CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 |
Despite significant opposition, the Glendale City Council has approved a 1,110-pound monument honoring Korean women taken as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II . Members of the council received hundreds of emails - many appearing to come from Japan - and listened Tuesday to dozens of speakers who said the so-called comfort women were not indentured servants but ordinary prostitutes. Glendale has become the latest U.S. city to set the scene for a decades-old controversy between some Japanese who deny their army abducted up to 200,000 women from Korea, China and other countries as sex slaves and Koreans who want to raise awareness of the human rights violations.
July 9, 2013 |
As if the opportunity to watch “Downton Abbey” three months before everyone in America weren't enough, here's yet another reason to move to England: An enormous statue depicting Colin Firth as a dripping wet Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries “Pride and Prejudice” has been installed in the Serpentine lake in London's Hyde Park. While Jane Austen would likely blush at the sight of a 12-foot statue of her most enduring romantic hero wearing a clingy, soaking wet white shirt -- especially since the scene in question never took place in her novel -- fans of the blockbuster miniseries are nevertheless thrilled.
July 8, 2013 |
When Jane Austen wrote "Pride and Prejudice," she didn't imagine a sexy Mr. Darcy emerging from a pond in a dripping-wet white shirt. Yet thanks to the filmmakers behind the 1995 miniseries of the novel, viewers got to see Colin Firth, as Darcy, do exactly that . Firth was such a perfect Mr. Darcy that it's easy to believe Austen herself would have been smitten by him. But would she be as taken with a new sculpture memorializing that scene?...
July 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
July 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy washed ashore in October and severely damaged the island on which Lady Liberty sits. The statue was spared storm damage, and tens of thousands of visitors began lining up in Battery Park in lower Manhattan to pile onto the first ferry to the grassy island. Tickets to visit the statue's crown , a climb of 354 steps from the pedestal, sold out long ago. But visitors who could only enter the lower part of Lady Liberty weren't disappointed.
June 27, 2013 |
As the Statue of Liberty prepares to reopen to visitors on July 4, one Manhattan hotel brand is ready with a Lady Liberty package. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square are offering rooms starting at $225 a night that include reimbursement to guests holding sightseeing tickets to the statue's crown. The deal: The offer favors travelers who already have tickets to visit the statue's crown . (I had a hard time finding times and dates available in late July and early August)
June 26, 2013 |
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
June 26, 2013 |
An 1,100-pound statue honoring hundreds of thousands of women taken as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army decades ago is traveling by boat from South Korea and is just days away from arriving in Glendale. The memorial, like others on the East Coast and in South Korea, has sparked controversy as opponents from Japan have emailed dozens of letters to City Council members in an attempt to block the statue from being placed in Central Park near the Adult Recreation Center. A group of Japanese nationalists deny that soldiers took about 200,000 Korean, Chinese and other women as sex slaves during World War II, but supporters of the memorials say the atrocities are well-documented.
June 25, 2013 |
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.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fourteen-year-old April Greene traveled from Murfreesboro, Tenn., with her family to watch Congress dedicate a statue of her ancestor - abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, born a slave in 1818. "I'm his great-great-great-granddaughter," she said, counting the "greats" on her fingers. "It's an honor. " On Wednesday, other descendants and national and local officials gathered in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for the ceremony. Douglass' statue is the fourth honoring an African American in the Capitol, after statues of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth.