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July 15, 2013 | By Henry Chu and Devorah Lauter
LE CHESNAY, France - Through his office window, Philippe Brillault can see the palace of Versailles, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beset by an angry mob and forced to move to Paris in the beginning days of the French Revolution. Brillault now sees another kind of revolution, one he believes will also have profound social consequences. As the mayor of Le Chesnay, he refuses to participate: He will not, he says, personally conduct any same-sex weddings in this affluent Paris suburb, even though such unions have just been made legal nationwide.
March 14, 1986
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 1986 Crafoord Prize of $140,000 to geophysicists Gerald J. Wasserburg of Caltech and Claude Allegre of the University of Paris for their research in isotope geology. The two men have contributed to methods "offering new opportunities to study the innards of the Earth," the academy said.
February 25, 2012
Our travel group took a wonderful trip to the French Riviera in September. The best thing about the trip were the guides: Jean Bardot, of the American University of Paris, and wine and food expert Patrick Bulteau. They are leading a trip to Provence from May 25-June 7 that will combine the history and spectacular scenery of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Roman ruins and Van Gogh's art in Arles with wine tasting in the Rhône Valley. For more information, go to or call (775)
January 16, 1995
Guy Devaux, 68, French-born winemaker and chemist who specialized in sparkling wines. After graduating from the University of Paris in chemistry and physics, Devaux began his career with Moet et Chandon in the Champagne district of France. Moving to the New York Finger Lakes area to work with wine pioneer Charles Fournier, Devaux became one of the first winemakers to use drip irrigation for grapevines. In 1979 he moved to the Napa Valley to create sparkling wine for Mumm Napa Valley.
August 17, 1989
A privileged family environment and a well-to-do family background each contributed to raising children's IQ scores, according to a new study. Reporting in the British journal Nature, French researchers said they found the average IQ of adoptees is about 12 points higher when they are reared in a prosperous family than in a poorer home.
March 30, 1986
Caltech Prof. Gerald J. Wasserburg will split a $138,000 scientific award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with a French scientist for work in the field of isotope geology, which involves the study of the Earth and its relationship to the solar system. Wasserburg, a 59-year-old Altadena resident, and Claude Allegre of the University of Paris will receive the Crafoord Prize in ceremonies in Stockholm on Sept. 24.
June 30, 1986 | United Press International
A Harvard-educated American gold dealer dubbed "the intellectual spider man" has been sentenced to six years in prison for a series of night burglaries staged to recoup his trading losses. Bruce W. Lewis, 35, a native of Beverly, Mass., was convicted last week in Tokyo on 10 counts of burglary and one of robbery, his attorney said. Police said the burglaries of office buildings in central Tokyo between late 1984 and his arrest last January netted Lewis more than $25,000.
September 4, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Helen Lane, 83, a leading translator of the works of major Latin American writers, died Sunday in Albuquerque of complications from a stroke. Lane translated primarily from French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, but she was fluent in seven languages. She translated Mario Varga Llosa's memoir "A Fish in the Water," Octavio Paz's "Essays on Mexican Art" and Elena Poniatowka's "Massacre in Mexico."
June 20, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
French and Thai researchers have discovered in Thailand the grandfather of all tyrannosaurs--the oldest example of the vicious, meat-eating dinosaur ever found. The new dinosaur, dubbed Siamotyrannus isanensis, is 20 million years older than the earliest known tyrannosaur and may prove that the species evolved in Asia, the researchers say in the June 20 issue of Nature.
January 21, 1991 | From United Press International
Police seized about 800 audio and video cassettes of an Algerian singing songs praising Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, authorities said today. The cassettes, titled in Arabic "Z'dam ya Saddam" (Forge Ahead, Saddam), include numerous insults toward President Francois Mitterrand and President Bush, investigators said. Authorities were investigating to determine whether the cassettes would incite violence or violate other laws. No charges have been filed against the distributor, SEDICAV, a Lyon firm.
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