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June 13, 2012 | By David Ng
The famous terra cotta warriors of China have grown in numbers, with excavators saying that they have recently unearthed more than 100 clay figures at the site near the city Xi'an in the Shaanxi province. Since the discovery of the site in 1974, archaeologists have unearthed more than 8,000 of the warrior figures, many of which are life-size. The site was near the mausoleum of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and dates from the 3rd century B.C. The area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
April 26, 2014 | By Steve Padilla
As one online commentator put it, "This is like discovering a UFO for gaming. " The writer was referring to the dusty scene captured in a YouTube video shot in the New Mexico desert, where makers of a film documentary began digging in a landfill in search of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," a failed Atari video game made more than a generation ago. "E.T. " was a great film, but the game was a bomb, flop, fiasco. On the bright side, its complete failure did produce a video game urban legend on a par with more mainstream legends like Bigfoot and the Jersey Devil.
July 11, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
In this village that still bears the name of the old Santa Barbara sugar plantation, Susana Baca is trudging through a field of sweet potatoes. Not 48 hours earlier, the internationally acclaimed diva of Afro-Peruvian music returned from Paris, the last stop in her latest world tour. But on this day, she is visiting her mother's tumbledown hometown, a neglected part of Peru that is the cradle of its multiethnic history, where the descendants of black slaves and Chinese and Japanese field hands have lived together for generations, intermarried and even now continue to work the land.
March 2, 2014 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Tidal erosion caused by a February 1970 winter storm ate away a bank of soil on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, revealing parts of five Native American longhouses. The longhouses near Lake Ozette had been buried suddenly by a mudslide sometime around 1560, preserving their contents in such remarkable condition that the site is often referred to as the American Pompeii. Archaeologist Richard Daugherty of Washington State University had previously conducted some minor excavations at the Ozette site, but the revelation of the longhouses provided an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about the culture of the Makah civilization.
April 17, 2011
UNDERRATED Tune-Yards' "Whokill" : Once you get past first impressions (the band's official name and album title use odd capitalization), the second album from Oakland-based artist Merrill Garbus unearths something exciting. Rising out of a nimble maze of swirling vocal loops, percussion and horns, Garbus' expressive voice shines throughout, creating a new kind of world music that sounds inviting no matter how you spell it. Start with the Afropop-dusted single "Bizness. " Bobby Cannavale in 'Win Win' : Another quietly genial study in pitch-perfect storytelling by writer-director Tom McCarthy, this film featuring the ever-beleaguered Paul Giamatti mixing moral dilemmas and high school wrestling gains an extra boost from Cannavale, who also appeared in McCarthy's "The Station Agent.
January 9, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly covers film for The Times Orange County Edition.
"Alien," Ridley Scott's movie about a nasty E.T. with a slobbering Roto-Rooter mouth and a gift for stalking people, was a publicist's wish fulfilled after its loudly hyped release in 1979. It became one of those flicks that people got excited over, praised and made fun of (even "Saturday Night Live" parodied the famous "a monster is bursting out of my chest!" scene), all leading to big box office. That guaranteed a sequel, the not terrible but still hectic and disappointing "Aliens" in 1986.
January 18, 2004
To the editor: In his review of my book, "Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood" [Dec. 14], Richard Schickel doesn't find Lew Wasserman "interesting," laments that he wasn't "fun" or "rollicking" and suggests that he is not worth a third book. Yet the book unearths new material -- from how MCA's brass rigged the 1950s quiz shows to how they quashed federal investigations in the 1980s. Schickel says my book is studded with factual mistakes, yet cites none. That doesn't mean there are no errors; I cover 80 years of history and include some 2,000 footnotes.
January 15, 2004 | Lynne Heffley
Earth Stories: Paleontology Mazon Productions Ages 5 to 9; video: $20 (800) 332-4344 This first release in a terrific new series for budding young paleontologists deftly combines real education and entertainment in an imaginative mix of top-notch computer animation with video of real fossil digs in Argentina and the Mazon Creek area of Illinois.
June 6, 1996 | GALI KRONENBERG
Whoever said stones can't speak? A 200-year-old stone wall at the corner of Santa Clara Street and Ventura Avenue tells stories to archeologist James Schmidt. As shovelful after shovelful of dirt is removed, the wall becomes more visible and sheds more light on the Chumash Indians and Spanish padres and soldiers who built, prayed or protected the San Buenaventura Mission 200 years ago. The wall was uncovered last year when a Smart & Final retail store was demolished.
To watch "The Body" is to be reminded of how many lousy movies have been made in Jerusalem, usually formulaic thrillers featuring international casts. Despite a premise that's provocative, to say the least, this one's a dud too. Adapted by first-time director Jonas McCord from Richard Ben Sapir's novel, "The Body" has a hapless Arab hardware merchant (Makhram J. Khoury) carving out a basement beneath his overcrowded small shop, only to uncover an ancient tile floor.
