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January 26, 1997 | MARGO KAUFMAN, Margo Kaufman is the author, most recently, of "This Damned House" (Villard)
What distinguishes Richard North Patterson from other best-selling authors of legal thrillers is that you become so emotionally involved with his characters that you can't bring yourself to give his books away. I routinely pass on my Scott Turows and John Grishams, but Patterson's last three books are lined up neatly on a shelf where his latest, the enthralling "Silent Witness," will soon join them.
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August 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
One of the few remaining "witness trees" to the Battle of Gettysburg has been felled by a storm, National Park Service officials said. It stood just 150 feet from the platform on which President Lincoln delivered his most famous speech. The huge honey locust tree on Cemetery Hill fell Thursday evening. The tree, which stood on the right side of the Union lines, "was there as a silent witness -- to the battle, to the aftermath, to the burials, to the dedication of the cemetery," park historian John Heiser said.
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August 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
One of the few remaining "witness trees" to the Battle of Gettysburg has been felled by a storm, National Park Service officials said. It stood just 150 feet from the platform on which President Lincoln delivered his most famous speech. The huge honey locust tree on Cemetery Hill fell Thursday evening. The tree, which stood on the right side of the Union lines, "was there as a silent witness -- to the battle, to the aftermath, to the burials, to the dedication of the cemetery," park historian John Heiser said.
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May 8, 2008 | Pauline OConnor
TWO YEARS ago, while on a trip through Central Europe, Topanga Canyon artist Fae Horowitz visited the sites of the former concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. Given the camps' ugly history, Horowitz was struck by the elements of physical beauty present. "I kept noticing the trees, the grass, even the shadows," she recalls. "Signs of life in the camps of death."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2000
The essay written by Barbara Smith Palmer ("Proposed: a Literary Canon for All," Voices, Jan. 8) gladdened my heart as I read it. She is a very wise lady. Would that she were my friend! I hope her essay was read by many people, especially our educators. Now I must finish reading the two first editions of McGuffey's Readers, the Eclectic Fourth Reader and the Eclectic Fifth Reader, that have been in my possession for a number of years. Written, in a child's script, is the name "Lewis H. Muinch, Starkcounty, Ohio, 1870," in the fourth reader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1995
Re: "Schools Weigh Rewards for Student Informants," Feb. 9. In many instances there are those among us who know or have knowledge of the identity of the wrong-doer, but are reluctant to provide the information to authorities. We must encourage young and old, family, friend, neighbor or community person to actively and aggressively take part in discouraging misconduct and making consequences an inevitable reality. We now offer rewards to encourage this involvement as an incentive to overcome complacency, peer pressure or fear of reprisal.
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January 16, 1994 | CLAUDIA ELLER, Claudia Eller is The Times' movie editor
Lying on the floor of his posh, newly remodeled Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Central Park while getting a shiatsu massage, Hollywood mega-manager Sandy Gallin tells a reporter on the phone that he is finally ready to step out of the background and talk about the crisis plaguing his superstar client Michael Jackson. "Let me read you something," says Gallin, 53, who also represents such other pop icons as Dolly Parton and Neil Diamond. Reading an emotionally charged statement he has prepared for The Times in defense of Jackson--who five months ago was accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy and now faces a civil lawsuit set to go to trial March 21--Gallin finally breaks his carefully cultivated low profile, saying, "I can no longer remain a silent witness.
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September 24, 1994 | RAY LOYND
A 9-year-old autistic boy's startling ability to draw exact likenesses of everything he sees puts him in jeopardy after he witnesses a brutal killing in the TV movie "The Innocent." In a smart detour from his Emmy-winning role in "Frasier," Kelsey Grammer stars as the detective who, against all odds, encourages the little boy to revisit the crime scene and draw the face of the killers.
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May 8, 2008 | Pauline OConnor
TWO YEARS ago, while on a trip through Central Europe, Topanga Canyon artist Fae Horowitz visited the sites of the former concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. Given the camps' ugly history, Horowitz was struck by the elements of physical beauty present. "I kept noticing the trees, the grass, even the shadows," she recalls. "Signs of life in the camps of death."
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June 8, 2002 | STEVEN LINAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amanda Burton proved to be a formidable performer in "Silent Witness," the first-rate A&E films about a sharp medical examiner. Tonight, she takes on a new persona in the title role of the TV movie "Helen West: Deep Sleep" (9 p.m., A&E). This is the first of three mysteries--the others are due this fall--drawn from books by Frances Fyfield about a British prosecutor in London.
