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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."
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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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
It used to be a sort of running joke: Where else but in Southern California would a high school have a statue of a movie star on its front lawn? The reference was to Venice High's Myrna Loy monument. But there was an explanation. Loy was not an actress, just a student, when she modeled for the sculpture in 1922. The oft-damaged cement work was replaced by a bronze version earlier this month. Several other local statues and busts of notables also occupy what seem, at first glance, to be unlikely settings.
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.
NEWS
March 23, 2001 | From Associated Press
Taliban soldiers unlocked the bullet-scarred doors of the Kabul Museum on Thursday, opening the war-ravaged building for the first time since Afghanistan's hard-line rulers ordered all pre-Islamic statues destroyed. Remnants of the destroyed statues were nowhere to be seen in the museum. Pieces of a stone carving were visible through a rusted grill in a basement room, but they were not identified as a statue. "We are here to show you what we have.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A group of Latino activists is urging the San Diego City Council to block plans by a private foundation to erect a statue of Pete Wilson, the former mayor and governor, in downtown. Supporters want to place a statue of the former mayor outside Horton Plaza near statues of early downtown developer Alonzo Horton and Ernest W. Hahn, who built Horton Plaza.
NEWS
July 4, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After months of rancor over where to put a monument to tennis star Arthur Ashe, a bronze statue of him was set atop a stone column on a Richmond, Va., street dedicated to Confederate icons in the city where he was born. Statues eastward along tree-lined Monument Avenue honor Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.
SPORTS
July 7, 2008 | Kevin Baxter
Just being great and retired doesn't guarantee a baseball player has the mettle for metal. Cal Ripken Jr. played in 2,632 consecutive games for the Baltimore Orioles, yet baseball's ironman has never been cast in bronze. Nor has legendary Dodgers left-hander Sandy Koufax, and that rankles San Diego freelance writer Howard Cole, whose edgy Dodgers-focused website, baseballsavvy.com, has been agitating for a Koufax statue for years. "To me, he's Los Angeles' sports hero. The greatest sports hero," Cole said.
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