February 13, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An archaeological team in Egypt has unearthed a rare find: an ornately carved, 3,600-year-old sarcophagus with a well-preserved mummy inside, the country's minister of antiquities said Thursday. The discovery came as welcome news for antiquities authorities, who have been struggling to protect and preserve Egypt's cultural treasures amid three years of nonstop political turmoil. Last month, Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art was badly damaged in a bombing, and poor security conditions have led to looting at sites across the country.
November 10, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
"I'm proudly analog," says Adam Silverman, and the Los Angeles architect-turned-fashion-designer-turned-potter isn't kidding. Where most modern travelers might fuss over laptops, tablets or smartphones during their airplane flights, Silverman obsessed over an entirely different kind of luggage during recent trips from Fort Worth, Texas. There, to create pots honoring the 40th anniversary of the Kimbell Art Museum's Louis I. Kahn building, Silverman excavated clay from a construction site for its new Renzo Piano wing.
July 27, 2013 | By Pamela Wood
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, a previously untold story of free African Americans is being told through newly discovered bits of glass, shards of pottery and oyster shells. Piece by piece, archaeologists and historians from two universities and the local community are uncovering the history of The Hill, a part of the town of Easton believed to be the earliest community of free blacks in the United States, dating to 1790. It also could have been the largest community of free blacks in the Chesapeake region.
May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Khosla Ventures is adding to its roster of top Internet executives with the addition of Ben Ling, a veteran of Google, Facebook and YouTube. Ling, most recently the chief operating officer at Badoo, has joined the venture capital firm to invest in Internet companies, he said in an interview Thursday. Khosla has been cleaning up on talent lately. Keith Rabois, the former chief operating officer at Square, recently joined the firm. Rabois, one of Silicon Valley's best known and most accomplished executives and investors, resigned from Square after accusations of an improper relationship with a colleague emerged.
April 21, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers' optimists everywhere, how do you like Sunday's challenge? How does anyone hear the Chad Billingsley news and not think the absolute worst? Visualize surgery and his losing the season, and parts of next season? The sword of Damocles, indeed. Everyone knew from the instant Billingsley elected to try to rehab his elbow instead of undergoing Tommy John surgery that this was a possibility. The pessimists called it inevitable. Billingsley made it through two starts before the elbow barked again.
January 15, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Goodwill stores nationwide are seeing an odd trend of late: accidental rare art donations. The latest valuable art piece found at Goodwill, amid the standard piles of used boots and dishware, is an original, signed painting by 19th-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Torriglia. The painting was discovered by a Goodwill employee, Maria Rivera, in Virginia and could be auctioned off for as much as $20,000 on Goodwill's website , according to Yahoo news. Rivera told a local NBC affiliate that she suspected the painting might be worth something because it reminded her of a similar artwork she'd seen in a museum.
October 1, 1996 | JULIE CART
Shakespeare, that keen observer of human nature, had it right when he pointed out that it's a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. The web of his own design has ensnared Peter Graf through his complicated and, apparently, amateurish plan to hide millions of dollars of his daughter's income. Because of his tax-evasion trial, which began Sept. 5 in Germany, much that had been concealed is now revealed.
February 8, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
An archeological team has unearthed a luxurious public toilet built in the 4th Century BC on the Aegean island of Amorgos. Excavation director Leila Marangou, who teaches classical archeology at Ioannina University, said the 7-by-5-foot, stone-roofed building was discovered last summer at the ancient city of Minoa. "It's a splendidly preserved toilet built in an age when luxury first started to matter. And it's the most complete ancient Greek example ever found," she said.
October 11, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
I was drinking at King Eddy's, the skid row dive that's being made over into a hipster bar, when I overheard people say that a web of old bootlegger tunnels lay under downtown. A labyrinth, running from the old speakeasy beneath King Eddy's to Pershing Square and points beyond - even San Pedro? They had me at "tunnel. " I had to know more. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works didn't know about the tunnels. Map librarian Glen Creason of the Central Library told me that they were never mapped, for obvious reasons.
September 15, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
For much of the early to mid-20th century, a stretch of Santa Monica sand was the preferred hangout for African American beachgoers who didn't feel welcomed on other beaches. Some called it the Inkwell. Aside from a discreet plaque that has marked the site since 2008, little physical evidence remains to remind residents and visitors of local African Americans' connection to the sea during a racially fraught period in the nation's history. On Saturday, environmentalists, historians and black surfers, swimmers and divers hope to raise collective awareness by combining a coastal cleanup with education about the role of African Americans in Santa Monica's history.
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