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December 18, 1992
The operation in Somalia is called Restore Hope. I hope Bob gets there for Christmas. STEVE PIRTLE Whittier
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 12, 1989 | DAVID M. KINCHEN, From staff reports
Project Restore, an organization formed by Mayor Tom Bradley and others with the goal of preserving the fabric of Los Angeles, has been awarded a $250,000-grant by the Ahmanson Foundation to be used in the restoration of the Los Angeles City Hall Main Street lobby. The lobby project--the first of Project Restore's renovation efforts--is expected to cost between $1.1 and $1.5 million and is expected to begin early next year, under the direction of the architectural firm of Hardy, Holzman & Pfeiffer.
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.
June 24, 1990
I am pleased to announce our victory to restore the Palisades Canyon. The Planning Commission voted to form a committee to restore the canyon to its original use. This decision was based on the fact that the conservation and resource-reservation easement had been violated. The canyon restoration is a positive step in preserving our wildlife, plants and overall beauty of the Palisades Canyon. I look forward to seeing the canyon back to its original state for public enjoyment and environmental preservation.
February 24, 1991
You failed to mention my position on Playa Vista in the Times article "Galanter Opponents See a Backlash" (Feb. 17). I believe the entire Playa Vista area should revert to wetland based on the fact that Los Angeles Harbor is required by law to replace the 2,400 acres of wetlands it destroyed. It was city tax money that paid for the harbor and their mitigating funds must remain within the city and restore the Ballona Wetlands to its original ecosystem. Furthermore, I would like to state that this campaign must be based on the issues and not dwell on the amount of money that the various candidates have raised.
October 4, 1986
I quite agree with Mike Ackerman's position (Editorial Pages, Sept. 18) that the CIA's clandestine services should be fully restored, and that they should be focused on Mideast terrorists, and not on a quasi-official, ineffective war in Nicaragua. I believe, however, that Ackerman is begging for a historicaL repeat of the dismantling of the service when he chooses to use words such as "elimination," "surgical removal," and "discreet supervision." The American people should know, in general, what the CIA is proposing to do, but not specific targets or details such as when or how the task is to be accomplished.
June 5, 2010 | From Times staff and wire reports
Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown group the Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including "Treat Her Like A Lady," died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 58 and had leukemia. Woodson was not an original member of the group, which had several lineup changes since its founding in the 1960s. But he played an integral part in keeping the Temptations from becoming just a nostalgia act. By the early 1980s, the Temptations were no longer posting hit after hit as they did in the 1960s and '70s with classics such as "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "My Girl."
June 29, 1989
The House of Representatives approved a $780,000 expenditure Wednesday to help restore the lake at Hansen Dam Recreation Area in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) included the money in the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill of 1989, which passed the House and was sent to the Senate. If passed by the Senate, the bill must be signed by President Bush before any money can be released to the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The lake, once a center for boating, swimming, fishing and water skiing, filled with silt and debris during floods in 1969 and 1981.
January 17, 1997
Alexander Cockburn's Jan. 9 Column Left, "Ballona and the Folly of Wealthy Men," keeps pushing the false idea that Maguire Thomas Partners construction will "wipe out the last remaining large wetland complex in Los Angeles County . . . 1,000 more acres of California's rapidly disappearing wetlands will vanish under concrete." In fact, there are only 188 acres of delineated wetlands at Ballona. Not a thousand. There never were. There never will be. Maguire Thomas has agreed to restore and protect 190 acres of salt marsh, 34 acres of freshwater marsh, 25 acres of riparian habitat in a corridor along Centinela Creek and 48 acres of upland and bluff-side dunes.
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.
January 20, 2003
Re "The Capitulation of a Crusader," Commentary, Jan. 16: Once again Arianna Huffington has it exactly right. The "settlement" between New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer and Wall Street "gentlemen criminals" will simply encourage more wrongdoing because it is so obvious that no one is really going to suffer for these crimes. Why not attach the assets of these criminals (the chief executives, chief financial officers and accounting firms) to make restitution to their victims? Where is the public outrage?
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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