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January 29, 2010
'When in Rome' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some suggestive content Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes Playing: In general release
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WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for a pair of former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, thrilling multitudes who gathered in St. Peter's Square and nearby to witness the unprecedented double canonization. It marked the first time in the church's more than 2,000-year history that two former popes had been canonized on the same day. And, though the focus was on the two late pontiffs, the extravagant ceremony and Mass will probably provide another boost for the soaring popularity of Francis, the Argentine pope who has only held office for slightly more than a year.
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TRAVEL
December 5, 2010
The Navona is inside an antique palazzo built in the 1400s that has belonged to this family for centuries. For those who love to walk, Castel St. Angelo and Vatican City are accessible by foot. The Navona is in Rome's historic center, yet its quiet location on Via dei Sediari is ideal for sleeping too. I can't say enough about the family, the hotel and its operation. Hotel Navona, 8 Via dei Sediari, Rome; 011-39-06-6830-1252, http://www.hotelnavona.com . Doubles from $136 MaryAnn Vanover, Santa Barbara
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Los Angeles' two greatest cultural disappointments of the past three decades may have been the failure of the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984 to mount director Robert Wilson's eight-hour international operatic epic, "the CIVIL warS" and the Music Center's inadequate support in 2000 of Frank Gehry's grand plan to renovate and urbanize the facility and reshape downtown's civic center in the process. All, though, is not lost. As part of Minimalist Jukebox on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunited those two transformative artistic visions by presenting Philip Glass' contribution to "the CIVIL warS," known as the Rome section, in Gehry's successful contribution to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
WORLD
March 12, 2010
A Rome high school has decided to install vending machines selling condoms for its students, sparking angry reaction from the Catholic Church which claims the move will only encourage youths to have sex. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the pope's vicar for Rome, criticized the decision as trivializing sex. L'Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, said Thursday that sex was being reduced to "mere physical exercise." The paper lamented that young people these days have no spiritual guidance when it comes to sexuality, and that educators are more concerned with "the health and hygiene consequences of sex" than the moral implications.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By David Wharton
One thing seems certain: Usain Bolt will not race at a big Rome track meet in June. The reason for him skipping the Diamond League circuit stop is less clear. Organizers initially announced that the world's fastest man was suffering from an injury. But Bolt's agent told the Associated Press that his healthy client does not have a contract to compete in the event. Meet director Luigi D'Onofrio responded up with a vague statement about the mix-up. "We have been informed of the problems of Usain some days ago and we have been following with concern the evolution of the story, because of the agreement we had with his management," D'Onofrio stated.
WORLD
March 5, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles staunchly defended his record on dealing with sexual abuse in the church in an interview published by an Italian newspaper Tuesday. Mahony, who has been criticized for moving predator priests from posting to posting, told Corriere della Sera that "after 20 years, people are talking about abuse as if we had not done anything. However, since 2002, we have had our program Protecting the Children, in which we illustrate procedures and the guidelines of our zero-tolerance policy that allows no possibility, for example, of anyone found guilty of abuse of minors working for the diocese.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Fourteen years after Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell died from a heroin overdose, the Long Beach ska-punk trio's surviving original members have decided it's time to revive the name and celebrate the group's musical legacy while attempting to add some new chapters to its story. Bassist Bud Gaugh and drummer Eric Wilson have teamed with a 21-year-old singer and guitarist named Rome, with whom they will play a string of small-scale shows starting April 20 at the Hollywood Palladium.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the last couple of months, I've been trying different pizza dough recipes, but what I've really been waiting for is the new book, in English, from Rome's phenomenal pizza master, Gabriele Bonci. Called “Pizza” - what else? - it's subtitled “Seasonal Recipes From Rome's Legendary Pizzarium.” Now Bonci's pizzas are not round, but large oblongs, part of the tradition called pizza al taglio - pizza cut to order.  And they are gorgeous, though co-author Elisia Menduni describes Bonci's crust as “rough and slightly drab in color ... crunchy on the outside, almost crispy, and the crumb is soft and springy.” Bonci is wildly inventive with his toppings, which are seasonal and change from day to day and week to week.
