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December 7, 2008
In October, my wife and I spent four great nights at the Silvio hotel in Bellagio, Italy ( www.bellagiosilvio.com). We chose this hotel based on a Readers Recommend column that ran in the Travel section. On our first day there, we met an American couple from San Diego. They also had learned of Silvio through the Readers Recommend column. We met another couple on their way to Tuscany to meet with their families, and you guessed it: This couple, from San Juan Capistrano, learned of the Silvio hotel from the same source.
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WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Henry Chu
ROME -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend a year performing community service among the elderly as his sentence for committing tax fraud at his media conglomerate. The decision by a Milan judge spares Berlusconi, 77, a sentence of house arrest. But the former premier, who has dominated Italy's political scene for two decades, will see his movements restricted just as his center-right party gears up for elections to the European Parliament next month.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1999
Daniel Cariaga's review of the Hollywood Bowl's "Latin Spectacular" (Aug. 23) carries an insult to Brazil and its people when he writes that "Tico Tico" was written by "the Argentine composer Zequinha de Abreu." He was Brazilian. SILVIO BENTO DE OLIVEIRA Los Angeles
WORLD
November 29, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Italian judges are recommending that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi be investigated in connection with accusations he bribed young female witnesses in a trial related to his notorious "bunga bunga" parties. The new legal challenge came to light Friday, two days after the three-time prime minister was expelled from the Italian Parliament for six years following a tax fraud conviction. Berlusconi is accused of paying 2,500 euros ($3,400) apiece each month to young models and TV showgirls to tone down their accounts of the sexually charged nature of his dinner parties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1991
For the last 10 years, Rep. Silvio Conte (obituary, Feb. 10) was a vigorous supporter of increased federal funding on neurological and mental disorders. These disorders devastate the lives of millions of Americans and cost the U.S. more than $3 billion a year. In his leadership position, Conte, year in and year out, led the efforts in Congress to increase our understanding of the brain and to cure devastating disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1986 | ROBIN GREEN
Sonny Bono has picked up and moved, lock, stock and special seasoning, to Palm Springs to devote his energies to his new restaurant in that desert town, which seems a more fitting setting for him, somehow, than the designer atmosphere of upper Melrose. Gone, too, is Bono's Italianate green and white awning, and in its place, a chic white one.
NEWS
February 9, 1991 | From Associated Press
Silvio O. Conte, a popular Republican congressman from Massachusetts and the dean of the state's delegation, died Friday night, his office announced. Conte, 69, had been hospitalized for a blood clot on the brain. The 17-term congressman underwent emergency surgery Feb. 1 for removal of the clot, and his office said then that he was expected to recover fully. But he underwent a second operation Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health in suburban Bethesda, Md.
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | by Don Lee and Livia Borghese, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
REPORTING FROM ROME -- After losing support among a majority of lawmakers on a crucial vote Tuesday, Silvio Berlusconi agreed to step down as Italy's prime minister when Parliament passes economic reforms demanded by European leaders who are trying to contain the region's debt crisis. The announcement came in a statement from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who met with Berlusconi following the budget vote in the Parliament's lower chamber earlier in the day. The measure passed the lower house with 308 votes, but 321 lawmakers abstained.
NEWS
February 5, 1998
Silvio Caldas, 89, favorite Brazilian singer of romantic ballads. Silvio Narciso de Figueiredo Caldas was born in Rio de Janeiro and started singing professionally when he was 6 years old. During his long career, he recorded more than 500 songs. Of all of them, he said, he most wanted to be remembered for his version of "Chao de Estrelas" ("Floor of Stars)," composed by Orestes Barbosa. On Tuesday in Altibaia, Brazil, of respiratory problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1987 | COLMAN ANDREWS
Silvio DeMori, proprietor and namesake of the super-trendy Silvio's on Melrose near La Cienega, has left the restaurant. Pending possible legal tangles between DeMori and his partners, the restaurateur will not discuss the reasons for his sudden departure. "I just want people to know that I am no longer involved with the place in any way," he says. He has had offers from several other quarters, he adds, and is already seriously looking at another restaurant project.
WORLD
August 1, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - Italy's high court on Thursday upheld a conviction of tax fraud and a four-year prison sentence for Silvio Berlusconi, the first time that the media mogul and three-time prime minister has received a definitive conviction and sentence in his 20-year dominance of Italian politics. The verdict may signal the unwinding of Berlusconi's colorful political career and could also undermine Italy's fragile coalition government. The court declined to rule on a five-year ban on political office that Berlusconi had been handed by a lower appeals court, sending the matter back to the lower court for reconsideration.
WORLD
February 14, 2013 | By Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times
ROME - Weeks before Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation because of failing health, Italians were already bracing themselves for a change at the top. But the elections to pick a new Italian government this month have been overshadowed and potentially thrown for a loop by Benedict's shocking decision to be the first pontiff to step down in almost 600 years. The 85-year-old's final Mass on Wednesday, which drew the kind of cheering fans to St. Peter's Basilica that politicians dream of, dominated pages of newspapers that Italy's political candidates had hoped to fill with dramatic campaign promises and choice insults aimed at their opponents.
WORLD
December 29, 2012 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - First, Silvio Berlusconi, who was driven from power last year by Italy's economic woes and his own scandals, said he wanted back his old job as prime minister. Then Mario Monti, an appointed technocrat who succeeded him at the head of an unelected government, kept the nation guessing for weeks before suddenly declaring that he would dive into politics and seek to lead the next government. They're only part of a perplexing lineup of political candidates voters will face in February's elections as political parties begin a frantic search for coalition partners.
WORLD
December 21, 2012 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Prime Minister Mario Monti, the technocrat who guided Italy through economic turbulence for 13 months after scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi left office, resigned Friday to make way for new elections. Monti, a former economics professor and European Union commissioner, was appointed to the office, with a Cabinet of academics and economists and broad support to bring the country back from the brink of financial disaster. "A year ago this government was launched, and today - not because of a Maya prophecy - we must bring it to an end," Monti quipped as he spoke to colleagues at an annual reception.
WORLD
December 10, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Turmoil engulfed Italy on Monday as the country braced for the imminent resignation of its prime minister, the intended comeback of his disgraced predecessor and the prospect of months of political and financial instability after a period of relative calm. Elections originally expected to be held around April are now likely to take place in February, cutting short the present government's time to enact measures aimed at reviving Italy's moribund economy and bringing down its enormous public debt.
FOOD
February 16, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Montalcino enjoyed a very good vintage in 2009, and this pretty Rosso di Montalcino from Tenute Silvio Nardi shows why. Bright and youthful, with a taste of dark cherries and spice, this junior Brunello makes delicious drinking now — or a few years from now. Pull the cork on a bottle for a bowl of pasta fagioli, a rustic pasta dish, simple roast chicken or grilled pork chops. Quick swirl Region: Tuscany Price: $17 to $27 Style: Rich and spicy What it goes with: Roast chicken, pasta, bean soups Where to find it: At fine wine retailers, including Wine Exchange in Orange, (714)
WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Henry Chu
ROME -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend a year performing community service among the elderly as his sentence for committing tax fraud at his media conglomerate. The decision by a Milan judge spares Berlusconi, 77, a sentence of house arrest. But the former premier, who has dominated Italy's political scene for two decades, will see his movements restricted just as his center-right party gears up for elections to the European Parliament next month.
WORLD
May 31, 2009 | Associated Press
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is fighting back in a scandal feeding on his reported fondness for young women, with his lawyer acknowledging Saturday that the media mogul has moved to block publication of hundreds of photos taken of guests at his sumptuous Sardinian villa. The wife of the 72-year-old Berlusconi, Veronica Lario, 52, announced a few weeks ago that she was seeking a divorce, in part because of what she lamented was her husband's infatuation with young women.
WORLD
November 11, 2011 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
Italy's Parliament is pressing hard to ratify reforms clearing the way for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign, but it will be left to his successor to solve structural problems decades in the making that are central to the debt crisis now dragging down the European — and the global — economies. The nation's $2.6-trillion public debt is the result of low productivity, corruption, suffocating bureaucracy and poor tax policies. Its economic performance between 2000 and 2010 was so bad, according to some estimates, that only Haiti and Zimbabwe fared worse in average annual growth.
WORLD
November 9, 2011 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
Even a politician with the survival skills of Silvio Berlusconi proved, in the end, to be no match for the power of global financial markets. The beleaguered Italian prime minister bowed to the reality of international pressure and withering domestic support Tuesday, promising to resign once Parliament passes a reform package of cuts aimed at reining in a runaway debt crisis. The question now is whether Berlusconi's departure would be enough to arrest the decline in Italy's perilous financial condition, which has moved the front line of Europe's debt crisis from peripheral countries such as Greece and Ireland to one of its central economies.
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