October 19, 2013 |
The slightly mournful face of what some might consider Illinois' Statue of Liberty has weathered its 102 years remarkably well. It's a focal point of the Eternal Indian, a 50-foot statue that towers over the Rock River about 100 miles west of Chicago. But the body is so deteriorated that a flip of the finger can loosen chunks of its concrete surface. Deep cracks and gaping pock marks are spread throughout the statue. Now, as winter looms, Frank and Charron Rausa have less concern about whether the beloved figure is eternal.
October 15, 2013 |
FUPING, China - A statue of the father of the nation's leader - 60 tons of granite - serves as the centerpiece of a square flanked by cypress trees. People approach along a long walkway and bow in the direction of his seated figure. Many carry oversized sprays of flowers. A museum dedicated to his life is at the other end of the walkway. Older women with straw hats and baskets squat on the grass, picking out weeds by hand to keep the grounds immaculate. The optics look straight out of North Korea, but this is in fact China.
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October 13, 2013 |
B.J. Singh peeked down at the timer on the lectern. The mayor said everyone could speak for five minutes - not long when you're trying to unravel a lifetime of history lessons. An Indian immigrant with a tiny American flag pinned to the lapel of his navy suit, Singh introduced himself, thanked the leaders of the city he's called home for 12 years and cut to the chase. Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Indian nonviolent leader, wasn't the man that city leaders think he is, Singh explained, before asking the mayor to remove a bronze statue of the world leader erected at an intersection in Cerritos.
October 2, 2013 |
Brantford, Canada, the hometown of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, unveiled a statue of the Great One on Sunday outside the Wayne Gretzky Sports Center. The next day, vandals besmirched the statue, spray-painting it. The statue depicts Gretzky hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head. The vandals painted Gretzky's face and jersey blue. City workers cleaned the statue Tuesday morning. Obvious solution to prevent this from happening again: Put up a statue of Marty McSorley to keep an eye on the Gretzky statue.
September 22, 2013 |
Television critics are not part of the television academy, which means we don't get to vote in the Emmys race. Depending on where you're sitting, this is either a very good or a very bad thing. What we do get to do is second-guess, congratulate and complain. Which, honestly, is much more fun than having to look at a list of undeniably worthy nominees and choosing just one. So I'm going to get my high-fiving and whining out of the way early so maybe I can just enjoy the show. (Neil Patrick Harris - I'm loving it already.)
August 7, 2013 |
A 600-year-old statue residing in a museum in Florence, Italy, has one fewer finger on its right hand thanks to an American tourist who came in contact with the artwork and broke off a digit. The tourist, whose name has not been reported, allegedly broke off the right pinky finger of the statue while attempting to measure it. The incident is thought to have been an accident, but officials in Italy questioned the American and are weighing what action to take. Reports have described the tourist as a 55-year-old man from Missouri. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The statue, which is thought to depict the Virgin Mary, dates from either the 14th or 15th century.
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July 30, 2013 |
Glendale city officials on Tuesday were resolute in their decision to install a 1,100-pound metal statue at Central Park memorializing Asian women and girls who were held as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Before a standing-room-only crowd of about 300 people, officials hailed the monument to so-called comfort women as a lasting testament to the pain and suffering endured by an estimated 200,000 sex slaves from...
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July 28, 2013 |
Returning to his native Mexican village after many years, the artist was startled by what he didn't see. "Where are my friends, my relatives?" Alejandro Santiago asked the remaining residents of the town, Teococuilco de Marcos Perez, in a remote mountain area of Oaxaca state. Upon learning that most of them migrated from southern Mexico to the United States in search of work, he vowed to honor the departed and "repopulate" his impoverished hometown. Around 2002, he began to sculpt the first of hundreds of strangely poignant, human-looking ceramic figures and planned to place them around the village.
July 13, 2013 |
Michael Jackson, or at least a statue of the late entertainer, was on reporters' minds Saturday when Shad Khan, an American who owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, was introduced as the new owner of Fulham, a soccer club in the venerable English Premier League. That's right, the British tabloid influence was in full force at the proceedings, or so it seemed. Except one problem, the previous owner of Fulham, Mohamed Al Fayed, is a staunch supporter of Jackson. Khan reportedly was taken aback by a question regarding whether the statue would be removed from the grounds of the team's Crave Cottage Stadium in London.
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July 11, 2013
When Glendale officials proposed a memorial to "comfort women" - sex slaves who served the Japanese army in occupied countries during World War II - they saw it as a quiet gesture of goodwill for the city's Korean community. But city leaders soon realized that they had stepped into a major international controversy. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss Glendale's memorial and the backlash city officials have received with Times reporter Jack Dolan. Glendale officials have been bombarded with hundreds of angry emails, mostly from Japan, accusing them of falling for "anti-Japan propaganda" and calling the Korean women, many of whom say they were abducted from their homes as teenagers, "liars" and willing "prostitutes.