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November 25, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Ancient bricks, tile roofing and wood charcoal discovered beneath a Nepalese pilgrimage site are providing new evidence for the time of Buddha's birth, according to archaeologists. In research published Monday in the journal Antiquity, scholars wrote that the evidence supports a 6th century BC nativity for the Buddha. A precise date of birth remains unknown. Historians have wavered over dates ranging between 623 BC and 340 BC. Much of the confusion has to do with the lack of a written record.
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April 23, 2014 | By Yuriko Nagano and Julie Makinen
TOKYO -- Hiroshi Kyoso says he values Japan's relationship with the United States highly and feels warmly about Washington's new ambassador to Tokyo, Caroline Kennedy. But as the 90-year-old veteran of World War II arrived Wednesday morning to pray at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine -- a controversial site that commemorates nearly 2.5 million of Japan's war dead including 14 top war criminals -- Kyoso said he saw no connection between the shrine and Japan's ties with America. If a Japanese leader visits Yasukuni, he said, it's only natural.
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WORLD
May 10, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- Iranians took to the streets Friday in the latest protest against the desecration last week by Syrian rebels of an ancient Shiite shrine outside Damascus, the Syrian capital. "We have to show our anger," declared Ebrahim Jalili, 80, a carpet merchant who was among about 150 demonstrators marching near Tehran University after Friday prayers. The destruction May 2 of the mausoleum of Hujr ibn Adi - a close companion of the Muslim prophet Muhammad  - shocked Iran, where the population is mostly Shiite, and spotlighted the sectarian agenda of some Syrian rebel factions.
WORLD
December 26, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a controversial shrine to World War II dead, including 14 convicted war criminals, ignoring U.S. advice against gestures bound to strain already tense relations with neighbors China and South Korea. Abe told Japanese news media the visit was intended "to report the progress of the first year of my administration and convey my resolve to build an era in which the people will never again suffer the ravages of war. " But the visit drew immediate rebuke from Beijing and Seoul, where officials fear Japan's nationalist leader is steering his country back to the militarism of the war years and those preceding it. China's Foreign Ministry summoned the Japanese ambassador in Beijing to formally protest Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, the first by a sitting prime minister since 2006.
WORLD
July 24, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis on Wednesday landed at a much-cherished shrine honoring the Virgin Mary on the first full day of his activities in the Americas. The Argentine-born Francis flew from a rainy, overcast Rio de Janeiro to Aparecida, about 100 miles from Sao Paulo, site of a red-brick basilica that celebrates a black image of the mother of Christ. Millions of Catholics make pilgrimages to Aparecida every year. He was scheduled to preside over Mass at the shrine to “Our Lady Who Appeared,” patron saint of Brazil, and lunch with bishops and seminarians.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- They walked to Sandy Hook in twos and threes, some with children in strollers or infants bundled against the chill and fog. Some had teddy bears tucked under their arms. Others held bouquets of fresh flowers, Christmas wreaths with red ribbon, balloons in pink and blue and white. They came to leave gifts and cards and candles at a roadside shrine near Sandy Hook Elementary School on Sunday night. Police cars blocked the road to the school, and traffic was backed up even farther.
WORLD
October 26, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
A bomb planted on a motorcycle killed five people Monday at a famed Sufi shrine in central Pakistan, the third terrorist attack at one of the country's many such shrines in four months. The latest attack occurred at the Baba Farid shrine in the town of Pakpattan in Punjab province, about 120 miles southwest of the eastern city of Lahore. A crowd had gathered about 6:20 a.m. for early prayers when the bomb exploded, said Shafiq Dogar, a Pakpattan senior administration official. "Two people parked the motorcycle near the eastern gate of the shrine, and the bomb was inside one of two milk cans on the motorcycle," Dogar said.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
In case you haven't heard, one of Tiki-dom's most venerable institutions is set to close . Bahooka Family Restaurant in Rosemead is scheduled to shut its doors on March 10 . It's a great old place, opened in 1967, dimly lit except for all of the fish tanks and fabulously kitschy Tiki- and Polynesian-themed decorations fixed all over the walls and ceilings. I went there Sunday to pay the grand dame tribute with a group of friends, including one whose mother once worked at both the Bahooka in Rosemead as well as the old location in West Covina.
SPORTS
July 1, 2006
The media are responsible for the decline in attendance at the Shrine Football Classic. When the game was in its heyday, there were feature stories for the week leading up to the game. Now readers don't even know about the game until game day. RAY DESBROW Alhambra
NATIONAL
July 13, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Some people walk past the tree in suburban New Jersey and see ... well, a tree. Others walk past it and see what they say is a miracle -- an image of the Virgin Mary in the trunk, which has become the centerpiece of a shrine rising on the hot pavement. "It's amazing," Dile Marku, part of the throng surrounding the tree, told WABC , the local ABC affiliate, on Friday, after news of the wondrous piece of wood spread through the city of West New York. "I cannot explain because that's God's work, but I know how I feel and what I've seen people feeling here for three days.
