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February 19, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Spectacular views of Rome, stands of palm and magnolia trees, the Sistine Chapel close by -- these are the amenities awaiting the first pope to step down in more than 600 years after he moves into his retirement home this spring. A week after Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, hard-hatted construction workers were rushing Tuesday to ready his intended residence amid the perfectly trimmed lawns of Vatican City. Chutes attached to windows of the four-story building were prepared to unload rubble as workers appeared to gut the building and perform a complete redecoration before Benedict starts a secluded life of prayer there.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A 14-year-old boy wanted on suspicion of torturing and attempting to kill an 87-year-old woman as she slept in a retirement home in Hemet has been arrested, police said. Raymond Michael Miranda was tracked to Temecula on Thursday evening and brought back to Hemet, where he was booked into the city jail, Hemet police said in a statement. Officials said took the unusual step of releasing the boy's photo and identity Thursday "due to the serious nature of the case" and the need for the public's help in tracking the homeless teen down.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
As she made her rounds at an upscale Calabasas retirement home one morning, Adelina Campos said she walked into a room and caught a fellow caregiver in the act of abusing an elderly man suffering from dementia. The worker was in midair, hurtling from atop a dresser toward the bed, landing both knees onto the man's belly. "I was just in shock," Campos said. The horrible tale and other accounts of abuse are unfolding this week in the trial of Cesar Ulloa, a low-level employee accused of severely mistreating residents, some of whom would have been too dementia-ridden to alert anyone to the alleged abuse.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OLATHE, Kan. -   A self-styled white supremacist from Missouri appeared by video in a packed courtroom on Tuesday and was charged with capital murder in the killings of three people outside two Jewish facilities.  Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, was charged with one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder in connection with the Sunday shooting at a Jewish Community Center and nearby Jewish retirement home.   If Cross is convicted of capital murder, under Kansas law, he could face the death penalty.
NEWS
December 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire gutted a retirement home outside Paris, killing eight people and injuring about two dozen others just a week after the building failed a safety inspection, officials said. About 140 firefighters fought the predawn blaze in the northeastern suburb of Livry-Gargan. Officials said the fire began in a ground-floor room and spread up the elevator shaft over three floors.
WORLD
February 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire swept through a retirement home in the western Austrian town of Egg, killing 11 residents, officials said. TV pictures showed the second and third stories of the home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. The cause was not immediately known, but officials said the deaths occurred from smoke inhalation. About 250 firefighters battled for about three hours to put out the blaze and 75 Red Cross workers were helping at the scene, the officials said. The death toll was the biggest in a blaze in Austria since 155 people were killed when a funicular train caught fire in a tunnel in 2000.
NEWS
October 12, 1989
California Lutheran Homes, which operates The Alhambra retirement home at 2312 S. Fremont Ave., is planning to merge with a Norwalk retirement home, a move that will make it one of the largest senior care facilities in Southern California, a spokesman said. The merger will not be final until the board of directors for Southland Lutheran Home approves it Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1987 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
An elderly resident of Premier Manor Retirement Home in El Cajon allegedly attacked three women residents with a cane and a knife-sharpener in an apparently unprovoked dinner-time incident Wednesday. None of the women was seriously injured. Rose Rozenfeld, 80, who received three scalp cuts, was treated at Grossmont Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Sharon Ross said.
NEWS
October 28, 1988 | From Reuters
An elderly tortoise is retiring to a British old-age home with an 86-year-old woman who found him in her garden in 1910. Staff at the Hartsholme Home for the Elderly said Joey the turtle could move in with Beatie Vickers after she insisted they would never part. "The two are constant companions," said matron Pat Hartin. "We decided to build him a pen in the garden." Many British old-age homes ban pets for sanitary reasons.
