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June 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
While you were busy celebrating the summer solstice, our sun was erupting with a great flash of light and ejecting billions of tons of solar material out into space. Call it the summer solstice flare of 2013. The relatively mild solar flare occurred at 8:15 p.m. PDT Thursday evening, just a few hours before the moment when the Earth's North Pole was tipped the most toward the sun, signaling the start of summer.  PHOTOS: Stunning views of the Sun The official solstice occurred at 10:04 p.m. PDT. It's almost as if the sun were celebrating the arrival of warm days and long nights with those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
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BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. recalled an additional 824,000 vehicles in the U.S. as it continued to deal with the fallout of a faulty ignition switch linked to a series of crashes and at least 12 deaths. The automaker said it is calling back Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s and Solstices as well as Saturn Ions and Skys from the 2008-11 model years. It also recalled the Chevrolet HHR from the 2008-11 model years. Although the cars were built with an ignition switch that has had no problems, they might have been repaired with faulty switches left in the parts bins at dealers and auto shops, said Jim Cain, a GM spokesman.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
The winter solstice may mark the longest night of the year, but for Iranians, it's also known as Shab-e Yalda , a celebration with ancient ties that commemorates the triumph of Mithra, the Sun God, over darkness. Feasting on fresh fruits from the summer season and reciting works by 14th century Persian poet Hafez, Iranians all around the world stay up to mark the start of winter. "It's not an official holiday in Iran, but similar to many other ancient traditions, it has become a significant cultural celebration observed by all Iranians," said Bita Milanian, executive director of Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Saturday is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours -- and perhaps a sun lover's nightmare and a stargazer's delight. Jack Fusco falls into the second category, and his time-lapse video above shows how fascinating the heavens can be. The more than 2,000 photos he took during the October Jasper Dark Sky Festival in Alberta, Canada , create an ethereal portrait of an area that ranks low in light pollution. That's distinctly different from New Jersey, where he began to experiment with photography by taking photos of the ocean at sunrise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Juan Bautista, Calif. -- On the darkest day of the year, a hushed crowd in a dim church awaited a few minutes of sheer brilliance. It was just after dawn Wednesday, the day of the winter solstice. Outside the 200-year-old mission at the heart of tiny San Juan Bautista, Native American drummers sang, urging the sun to rise. Inside, dozens of parishioners rubbed the sleep from their eyes. A woman stood up and sang in cadences haunting and solemn — phrases in no known tongue, she said, but "the language of the heart.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Summer solstice -- where'd it go? Perhaps you were among the many who missed this year's summer solstice.  It traditionally takes place June 21, which is today. But this year -- sneaky, sneaky -- the summer solstice arrived June 20. This means that many people (including yours truly) did not get the opportunity to stand outdoors, look to the skies and relish the few extra rays of sunlight delivered courtesy of the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- There are many ways to celebrate the longest day of the year -- dancing around a maypole, partaking in fertility rituals, joining a Druid ceremony. And then there are those who chose to do yoga. Outdoors. In the middle of one of the busiest intersections in the world. With thousands of strangers. Friday, around 16,000 people trekked to New York's Times Square to participate in Solstice in Times Square, an annual event where the flexible and not-so-flexible do positions like "downward facing dog" in front of hundreds of tourists, all to find inner peace -- and get a free yoga mat at the same time.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 1999 | BARBARA HANSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solstice has just opened on Beverly Boulevard in a space vacated by Mexica, a Mexican restaurant. Mexica's yellow, blue and white tiles remain because they fit the sunny theme of this new restaurant. Chef Hugo Veltman, in his first venture on his own, will adapt his menu to the seasons, bringing in new dishes four times a year, not just at the two solstices. Veltman, formerly at Capri in Venice, describes his food jokingly as California cuisine without sushi. In reality, it is strongly French.
NEWS
October 10, 2009
Travel correction: In Tuesday's For the Record, a correction of a Sept. 27 Travel article about the debut of various luxury cruise ships introduced a new error. The Eclipse is the third ship, not the second, in Celebrity cruise line's Solstice class.
OPINION
December 12, 2005
Re "A Very Wary Christmas," Dec. 9 May I propose a simple solution? Everyone who feels there is something special about this time of year simply wishes others the wish they would like to receive. Thus Christians can wish their friends "Merry Christmas." And blacks who feel so inclined can wish "Happy Kwanzaa," Jews can wish "Happy Hanukkah," atheists are welcome to wish "Happy Winter Solstice." Then anyone who gets good wishes they don't personally happen to agree with could smile and say "thank you" in the spirit of the season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
The winter solstice may mark the longest night of the year, but for Iranians, it's also known as Shab-e Yalda , a celebration with ancient ties that commemorates the triumph of Mithra, the Sun God, over darkness. Feasting on fresh fruits from the summer season and reciting works by 14th century Persian poet Hafez, Iranians all around the world stay up to mark the start of winter. "It's not an official holiday in Iran, but similar to many other ancient traditions, it has become a significant cultural celebration observed by all Iranians," said Bita Milanian, executive director of Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California.