NEWS
May 30, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The plunging price of Facebook stock aside, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have become ensnared in a kerfuffle over his apparent decision not to leave a tip on a meal during his honeymoon in Rome. The online Telegraph newspaper reports the Facebook tycoon failed to leave a tip after spending about $40 on fried pumpkin flowers and sea bass-stuffed ravioli at Nonna Betta in the Italian capital's historic Jewish quarter. What he ate isn't important, but what he should have known about tipping etiquette is. Travel outfitter Magellan's says 10% above the service charge is appropriate throughout Italy . Conde Nast Traveler 's tipping guide says leave as close to 10% as possible, no more than that, when in Italy.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By David Wharton
One thing seems certain: Usain Bolt will not race at a big Rome track meet in June. The reason for him skipping the Diamond League circuit stop is less clear. Organizers initially announced that the world's fastest man was suffering from an injury. But Bolt's agent told the Associated Press that his healthy client does not have a contract to compete in the event. Meet director Luigi D'Onofrio responded up with a vague statement about the mix-up. "We have been informed of the problems of Usain some days ago and we have been following with concern the evolution of the story, because of the agreement we had with his management," D'Onofrio stated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
A 10-year-old student from Noble Avenue Elementary School in North Hills visited the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels last week on a diplomatic mission. Jersey Vargas, a fourth-grader, was about to leave for Rome and a possible visit with Pope Francis, but first she wanted to ask Archbishop Jose H. Gomez for his blessing and his help. Jersey said she hoped the archbishop will "help my Dad out, so he can be with me and my family, and we won't be separated ever again. " Her father has been in custody since September, Jersey told me. She said he "was caught driving without a license, and because he wasn't born in the United States, that also didn't help him out….
OPINION
March 14, 2014 | By James Romm
This week, as the Ides of March approaches - the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship - the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way off from the Augustan "Golden Age" of ancient Rome, an era that produced art and literature still admired today.
TRAVEL
January 5, 2014 | By Jen Leo
This website will help you answer those age-old questions: Where do I go after I land? And more important, how much will it cost? Name: Rome2Rio.com What it does: It's a global trip planner that combines and displays not only flight information but also train, bus and ferry options, or a combination of all types. Hotel options are just one more click away. Cost: Free. What's hot: Rome2Rio.com is blazing fast. In researching a trip with friends, I could instantly get prices (and multi-modal routes)
WORLD
January 1, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME - In a verdant valley east of Rome, Fabrizio Baldi admires a forgotten stretch of a two-tier Roman aqueduct, a stunning example of the emperor Hadrian's 2nd century drive to divert water from rural springs to his ever-thirstier capital. But Baldi, 36, is less interested in the graceful arches than in where the aqueduct's span ends, hidden in a wooded slope across a stream, halfway up the side of the valley. Scrambling through thick brambles, he comes across a large hole in the ground that appears to be the start of a tunnel.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard and Christie D'Zurilla
The hot priests calendar. In Rome, that's what they call the Calendario Romano. Its pages are filled with good-looking young men in clerical garb, posing for the camera. Yes, they're actual priests, photographer Piero Pazzi told the Los Angeles Times, or "seminarians or accoliti . " (See the gallery, above.) Roman news outlet the Local says tourists can be seen at gift stands near the Vatican eyeballing the calendar, then snapping it up . PHOTOS: Meet the Nice Jewish Guys Pazzi told the Los Angeles Times that the calendar , which he's put out since 2003, consists of portraits of men he photographed in the streets of Rome and Seville, Spain.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Woody Allen is on a roll at the box office, as the prolific filmmaker's latest movie looks to follow in the footsteps of his last hit,"Midnight in Paris. " This weekend, Allen's new film, "To Rome With Love," premiered with $379,371, playing in five theaters and averaging $75,874 in each, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures Classics. That's the second-highest per-screen average of 2012, behind only Wes Anderson's"Moonrise Kingdom," which averaged $130,749 when it opened in four theaters last month.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Opening on package-tour views of classical Italian architecture set against lilting choral music, "The Great Beauty" abruptly cuts to a screaming Roman disco party swarming with distorted glamour. The disorienting bacchanal is the 65th birthday party for the protagonist, a man named Jep Gambardella, and the camera lands on the louche, implacable landscape of his face. The point of view soon shifts to that of a grand vista, placing the party's swirling throb against the stillness of the city's nighttime skyline.
OPINION
October 27, 2013 | By Tom Standage
Today it's easy to assume that social media platforms are a recent development, a phenomenon unique to the Internet age. But the exchange of media along social networks of friends and acquaintances is in fact much older than Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Consider the situation in the late Roman republic, in the 1st century BC. At the time there were no printing presses and no paper. Instead, information circulated among the intermarried families of the Roman elite through the exchange of papyrus rolls.
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