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June 6, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
Just about a year ago, author Craig Johnson was riding high. The premiere of "Longmire," the A&E TV series based on his Walt Longmire mystery novels, was the highest rated scripted drama in the network's history and he had just started his book tour for "As the Crow Flies," the eighth book in the series. He had stopped at a diner in Red Lodge, Mont., and as he was paying the cashier for his meal, he noticed an older woman staring at his hat -- a cap bearing the logo of his fictional Absaroka County Sheriff's Department.
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SCIENCE
June 10, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Scientists have released video of an 8-foot-long, shimmering oarfish taken  about 200 feet below the ocean surface -- and it is breathtaking. Elusive and alien-looking, the oarfish has a thin, eel-like body with squiggly iridescent markings that glow blue in the video. It also has a long dorsal fin that stretches the length of nearly half its body, and large round eyes rimmed in silver.  That bright white blob you see in the fish's spiny dorsal fins is a parasitic isopod -- sort of like an ocean version of the roly poly bug -- that has attached itself to the fish.
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NEWS
October 25, 1987 | JANE SUTTON, United Press International
The mysterious serpent Christopher Columbus slew during his first voyage to the New World was probably a crocodile--not a giant iguana as previously suggested, a zoological archeologist has determined. The finding is based on the discovery last summer of a crocodile bone amid the ruins of a Bahamian village believed to be one that Columbus visited.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
Just about a year ago, author Craig Johnson was riding high. The premiere of "Longmire," the A&E TV series based on his Walt Longmire mystery novels, was the highest rated scripted drama in the network's history and he had just started his book tour for "As the Crow Flies," the eighth book in the series. He had stopped at a diner in Red Lodge, Mont., and as he was paying the cashier for his meal, he noticed an older woman staring at his hat -- a cap bearing the logo of his fictional Absaroka County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
October 15, 1992 | JESSICA GOODHEART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A mythical creature is taking shape on what was once an empty, trash-filled lot on South Avenue 57. The 50-foot-long serpent has scales of river rock and colorful bits of tile and semi-precious stones cemented to its back. Through the hot summer and into the fall, a group of young volunteers has been constructing it under the leadership of environmental sculptor Tricia Ward and her architect husband, John Maroney. The serpent's current home had sat empty for about four years when Ward approached developer Willard Michlin, president of Kismet Real Estate Investments Inc., about building an environmental sculpture on the land.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1987
Betty O'Meara's letter on the matter of blame-shifting reminded me of the following: Adam blamed it on Eve, Eve blamed it on the serpent. The poor serpent! It didn't have a leg to stand on! DONALD R. LEHTI Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1986
While Hank Tovar is correct concerning the upside-down status of the Texas flag in the Senor Naugles commercial (Calendar Letters, July 20), both he and the Naugles people are incorrect in assuming that the Star and Bars ever flew over the Alamo. The flag raised over the Alamo by its defenders was the Mexican tricolor with the Eagle-Serpent-Cactus crest replaced by the date "1824," commemorating the Constitution of 1824, which theoretically gave the Texicana self-determination.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1988
"A Spellbinding Way to Make a Movie" made me sick to my stomach (by Patrick Goldstein, Feb. 3). How Hollywood producers can pay poverty-stricken people in Haiti 66 cents an hour while they rake in millions and not feel they are exploiting anyone is nauseating. Then, when the 2,000 angry extras revolt, these humanitarians promise them raises and skulk off into the night like the carpetbaggers they are. Of course, "The Serpent and the Rainbow" director Wes Craven said, "You couldn't help but have enormous sympathy for them (Haitian extras)
BOOKS
July 1, 1990 | KAREN STABINER
A stereotypically neurotic New York woman marries a Southern businessman and tries to adjust to the peaceful existence of a small Louisiana town. Like the mythological serpent that devours its own tail, Gretchen Peabody spends all of her time peering into herself, imagining threats and betrayals where none exist.
NEWS
January 31, 1994
If the serpent in the earth was the enemy, fire was next. After the shaking stopped, the first words uttered in apartments and tract houses and mobile homes were frequently the almost hysterical command, "Turn off the gas!" Often, the order came too late. Severed gas lines hissed from cracked foundations. Then, all it took was a spark for the flames to appear. Once started, they consumed everything in their path while firefighters, deprived of water by the quake, watch hopelessly.
