August 23, 2005 |
More than 15,000 small pieces of finely crafted gold have been discovered in a group of 4,500-year-old graves from central Bulgaria, a trove of beads, earrings and other small artifacts that were buried with a chieftain or king sometime before the 23rd century BC. The find in the small village of Dabene, about 75 miles east of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, dates from about the same period as the ancient city of Troy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1985 |
Hundreds of members of Los Angeles' Thai community converged Sunday afternoon on Pasadena to view a glistening display of royal art objects from Thailand and to catch a glimpse of Queen Sirikit, who is completing a three-city tour of the United States with her art collection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2002 |
They came, they cast ballots, they colored a bridge. In a most unusual election, residents of the capital region turned to the Internet to select a new paint scheme for the Tower Bridge, Sacramento's lofty and scenic gateway. More than 43,000 residents cast ballots during the past month, selecting from three color schemes displayed in glistening renditions on the Caltrans Web site. The final pick? (drum roll, please): Glittering gold.
November 9, 1990 |
Wondering why you couldn't cruise down Rodeo Drive Tuesday night? It seems Turkey's First Lady, Semra Ozal, was in town to do a little shopping. Before she could drop into Bijan the street had to be cleared of all traffic and pedestrians. She arrived with a motorcade escort and a phalanx of body guards. Her big purchase consisted of two solid gold guns, at $10,000 each. * CLOSE SHAVE: Linda Silver has discovered how loyal her customers really are.
July 29, 2012 |
LONDON -- So what's a lifetime of blood, sweat and tears worth? At the London Olympics, the market value is about $708. That's the going rate for the gold contained in the gold medals that will be handed out over the next two weeks, according to the World Gold Council. While that may not sound like much, the high price of gold makes this year's top prize more valuable than any handed out in the history of the modern Olympics. And while the athletes will certainly disagree, judging strictly from the precious metals that make up the precious medals, there's not much difference between first and second since the London golds are actually 92.5% silver, 6.16% copper and just 1.34% gold.
October 16, 1998 |
Talk about divas. Shirley Bassey has outfits that are older than some of today's claimants to the diva label. And she has legitimately owned the title since the early '60s, when her only real competition in divadom came from her idol, Judy Garland. In the intervening years, divas have come and gone; Bassey has endured.
December 10, 1989 |
Dusk was closing in along the little main street of Murphys, and a chill wind shook the shadows of old locust trees. Christmas lights glowed red from the windows of the Murphys Hotel, luring me inside. Natives of this Gold Rush town were pulling themselves away from the long bar and heading for Whist Night at the Odd Fellows' Hall down the road. "I guess you'll be wanting to stay in the new wing," the proprietor said from his station behind the bar.
August 28, 2002 |
Cambodian workmen have unearthed 27 solid-gold Buddha statuettes, buried for hundreds of years beneath the foundations of a ruined pagoda hidden deep in the jungle, officials said. The statues, about 4 inches high and each weighing about 1 pound, came to light over the weekend when builders started restoration work on the 200-year-old pagoda destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Four statues made of silver and bronze were also found.
July 13, 1992 |
The following column was written after a two-month absence during which I had back surgery for a herniated disc. At a future date, I will relate in detail the delights of catheters ("We can't do this unless you relax," growled one of two nurses holding me down) and other fascinating aspects of my recovery. For now, however, other duty calls. My columns on television coverage of this week's Democratic National Convention will appear in the A section of the paper. Say what?