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October 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas embarks on a whole new game next week when Aviation Nation rolls out at Nellis Air Force Base . Want to see a drone close up? Check out the M-9 reaper, which might even make a demo flight. Want to see your tax dollars at work? F-15 and F-16 fighter planes will be ready for inspection. The Air Force's Thunderbirds and the F-22 Aerial Demonstration team will provide the in-air festivities. The event takes place during Veterans Day weekend, a good time to tour the base and thank those who serve our country too. The deal: Admission to the air show is free; parking at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this event and shuttles to the base also are free.
October 23, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Resorts come and go in Las Vegas , but much of the colorful signage from years past now resides at the city's newest attraction. With their countless bulbs and seemingly endless strands of gas-filled tubing, 150 glitzy signs take center stage at the Neon Museum , set to open Saturday in downtown Las Vegas. You can see more photos of the gallery here. During guided walks through the outdoor exhibit, guests come face-to-face with iconic signs from long-gone hotels that helped shape the city's colorful history.
September 29, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: USC hangover? As a Stanford fan, this is painful but familiar. Alicia Dingsdale Answer: You're not kidding. Stanford looked like it spent its bye week after USC wasting away again in Margaritaville. Blew out my flip-flop, stepped on a pop-top, cut my heel, had to cruise on back home (to Palo Alto). Stanford played like it was sleeping off four double shots of Walt Harris with a Buddy Teevens chaser. The 17-13 loss at Washington takes Stanford football back to the discombobulated, pre-Jim Harbaugh days.
September 23, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The Cutting Season A Novel Attica Locke Harper/Dennis Lehane Books: 374 pp., $25.99 How much do I admire Attica Locke's second novel, "The Cutting Season"? To answer that, I need to go back to her 2009 debut, "Black Water Rising," which told the story of Jay Porter, an African American attorney in Houston, a former radical in full retreat from the unresolved issues, political and personal, of his past. Set in 1981, "Black Water Rising" is nothing if not authoritative; Locke, who lives in Los Angeles, was raised in Houston and understands how the city works.
September 15, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the Lebanese capital on Friday as anti-U.S. protests convulsed the region and fighting with sectarian overtones raged in neighboring Syria. The pontiff, calling himself "a pilgrim of peace," denounced as a "grave sin" the transfer of weapons from any country to Syria, where rebels armed in part with smuggled weapons are waging a violent campaign to oust President Bashar Assad. "The import of weapons has to finally stop," Benedict, who is on a three-day trip to Lebanon, reportedly told journalists Friday.
August 23, 2012 | By Michael McGough
He didn't ask my opinion, but I think Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, should have declined an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week's Republican National Convention. I say that knowing that Dolan also was willing, if asked, to pray at the Democratic convention and that (to some considerable flak from conservative Roman Catholics) the cardinal has invited the president as well as Mitt Romney to address the famous Al Smith Dinner in October.
August 23, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - The British monarchy and many of its subjects might be aghast over published photos of playboy Prince Harry's randy and quite naked romp with at least one nude woman in a VIP hotel suite here, but the reaction in Sin City is considerably more subdued. Vegas is yawning. New York might be the city that never sleeps, but this neon town is the desert mecca that never blinks. And that bunk about things happening here and staying here? Fahgettaboudit! PHOTOS: Embarrassed in Vegas Over the years, many celebrities have run into trouble on the Strip and its seamy side streets, been busted in print and sometimes sent to jail for their “well, duh!
June 22, 2012 | By Robert Abele
The SoCal indie "Bro" sends its college-age protagonist, Johnny (Will Chavez), tumbling into seductive illegality with the efficiency of those Direct TV commercials that paint exaggerated worst-case scenarios for cable customers. In this case, it'd be, "When you ask out the cute girl at the gym, you go to her tattooed brother's motocross practice. When you go to motocross practice, you party with gang members who ply you with easy women and drugs. When you cavort with easy women and take drugs …" and before you can blink, Johnny is a straight-up hoodlum.
May 31, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Justice Department's attempt to convict John Edwards of campaign finance fraud failed Thursday, with a federal jury rejecting the complex felony case against him. But minutes later, Edwards himself delivered an abject confession and apology on the courthouse steps with his family at his side. "While I do not believe I ever did anything illegal … I've done an awful, awful lot that was wrong," Edwards said after jurors found him not guilty of one charge of violating federal election laws.
May 6, 2012 | By Les Gapay
A friend of mine got a lifetime achievement award recently, and it got me to thinking about the Holocaust again, something that's never been completely out of my mind for the last 22 years. Randolph L. Braham and I are an odd couple to be friends because our families were on different sides of the Holocaust. His emails to me over the last 20 years have always been signed Randy, but I call him Professor Braham out of respect. Braham is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, director of the Rosenthal Center for Holocaust Studies there, and the author of more than 60 books on the Holocaust.
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