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Rossano Brazzi, who played a series of aristocratic romantics in films ranging from "South Pacific" to "The Barefoot Contessa" before reverting to character parts in his later years, has died in Rome, Italian news agencies said Monday. One of them, ANSA, quoting sources close to the actor's family, said Brazzi died Saturday in a Rome hospital from an undisclosed virus that affected his nervous system. He was 78. Brazzi played in more than 200 movies.
March 28, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Air New Zealand makes it easier to get to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific with a round-trip LAX-Rarotonga fare of $850, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability. The Cook Islands, a self-governing territory associated with New Zealand, are in the South Pacific. The territory is made up of only 15 islands, but they stretch out in an area of 770,000 square miles. You must stay in the islands at least six days but not longer than 20. Nonstop flights are available for Sunday departures and Saturday returns.
October 30, 1985 | Associated Press
An earthquake registering 6.9 on the Richter scale struck an area near Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Tuesday. The quake was centered about 1,200 miles northwest of Brisbane, Australia, and 100 miles southeast of Port Moresby. There were no initial reports of damage.
December 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
In recent years it's become a truism that the American military promises "no man left behind" when it goes to war. But in World War II, that promise was often not achievable and may not even have been a priority. More than 73,000 Americans remain missing in action and presumed dead from World War II. Of those, 47,000 disappeared in the Pacific during the "island hopping campaign" that can be said to have begun at Guadalcanal in 1942 and ended in Okinawa in 1945. Tracking down the remains of the MIAs and piecing together their final moments is the daunting, emotionally fraught quest - undertaken by civilians and the military - at the heart of "Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II," a deeply reported, compellingly written book by Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.
June 23, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Want to see "South Pacific" in Los Angeles? On Friday, you will have two fun choices. As the Tony Award-winning revival of the 1949 classic Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical continues to enchant audiences at the Ahmanson, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will also be unveiling a newly restored 70-millimeter print of the 1958 movie version of the epic romance at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Following the screening, Center Theatre Group's artistic director, Michael Ritchie, will lead a discussion with three of the film's stars — Mitzi Gaynor, who played the perky nurse Nellie Forbush; John Kerr, who played the ill-fated Lt. Cable; and France Nuyen, who played his native lover, Liat — as well as Rod Gilfry, who just left the Ahmanson production.
A touring "South Pacific" looked shipshape as it glided into the Wilshire Theatre on Tuesday after a recent berth at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Robert Goulet's performance is almost as French as his name.
October 19, 1986 | JAMES A. MICHENER, James A. Michener is a well-known Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
My work as a naval officer in World War II enabled me to serve on 49 different South Pacific islands, so that I came to know the area about as well as anyone. Obviously, I grew to respect and love it, and my first writing dealt with the men and women who lived on its remote islands. When peace came in 1945 and I returned home after a double tour of duty, I suspected that some lucky day I would go back to see how things were working out in a part of the world I had chosen for my own.
December 10, 1989 | JACK ADLER
If you happen to be traveling to the South Pacific, look into the possibility of using coupons offered at 45 hotels through the Southern Pacific Hotel Corp. The coupons can be used at properties in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji. You have to buy a minimum of 12 coupons at a cost of $40 per coupon. Two to four coupons are required for a one-night stay, except in Tahiti, where five to seven coupons may be needed, depending on whether you have a regular or above-the-water room.
July 28, 1990 | Associated Press
A powerful earthquake struck in the South Pacific near the island nation of Vanuatu on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, authorities said. The quake had a magnitude of 7.3, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., recorded the temblor at 6.5.
March 25, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF
Orange Coast College's long-running tradition of summer musical theater, interrupted last year because of budget problems, will be revived in July thanks to a $35,000 gift from an anonymous donor, it was announced Wednesday. The money will be used to mount Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" July 16 to 25 at the Robert B. Moore Theatre on campus. It will be the first production in the theater after completion of a $1.6 million remodeling in progress.
