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HOME & GARDEN
February 23, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The house that social reformer and novelist Upton Sinclair lived in during the 1940s through the '60s has come on the market in Monrovia at $1.5 million. Built in 1923, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a National Historic Landmark. High arched windows, Mission Revival roof parapets and an ornate arched doorway are among the original features. French doors open off the living room and formal dining room to a covered side patio.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Eighty years ago today, civic leaders gathered outdoors on the second floor of an Olvera Street social club to dedicate a remarkable painting. "América Tropical," by visiting Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, was being unveiled on an outside wall of Italian Hall. Dean Cornwell, a prominent local illustrator who had just finished a sugary mural cycle about California history for the rotunda of the Central Library, said a few congratulatory words. Arthur Millier, The Times' art critic, would soon praise the politically trenchant painting for being "stern, strong, tragic.
NEWS
October 17, 1989
George H. Shellenberger, 89, former executive of the Merchants and Manufacturers' Assn. in Los Angeles and the principal volunteer of the United for California campaign fund, which encouraged the candidacies of conservatives seeking a seat in the state Legislature. He also, in 1924, helped organize the Los Angeles Community Chest.
WORLD
June 26, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
It was a wedding the guests would never forget. Everybody of consequence in the village had been invited to a banquet to celebrate the marriage of the son of one of the wealthiest families. Fifty tables groaned under a lavish spread of dumplings, steamed chickens, pork ribs, meatballs, stir fries, all of it exceptionally delicious, guests would later recall. But about an hour into the meal, something seemed to be wrong. A pregnant woman collapsed. Old men clutched their chests. Children vomited.
BOOKS
February 16, 1992 | Charles Solomon
Hendrickson has compiled 1,200 stories, quotes and bon mots about American authors, many of them humorous. Don Marquis, the creator of Archie and Mehitabel, compared publishing a book of poetry in America to "dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."
OPINION
February 21, 2008
Re "Lost in the Hollywood jungle," Opinion, Feb. 19 I had a different reaction from Ernest Freeberg to the movie "There Will Be Blood." Granted that Upton Sinclair's socialist message was not explicit, I thought that the character of Daniel Plainview and his ruthless, evil drive was a metaphor for the strengths and evils of the oil industry itself. Shirley A. Conger Corona del Mar -- Sinclair's book, "Oil!," was published shortly after the Teapot Dome scandal. We continue to celebrate a crook named Edward L. Doheny, who made a fortune from a bribe.
FOOD
April 7, 1994 | DANIEL P. PUZO
Most people imagine government-sponsored conferences to be dull events. But when Edward L. Menning DVM, executive vice president of the National Assn. of Federal Veterinarians, spoke at a food safety summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington March 31, the audience encountered the Howard Beale of the food world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1998
Shortly after Upton Sinclair's 1906 book "The Jungle" exposed the filth in Chicago's meat processing plants, Congress passed a law requiring daily inspections. That law halted hazardous practices like processing meat from long-dead animals. As a new report by the National Academy of Sciences points out, however, today's food safety system has itself become a jungle: an impenetrable thicket of outdated rules enforced by a dozen federal agencies.
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