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April 24, 2010 | By Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Purepecha people of Mexico built a large empire in what is now the western state of Michoacan, beating back the Aztecs at a shared border and resisting Spanish colonization until European diseases ravaged the society. Unique among Mesoamerican peoples in many ways -- their language is said to be most related to Quechua, in far-off Peru -- the Purepecha were skilled in crafting copper and pottery but left few clues otherwise about their history and culture. Recent work by archeologist Christopher Fisher and a team from Colorado State University, however, is shedding new light on the group's history, The Times' Thomas H. Maugh II reports.
April 26, 2014 | By Anne Colby
What would Los Angeles look like if it were a landscape of ever-changing native plants instead of one composed of evergreen lawns and shrubs? L.A. artist Fritz Haeg set out to help people visualize Southern California this way. "In Los Angeles, we've tended to promote landscapes that look the same all the time," Haeg says. "Not only the same within radically different landscapes from the coast to the desert but also looking the same throughout the year. " Last October, Haeg launched Wildflowering L.A. Working with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, or LAND, he recruited participants to plant wildflowers on 50 diverse, viewable sites countywide.
October 6, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
British archaeologists have found the remains of a massive stone henge, or ceremonial circle, that was part of the ancient and celebrated Stonehenge complex, a find that is shedding new light on how the monument was built and its religious uses. The new henge, called Bluestonehenge because it was built with blue Preseli dolerite mined more than 150 miles away in Wales, was on the banks of the River Avon, where ancient pilgrims carrying the ashes of their dead relatives began the journey from the river to Stonehenge, nearly two miles away.
March 27, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Patrick Stewart is great to follow on Twitter, even more so lately as he posts daily pics of himself and pal Ian McKellen while they count down the remaining days of their "Two Shows in Rep" run on Broadway. Stewart and McKellen playing Skee-Ball , Stewart and McKellen on a skyscraper with New York City unfolding behind them, Stewart and McKellen on the boardwalk -- all with black bowlers firmly in place. (The buddies are appearing together in a double-shot of "Waiting for Godot" and "No Man's Land" at the Cort Theatre.)
June 1, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Two backyard sheds and a metal container in which ammunition was stored caught fire and exploded Sunday in a Reseda neighborhood, forcing the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said. The fire and explosion were reported at 8:43 a.m. in the 19200 block of Ingomar Street. It took firefighters about 90 minutes to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported. Crews had to douse the flames from about 50 feet away because ammunition continued to go off, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman D'Lisa Davies.
September 21, 2006
The sad truth is that the Los Angeles County Fair promotes a lie. In stark contrast to the adorable "Charlotte's Web" exhibit that was described in your article ["Cue the Pig and the Spider," by Brenda Rees, Sept. 7] is the reality of life on today's factory farm. Pigs are kept in gestation crates too small for them to turn around in, stacked one on top of the other by the thousands in dark sheds. The treatment of male calves born to dairy cows is no less horrific. They are kept in tiny crates and immobilized with chains so their flesh can make tender veal.
September 5, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
President Kennedy's Addison's disease, which came to light only after his election in 1960, was most likely caused by a rare autoimmune disease, according to a Navy doctor who reviewed Kennedy's medical records. The disease, autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 2, or APS 2, also caused Kennedy's hypothyroidism, according to a report published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Hard though it is to believe these days -- when a celebrity's smallest sneeze is analyzed -- Kennedy's family and advisors were able to keep his medical history virtually secret.
March 5, 1989 | MARILYN HOFFMAN, The Christian Science Monitor
Great barns are an important part of the rural landscape. They are familiar landmarks that speak of seedtime and harvest, of hay and horses, milk and memories. Many barns in the United States represent the building traditions of settlers from many other parts of the world. Numerous ethnic groups came to be identified by their distinctive old-country barn types.
In a finding that raises provocative questions about how a father's drug use might cause birth defects in his children, researchers have found that cocaine can attach itself to human sperm without impairing the sperm's survival or mobility. The results, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., suggest that sperm might carry cocaine or other toxins into an egg, triggering the kind of developmental problems in offspring already seen in animal studies.
October 21, 1990 | PETER MIKELBANK, Mikelbank is a free-lance writer based in Paris
The Seine rarely dances in Paris. Surrounded by city, unconnected to nature, it's a sullen, dark river, industrially trafficked and plowed to an incessant tourist highway. A green river; sometimes, a gray-blue shade like steel, along a high corridor of stone. Only as the Seine approaches suburban precincts does the river's lively brasher color, the silver of sunlight played on water, return.