SCIENCE
June 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
While you were busy celebrating the summer solstice, our sun was erupting with a great flash of light and ejecting billions of tons of solar material out into space. Call it the summer solstice flare of 2013. The relatively mild solar flare occurred at 8:15 p.m. PDT Thursday evening, just a few hours before the moment when the Earth's North Pole was tipped the most toward the sun, signaling the start of summer.  PHOTOS: Stunning views of the Sun The official solstice occurred at 10:04 p.m. PDT. It's almost as if the sun were celebrating the arrival of warm days and long nights with those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- There are many ways to celebrate the longest day of the year -- dancing around a maypole, partaking in fertility rituals, joining a Druid ceremony. And then there are those who chose to do yoga. Outdoors. In the middle of one of the busiest intersections in the world. With thousands of strangers. Friday, around 16,000 people trekked to New York's Times Square to participate in Solstice in Times Square, an annual event where the flexible and not-so-flexible do positions like "downward facing dog" in front of hundreds of tourists, all to find inner peace -- and get a free yoga mat at the same time.
SCIENCE
June 21, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The summer solstice has arrived, and Google has marked the occasion with an animated doodle of ocean swimmers leisurely lifted by waves.  Meanwhile, scientific types will pause to appreciate the phenomenon of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. And those with a little romance in their souls will look to the ancient sites where sun and stones align and perhaps get a few goosebumps. Stonehenge, for example, remains a modern-day mystery. The circle of standing stones drew a mixed crowd of 20,000 people on Friday.  How was Stonehenge built, and why?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
It began 30 years ago when Charlie Murrow -- a musical environmentalist, sound artist, chanter and tooter, inventor of the heart-beat machine instrument and event organizer extraordinaire -- gathered like-minded Manhattan chanters and tooters to celebrate the summer solstice in Central Park. That concept then spread to places like Chicago's Navy Pier, Minneapolis and Copenhagen. In 1989, Murrow shepherded Sun Ra and his Arkestra to Battery Park for a “Harbor” Symphony that included boat horns blasting away on barges.
SPORTS
June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
(Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): "MASTERS, SPREAD YOURSELVES" 1. ST. LOUIS I am feared in field: Cardinals lead the league in fielding. (1) 2. OAKLAND I have had a more rare vision: Moneyball still paying off for first-place A's. (2) 3. BOSTON Though [he] be but little, [he] is fierce! 5-foot-9 Pedroia leads team in hits, runs. (4) 4. DETROIT How can it be said I am alone? Tigers hitting .270 without Cabrera's stats.
NEWS
December 27, 1998 | ELAINE ST. JAMES
Many of our holiday traditions were once associated with the winter solstice, a time of year when ancient people revered the Earth as a source of life and nourishment. What better way to celebrate the season than by acknowledging the seasonal changes, honoring the Earth and protecting the environment? Involve the entire family. You can have fun and at the same time teach your children a new tradition they can carry with them all their lives. Here are some ideas: 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1999 | DOUG ADRIANSON
I had been looking for a fire on this winter solstice night, around which to join a circle of friends in songs and stories to celebrate the return of lengthening days beneath the blazingly full moon. But the furious crimson glow in the sky ahead was way more fire than I had in mind.
FOOD
November 3, 2012 | By Charles Perry
Winter seasonal beers are traditionally a bit sweet, often with a spice note, for comfort in cold weather. Winter Solstice follows this pattern, but it seems specifically designed for one particular season: Turkey Day and the subsequent Turkey Leftover Days. It pours medium amber with a moderate tan head. The nose is malty and very slightly yeasty, with a hint of nutmeg and perhaps allspice. On the palate, it's rich and round and somewhat plush, with hops firmly marching in to dry up the sweetness during the long finish.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Summer solstice -- where'd it go? Perhaps you were among the many who missed this year's summer solstice.  It traditionally takes place June 21, which is today. But this year -- sneaky, sneaky -- the summer solstice arrived June 20. This means that many people (including yours truly) did not get the opportunity to stand outdoors, look to the skies and relish the few extra rays of sunlight delivered courtesy of the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
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