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January 9, 1987 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Eyeing the huge hook hanging from the ceiling, the dangling rope, noose and trap door at the gallows in the Old Idaho penitentiary, former warden Orvil E. Stiles recalls the state's last execution: "I was here with Raymond Snowden 30 years ago on the last day of his life. Snowden murdered a woman in a Garden City bar. He prayed alone with me. Then he was led into this room. He was the calmest man in the execution chamber, far calmer than I was."
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April 2, 2014 | By Richard Verrier and John Horn
When filmmaker Darren Aronofsky started scouting locations for his biblical flood epic, "Noah," he had two potentially competing needs. The landscapes on which he would shoot exteriors needed at first to look like an uninhabitable wasteland, and, after the deluge, a new garden of Eden, where Noah, his family and his ark of animals could begin to repopulate the earth. The writer-director's production team considered Death Valley, deserts in Mexico and the Canary Islands. But when they visited Iceland, "Noah" found its port of call.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013
'Siberia' Where: NBC When: 10 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-14-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14, with advisories for coarse language and violence)
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Pussy Riot leader Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is  now in a prison hospital near Krasnoyarsk in central  Siberia, a Russian official said Tuesday. “Tolokonnikova has arrived in the Krasnoyarsk territory, where she will serve the rest of her term,” Vladimir Lukin, presidential human rights envoy told the Interfax news agency. “I was told [by Russian prison system authorities] she is in [the prison] hospital at her own request.” Tolokonnikova, 24, and two bandmates were sentenced in August 2012 to two years each behind bars for hooliganism after engaging in what they called a punk prayer at a cathedral in downtown Moscow in the middle of the February 2012 presidential campaign.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2010 | By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Position No. 6127: White to play and win. From the game Robby Adamson-Yusheng Xia, Southern California Open, Los Angeles 2010. Solution to Position No. 6126: White wins with 1 Qe4 c6 (as 1?Qd5 2 Qg4+ costs a Bishop) 2 Rf7! Be3+ 3 Kh1 Qd5 4 Rc7+ Kb8 5 Rxc6+ Ka8 6 Rc8+! Rxc8 7 Qxd5+. The 39th Chess Olympiad is scheduled to conclude Oct. 3 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. More than 1,300 players are competing in the men's and women's sections of the World Chess Federation's premier team event.
WORLD
March 2, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
The beasts had long lain extinct and forgotten, embedded deep in the frozen turf, bodies swaddled in Earth's layers for thousands of years before Christ. Now, the Russian permafrost is offering up the bones and tusks of the woolly mammoths that once lumbered over the tundra. They are shaped into picture frames, chess sets, pendants. They are gathered and piled, carved and whittled, bought and sold on the Internet. The once-obscure scientists who specialize in the wastelands of Siberia have opened lucrative sidelines as bone hunters, spending the summer months trawling the northern river banks and working networks of locals to gather stockpiles of bones.
OPINION
July 26, 1992
Walter Russell Mead's plan (Opinion, July 19) to have the United States buy most of Siberia is splendid, except that politically the Russians cannot sell it. A variant which the Russian people might accept is to securitize Siberia. In order for such a plan to go into effect as soon as possible, it would have to be grand and simple and make use of existing institutions. For example: 1. American investors would invest a trillion dollars in Siberia at the rate of $50,000,000,000 per year (invest, not spend)
NEWS
November 29, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A military cargo plane crashed in central Siberia, killing all 23 people aboard. Emergency workers found the bodies of all but one of the victims. The Russian Ilyushin-76 slammed into a snow-covered mountain and exploded seven minutes after taking off from Abakan, 2,500 miles east of Moscow. The reason for the crash was not yet known. The plane was carrying 30 tons of commercial cargo and may have been overloaded, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1992 | MARTIN ZIMMERMAN
"Survive Siberia" follows the long-in-the-tooth documentary tradition of chronicling life in difficult environments. You think you've got it tough? Try living like these poor folks do. You think the February flooding in Southern California was bad? Take a peek at the best summer day in Pewek, Siberia, Commonwealth of Independent States.
