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January 19, 1991 | Reuters
Bulgarian officials Friday began removing a giant statue of V. I. Lenin that has dominated central Sofia for 25 years. At midnight, workers moved in and carried away to an unknown destination the upper half of the 50-foot statue mounted opposite the former Communist Party headquarters in the capital, leaving just the legs. The Bulgarian Parliament has ordered the removal of "foreign" symbols like communist red stars and hammer-and-sickle emblems from all public buildings.
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NATIONAL
April 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A statue of Abraham Lincoln commemorating the 16th U.S. president's only visit to the one-time capital of the Confederacy was dedicated with speeches and ceremony. "He came as a man of the people among the people, not as a conqueror but as a friend," said historian Harold Holzer, co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, quoting an eyewitness to the visit on April 5, 1865. The Sons of Confederate Veterans denounced the statue as an insult to the Confederacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | ROB O'NEIL
Warner Center now has its own "Fernando." A statue of a Native American in the Van Nuys Civic Center, Fernando stands as an icon for Fernando Award Inc., formed in 1958 to honor community members who work to improve the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley. In 1963, the organization erected the life-size bronze statue as a tribute to the Valley's first settlers. Since then, the Valley has grown westward, while the statue has had decreased visibility and increased maintenance problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
A group is raising money to build a 10-foot statue of actor James Garner in front of a theater in his hometown of Norman, Okla. Organizers want to build a James Garner Commemorative Plaza and install the statue facing the Sooner Theatre. The plaza would cost about $185,000 and is tentatively planned to open in April. Garner, born in Norman in 1928, starred in the TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files." His film credits include "The Great Escape," "Space Cowboys" and "Murphy's Romance."
WORLD
October 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Opposition protesters egged and then tore down a bronze statue of former Mexican President Vicente Fox just hours after it was erected. Workers put up the commemorative statue before dawn in the city of Boca del Rio, in Veracruz state. But about 100 protesters surrounded the figure about 9 a.m. The crowd launched eggs at the statue, fastened a rope around its neck and pulled it to the ground.
NEWS
October 6, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hillary Rodham Clinton, an admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt, unveiled an 8-foot bronze and stone statue of the crusading former first lady and joked about her famous imaginary conversations with Roosevelt. "When I last spoke with Mrs. Roosevelt, she wanted me to tell all of you how pleased she is by this great, great new statue," the first lady said to thousands who gathered for the unveiling in Manhattan's Riverside Park. The statue, the work of artist Penelope Jencks, depicts Mrs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Thieves stole a $20,000 bronze Buddha statue from a Koreatown temple earlier this month, police said Saturday. The 3-foot-tall, 200-pound statue was taken from the Kwan Um Temple in the 4200 block of West 3rd Street on July 2, police said. The figure, imported from Korea, depicts a seated Buddha with his right leg crossed and right hand raised. Police would not say why the theft was not made public sooner. Further details of the crime were not disclosed.
OPINION
January 31, 2002
Re "Justice Dept. Puts Statues Under Wraps," Jan. 29: Let me get this straight. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft recuses himself from the Enron issue; something to hide? Now, he decides that there is something more important to hide. He protects us from some of our country's historic artwork by purchasing $8,000 in drapes to cover nude statues that have been in place for some 70 years. When did his job become one of being art critic and moral arbiter for our nation? The hiding of the artwork is reminiscent of the type of judgments made by the Taliban.
NEWS
December 31, 1989 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than a century at this time of year, many have wondered if the mysterious statue on the top of the old Masonic Hall in this quaint coastal town has something to do with the dawning of a new year. The large statue carved out of a solid block of redwood shows what appears to be a bearded Father Time with wings and a sickle, standing at the back of a maiden patiently braiding her hair.
NEWS
May 2, 1991
Several statues, including a $25,000 marble figure of Cupid, were stolen from the gardens of two La Canada Flintridge homes over the weekend. A few of the statues were damaged but recovered in the street a short distance from where they were taken. Those recovered included the 3-foot-6, 200-pound Cupid, which had four fingers and a thumb broken off a hand, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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