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July 17, 2012
Re "At Penn State, calls to remove a legacy's symbol," July 14 Bobby Bowden, the former football coach of Florida State, wants the statue of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno removed because it will serve as a reminder of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal every time a game is played. This is exactly why it must remain. If the statue is removed, on a crisp fall day in front of 100,000 cheering fans, we will hear "how refreshing it is that the student body has gotten past its dark moment.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By David Ng
After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs. "Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey. But there is already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs -- permanently. Some local leaders believe the artwork embodies the city's glamorous history, and they want to purchase it. "We are determined to bring Marilyn back to us 'forever.'  It is where she belongs," said  Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, a local tourism organization that helped to pay for the sculpture's visit.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By David Ng
A manifestation of the supernatural, or a clever hoax? An Egyptian statue housed at a museum in Manchester, England, has garnered worldwide media attention in recent days over what appears to be its creepy ability to rotate completely on its own. Video footage of the statue at the Manchester Museum appears to show the object rotating spontaneously over the course of several hours. The statue stands 10 inches tall and appears to depict a pharaoh or an Egyptian god. The object is believed to have been recovered from a pharaoh's tomb and dates from around 1800 BC, according to reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
PALM SPRINGS - On a bright and breezy afternoon, the continuous stream of tourists queued up on a bustling downtown corner for their moment with Marilyn. The icon loomed some 26 feet high in a re-creation of that classic image of Monroe in the air-blown white dress. She seemed blissfully oblivious as one person after another posed between her legs, resting a hand on her calf. A few climbed up onto her stilettos. "It's always like this!" Mayor Steve Pougnet said, standing amid the crowd that had assembled on a weekday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
Three members of Japan's House of Representatives called on Glendale to remove an 1,100-pound statue honoring an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 "comfort women" from Korea, China and other countries who were forced into prostitution by the Japanese army during World War II. The trio, Mio Sugita of the Hyogo Prefecture, Yuzuru Nishida of Chiba, and Hiromu Nakamaru of Hiroshima, are members of the Japan Restoration Party, a 1-year-old conservative political...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to order the city of Glendale to remove  a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to remove the 1,100-pound statue for so-called comfort women, which was installed in July, the Glendale News-Press reported ...
SPORTS
July 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Legendary former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden says Penn State should remove the statue of Joe Paterno because the statue will be a constant reminder of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Bowden made the comments in a radio interview with Cory Giger in State College, Pa. "Should his statue be removed? In my opinion, yes," Bowden said. "Now the reason is, Penn State's job now is to try to forget this thing. But every time somebody walks by and sees that statue, they're not going to remember the 80 good years, they're going to remember this thing with Sandusky.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2011 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The J. Paul Getty Museum's iconic statue of Aphrodite was quietly escorted back to Sicily by Italian police last week, ending a decades-long dispute over an object whose craftsmanship, importance and controversial origins have been likened to the Parthenon marbles in the British Museum. The 7-foot tall, 1,300-pound statue of limestone and marble was painstakingly taken off display at the Getty Villa and disassembled in December. Last week, it was locked in shipping crates with an Italian diplomatic seal and loaded aboard an Alitalia flight to Rome, where it arrived on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Officials in Chinatown unveiled a 7-foot bronze statue of Bruce Lee to a crowd of several hundred in the historical Central Plaza on Saturday night. The unveiling caps a five-year effort to bring the statue to Chinatown, said Shannon Lee, Bruce's daughter and president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. The statue, created by an artist in Guangzhou, China, is the first such statue of her father in the United States, Shannon Lee said. Though the statue will not be permanently installed until business leaders can raise $150,000 to install seating and a concrete plinth, the timing was right for the unveiling, Shannon Lee said.
