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He works in a woolen vest, precisely knotted tie, pressed blue Oxford shirt and clutching a six-pound hammer. Nathen Blackwell, 79, is nothing if not fastidious, a fact that might be appreciated by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Board of Trustees, whose names he is carving in the limestone walls of the Reagan Library.
February 12, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
This time around, Stuart Finch hopes to stay in Ventura a few years. Last time, he left after a few months. That was early in 2000, when success knocked him for a loop. People loved the amazing stone sculptures Finch put up at the beach. They flocked around the soft-spoken, homeless ninth-grade dropout, donating money, food and clothing. They sent angry letters to City Hall when workers knocked down some of his taller creations, claiming they could fall on children.
March 22, 2009 | Barry Hatton, Hatton writes for the Associated Press.
When archaeologists on a dig in southern Portugal last year flipped over a heavy chunk of slate and saw writing not used for more than 2,500 years, they were elated. The enigmatic pattern of inscribed symbols curled symmetrically around the upper part of the rough-edged, yellowish stone tablet and coiled into the middle in a decorative style typical of an extinct Iberian language called Southwest Script. "We didn't break into applause, but almost," says Amilcar Guerra, a University of Lisbon lecturer overseeing the excavation.
November 16, 2012 | Monte Morin
It was among early man's greatest technological feats: a fully engineered weapon that combined a wooden shaft, mixed adhesives and a stone that had been chiseled to a lethal point. To many anthropologists, the creation of the stone-tipped, or hafted, spear was a watershed moment in human evolution. Not only did it amplify the killing power of early hunters, it also demonstrated clearly that they had developed the capacity for complex and abstract reasoning. Pinning down this moment in prehistory has been difficult, however.
June 29, 2003 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
The Tomb of the Unknowns, the memorial that honors unidentified American servicemen and women killed in battle and attracts millions of visitors annually, is being replaced after 72 years. The white marble monument atop a hill in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is cracked on all four sides.
October 26, 1986 | VIRGINIA GRAY, Virginia Gray is an associate editor of Los Angeles Times Magazine.
1. Wallpaper and matching border with the look of marble and tile from Imperial Wallcoverings' City Graphics and Country Plaids collection. (Wall coverings and fabrics shown are available at better paint and wallpaper dealers.) 2. "Stone" wall sconce from Design Express, Los Angeles. 3. Sculptural chair sheathed in "granite" laminate, Design Express. 4. Classic mirror with frame finished in granite-look lacquer, Bullock's. 5.
May 8, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Jesse Metcalfe has sold his house in the Beverly Crest area for $2 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The Mediterranean main house and guesthouse have 2,500 square feet of living space, including four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. Built in 1999, the house features stone fireplaces, plank wood floors and wood-beam ceilings. A stone hot tub sits on a hill above the home, which is surrounded by lawn and steppingstone pathways. A starburst pattern adorns the stone driveway.
October 30, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
At the end of a dirt road deep in the mountains, Consolacion Acay hobbled onto her porch and picked up her tools of the trade: a glass cup, a bamboo straw, a stone the size of an apricot pit and a bottle of potion. Then she began casting spells to heal her client. "I found this stone while I was swimming near waterfalls in the middle of the island," the unassuming 86-year-old said later. "That night I had a dream that taught me how to use the stone to heal people, and I've been doing it ever since.
January 5, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
The boy brought home a dull-colored half-pound stone he found on the hillside, and his father, Harry Spencer, thought of the perfect place for it. They would use it as a doorstop. The year was 1938, and their home was a modest shack in a sparsely populated, dusty stretch of gem-mining territory in central Queensland, Australia. The stone sat at the backdoor for 10 years, until a jeweler recognized its potential and brought it across the Pacific. In Los Angeles, it was polished to reveal a six-pronged, mesmerizingly beautiful star -- or so goes the story that is passed down about the largest-known star sapphire in the world.
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