November 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Dusk fell on the Imperial Highway apartment as Saia Holani scrambled to find a spare lamp, having handed off his own to a neighbor in need. Four of his children romped through the darkened living room, still in their Sunday best, as his wife offered pink wedges of watermelon to guests. "No Tongan is here to get rich," Holani had said earlier, outside the humble chapel of the Lennox Tongan United Methodist Church. "Even the smallest thing - we give. " Families who trace their roots to the South Pacific islands of Tonga are among the poorest - if not the poorest of all - in Los Angeles County.
October 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
To be an emerging writer who gets some kind of formal acknowledgment is one thing; for that nod to come with a check for $50,000 is something else entirely. The 2013 Whiting Writers' Awards -- which do, yes, come with $50,000 prizes -- were announced at a gala ceremony Monday night in Manhattan. As usual, the authors are not household names -- yet. The goal of the Whiting Awards is to support writers early in their careers so they can focus on their work. Having now been awarded for 29 years, previous Whiting Writers' Award winners have gone on to do great things.
August 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
CASPER, Wyo. -- Tim Stubson calls it the Wyoming version of the three-card monte. The lawyer represents a Wyoming son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, who claims he was defrauded after donating more than $1 million to help find the plane of famed pilot Amelia Earhart somewhere in the South Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. The only problem, Stubson says, is the crash site had already been found. “My client gave the money based on certain representations,” Stubson told the Los Angeles Times.
July 4, 2013 | By Sean J. O'Connell
First discovered by Captain James Cook in 1773, the tiny Kingdom of Tonga sits amid crystal blue waters in the southern Pacific Ocean. Much closer to home in North Hollywood, the Tonga Hut is a welcoming island in its own right amid the Valley's summer-heated suburban sprawl. This month, the Tonga Hut is celebrating 55 years of pineapple garnishes and fire-breathing totems, ensuring its continued status as the oldest operating tiki bar in Los Angeles. And it shows no signs of slowing down.
May 1, 2013 | McClatchy Newspapers
Guitarist and ethnomusicologist Bob Brozman, who progressed from an early fascination with the delta blues of the South to a consuming passion for the traditional music of Hawaii and became a leading authority on the National steel guitar, has died. He was 59. Brozman was found dead April 23 at his home in Santa Cruz. His death was ruled a suicide, according to the coroner's office of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department. Brozman emerged in Santa Cruz in the 1970s as a street musician, playing a decidedly uncontemporary American roots style of music ranging from obscure jazz tunes to Hawaiian chanties.
February 19, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
At Paul Gauguin Cruises , small is big. The cruise line distinguishes itself by operating two ships far from the mega-ship crowd. The company has launched a fare sale on eight sailings to Tahiti , the Marquesas Islands and European destinations, with fares discounted at least $700 per person for those who make a reservation in the next two weeks. The deal: The 332-passenger Paul Gauguin and the 90-passenger Tere Moana, which joined the lineup last year, offer an intimate experience onboard the ship and off. With the sale, seven-night cruises to Tahiti start at $3,795 per person, a 14-night cruise to the Marquesas Islands starts at $5,195 per person and seven-night voyages to Europe start at $2,195 per person.
February 9, 1987 | United Press International
A powerful earthquake shook villages in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific today, killing one person and destroying buildings, officials said. The quake, measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale, struck at 4:34 a.m. It was the strongest quake to occur anywhere in the world in nearly three months, Don Finley of the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington said. The quake was centered near the western end of New Britain island, 280 miles northeast of Port Moresby.
September 16, 2012 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - When a senior U.S. general met in Beijing recently with Lt. Gen. Cai Yingting, the deputy chief of China's armed forces, Cai forcefully objected to America's expanding military presence in Asia and the Pacific, describing it as an effort to encircle his country. "Why are you containing us?" Cai demanded, according to a U.S. official who was present and described the incident in return for anonymity. The U.S. general denied seeking to contain China, but it's easy to see why officials in Beijing might get that impression.
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