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May 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
Syrian gunners blasted the presidential palace, army headquarters and the U.S. ambassador's residence with mortar fire today. Gunmen stormed the central prison in Muslim West Beirut, freeing 189 convicts. A special squad of police, armed with M-16 assault rifles, recaptured 95 of them despite shellfire across the divided city, authorities said. Police said 10 people were killed and 89 wounded in today's duels between the Christian army units of Gen. Michel Aoun and their Syrian and Druze militia foes.
April 21, 2014 | By Carla Hall
“Is it really that interesting when a 66-year-old woman becomes a grandmother?” That's the question my colleague and friend Robin Abcarian rhetorically posed in her column Friday as she recounted listening, disbelievingly, to someone in the media actually suggest that Hillary Rodham Clinton's impending grandmotherhood might have an effect on her possible presidential campaign. (The offending media person was New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. His fellow panelists on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” were as aghast as Abcarian.)
April 17, 1989
It may not be unusual for a fisherman to pull in a few shells with his catch, but the shells Dave Fehd found in his nets Sunday morning were the unexploded, military kind. Fehd said he found the two rounds of ammunition as he was pulling in his catch of red snapper and sea trout off the Newport Beach pier. At first he was a bit amused and planned to hold on to the shells, which look like oversize bullets. "When you pull something up, you usually keep it," said Fehd, 27, who bought the Catch of the Day fishing business 3 months ago. But a fellow fisherman "didn't think it was too safe, so I took them up to the lifeguard stand."
April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
On this warm Easter Sunday morning, New York street artist Jason Shelowitz (a.k.a. Jay Shells) is on the streets of Inglewood. He pulls over his rented silver Chevy at the bustling intersection of Imperial Highway and Western Avenue, hip-hop prattling on the car stereo. Then he grabs a step ladder from the back seat, adjusts his black “Rap” baseball cap and races across three lanes on foot. Now on the traffic island, cars whizzing by on both sides, he eyeballs a pole sporting a “One Way” street sign.
July 21, 1987 | Herbert J. Vida
"Now this," said Jim Beattie, 86, who has been selling seashells by the seashore in Newport Beach for 35 years, "is a rare Cowrie Valenti. It sells for around $2,000." And he should know. "There aren't many conchologists like me left in the world," said Beattie, who may be one of the leading seashell authorities around. "That's one of the reasons you don't see many people opening up seashell stores any more. They just don't have the knowledge to do it."
September 27, 2009 | Matt Sedensky, Sedensky writes for the Associated Press.
The turtles at this waterfront hospital have been hit by boat propellers, caught in fishing nets, attacked by sharks, stricken with tumors and lost flippers. Or, as their veterinarian puts it, they've had a heck of a lot of luck. Most injured turtles are never spotted and die at sea. The fortunate ones are brought to the Turtle Hospital -- a converted strip club where workers graft the waterproof fabric Gore-Tex to patch badly injured shells and find other innovative ways to save lives.
May 9, 2010 | By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times
Greg Nielson pushed a joystick, and a video camera zoomed in on three men in moon suits and gas masks as they prepared to blow up a weapon of mass destruction less than five miles from the White House. Later, the crew slid the rusting World War I artillery shell into a small steel vault and sealed the door. They detonated a shaped explosive charge to cut the projectile open, and pumped in reagent to neutralize its contents: liquid mustard, an infamous chemical warfare agent. The process is "as safe as sliced bread," said Nielson, the operation leader, at a control panel in a nearby trailer.
December 19, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
If you can hold it up to your ear and hear the ocean, most likely John Haney has it. Haney owns Seal Beach's California Seashell Co., one of the oldest shops on Main Street. The store carries more than 400 types of seashells from all over the world. They adorn mirrors, necklaces, picture frames, wind chimes and other craft items. "We thought it was a good idea, because tourists want to take home an ornament from the town they're visiting. It's a memory of their vacation," said Haney, 44.
November 26, 1997
Congress' dabblings in campaign funding confirm what my grandfather said 100 years ago, "Both parties suck eggs. The Republicans are better at hiding the shells." LOUIS ST. MARTIN Pomona
July 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
A popular beach on Long Island was evacuated at the height of a holiday weekend after stray unexploded fireworks washed ashore the day after a Fourth of July show. About 2,000 visitors were told to leave Jones Beach immediately after the seaborne shells -- some of which measured 8 inches across -- began turning up, state park officials said. The shells apparently came from a display launched from an offshore barge. The park is expected to reopen today.