HEALTH
March 30, 2013
If you're not a fan of traditional straight-leg push-ups, here's a new twist on them that still provides the same killer workout for arms, but also works the neglected lower back. Called the half-cobra push-up, this yoga-inspired move is demonstrated here by fitness instructor Cassey Ho, who uses it on her "Pop Pilates Total Body Workout" DVD and her "Blogilates" You Tube channel. What it does This exercise shifts the focus of a traditional push-up from the shoulders to the triceps, while flexing and strengthening the lower back.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
The Cobras on display at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden this weekend don't hiss or spit or bite. They will be sitting pretty on the grass when the 127-acre Arcadia grounds host Shelby Cobra sports cars for the exhibit "Serpents in the Garden. " Thirty Shelby Cobras -- five of them originals built between 1962 and 1967 -- will be tucked into the landscape, all accompanied by their owners. Few car shows are lucky to have such an idyllic backdrop. "When you look at images of the good life in California from the mid-20th century, it was about beautiful gardens, outdoor living and cars," said Richard Schulhof, chief executive of the arboretum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2012
I remember, many years ago a mexicano working in a sweat shop on E Street by the library. I could see him through the window - a tailor by trade. Thought about asking him to make me a suit for graduation. His fingers were so thin, so dark. Usually, he labored on a sport coat. Could tell the owner had granted him privacy. He seemed happy and at ease.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Over at the Getty Villa, a fantastic hybrid sculpture is holding court in a powerful exhibition that explores the ancient Mediterranean goddess Aphrodite. Based on a lost Greek original, a 1st century Roman carving of an exquisite hermaphrodite, part man and part woman, seductively writhes in a self-possessed erotic dream. Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently opened a similarly dazzling show centered on another ancient hybrid being -- this one a plumed serpent.
WORLD
February 21, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Pali Nath has a high-tech advantage in performing an ancient ritual. The snake charmer's cobra is computer chipped and ready to dance. Well, almost. It's winter in northern India, and the beast isn't terribly energetic. So as Nath waves his flute, striking up a brisk tune, a listless Reshma briefly lifts her head before retreating into her basket and semi-hibernation. Nath, 52, is one of only 10 Delhi-area snake charmers whose serpents have semiconductors embedded under their skin by the Delhi government.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Wildlife officials announced Thursday they had captured a venomous vagabond ? a young Egyptian cobra that vanished from its enclosure at the Bronx Zoo last week. "She's alive and well," Jim Breheny, Bronx Zoo director and senior vice president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, told a news conference as a large screen behind him showed the black serpent. Photos: Notorious escaped animals As zoo officials had predicted since the snake was discovered missing from its enclosure at the reptile house Friday, the snake was found inside the building.
OPINION
December 24, 2001
Re "Let Eve Take Her Place at the Table," Commentary, Dec. 20: Robert McElvaine's pertinent commentary serves as a necessary reminder that we, as "free" Western women, are still fettered by the misogynist myths of religious misinterpretation and, probably, age-old mistranslation. Eve still bears that mantle of shame, but no one inquires as to the gender of the insidious serpent (Freud might have a few thoughts on that one). While we American women cannot begin to compare our frustrating limitations to the dreadful suffering of our burka-smothered sisters, I think it would prove unifying and empowering to the world sisterhood to replace the aging phrase "glass ceiling" with "glass burka."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2012
I remember, many years ago a mexicano working in a sweat shop on E Street by the library. I could see him through the window - a tailor by trade. Thought about asking him to make me a suit for graduation. His fingers were so thin, so dark. Usually, he labored on a sport coat. Could tell the owner had granted him privacy. He seemed happy and at ease.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2010
Reviews by Christopher Knight (C.K.), Holly Myers (H.M.) and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices The Chimaera of Arezzo A Chimaera fuses the body of a fire-breathing lion with a coiling serpent in place of its tail, so it is capable of guarding the rear flank; for good measure, a horned goat emerges from the lion's back. Altogether this chomping, hissing, butting flamethrower is a mythological hybrid as frighteningly improbable as something from "Alien."
SPORTS
November 16, 2009 | Houston Mitchell
at Carolina 28, Atlanta 19: Matt Ryan must be a baseball fan, since he is bringing the sophomore jinx over to football. at Miami 25, Tampa Bay 23: Time to call an immediate moratorium on all "Henne-powered" headlines or references. at Minnesota 27, Detroit 10: After Lions lose for 31st time in 33 games, Donald Sterling might start showing interest in buying them. Jacksonville 24, at N.Y. Jets 22: It seems all that "Mark Sanchez is the next Joe Namath" talk turned out to be a bit premature.
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