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August 23, 1990 | ANNE Z. COOKE, Cooke is a Los Angeles - area free-lance writer
When monks living at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine announced plans to build an eight-sided temple topped by an enormous gold lotus blossom, there was scarcely a flutter from their Pacific Palisades neighbors. A big surprise, indeed, from a community that traditionally has preferred neighbors who keep a low profile. But the Lake Shrine, with its 10 acres of sycamore-shaded hillside and flower-carpeted hollow half a mile from the beach, is no conventional neighbor.
March 6, 2004 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of Shiite devotees braved heightened security and their own fears to attend Friday prayers at the Kadhimiya shrine, the site of one of this week's two deadly bombing attacks aimed at followers of the Muslim sect. "People have come out to show their unity, that we will not be intimidated," said Sayyed Ammar Kadhimi, a worker at the shrine here in the Iraqi capital.
Socorro Galvan's most sacred space is on her front lawn. There, a stone statue of the Virgin Mary stands 3 feet inside a brick enclosure that Galvan's husband built so that his wife could "shout" her faith to the world. A Christmas gift from Galvan's daughter 10 years ago, the statue also is a centerpiece of the Santa Ana neighborhood: a place where parents cross themselves and pray while walking their children to school, and one passerby is given to throwing dollars at the holy image.
June 29, 2006 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
An Iraqi-born insurgent led a team of international militants in bombing one of the world's most revered Shiite shrines, an Iraqi intelligence official said Wednesday. National security advisor Mowaffak Rubaie said Haytham Sabah Shakir Mahmood Badri, who remains at large, was the mastermind of a cell of seven insurgents that attacked the Golden Mosque in Samarra in February.
The path to Baruch Goldstein's grave runs through a peaceful green park with beds of roses and lavender. Graceful wooden pergolas offer shade to visitors. Up a slight rise and a series of low stone steps lies the elaborate grave of Goldstein, who in 1994 massacred 29 Muslims at prayer in nearby Hebron before he was beaten to death by Palestinian worshipers.
November 13, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
On a perfectly clear afternoon last week, Eames Demetrios, grandson of the pioneering, multitalented designers Charles and Ray Eames, met me at the house and studio in Pacific Palisades that his grandparents built for themselves in the late 1940s. The living room of the boxy, steel-framed house was empty, its contents having been carefully packed up and carted 10 miles east to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As part of LACMA's "Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965," a major show in the Pacific Standard Time series , the items, more than 1,800 in all, have been painstakingly reassembled inside a full-sized replica of the house.
February 20, 2000 | TERRI BARBER, Terri Barber is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles
We realized our vacation was pushing us over the edge after one phone call, or more precisely, the one phone call we couldn't make. My husband, Steve, and I had come to Japan in May to spend 10 days in a land that had long intrigued us. It had intrigued my brother-in-law Jim so much that he moved to Tokyo and has made it his home for more than a decade.
February 4, 2009 | Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
The flowers and candles began piling up Friday at the corner of 104th Street and Budlong Avenue, after a suspected gang member was fatally shot there. To residents in this rough section of unincorporated South L.A., that killing was bad enough. Then Monday night, a group of mourners were gathered there when a gunman walked by and opened fire, killing two men -- both suspected gang members -- and gravely wounding a third.
March 5, 1995 | Tim Parks, Tim Parks is the author of several novels and translations. His best-selling book describing life in Montorio, "Italian Neighbors," will be followed in June by "An Italian Education," (both by Grove Atlantic) from which this excerpt was adapted.
One of the many misconceptions about Italy is that it gets more mysterious as you go south, while the north is as secular and wearily prosaic as the rest of Western Europe, no more than a safe departure point, foreigners often feel, for sallies into the more traditional and obscurely Catholic Mezzogiorno. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have lived in the village of Montorio for 13 years.
For a moment, it seemed that Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini was still looking out for the unfortunates of the world 80 years after her death. When a work crew arrived at the empty lot off Cesar Chavez Avenue to dismantle the shrine she helped create at the turn of the century, it found a homeless man taking shelter in the three-sided grotto. Cabrini, the first U.S.
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