April 3, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A Coast Guard investigation into the 2012 grounding of the Kulluk, an offshore drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the harsh Arctic, blasted the oil company for legal violations, poor management and taking undue risks, according to the final report released Thursday. The Kulluk ran aground 15 months ago on New Year's Eve after breaking free of its tow lines during severe weather and was beached for several days on a remote, rocky shore in southern Alaska. Although the company has invested an estimated $5 billion in recent years in offshore oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic, the Kulluk's problems were among the difficulties that kept Shell from offshore drilling in 2013 and forced the company to abandon any renewed drilling efforts this year.
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A series of mortar shells fired by rebels killed six children and injured 16 others Thursday in and around the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to Syria's official news agency. Rebels based in the capital's outskirts frequently fire mortar shells into the city, which is under tight security. The recent rise in strikes on the capital comes after a relative lull in such attacks earlier in the year. Government officials condemn the mortar fire as indiscriminate. Commanders of forces opposing President Bashar Assad say the attacks target only military, police and government installations.
March 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cesar Chavez, the man who became the face of disenfranchised California farmworkers, was many things: courageous, controversial, quietly charismatic, politically astute, singular in his focus. "Cesar Chavez" the movie, starring Michael Peña as the Mexican American activist and America Ferrera as his wife, Helen, could use more of those qualities. Chavez was loved, hated and feared, at times by friend and foe alike, for his impassioned fight to unionize immigrant pickers and pruners beginning in the late 1960s.
March 4, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Hillary Rodham Clinton will not announce for months whether she will run for president, but as she arrived in California for events this week the machinery of a campaign was cranking into gear around her. The Ready for Hillary "super PAC," created to encourage her candidacy, will launch a website this week that could serve as the framework for an eventual campaign to organize supporters across the 50 states. The leaders of another super PAC, Priorities USA Action, have been meeting on the West Coast with a select group of donors, seeking six- and seven-figure pledges (and in some cases checks)
March 1, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Alta Price seems just the kind of person who could propel Hillary Rodham Clinton through the glass ceiling into the White House. A doctor and Democratic activist, she cited Clinton's matchless resume as a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State. Besides, Price allowed with a smile, "It would be very cool to have a woman president. " But Price, 61, won't necessarily support Clinton should she run again in 2016. "I would not vote for her or support her over some man if I thought the man was better on the issues," said Price, who preferred Barack Obama to Clinton the first time she ran. In 2008, Clinton was the overwhelming Democratic favorite, nationally and in Iowa, with an aura suggesting the actual tabulation of ballots was little more than a formality.
February 17, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Glass may be hard, but it's all too easy to break, as anyone who's seen a shattered window knows. But now scientists have discovered that they can make glass 200 times tougher than normal by making it 'weaker' - using a laser to etch wavy micro-cracks into an otherwise solid surface. The discovery, described last month in Nature Communications, borrows secrets from mollusk shells, which use very brittle, breakable materials to create some of nature's toughest structures. Seashells lined with iridescent mother-of-pearl are more than just pretty - they're a remarkable feat of microengineering, said study co-author François Barthelat, a mechanical engineer at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.
June 30, 2008
Re "Up to their gills in freshness," Column One, June 23 I was nauseated by the article on Asian live fish markets: "He passes splayed fish heads and turtles with their shells broken open to expose red meat -- soup ingredients." Were these live turtles with their shells broken open? That would be appalling animal cruelty. If it is true, the Humane Society needs to close that place down now. Laurie Galvan Long Beach
October 29, 2006
Re "Army used shells with phosphorous," Oct. 23 I'm having a hard time understanding the Bush administration's position. In February 2003, then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told the United Nations that we must stop Saddam Hussein from manufacturing chemical weapons. In October 2006, Israel admits using phosphorous artillery shells against Lebanon. And this is OK why? ANTHONY CAMPANALE North Hollywood
January 30, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
After investing an estimated $5 billion in recent years into oil exploration in the offshore Alaskan Arctic, Shell announced Thursday that it will abandon any renewed drilling effort this year. The company cited a federal appeals court decision last week that found the Interior Department had awarded permits to Shell based on inadequate information, a major triumph for environmental groups that had been battling Shell for years. “This is a disappointing outcome, but the lack of a clear path forward means that I am not prepared to commit further resources for drilling in Alaska in 2014,” said Ben van Beurden, who took over as the company's chief executive four weeks ago. “We will look to relevant agencies and the court to resolve their open legal issues as quickly as possible.” The statement leaves open Shell's option to resume exploration of the Arctic waters in the future.
January 30, 2014 | By Shan Li
Occidental Petroleum reported higher profits in the fourth quarter as the oil and gas producer seeks to revamp its business after a boardroom shakeup last year. The Los Angeles company reported profits of $1.6 billion, or $2.04 a share, in the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That is up from $336 million, or 42 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Occidental announced last year plans to sell off some stakes in Middle East and North Africa oil fields along with other assets and instead focus on operations closer to home.
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