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October 13, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
There will be a lot of history on display Monday night when the American Cinematheque presents Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as the power-mad pharaoh, Rameses ? and not just of the biblical kind. "Ten Commandments" has a special place in Hollywood lore: It was DeMille's last film and made Heston a superstar. The blockbuster is being shown at the Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, which is celebrating its 88th birthday that night.
April 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Tim Curry, who is known for his restoration of older homes, has sold a house in Los Feliz for $3.2 million. The 1928 Spanish-style home was renovated during his ownership while maintaining its period details. The 3,365 square feet of living space includes a study/office, a den, a breakfast room, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There's a guesthouse, a basement and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Towering palms stand beside the swimming pool on the nearly one-third-acre lot. Curry, 68, has done voice work since 2012 for the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series  as well as “Randy Cunningham: 9thGrade Ninja.” He is known for his starring role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
March 7, 1999
Robert A. Harris correctly states that I was not involved in the initial restoration of "Lawrence of Arabia" (Letters, Feb. 21). That major project was overseen by Harris and Jim Painten with the help of many talented people, not the least of whom was Sir David Lean. Credit to all of them is well-deserved. But, while the statement "during that period, Crisp was never heard from" is true, what Harris conveniently fails to mention is "that period" was almost 12 years ago, several years prior to establishing the restoration program now in place.
April 19, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Steelhead trout once packed the natural pools of Southern California's spawning rivers - that is, until the waterways were transformed into concrete drainage canals in the 1930s to protect the burgeoning flatlands from flooding. The last steelhead in the Los Angeles River was a 25-incher caught off a bridge in Glendale in 1940, two years after that stretch was paved. Today, the region's steelhead population hovers around 500 - 10% of what it was seven decades ago. "The good news is that steelhead are remarkably resilient if given half a chance," Jerry Schubel, president and chief executive of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, said last week as crews were installing plumbing and temperature controls in an exhibit he said was designed to "reveal some of the secrets of this fish and inspire conservation.
January 11, 2014 | By Bob Chamberlin and Matt Stevens
More than 37 years after the Korean Friendship Bell arrived on American soil, officials from Los Angeles and South Korea came together Friday to rededicate the gift and celebrate its restoration. Officials including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and South Korean Consul General Yeon-sung Shin spoke in front of about 100 people at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro before ringing the bell 14 times -- 13 for each of the original American colonies and one for good luck. “The coasts of Korea and … America aren't thousands of miles away, they are connected as one,” Garcetti said.
April 24, 2012 | By Chris Barton
From cycling celebrations to protest marches to filming, street closures are a part of life in downtown L.A. But it's something altogether different this week for a section of Main Street from Arcadia Street to Cesar Chavez Avenue, where the road is being blocked to make room for a restoration effort involving one of the city's key pieces of public art, "América Tropical. " Part of an ongoing partnership between the city and the Getty, the only mural by Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros that is still in its original location will be fitted for a protective canopy, starting today.
December 12, 2012 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- Spain's most infamous art restorer is hoping that any publicity is good publicity. Cecilia Gímenez was responsible for the badly botched touch-up last summer of a 19th-century Ecce Homo -- a painting of Jesus Christ -- in her local church near Zaragoza, in northeastern Spain. Dubbed the worst art restoration in history, the elderly parishioner's well-meaning but misguided work grabbed international headlines. One account described it as looking like "a crayon sketch of a monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.
November 15, 2007
Very nice article on "California Romantica" ["Casa California," Nov. 1]. I understand that Diane Keaton's celebrity status fueled it, but it's still nice to see the coverage. One of the pictures shows the glass mosaic outside of the living room at the Guerra Estate in La Canada Flintridge. I lived in, and partially restored, that house for about a year and have been involved in the restoration of many Paul Williams-designed houses throughout Los Angeles.
September 20, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH
The State Coastal Conservancy on Thursday earmarked $250,000 to help restore a 100-acre wetlands area at the mouth of the Santa Ana River near Newport Beach. The money will be used to design a restoration plan for the land and to cover related costs, said Melanie Denninger, project analyst with the conservancy, which is part of the state Resources Agency. The land, on the river's southern bank, has been used as an oil field by West Newport Oil Co., conservancy officials said.
March 25, 1991
Your article certainly relieved my anxieties with regard to the emir's minimal comforts and well-being. It is satisfying that our Army Corps of Engineers has materially assisted in this effort to provide adequate shelter for the emir. We must also give credit to our government for initiating the military action to restore the emir to his rightful position in Kuwait. Hopefully, the project will soon be completed so that restoration of water, power, food supplies, etc. for the citizens can proceed.
April 15, 2014 | By Lanhee J. Chen
The recent defeat of an effort to reinstitute affirmative action in admissions to California's public colleges and universities demonstrates the political power of Asian American voters and challenges the conventional wisdom about their partisan loyalties. The defeat is a reminder that Asian Americans can have a decisive impact on political and policymaking processes. Perhaps more important, it suggests that if education is a key issue that drives Asian American voters, the Democratic Party may not be able to reliably count on their support in the future.
April 14, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
At the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department headquarters, a winding hallway leads to an unexpected oasis. Surrounded by trees, with a built-in grill and tables, the patio is an ideal place for a barbecue. Until recently, though, only a select few enjoyed it, smoking cigars and fashioning it into their own private hangout. In his first week as interim sheriff, John Scott announced that the cigar patio, as it was called, would be open to all employees. A contest would be held to choose a new name and smoking would no longer be allowed.
April 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Turkish government late Thursday ordered Internet service providers to restore access to Twitter, lifting a two-week ban on the microblogging site a day after the nation's highest court ruled it illegal and an infringement on free speech. An official from the office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that "the decision to block access to Twitter has been rescinded," the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website. Erdogan's government blocked access to Twitter on March 20 after the San Francisco-based social media company refused to remove tweets that included YouTube video links showing what appeared to be Turkish government ministers and members of Erdogan's inner circle engaged in corrupt practices.
March 23, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Trying to restore its luster as a tourist destination, this cozy harbor town is undergoing its most ambitious overhaul since chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. built the town's signature feature in 1929: Avalon Casino. More than half a dozen projects are underway or planned in the 2-square-mile community, including a museum, hotel, spa, aquatic facility, chapel and wine-tasting room. Renovations are planned for the island's golf course, and the oceanfront beach club is expanding.
March 23, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - The mighty Colorado River, which over millenniums has carved the Grand Canyon, does an unusual thing when it gets south of the Arizona-Mexico border. It dies. The Morelos Dam - sitting on the international boundary - serves as its headstone, diverting nearly all of the river water into an aqueduct that serves agriculture as well as homes in Tijuana. South of the dam, the river channel travels about 75 miles to the Gulf of California. Except when filled by rains, the channel is bone dry. But starting Sunday, the river will flow again, part of an unprecedented experiment by U.S. and Mexican officials.
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
June 16, 1985
Dale Baldwin's column on Robert Baboian, Texas Instruments corrosion expert and consultant to the Statue of Liberty restoration project, is of special interest to me. ("Practical Solutions for Corrosion, Rust," Real Estate section, June 9.) It is the first article I've seen on this particular aspect of the restoration, which I've been following carefully because I'm a proud graduate of Ellis Island and plan to be at the Ellis Island-Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration on July 4, 1986.
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is working to get its service back up and running in Turkey after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pulled the plug on the social network. “We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform,” Twitter's policy team said in a tweet on Friday. “We hope to have full access returned soon.” The ban was prompted by links posted to Twitter of audio clips that appeared to incriminate Erdogan in corruption ahead of local elections.
March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
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