March 12, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker and Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she would not seek a third term, forgoing a campaign that would have required her to challenge the state's term limits measure. The Republican had left open the option of running this year, despite the overwhelming weight of legal opinion against it. She became governor in 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano left office to join President Obama's Cabinet, and Brewer won reelection the following year. The state limits governors to two terms, and most legal experts said her first partial term counted toward the limit.
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- The accuser in the sexual assault court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified Friday that she continued to have sex with the general for two years after she says he threatened in Iraq to kill her and her family if she revealed what became a three-year affair. The accuser, a military intelligence captain, told a court-martial panel that she continued to have sex with Sinclair because she believed she had no other option, and also feared the general might fire her. "I felt the best way to move forward was to continue sleeping with him," the captain said during a sometimes tearful hour on the witness stand.
March 7, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Like young bucks at a county fair kissing booth, states are lining up for a chance to court Tesla Motors and its planned $5-billion battery factory. But fair warning, fellas: The intoxicating fragrance of Musk and his money masks a cold business heart. Already a loser in the race for this California girl's affections, though, is, well, California. Oh, sure, we're good enough to design and build the company's eco-luxe Model S. And Californians bought more than one-third of the $70,000-and-up cars last year.
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
 SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Roderick Wright's felony verdict by a jury this week has been a major topic of news in gambling-oriented newspapers and chat rooms, with the consensus being his legal problems are a setback for efforts to legalize Internet poker in California. That is because Wright, a Democrat from Inglewood, has been chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which handles all gambling bills, and he is the author of multiple bills over the years seeking to allow state-sanctioned poker and other games on the Internet.
January 10, 2014 | By Gary Schmitt
It would be difficult to believe that China's leaders didn't expect a negative reaction from its neighbors and the United States when it announced the creation of an expansive air defense identification zone over the East China Sea in late November. But that raises the question of why those leaders are behaving the way they are when China has so many domestic problems that need urgent attention, and when China's continued growth and ability to deal with those problems depends on a stable international order.
January 7, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Leaders of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art say a campaign launched less than 10 months ago to quintuple its endowment to $100 million has met its goal, prompting them to keep the campaign going with a new goal of $150 million. They see the achievement as a turning point after five years of financial instability that has led to budget and staffing cuts, including a winnowing of the curatorial staff from eight to the current two through layoffs or resignations.
August 11, 1991
The Home Improvement item: "Shed Provides Handy Storage," (June 23) released a torrent of memories for me. In 1963 my family had a very similar tool shed that, as my playhouse, I imagined to be my cowboy bunkhouse, barn and office for my "great construction projects." But in that era of urban renewal, my parents lost the argument with a very persistent building inspector to save the shed from demolition. You see, although it sat on a cement yard, it did not have a cement foundation and thus did not meet city codes!
September 17, 2000 | RACHEL USLAN
In 1978, Lori Gottlieb was queen of her fourth grade's lunch hour. She was thin, getting thinner, and her Beverly Hills classmates wanted her secret. When Gottlieb, now 32 and a medical student, came across her long-lost journal of the year that took her in and out of anorexia, she decided to publish it.
December 18, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
'Tis the season for nonprofit arts organizations to make year-end pitches to potential donors who might be induced to spread some comfort and joy while perhaps locking in a nice income tax deduction. The most naked plea of all is probably the one above from L.A.'s Antaeus Company, the North Hollywood classical stage troupe that last year launched a tradition of posting humorous year-end fundraising videos on its website's homepage and on YouTube. This year's title is “Naked Actors Need Costumes” - a message driven home by more than a dozen members of the Antaeus acting ensemble who make a full-frontal appeal to viewers to send money so the nonprofit company can meet its manifold needs, not least of which is cladding performers more appropriately.
December 10, 2013 | By Amy Dawes
"I broke her down and had her do it again and again, saying 'Go deeper, go deeper,' until she was worn out emotionally. Then I asked how she felt, and she said she understood that [an abusive slave owner] could take her body but not her soul, and she started to cry. " Casting director Francine Maisler is describing her quest to put together five minutes of audition tape that would persuade director Steve McQueen that Lupita Nyong'o, an unknown actress, had what it took to embody Patsey, a field worker who obsesses a monstrous plantation owner (Michael Fassbinder)
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