NATIONAL
June 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
They don't care if it rains or freezes, they can keep their ski-mountain Jesus. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a 6-decade-old, 6-foot-tall Jesus statue could stay on a small patch of federal land in the Flathead National Forest in Montana after an atheist and agnostic group argued that the statue violated the 1st Amendment separation of church and state. The Jesus statue sits on a 25-by-25-foot parcel of federal land along a ski run in the Whitefish Mountain Resort. In 1953, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, won permission from the U.S. Forest Service to erect the statue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
PALM SPRINGS -- She loomed over a bustling corner in downtown, a re-creation of Marilyn Monroe in that classic pose, standing 26 feet tall. The statue had been there for just under two years, but it had become such a draw that some came to think she'd be there forever. But the statue - "Forever Marilyn," the work of sculptor Seward Johnson - is moving on. "She will be, in my opinion, missed immensely," said Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, the collective of Palm Springs hotels responsible for bringing the statue here, setting her up on an empty corner along a strand of shops and restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to order the city of Glendale to remove  a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to remove the 1,100-pound statue for so-called comfort women, which was installed in July, the Glendale News-Press reported ...
NATIONAL
February 21, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
University of Mississippi police are pushing for criminal charges to be filed against three 19-year-old male freshmen suspected of placing a noose and a flag with a Confederate battle emblem on the campus statue of civil rights icon James Meredith. The students declined through their attorneys to be questioned by university police about the Sunday morning incident, which the school has described as vandalism on the bronze statue of Ole Miss' first African American student. Campus Police Chief Calvin Sellers said in a statement Friday that he and the university's lawyer believed that “sufficient evidence exists to bring criminal charges against the suspects,” and pledged to help state and federal authorities in the investigation.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity said it has indefinitely suspended its chapter at Ole Miss and has expelled three 19-year-old freshmen who it said were responsible for the "desecration" last weekend of a campus statue honoring the school's first black student. "It is embarrassing that these men had previously identified with our fraternity," Brian Warren Jr., the organization's chief executive, said in a statement late Friday. "SigEp has championed racial equality and issues on diversity since 1959, when it became the first national fraternity to invite members of all races, creeds and religions to join its membership," Warren said.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
James Meredith, a civil rights icon whose enrollment at the University of Mississippi broke a racial barrier in 1962, has one thing to say to the vandals who desecrated his campus statue by putting a noose around its neck and draping it with a controversial flag. "That just clearly shows that we're not training our children like the Bible says," Meredith, 80, told the Los Angeles Times from his Mississippi home Tuesday. "They don't know right and wrong, good and bad and how to apply it to life.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Ted Gregory
Decades before he became known as the Teflon president and the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan was a hunk in trunks. For seven summers on the banks of the Rock River, north of Reagan's boyhood hometown of Dixon, Ill., the young man who became president monitored the beach at Lowell Park. Locals say more than a few women faked peril in the water so that the strapping, handsome fellow who sometimes parted his hair down the center would whisk them to safety. "There are a lot of people who'll come to town for a Reagan visit and the first thing they ask is, 'Where is Lowell Park?
NEWS
October 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione
The long-awaited reopening of the Statue of Liberty went off Sunday on the landmark's 126th anniversary. But it abruptly closed, as did everything else in New York City, because of Hurricane Sandy. The public will have to wait a few days longer to see the $30-million year-long makeover -- the new 393 steps to the crown, the new wheelchair access area and other upgrades. (Visiting the crown requires advance tickets .) The statue is closed Monday and Tuesday with no word yet on plans for Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
It's been a tough go for Florence, the stoic, graceful lady of Lincoln Park. Over the years, hooligans have broken her nose, spray-painted her face, shot at her, ripped off her hands and stolen her lamp. But for all the attempts to deface the statue of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing stands tall and calm in the spot she claimed in 1937, across the railroad tracks from the county hospital. I have to admit that I didn't know the statue was there until I heard from David Colachico, a professor in the nursing school at Azusa Pacific University.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The protagonist of Okey Ndibe's unforgettable new novel, "Foreign Gods Inc.," is a failed immigrant. Ike (pronounced EE-kay ) is a New York City cab driver who brings in lots of cash but can't hold on to it for very long. His mother back home in Nigeria lives with the shame of having an American son who doesn't send her any money. An article in New York magazine offers Ike hope. He reads about an art gallery in lower Manhattan that specializes in statues of foreign deities, with the most impressive specimens commanding six-figure prices.
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