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March 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Secretary of State George P. Shultz today visited three of China's most revered places of pilgrimage, marking U.S. recognition that traditional values continue to provide an important counterpoint to forces of change in this country. Shultz toured Taishan, "the mountain of tranquility," and the grave and birthplace of Confucius, the ancient sage who preached order and respect for authority.
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.
July 5, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Every Friday, Margarita Jimenez comes to see the virgin in the parking lot, where kids scream, cars honk and the air stinks of exhaust. She turns to the scene of chaos and asks: "Anyone want to pray with me?" No one responds, but she pulls out her rosary beads, bows her head and begins. She knows that in the City of Angels, others share her devotion. Catholics have long created their own sacred spaces here. They build altars in parking lots, chapels in shopping malls, grottos in back alleys and shrines in weed-choked vacant lots.
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.
January 6, 1994 | KIM KOWSKY
The day after Manhattan Beach Police Officer Martin Ganz was killed while making a traffic stop, grieving relatives, friends and strangers began placing wreaths and bouquets outside a Bank of America branch in Manhattan Beach Village near where the officer was shot. Since then, the site, above, has become a shrine to the officer, who died Dec. 27 and was buried Monday at Inglewood Memorial Park after a ceremony attended by Gov. Pete Wilson and more than 2,500 law enforcement officers.
October 14, 1988 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
The ceremony began in late afternoon, the bright sun bringing squints to the eyes of those gathered before a marble statue depicting the Virgin Mary perched in one corner of the church courtyard. The statue, draped by a white ankle-length cape, stood a few feet above a shallow basin where water trickled gently from among charcoal-colored rocks. Parishioners listened proudly as officials of St.
April 29, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Christian leaders reopened shrines and churches in the Holy Land on Saturday after a 24-hour closure but threatened to shut their doors again if Jewish settlers remain in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. One hundred fifty Jewish settlers moved into a four-building complex owned by the Greek Orthodox Church in the Christian Quarter on April 11. The move interrupted Easter celebrations and provoked demonstrations by angry clerics and Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Militants seized control of an Islamic shrine in northwestern Pakistan and renamed it the Red Mosque in support of a pro-Taliban cleric who was killed in an army siege in Islamabad. About 70 militants overran the shrine of Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai and its accompanying mosque in the Mohmand tribal region Sunday, a militant representative and a local official said separately.
April 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A regional court ruled that a visit by Prime Minster Junichiro Koizumi to a Tokyo war shrine violated Japan's Constitution, media reported. The visit to Yasukuni shrine was religious in nature and violated the division between religion and state, said Kiyonaga Kamegawa, chief justice of Fukuoka District Court. The ruling came in a lawsuit by 211 activists, who were denied their request for $200,000 in damages.
November 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
Plymouth Rock is on its way to becoming whole again, and the mason who is doing the repair work for $1 says he will have the Pilgrim's historic landing spot back in shape for Thanksgiving. "I don't look at it as a job, I look at it as a privilege to preserve something that means a lot to people all over the United States," said mason Paul Choquette, 42, of South Dartmouth.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
June 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan's Supreme Court will rule next week on a suit challenging the constitutionality of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo war shrine, court officials said. The ruling on a lawsuit filed by relatives of Japanese, Chinese and South Korean war dead would be the first time that Japan's top court has weighed in on whether the visits violate the division between religion and the state, a court official said.
March 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A court convicted five Muslim militants in connection with a bombing that killed 45 people at a Shiite shrine last year, a judge said. Two of the defendants were sentenced to death and the others to life in prison. The men, all Pakistanis, were arrested two days after the March 19, 2005, attack in Fatehpur, a remote town about 500 miles southwest of the capital, Islamabad.
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.
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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