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June 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
It began 30 years ago when Charlie Murrow -- a musical environmentalist, sound artist, chanter and tooter, inventor of the heart-beat machine instrument and event organizer extraordinaire -- gathered like-minded Manhattan chanters and tooters to celebrate the summer solstice in Central Park. That concept then spread to places like Chicago's Navy Pier, Minneapolis and Copenhagen. In 1989, Murrow shepherded Sun Ra and his Arkestra to Battery Park for a “Harbor” Symphony that included boat horns blasting away on barges.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Enjoy the sunny rays Friday, the first day of summer, because this weekend may be slightly cooler and more cloudy, forecasters said. Friday will have the most hours of daylight of any day in the year. The summer solstice was marked at 10:04 p.m. Thursday in Los Angeles, when the sun was at its highest point in the northern hemisphere.  A low-pressure system is approaching the Los Angeles area from the northwest, which will lower temperatures slightly and create more clouds, said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
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SCIENCE
June 21, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The summer solstice has arrived, and Google has marked the occasion with an animated doodle of ocean swimmers leisurely lifted by waves.  Meanwhile, scientific types will pause to appreciate the phenomenon of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. And those with a little romance in their souls will look to the ancient sites where sun and stones align and perhaps get a few goosebumps. Stonehenge, for example, remains a modern-day mystery. The circle of standing stones drew a mixed crowd of 20,000 people on Friday.  How was Stonehenge built, and why?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Christoph Niemann likely has two of the most-viewed artworks on display -- at least for today. The New York-based author and animator has a pair of Google Doodles hanging atop millions of browsers around the world. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, where June 21 marks the start of summer (or the summer solstice), you'll see swimmers in bathing caps bobbing through waves in the shape of the search engine's logo. Southern Hemisphere dwellers, who today enter winter, will see hands knitting a multi-colored mitten spelling out "Google.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1985 | United Press International
The U.S. Naval Observatory noted Wednesday that the sun will reach its northernmost point for the year at 9:44 a.m. Friday, marking the summer solstice.
NEWS
June 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of drum-beating Druids and a strong police presence are expected to converge on Stonehenge for the summer solstice this evening when public access will be allowed at the prehistoric landmark for the first time in 16 years, according to English Heritage, which oversees the famous circle of huge stones. Regular public access to the landmark on Salisbury Plain in southern England had been banned to prevent damage.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Summer solstice -- where'd it go? Perhaps you were among the many who missed this year's summer solstice.  It traditionally takes place June 21, which is today. But this year -- sneaky, sneaky -- the summer solstice arrived June 20. This means that many people (including yours truly) did not get the opportunity to stand outdoors, look to the skies and relish the few extra rays of sunlight delivered courtesy of the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunshine gilded Rocky Peak first and dimmed over San Nicholas Island last as the summer solstice swept hazily across Ventura County on Thursday, the longest day of the year. Time was marked not in the 864 minutes on the clock, but in moments: In road workers' shovelfuls of smoking asphalt. In bright fish hooked flopping onto pleasure-boat decks. In the whirl of bicyclists' wheels, the beads of sweat on laborers' arms, the pennies laid onto a Circle-K counter top beside a fistful of candy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1990 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ronald Steven Baker, a 21-year-old astrophysics major at UCLA, was by all accounts a deeply serious young man who was searching for spiritual fulfillment. Baker, who grew up in Woodland Hills, was involved with the Methodist Church he had atended since he was a boy and the student ministry on the UCLA campus. But he also liked to go to the green lawns of Chatsworth Park to meditate. And earlier this year he joined a student group called the Mystic Circle.
SPORTS
June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
(Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): "MASTERS, SPREAD YOURSELVES" 1. ST. LOUIS I am feared in field: Cardinals lead the league in fielding. (1) 2. OAKLAND I have had a more rare vision: Moneyball still paying off for first-place A's. (2) 3. BOSTON Though [he] be but little, [he] is fierce! 5-foot-9 Pedroia leads team in hits, runs. (4) 4. DETROIT How can it be said I am alone? Tigers hitting .270 without Cabrera's stats.
