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October 27, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The industrial Ruhr has changed a lot since the days when locals had to shake the grit from their clothes each morning and toil under a brooding sky of pollution-tinged gray. Although the Ruhr remains one of Europe's largest industrial centers, the skies have cleared.
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October 27, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The industrial Ruhr has changed a lot since the days when locals had to shake the grit from their clothes each morning and toil under a brooding sky of pollution-tinged gray. Although the Ruhr remains one of Europe's largest industrial centers, the skies have cleared.
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November 12, 1999 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
With wrecked cars and motorcycles beside her and deafening fans blowing leaves, trash and rain onto her designer gown, model Amber Valletta remains composed for acclaimed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. From beneath an umbrella held aloft by an assistant, Lindbergh captures the beauty of the damp, littered scene. Lindbergh staged the apocalyptic tableau for Italian Vogue last weekend at Paramount Studios' New York backlot, one of his favorite places to work.
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April 20, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soot-stained windows, derelict cranes and an olfactory sting from lingering coal dust would hardly seem the stuff of civic pride and nostalgia. But here in Germany's rust belt, the Ruhr River valley known as the Ruhrgebiet, one person's reminder of pollution and oppressed labor is another's monument to those whose sweat and blisters brought about an age of industrial prowess.
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May 15, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To a conservative gubernatorial challenger's anti-immigrant campaign demand for aid to "our children instead of Indians," voters in Germany's most populous state gave a decisive reply Sunday: The incumbent instead of you. North Rhine-Westphalia Gov.
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April 24, 2002 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested 11 suspected Islamic militants in raids across Germany on Tuesday, executing a crackdown on what authorities described as an extremist brotherhood active in Europe that recruits, trains and bankrolls fighters for a worldwide holy war.
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August 26, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
Around 1930, Else Thalemann made an extensive series of photographs chronicling the transformation of the Ruhrgebiet , a rapidly industrializing section of Germany's Ruhr River Valley that came to play a pivotal role in arming the nation for a devastating, expansionist war. Among the pictures is a fearsome image of a grim-faced young boy standing in a field, seemingly trapped between two worlds of awesome power.
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January 8, 2001 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About the only hills in this grimy industrial city are the slag heaps left behind by decades of coal mining and the weed-choked refuse piles built up by the blue-collar masses since the Industrial Revolution. But Bottrop and another city 25 miles to the southwest, Neuss, have suddenly become hot venues for skiing and snowboarding, even without the uplifting scenery of the faraway Alps or the invigorating mountain air and sunshine.
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July 30, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Market Square on most weekends is a vibrant cacophony of produce hawkers, flower vendors and discerning shoppers. But on the first Saturday after the Concorde crash near Paris killed 13 local friends and neighbors, the square was an empty expanse of cobblestone and a fitting metaphor for the hole in this grieving city's heart.
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September 18, 2001 | LISA GETTER and RICHARD A. SERRANO and CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a curious note to a carefully planned and executed plot, one of the suspected hijackers left behind a piece of luggage in his Boston hotel room. Inside were airline uniforms, a video of commercial aircraft and a suicide note, records show. The bag was left by Mohamed Atta, who is emerging as one of the suspected leaders in the terrorist takeover of four commercial jets that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field last week.
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February 19, 1986 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
They laughed when Willy Brandt promised in the 1969 election campaign to clean up the sky over the Ruhr basin. For generations, the Ruhr, the industrial powerhouse of Europe, had meant smoking chimneys, belching blast furnaces, soot-filled skies. The sun, when it managed to appear, had to force its way through a canopy of coal dust, smoke and sulfurous emissions. Usually it failed. But these days, the sun shines clearly in azure skies.
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