is pool for a new generation complete with valet parking, dance music and a 2,000-gallon shark tank.
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December 13, 1997 |
Rose Parade Princess Leslie Marrero has an unusual driving record. While making appearances as a princess, she has piloted a yacht and a blimp, the Muir High senior told the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Assn. Now for the unusual part. You won't see her behind the wheel of a car. She doesn't have a driver's license yet.
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June 2, 1993 |
The Whitaker-Jaynes house and the Bacon house are the last standing relics that tell about Buena Park's past. Dean Dixon, a trustee of the Buena Park Historical Society, calls these homes, built in the mid- to late 1800s, "the last of the Mohicans." Dixon said it makes him "nervous" that the city owns the homes and property. The homes "are vulnerable to any decisions that the city would want to make," he said.
August 1, 1992 |
When comedian Robin Harris died of a heart attack two years ago at age 36, he left behind a CD recording of a live performance in which he played himself, stuck with taking some obstreperous youngsters to an amusement park. Harris' "Bebe's Kids" (citywide), based on that tale, has now become the first animated theatrical feature with exclusively African-American characters as principals.
July 10, 2006 |
There are rare moments when Italy rises above regional differences and comes together as a country. It certainly doesn't happen in politics; maybe it happens briefly when an Italian soldier is killed in an overseas mission. It is soccer, and perhaps soccer alone, that can unite the nation in unbridled euphoria, make grown men cry, sane women squeal and immerse an entire national population in wild jubilation.