NEWS
November 22, 2005
Re "A Voice for Silence" [Nov. 15]: I've been interested in the effects of sound patterns on the human psyche, but I hadn't really considered the effects of silence ... within the context of the natural world. CATHERINE DEES Somis, Calif. While attending graduate school in New Hampshire, I treasured riding my mountain bike miles into the woods, going as deep as possible to find silence. I longingly recall those hours spent listening to wet leaves fall, and I can still hear every twig that snapped as I passed by. BRENDA MILLER San Clemente Last year my husband, dog and I went on one of the silent evening hikes in Franklin Canyon.
NEWS
July 1, 2004 | Duane Noriyuki, Times Staff Writer
An unfathomable day is described in the simplest of terms -- a telephone, a squeegee handle, a pair of shoes. They are ordinary items that unexpectedly elicit the "quiet horror" of 9/11 in an exhibition opening today at the Japanese American National Museum. In all, 45 objects, as well as images and video, are included in "September 11: Bearing Witness to History," a Smithsonian traveling exhibition from the National Museum of American History. Each item has its own story to tell.
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June 8, 2002 | STEVEN LINAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amanda Burton proved to be a formidable performer in "Silent Witness," the first-rate A&E films about a sharp medical examiner. Tonight, she takes on a new persona in the title role of the TV movie "Helen West: Deep Sleep" (9 p.m., A&E). This is the first of three mysteries--the others are due this fall--drawn from books by Frances Fyfield about a British prosecutor in London.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2000
The essay written by Barbara Smith Palmer ("Proposed: a Literary Canon for All," Voices, Jan. 8) gladdened my heart as I read it. She is a very wise lady. Would that she were my friend! I hope her essay was read by many people, especially our educators. Now I must finish reading the two first editions of McGuffey's Readers, the Eclectic Fourth Reader and the Eclectic Fifth Reader, that have been in my possession for a number of years. Written, in a child's script, is the name "Lewis H. Muinch, Starkcounty, Ohio, 1870," in the fourth reader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1998 | LISA ADDISON
To promote campus safety, the UC Irvine Police Department is encouraging students and faculty to participate in the new "Silent Witness Program." It is set up so that crime or suspicious activity on campus can be reported anonymously. A Web site has been developed and is linked to the Associated Students and Police Department home pages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1997 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High tension was in the air Wednesday as efforts were made to get to the bottom of the 1996 Calabasas brush fire controversy. Not just at the Southern California Edison Co. offices raided by law enforcement officers looking for evidence of negligence leading to the 1996 Calabasas fire. But also at power pole No. 2274942E, fingered by fire investigators as the starting point for the Oct. 21 wind-whipped blaze that burned 13,900 acres, destroyed nearly a dozen homes and injured 11 people.
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October 20, 1985 | Kay Boyle, The most recent of Boyle's many books is "Babylon" by Rene Crevel (North Point), which she translated. and
In the early winter of 1924, a young man named Clarkson Crane left California and went off to Paris to write a book. He came from an affluent Chicago family that had suffered financial reverses while he was in high school. And so he had enrolled at Berkeley instead of going East to Yale, the traditional seat of higher learning of Crane men.
NEWS
November 22, 2005
Re "A Voice for Silence" [Nov. 15]: I've been interested in the effects of sound patterns on the human psyche, but I hadn't really considered the effects of silence ... within the context of the natural world. CATHERINE DEES Somis, Calif. While attending graduate school in New Hampshire, I treasured riding my mountain bike miles into the woods, going as deep as possible to find silence. I longingly recall those hours spent listening to wet leaves fall, and I can still hear every twig that snapped as I passed by. BRENDA MILLER San Clemente Last year my husband, dog and I went on one of the silent evening hikes in Franklin Canyon.
BOOKS
January 26, 1997 | MARGO KAUFMAN, Margo Kaufman is the author, most recently, of "This Damned House" (Villard)
What distinguishes Richard North Patterson from other best-selling authors of legal thrillers is that you become so emotionally involved with his characters that you can't bring yourself to give his books away. I routinely pass on my Scott Turows and John Grishams, but Patterson's last three books are lined up neatly on a shelf where his latest, the enthralling "Silent Witness," will soon join them.
NEWS
December 16, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In Orange County, the murders are piling up faster than the police can solve them. A colder type of homicide committed by youthful gangsters, often against victims they have never met, coupled with witnesses who are often too terrified to testify in court, is stumping police at a rate Orange County has never seen. According to information local police provide the California Department of Justice, only half of Orange County homicides are now being solved--a 43% drop since 1981.
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