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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY and PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The lingering symbol of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games--the statues of two nude, headless athletes at the peristyle entrance of the Coliseum--will remain undraped during the start of the Olympic torch relay Saturday morning.
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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.
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SPORTS
December 11, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
It's one thing to parade naked in front of your bathroom mirror, quite another to face the world in the altogether. Terry Schroeder knows. A four-time U.S. Olympic water polo player from Santa Barbara, Schroeder is immortalized in bronze outside the Coliseum, his nude torso standing tall for the idealized, universal Olympic athlete.
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers ordered the destruction of all statues, including a pair of 5th century Buddhas carved out of a mountainside and towering more than 100 feet. The order came from the Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, who issued an edict declaring statues insulting to Islam. The ancient Buddhas are in Bamian, about 80 miles northwest of the capital, Kabul.
WORLD
May 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations was investigating reports that a controlled explosion of old ordnance has caused more damage to one of the famed Buddha statues that were blown up by the Taliban seven years ago. An official in Bamian said the blast set off by NATO-led troops near the smaller of the two statues Thursday had caused cracks in what is left of the 114-foot-high ancient structure and its side walls.
SPORTS
October 23, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Some of the other notable sports statues around Southern California: STAPLES CENTER: Jerry West Magic Johnson Wayne Gretzky Chick Hearn Oscar De La Hoya ANGEL STADIUM: Gene Autry Michelle Carew USC: John McKay John Wayne Ricky Bell Tommy Trojan Traveler UCLA: Jackie Robinson SANTA ANITA: Seabiscuit John Henry Zenyatta Bill Shoemaker Laffit Pincay Jr. ...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2008
PUT A head on that statue, no! Not if it is to become an ethical art conservation ("A Skull Session Over a Statue," by Sean Mitchell, Aug. 10). Jerry Podany of the Getty knows that. I heard professional conservators in 1960 say: "Art conservation ends when conjecture begins." Mitchell clearly spells out the conjecture -- "Is it a woman or man?" No guesses are allowed, and that was the determination of the art conservators. Good for them and Mitchell. Bud Goldstone Westchester
SPORTS
March 6, 2010 | Mike DiGiovanna
It was a morning of extreme emotional swings for the Angels, who reflected somberly on a pair of bronze statues honoring the late Nick Adenhart and Preston Gomez and, half an hour later, broke out in raucous laughter at a surprise visit from the Harlem Globetrotters. The latter was the brainchild of Manager Mike Scioscia , whose prank-filled spring-training meetings have become legendary, and center fielder Torii Hunter , who has performed in several skits with the world-famous basketball team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1988 | United Press International
President Reagan signed legislation Tuesday authorizing the construction of a statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to commemorate the role of the more than 10,000 women who served in that war, the White House announced.
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
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?
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.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The centerpiece for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall has drawn criticism from a federal arts panel, which says the proposed statue looks "confrontational" and resembles the head of a socialist state more than a civil rights leader. Models of the 28-foot-tall statue depict King emerging from a chunk of granite, his arms folded in front of his chest, his legs firmly rooted, an intense gaze on his face. But the U.S.
NEWS
May 11, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A 7 1/2-ton statue of three suffragists who fought for the right of women to vote was moved to the Capitol Rotunda after 75 years in the building's basement crypt. The statue of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott will be the first in the rotunda to feature women. In 1920, women won the right to vote with passage of the 19th Amendment. Congress gave approval for the statue to be relocated earlier this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Why can't the Satanists be just a little more tasteful? There is no way the statue they've proposed for the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds is going to fly. Even if it does have wings. Does anybody anywhere want to have a 7-foot goat-headed, horned creature right out of the scary part of “Ghostbusters” staring at them when they walk across a deserted lawn at dusk? “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair, where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” said Lucien Greaves, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple , which is behind the unusual proposal.
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...
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