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October 2, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Shan Li and Walter Hamilton
For two years, the FBI tracked the elusive founder of Silk Road, an Internet site that peddled heroin, ecstasy and every known type of prescription medication. The manhunt ended with the arrest of an unlikely suspect: Ross William Ulbricht, a 29-year-old former physics student from San Francisco. Prosecutors on Wednesday described Ulbricht as a criminal mastermind who built an illegal drug empire that they estimated had $1.2 billion in sales over the last three years, earning him $80 million.
October 2, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
The Justice Department said it has arrested the mystery man who ran a hidden website called Silk Road that served as an Amazon-like marketplace for illegal drugs and guns, which were purchased with Bitcoin virtual currency. Authorities said the website had been used by "several thousand drug dealers" since January 2011 to distribute hundreds of kilograms of narcotics with sales exceeding $1 billion. Federal authorities said they had seized Bitcoin worth about $3.6 million, which they said is the largest seizure ever of the virtual currency.
July 5, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
More than 2,000 years ago, the Silk Road emerged as a network of flourishing trade routes between Asia and Europe, as well as parts of North and East Africa. Cultures crossfertilized. Civilizations prospered, others flamed out. Art recorded the complex new entanglements. For the next 4½ months, a modern Silk Road is passing through Southern California. This superhighway runs through the Orange County Museum of Art , where the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial is now on view.
October 16, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
As a child growing up in Kaifeng in central China, Jin Jin was constantly reminded of her unusual heritage. "We weren't supposed to eat pork, our graves were different from other people, and we had a mezuza on our door," said the 25-year-old, referring to the prayer scroll affixed to doorways of Jewish homes. Her father told her of a faraway land called Israel that he said was her rightful home, she recalls. But "we didn't know anything about daily prayers or the weekly reading of the Torah.
September 22, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Silk Road conjures exotic goods -- ivory, wine, spices and gold -- transported along a network of trade routes between Asia and Europe. Mir Corp. hosts a 20-day trip along one route, from Tashkent in Uzbekistan to Tehran, where hand-made carpets are still sold along the way. "Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran" starts in the Uzbeki capital of Tashkent, continues on to Turkmenistan's capital city of Ashgabat and visits Tehran, Persepolis and Isfahan as well as other parts of Iran.
February 12, 2011
After seven years in the California governor's mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his old day job: acting. Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter that he's ready to start considering film roles again. The former governor tweeted Thursday night: "Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today. " Schwarzenegger's personal aide, Daniel Ketchell, confirmed the tweet Friday. Before leading the state from 2003 to 2010, the former bodybuilder was the star of such films as "The Terminator," "True Lies," "Kindergarten Cop" and "Twins.
November 29, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rev up the engine and hit the road with “ Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips,” a new coffee-table book from National Geographic ($40, hardcover) that explores highways and byways around the globe.  Some of the trips are long-distance odysseys on the far side of the planet, such as the Silk Road across the vastness of central Asia. Many are easy drives for Californians , such as the Gold Rush trail along the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and California Highway 1 along the rugged coastline of the Big Sur region.
November 17, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
At the Sunday market in Kashgar, it isn't a wild stretch to imagine commerce as it might have been in the 13th century when Marco Polo passed through this Silk Road oasis: Smooth-faced boys wrangle with horses, sheep and camels. Mounds of melons and grapes are stacked on the bare wooden planks of mule-drawn carts. A wizened man wearing a skullcap sharpens knives on a lathe operated by foot pedals. But modernity is catching up with a vengeance, as the Chinese government yanks the nation's westernmost city, despite the misgivings of many residents, into the 21st century.
May 2, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
HIKING Workshop Follow @renelynch Six-hour field class offers beginners tips on using maps and compasses. When, where: 9 a.m. Sunday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission, info: $60 members, $80 for non-members. (310) 458-4370, SILK ROAD Presentation Yue Chi will show photos and discuss "Drive the Silk Road: From Istanbul to Beijing.
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