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November 5, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inveterate traveler Pope John Paul II went back on the road Friday, launching a barnstorming weekend through Sicily that promises to be a test for his slow-healing leg and a trial for the Mafia. "Catania, rise up and cloak yourself in light and justice," the Pope urged Friday night in a strong-voiced opening sally against organized crime at a meeting with citizens in front of a cathedral that was begun 900 years ago.
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November 5, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inveterate traveler Pope John Paul II went back on the road Friday, launching a barnstorming weekend through Sicily that promises to be a test for his slow-healing leg and a trial for the Mafia. "Catania, rise up and cloak yourself in light and justice," the Pope urged Friday night in a strong-voiced opening sally against organized crime at a meeting with citizens in front of a cathedral that was begun 900 years ago.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 1996
Edison Mission Energy Co. announced Wednesday that its Italian utility joint venture has won financing of up to $1.2 billion from a consortium of banks for construction of a 512-megawatt power plant near Siracusa in Sicily, Italy. Edison Mission, a subsidiary of Edison International, owns 49% of the project. The rest is owned by an Italian refinery operator and its affiliate. Edison Mission, a sister company of Southern California Edison Co.
FOOD
December 9, 2010
  2006 Gulfi Nero d'Avola "Neroibleo" This time of year, I'm looking for a rich, full-bodied red at a good price, and this Nero d'Avola from Gulfi in Sicily fills the bill. The grape is one prized in Sicily, especially in the province of Ragusa (which is home, incidentally, to the irrepressible Inspector Salvo Montalbano of writer Andrea Camilleri's detective series and site of the Italian television series based on Camilleri's books.) The name Neroibleo refers to nero , or black, grapes grown on the slopes of Mt. Iblea.
FOOD
May 7, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila
This lilting white wine from Casa Vinicola Firriato in Sicily is a prime example of how far Sicilian winemaking has come in the last decade. Only a few years ago, you never knew what you'd get if you asked for a local wine. But now some Sicilian winemakers are turning out wines with local character -- and a modern winemaking profile. This wine is an interesting blend of the indigenous white grape Grillo and 20% Chardonnay.
FOOD
November 11, 2010
  2008 Centonze Frappato Made from 100% Frappato, a grape that is often blended with Nero d'Avola, this light red from Sicily is a delight. Fresh and lively with a lovely floral fragrance, it sees no oak before being bottled. A great warm-weather wine, it would work with a seafood stew, grilled salmon or a composed salad. And because the tannins are so soft, it's also a great bottle with fresh cheeses. I might even pour it with the Thanksgiving turkey. ?
FOOD
February 9, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
This fresh, fruity red is from rising star Arianna Occhipinti, who released her first wine in 2004, when she was 21. In Sicily, Frappato, pronounced frah-pa-to, is usually used to lighten inky Nero d'Avola, but Occhipinti makes a pure Frappato with the freshness and liveliness of a good Beaujolais under her secondary Tamí label. I love its spunky notes of black cherry and other dark berries accented with lavender and spices. She's committed to natural winemaking and farms her vineyards in eastern Sicily biodynamically.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2002
Hamish Henderson, 82, award-winning Scottish poet, folklorist and translator who helped found the forerunner of the Edinburgh Fringe arts festival, died Friday in an Edinburgh nursing home of an undisclosed illness. Henderson won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1949 for his "Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica," which chronicled his experiences as an intelligence officer in North Africa in World War II.
TRAVEL
June 15, 1997 | HANK KOVELL
For almost 40 years Grand Circle Travel (GCT) has been offering trips to seniors. To make travel arrangements more convenient, tour prices include round-trip air fare from the U.S. (usually from the East Coast), baggage handling and all meals. The following trips are a sampling of GCT's 1997 schedule. * Costa del Sol, Spain--15 days in Torremolinos, Spain, including round-trip air fare from New York, apartment accommodations, open bar service and five sightseeing trips. Price is $1,295.
NEWS
August 31, 1996
Howard Gregory, 75, a self-educated man who turned his colorful resume and adventures into five books. Born in Philadelphia, he was an orphan and a school dropout by age 15. His string of jobs included driving a beer truck, lugging beef in a packinghouse and working on a railroad and in a steel mill. He was also a motion picture extra, skydiver and aircraft industry analyst. During World War II, Gregory served in a parachute division in Africa, Sicily and Italy and became a boxing champion.
SPORTS
June 8, 1992 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The game itself was meaningless, but the ramifications were not. The United States national water polo team is, indeed, the team to beat when the world focuses on the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. With the championship of the first Alamo Cup already won, the United States scored a a 6-3 victory Sunday over the Commonwealth of Independent States at UC San Diego. It left Coach Bill Barnett praising his team afterward. More importantly, the No. 1 team in the world played like the No.
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