SCIENCE
June 21, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The summer solstice has arrived, and Google has marked the occasion with an animated doodle of ocean swimmers leisurely lifted by waves.  Meanwhile, scientific types will pause to appreciate the phenomenon of the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. And those with a little romance in their souls will look to the ancient sites where sun and stones align and perhaps get a few goosebumps. Stonehenge, for example, remains a modern-day mystery. The circle of standing stones drew a mixed crowd of 20,000 people on Friday.  How was Stonehenge built, and why?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
It began 30 years ago when Charlie Murrow -- a musical environmentalist, sound artist, chanter and tooter, inventor of the heart-beat machine instrument and event organizer extraordinaire -- gathered like-minded Manhattan chanters and tooters to celebrate the summer solstice in Central Park. That concept then spread to places like Chicago's Navy Pier, Minneapolis and Copenhagen. In 1989, Murrow shepherded Sun Ra and his Arkestra to Battery Park for a “Harbor” Symphony that included boat horns blasting away on barges.
SPORTS
June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
(Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): "MASTERS, SPREAD YOURSELVES" 1. ST. LOUIS I am feared in field: Cardinals lead the league in fielding. (1) 2. OAKLAND I have had a more rare vision: Moneyball still paying off for first-place A's. (2) 3. BOSTON Though [he] be but little, [he] is fierce! 5-foot-9 Pedroia leads team in hits, runs. (4) 4. DETROIT How can it be said I am alone? Tigers hitting .270 without Cabrera's stats.
NATIONAL
June 21, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Summer solstice -- where'd it go? Perhaps you were among the many who missed this year's summer solstice.  It traditionally takes place June 21, which is today. But this year -- sneaky, sneaky -- the summer solstice arrived June 20. This means that many people (including yours truly) did not get the opportunity to stand outdoors, look to the skies and relish the few extra rays of sunlight delivered courtesy of the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
TRAVEL
June 5, 2011
SANTA FE, N.M. Santa Fe Studio Tour When, where: June 18 and 19, throughout Santa Fe Highlights: Delve into Santa Fe's art scene by touring the studios of more than 40 artists. A preview party takes place June 17. Cost: Free Info: (505) 983-6021, http://www.santafestudiotour.com VENTURA, CALIF. Johnny Cash Music Festival When, where: June 18,Ventura County Fairgrounds Highlights: Cover bands play Johnny Cash tunes, women compete in a pinup contest and more than 100 vendors sell crafts and memorabilia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2010
EVENTS Summer Solstice Kickoff Celebrate the reopening of L.A.C.E., the summer solstice and the launch of "Public Interest," a yearlong series of installations and artist residencies intended to challenge standard notions of public space. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 9-10 p.m. Free. (323) 957-1777. http://www.welcometolace.org. Leave It to Beaver: TV's Favorite Family This panel event will revisit the squeaky-clean midcentury fun of the beloved sitcom as part of the "PaleyFest: Rewind" series.
NEWS
June 20, 1997 | DAVE WIELENGA, FOR THE TIMES
Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. --Mahatma Gandhi * No, as a matter of fact, there aren't enough hours in the day to get it all done, but please don't be offended at the suggestion that you probably wouldn't know what to do with more time anyway. Confront the mildew that is creeping across the bathroom tile? Alphabetize the CD collection? Sort through the shoe box of paperwork that forced you to file for an income tax extension?
WORLD
June 21, 2010 | From Reuters
Here are some key facts about Stonehenge: WHAT IS IT AND WHERE? -- Stonehenge is an archaeological site built in prehistoric times. This monumental circular setting of towering megaliths, surrounded by an earthwork, is located on Salisbury Plain, west of London. -- A World Heritage site spread over 2,600 hectares of land, the stone circle is surrounded by a landscape comprising more than 350 burial mounds. They include 10 Neolithic long barrows, the rest are Bronze Age round barrows.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2009 | Amy Orozco
More a celebration of art and imagination than homage to the change of season, Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice Celebration includes a festival and parade. This year's theme is "splash," and even though the festival technically begins Friday at 4 p.m., the parade won't begin snaking up State Street until noon on Saturday.
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