SPORTS
December 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There might be a perfectly good reason to vote against Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame. It is long past time for the people casting those votes to explain them. Baseball's longest streak of absurdity continued Monday, when for the sixth time a committee declined to elect Miller to the Hall of Fame. The full and proper name of the Cooperstown shrine is the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Yet, there is a vast emptiness to the place without Miller, the pioneering leader of the players' union.
SCIENCE
November 25, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Ancient bricks, tile roofing and wood charcoal discovered beneath a Nepalese pilgrimage site are providing new evidence for the time of Buddha's birth, according to archaeologists. In research published Monday in the journal Antiquity, scholars wrote that the evidence supports a 6th century BC nativity for the Buddha. A precise date of birth remains unknown. Historians have wavered over dates ranging between 623 BC and 340 BC. Much of the confusion has to do with the lack of a written record.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On paper, a few of the wild highlights of the Pet Shop Boys' performance Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium seem so ridiculous: Two backing dancers wearing sparkly, gold and silver lamé pompom suits, bouncing on pogo sticks while the long-running British synth-pop duo played their infectious hit "Domino Dancing," for example.  Singer Neil Tennant, he of the sturdy tenor singing lyrics of being "chained, framed -- you know what I mean" in...
WORLD
July 24, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis on Wednesday landed at a much-cherished shrine honoring the Virgin Mary on the first full day of his activities in the Americas. The Argentine-born Francis flew from a rainy, overcast Rio de Janeiro to Aparecida, about 100 miles from Sao Paulo, site of a red-brick basilica that celebrates a black image of the mother of Christ. Millions of Catholics make pilgrimages to Aparecida every year. He was scheduled to preside over Mass at the shrine to “Our Lady Who Appeared,” patron saint of Brazil, and lunch with bishops and seminarians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- For more than a century, the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma has been the final resting spot for many of the nation's military veterans. The lush and well-tended grounds bespeak the honor and respect that the nation owes its veterans, many of whom fell in battle. But for months, the cemetery has had large unsightly patches of dead or dying grass amid the 77 acres of graves. A series of problems have caused large areas to be left with grass that is brown and wilting and altogether unsightly.
WORLD
May 10, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- Iranians took to the streets Friday in the latest protest against the desecration last week by Syrian rebels of an ancient Shiite shrine outside Damascus, the Syrian capital. "We have to show our anger," declared Ebrahim Jalili, 80, a carpet merchant who was among about 150 demonstrators marching near Tehran University after Friday prayers. The destruction May 2 of the mausoleum of Hujr ibn Adi - a close companion of the Muslim prophet Muhammad  - shocked Iran, where the population is mostly Shiite, and spotlighted the sectarian agenda of some Syrian rebel factions.
NEWS
July 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
A floating shrine packed with hundreds of worshipers sank Friday during rehearsals for a religious procession. Police said at least 141 people died. Officials were uncertain how many people were aboard the shrine, made of three barges with an altar and crucifix mounted on them. But Mayor Serafin dela Cruz estimated that about 300 people were on board. He said about 90 people were listed as missing.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An investigation into whether three Mormon missionaries defaced a Catholic shrine on a butte overlooking San Luis has been dropped after Roman Catholic Bishop Arthur Tafoya urged forgiveness. Costilla County sheriff's investigator Cpl. Scott Powell said that the investigation had just gotten underway. Mormon Church officials earlier issued an apology. "I ask that we as Catholics, who believe in the forgiveness of Christ, will ourselves forgive and pray for the young men who showed such a lack of tolerance and understanding," Tafoya said.
WORLD
April 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
South Korea chided Japan for “retrograde comments and behaviors” Thursday, days after Japanese government ministers and a host of lawmakers flocked to a politically sensitive war shrine. Japan “turns a blind eye and a deaf ear to excruciating loss and pain that Japan inflicted on neighboring countries through its aggression and colonial rule,” a South Korean vice minister told the Japanese ambassador Thursday, according to South Korea's Foreign Ministry . South Korea, “which intends to build a bright future together with Japan, finds it profoundly regrettable.” South Korean officials summoned the ambassador after scores of lawmakers went Tuesday to the Yasukuni shrine, which honors Japanese war dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Consider, if you will, the superb song - one that couples melody, rhythm and lyric to create a burst of out-of-nowhere joy and in the process rewires the brain's circuitry. It's in work we know and love, transcending space and time with a resonance unique to popular music. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon has been pondering such glory since he first discovered rock 'n' roll as a youth in Northern Ireland and has published the results of his passion in the new "The Word on the Street," his first book of rock lyrics after dozens of poetry collections.
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