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November 8, 1994 | Jack Searles
Ventura County is as good a place as any to operate a Scandinavian venture capital fund. For that, you can take the word of Marty Albert, president of AmerScan Global Partners, a Thousand Oaks concern that operates a $10-million, Oslo-based fund that's helped Norwegians launch three high-tech concerns in the United States. Albert, 62, is an ex-engineer and longtime high-tech entrepreneur. In 1989, he was taking part in a business colloquium at Cal Lutheran University.
April 11, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A smart company called MHz Networks has come up with the shrewd idea of presenting to American audiences the European TV movies that have been made from the works of great modern European detective novels. The company has already done so much  that it is best to look at its output region by region, and this week Scandinavian detectives get the nod. The first of the great Nordic detectives was Sweden's Martin Beck, created by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, and MHz brings us multiple episodes of “Beck,” TV stories inspired by those memorable novels.
December 29, 1988
As a Swede who has visited Sweden many times and Finland, Norway and Denmark once, I must point out that the articles written by Tyler Marshall (Part I, Dec. 14-15) about Scandinavia indicated a certain amount of bias, whose purpose must have been to try to promote the United States by using negative reporting about the greatest success story of our times. My father left Sweden in the early 1900s after his wife died, leaving his two daughters with his wife's sister. I remember very clearly my father very poignantly telling them he could not afford to send them money to buy bicycles to go to school on. Today, their five children are a real success story.
April 27, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Analyzing DNA from four ancient skeletons and comparing it with thousands of genetic samples from living humans, a group of Scandinavian scientists reported that agriculture initially spread through Europe because farmers expanded their territory northward, not because the more primitive foragers already living there adopted it on their own. The genetic profiles of three Neolithic hunter-gatherers and one farmer who lived in the same region of...
It might seem that there is little as unlikely as a Scandinavian restaurant in Southern California, but for many years one of L.A.'s most celebrated spots was Scandia on Sunset Boulevard. It had closed by the time I came to town, but Gustaf Anders was still carrying the flame for the cuisine in Costa Mesa.
April 14, 1998 | COLL METCALFE
California Lutheran University will be offering a cultural smorgasbord of sorts as it kicks off its 25th annual Scandinavian festival with a number of exhibitions, contests, performances and food. Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and continuing Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., the college will play host to an anticipated crowd of more than 6,000 people, mostly Scandinavians, from across the state.
January 14, 1990 | BARBARA THORNBURG
TWO SUMMERS AGO, while on a return visit to her home country, Annika Bogart Elias decided to import Swedish furniture. "I fell in love with a beautiful hand-painted armoire dated 1718," she says by way of explanation. She named her Melrose shop after Karl XII, a much-admired king of Sweden, and began specializing in Swedish Neoclassical and Empire furnishings. Her small shop houses couches with scrolled arms, cabinets with symmetrical silhouettes and decorative accessories.
January 11, 1996 | KELLY DAVID
Ventura County residents interested in learning Scandinavian immigrant folk songs are invited to participate in a workshop at Cal Lutheran University on Friday. The workshop, the second in a series of three, will be led by Anne Charlotte Harvey, a professor of drama at San Diego State University and a specialist in the culture of Scandinavian immigrants. Accompanied by a band, Harvey will teach and perform songs in their original languages.
December 1, 2011 | By Hugh Hart, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Silence speaks elegant volumes this fall as Scandinavian filmmakers bring a spare touch to subjects that usually get presented by Hollywood in the-louder-the-better fashion. Spycraft, car chases and the apocalypse figure are dominant themes in award season contenders "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," directed by Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson; "Drive," helmed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn; and "Melancholia," from Denmark's melancholy auteur Lars von Trier. Like Susanne Bier, the Danish specialist in angst-fraught relationship dramas who directed last year's foreign-language Oscar winner, "In a Better World," the Northern Europeans behind these English-language features share a gift for handling deeply dysfunctional characters with dry aplomb.
May 24, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
High concentrations of volcanic ash from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland are wafting over northern parts of Britain and have forced the cancellation of 500 flights across Europe, the European air traffic center said Tuesday. Eurocontrol also predicted more cancellations Wednesday as the cloud drifts toward Denmark, southern Norway and southwest Sweden. But the agency also expects the number of future flights affected by the cloud will be relatively low. Airlines such as British Airways , KLM , Aer Lingus , Loganair , Ryanair and others that canceled flights Monday and Tuesday have been scrambling to keep passengers informed of operations using Twitter, Facebook and websites, telling passengers not to come to the airport if their flight has been canceled.
August 21, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In "I Curse the River of Time," a quiet Pietà of a novel, a mother and son try to fill in the gaps left after a life of rare communication: Plenty of love, the tough unspoken kind, but too little communication. The mother has been married 40 years. Three sons are grown and one has died. She and her husband come and go, no longer close but full of mutual respect. She has worked in a factory for much of her adult life; has paid for the narrator of this novel, her son Arvid, to go to college.
February 21, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
If the United States is at a loss over what to do about nuclear waste, it may be time to check out the Swedish model. A symposium at the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in San Diego last week highlighted the Swedish power industry in gaining public support for a geological repository for high-level radioactive waste. The Scandinavian success comes in stark contrast to efforts in the U.S., where spent nuclear fuel rods have remained for decades in temporary storage at power plants around the country.
February 18, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
One would have thought that Sweden's Martin Hansson and Norway's Tom Henning Ovrebro would have learned their lessons by now. On Wednesday, in two absorbing European Champions League matches played in Portugal and Germany, the two Scandinavian referees once again were at the center of twin storms because of controversial calls that directly affected the outcome of the two round-of-16 matches. In Portugal, Hansson, already infamous for not spotting Thierry Henry's hand ball for France in its pivotal World Cup qualifier against Ireland last fall, this time allowed FC Porto to take a quick free kick only yards from the Arsenal goal.
January 15, 2010 | By Julia Keller
It is a world of bleak twilights and tortured souls. A world of cold dawns and dour sleuths. A world of frozen lakes and repressed detectives. A world of winters and losers. Yet as grim, glum and downright depressing as a Scandinavian setting for a mystery novel can be, something remarkable is afoot: Such novels continue to be fabulously popular in the United States and internationally. In the next few months, major new whodunits set in places such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland will be released, including "The Man From Beijing" (Knopf)
January 7, 2010 | By Susan King
Travel the globe this week in the comfort of a darkened theater. The first stop is Ireland, courtesy of the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre, where the country's premier filmmaker, Jim Sheridan, is scheduled to discuss his career and screen his current film, "Brothers," and his well-regarded 2003 drama " In America" on Friday. Two more well-regarded Sheridan films -- with Daniel Day-Lewis -- keep us in the Emerald Isle on Saturday: 1989's "My Left Foot," for which Day-Lewis received his first Academy Award, as painter Christy Brown, and 1993's "In the Name of the Father," for which the actor earned an Oscar nomination as a man unjustly accused of an IRA pub bombing.
August 5, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Theodore D. Nierenberg, who founded Dansk International Designs in New York to manufacture modern Scandinavian tableware and cookware that became popular among postwar American families ready to embrace a new casualness at the dinner table, has died. He was 86. Nierenberg died Friday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Armonk, N.Y., said a son, Al.
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