NEWS
January 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire reports
A fire at a North Hollywood retirement home Tuesday night was quickly doused by firefighters with the help of automatic sprinklers, but not before a woman was injured and hospitalized with burns. The fire started about 11:15 p.m. at the Villa Magnolia Retirement Hotel, 10537 Magnolia Boulevard, and was put out in about 13 minutes, according to a Fire Department spokesman. About 30 firefighters from six units were sent to the scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
If the producers of the HBO series "Getting On" go to Costa Mesa to see Samuel D. Hunter's "Rest," the American theater might lose another talented playwright to television. This prolific dramatist's latest play, which is having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in a finely acted production directed by Martin Benson, put me in mind of the American version of the dark British television comedy in which the old and frail are tended to by caregivers who could use some urgent care themselves.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We took a home equity loan against our house to open a business in 2006. We also ran up credit card debt for the business. The business went under, and we're struggling to pay off the loan, which is $150,000 (a $1,150 payment every month), and the credit card debt, which we got down to about $20,000 from $37,000. Is there any way to get relief from the loan since it was a legitimate business (a franchise we bought from another franchisee)? We don't know what to do and have been taking money out of our savings to pay the debt.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By David Ng
The Old Globe in San Diego will present productions of "Othello" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" as part of its 2014 summer Shakespeare season, company leaders announced Friday. The season will include productions of the musical "Into the Woods" and Ronald Harwood's "Quartet," his 1999 play that was made into a movie last year directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith. "Othello" (June 22 to July 27) will be directed by Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein; "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (Aug.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
Any one-man crusade is likely to fail, but a rom-com character's war against sincerity is doomed from the start. Recently unemployed David (pastor-turned-actor Joe Boyd) has good reasons for being a Negative Nancy, and his aloofness earns him early triumphs over the omnipresent forces of perkiness and optimism. But writer-director Brad Wise's "A Strange Brand of Happy" is determined to make David experience the film's titular emotion: delight in the knowledge that fulfilling one's potential pleases God too. So along comes a lady ex machina in life coach Joyce (Christian singer Rebecca St. James, mugging her heart out)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With each new member of its inaugural rollout, Netflix continues its creative course of conservative innovation. It has the star-studded drama ("House of Cards"), a little horror for the young folk ("Hemlock Grove"), the iconic re-issue ("Arrested Development") and a sassy dramedy ("Orange Is the New Black"). Really, all that's missing from this cable template is a period piece and something new from Ricky Gervais. And now, here's something new from Ricky Gervais. "Derek," which appears in its seven-episode entirety Thursday, is a heartbreaking mess of a show.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2013 | By David Horsey
When Pope Celestine V quit his job in 1294, his successor locked him in prison and kept him there until he died. Pope Benedict XVI will not suffer the same sad fate. When he resigns Thursday, not only will he not be jailed, exiled or even sent to a retirement home. He will get to stay in the Vatican. This worries some Catholics who think having two popes in the house will make things a little crowded. Some even fear there is a nefarious scheme at work that will allow Benedict to exert undue influence on his successor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1995 | ERROL COCKFIELD
An early morning fire swept through a Mission Hills retirement home Sunday, badly burning one man and forcing the evacuation of 40 residents, authorities said. Firefighters extinguished the flames within 20 minutes of arriving at 2:34 a.m. "We found heavy smoke coming from the second floor," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Many elderly residents of the three-story building at 10050 Sepulveda Blvd.
BUSINESS
July 13, 1999
Senior Resource Group of San Diego said it acquired a 4 1/2-acre parcel of land at 5450 Vesper Ave. in Sherman Oaks for $8 million from Park Village Apartments and that it plans to build a $35-million, 249-unit retirement home on the site. Senior Resource Group expects to break ground in October and to complete construction in about a year, according to Michael Grust, president of the company, which will develop the project and manage the property as Senior Resource Group.
WORLD
February 19, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Spectacular views of Rome, stands of palm and magnolia trees, the Sistine Chapel close by -- these are the amenities awaiting the first pope to step down in more than 600 years after he moves into his retirement home this spring. A week after Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, hard-hatted construction workers were rushing Tuesday to ready his intended residence amid the perfectly trimmed lawns of Vatican City. Chutes attached to windows of the four-story building were prepared to unload rubble as workers appeared to gut the building and perform a complete redecoration before Benedict starts a secluded life of prayer there.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
It's lunchtime at Punch Productions, Dustin Hoffman's company, and the Brentwood office is a hive of activity. As young female assistants scurry around offering up salads and beverages, Hoffman - in a blue button-down shirt, gray cords, running shoes and a pedometer - putters around, explaining his company's logo (it's based on the large-nosed Italian commedia dell'arte character Punchinello) and joking with a photographer ("You know why I look so good: extraordinary plastic surgery and a penile reduction.
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