WORLD
October 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been sent to the wastelands of Siberia to serve his eight-year sentence on fraud and tax evasion charges, authorities said, sparking outrage among his lawyers and rights activists. Khodorkovsky's supporters say his move to camp IK-10 near China is part of a Kremlin campaign to isolate him as a critic of President Vladimir V. Putin.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013
'Siberia' Where: NBC When: 10 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-14-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14, with advisories for coarse language and violence)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Television Critic
When "Survivor" debuted in 2000, it seemed such a dangerous and unpredictable experiment - dumping strangers into a remote locale where they would have to struggle to survive. "Lord of the Flies" came easily to mind; the prospect of watching human beings both learn to live off the land and wrestle with their primitive inclinations was thrilling and disturbing. Then, of course, we all realized it was just a game show. A new sort and a wholly addictive game show with some elements of physical deprivation and animal cunning involved but carefully produced, at least semi-scripted and very, very safe - being voted off the island was the real danger.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Siberia" -- It may not have the built-in fan base of "Under the Dome," but NBC's "Siberia" could be just as much fun. Sixteen contestants are dropped in the middle of a Siberian forest with a camera crew and not much else. The goal: to survive long enough to claim the $500,000 prize. The pilot sets up a convincing, if a tad unregulated (there are no rules save do you what you must to survive), reality show, except that's not what's happening here. Created by newcomer Matthew Arnold, "Siberia" is a horror-drama, with creepy-woods top notes of "Blair Witch Project" and the production value of the short-lived monster mess, "The River.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Serendipity is what gives us "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga," an intimate portrait of the vanishing breed of hunters and fishers still making a life in the isolated heart of Siberia, where a mild winter day is 30-below and the only way in or out is by helicopter or boat. That we are given a glimpse of this extraordinary place and its people at all is due to pure chance. Filmmaker Werner Herzog had dropped in unexpectedly on a friend in Los Angeles and found footage of Siberia playing on the plasma.
WORLD
August 25, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in remote eastern Siberia on Wednesday, reportedly to discuss such issues as a natural gas pipeline, economic aid and nuclear disarmament. Kim, on his first trip to Russia in nearly a decade, is desperate for economic aid for his starving country, and Medvedev is seeking to bolster Russia's economic involvement in Northeast Asia. Moscow wants to build a pipeline through the Korean peninsula to sell Siberian natural gas to North Korea, Japan and South Korea.
WORLD
August 24, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled to Russia for the first time in nearly a decade, holding rare talks Wednesday with President Dmitry Medvedev that made progress on such issues as an energy deal and nuclear disarmament, according to Russian media reports. Meeting in remote eastern Siberia, the two leaders brought varying agendas, experts say: Kim is desperate for economic aid for his starving country while Medvedev seeks to bolster Russia's role in northeast Asia and promote its rapidly expanding economy.
NEWS
July 15, 1989 | MASHA HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
A miners' strike spread Friday to 10 cities in a coal-rich region of Siberia, making it the largest industrial job action under President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and reflecting growing public frustration with the Communist Party's failure to meet hopes raised by promises of economic and social reform. Workers in construction and other professions also walked off their jobs in at least one city in solidarity with the miners, the labor newspaper Trud reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Avi Steinberg Doubleday/Nan A. Talese: 400 pp., $26 "In the joint, they call me Bookie. " They also call Avi Steinberg "the main book man. I like that. I can't help it. For an asthmatic Jewish kid, it's got a nice ring to it. " There's nothing elitist about a prison library, he tells us in "Running the Books. " "To gain entrance, one need only commit a felony. " A disappointment to his parents ("big time Orthodox failure")
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2010 | By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Position No. 6127: White to play and win. From the game Robby Adamson-Yusheng Xia, Southern California Open, Los Angeles 2010. Solution to Position No. 6126: White wins with 1 Qe4 c6 (as 1?Qd5 2 Qg4+ costs a Bishop) 2 Rf7! Be3+ 3 Kh1 Qd5 4 Rc7+ Kb8 5 Rxc6+ Ka8 6 Rc8+! Rxc8 7 Qxd5+. The 39th Chess Olympiad is scheduled to conclude Oct. 3 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. More than 1,300 players are competing in the men's and women's sections of the World Chess Federation's premier team event.
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