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March 13, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
If any of you gastronomes out there are headed to Rome for vacation, a new site called The Rome Digest offers savvy advice on the Eternal City. The motto -- "Eat, drink and shop with Rome's top food and wine professionals" -- says it all. Fire up the site just before you leave for Rome and you'll be up to date on everything that's happening in terms of food and wine. The Rome experts who weigh in on TRD (short for The Rome Digest ) aren't just people who love to eat: "TRD's 5 contributors hold 7 wine diplomas and 6 master's degrees.
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.
March 5, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Showtime, already on a winning streak with the acclaimed "Homeland" series and other hits, is muscling for more turf on the crowded field of TV sports. The premium network is making an aggressive push in the sports arena that is extensively covered by broadcast networks, specialty venues such as ESPN and the NFL Network, and its chief rival, HBO. The arena got even more crowded Tuesday when News Corp. announced plans for Fox Sports 1, a new national cable channel that hopes eventually to challenge the ESPN empire.
February 26, 2013 | By Janet Stobart and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Syrian opposition members have reportedly reversed their decision to boycott a meeting in Rome on Thursday with Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other world leaders, averting a potential embarrassment for Kerry on his first overseas trip as top U.S. diplomat. Separately, Syria's foreign minister said in Moscow on Monday that the government was prepared to talk with the opposition, including armed rebels. The twin developments came as Kerry arrived in London on the first leg of a nine-nation tour.
January 18, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Archaeologists scraping away centuries of grime covering the walls of the Colosseum in Rome have discovered that the massive amphitheater was once painted with riotous colors. Experts working on the walls of one of the corridors that once led Romans to their seats to watch bloody gladiatorial shows have discovered traces of brilliant reds, light blue, green and black, proving the drab gray stonework of the Colosseum was once a Technicolor feast. Graffiti celebrating gladiatorial triumphs and scrawled phalluses also can be found on the plasterwork, which has been painstakingly revealed by scraping off dirt and dust.
January 8, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
ROME - Tradition holds that Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back, on the Ides of March, in a sunken piazza here in the heart of Rome. More than  2,000 years later, Silvia Viviani feels that the same thing is happening to her, and on the exact same spot. A cabal of scheming politicians wants her and her followers out of the picture, she says, ejected from the ruins of the Largo di Torre Argentina square where Caesar was assassinated by conniving rivals. But Viviani refuses to budge, and her devotees are stubbornly staying put, if only because they spend most of their time cleaning themselves and napping.
December 6, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 2 - 8 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning CEO Jessica Herrin, Stella & Dot. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Mark Bittman. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Catherine Zeta Jones; Albert Brooks. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Tony Bennett. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Keira Knightley; Donnie Wahlberg.
November 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Jim Rome cut his teeth talking sports on Southern California radio, taking his show to locales such as Reuben's in Brea and the Rose and Crown pub in Anaheim to bond with fans and build an audience, delivering a smart, opinionated style. He succeeded. Rome this week will introduce the second of three series attached to his move to CBS this year, debuting "Jim Rome on Showtime. " Rome has a daily television show on CBS Sports Network, and his CBS radio show will launch in January.
October 21, 2012
I am a subscriber and an online reader. I look forward to the Travel section. Seriously, it is one of the first sections I dive into. Today's write-up about Santa Barbara is wonderful, and I got lost in it like a good book ["It's Ripening on the Vine" by Christopher Reynolds, Oct. 7]. As fall finally arrives, it will be a short trip by rail from San Diego County. I appreciate the great writing and am considering a weekend trip there. Christopher Carmichael Santee, Calif. After reading Reynolds' description of the inns in the Los Olivos area, I feel compelled to put in a word for the ForFriends Inn. My husband and I stayed there for a getaway weekend last month and found the property and rooms beautiful and the innkeepers wonderfully friendly and charming.
October 6, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
It's not often that we get to compare Los Angeles to the Roman Empire, unless we're making fun of the kitschy copy-cat architecture of the Getty Villa. At least in popular stereotype, L.A. and Rome are polar opposites, each one the perfect foil for the other. One city - ours - is unfinished, amnesiac and forward-looking; the other city - theirs - is so obsessed with past glory, its streets piled so high with landmarks and layers of history, that its 21st century personality can be tough to make out. So when I began noticing similarities between an ancient Roman ritual and two huge public events in Los Angeles in 2012, I was tempted to dismiss them out of hand.
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