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April 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A 2,400-year-old funerary urn has been returned to Greece and put on display, part of a campaign to reclaim illegally exported antiquities from museums and art dealers around the world. The marble urn depicting two women in a banquet scene was displayed Monday at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The vessel was first located at an international arts fair in Maastrict, the Netherlands, last year and traced to a Swiss dealer who agreed to hand it over without conditions, the Greek Culture Ministry said.
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April 27, 2014 | By Homero Aridjis
The first time I met Gabriel García Márquez, then an unknown writer in Mexico, was on July 6, 1962, in the office of the producer of Luis Buñuel's movie "Viridiana. " I remember the date well because after noticing the headline, Gabo asked to borrow the evening paper I had just bought, exclaiming "Dammit, today my master died," referring to William Faulkner. Faulkner famously detested intrusions in his private life, and the funeral in his native Oxford, Miss., was sparsely attended by several dozen family members, his publishers and a few writers.
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December 23, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Four burglars who broke into a Pasadena home Friday made off with Christmas presents, piggy banks and the ashes of the homeowner's parents. Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson told KTLA-TV that the burglary occurred around 1 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue. The homeowner, who only identified himself by his first name, Griffin, told KTLA that the burglars were captured on surveillance video. Griffin said all the family's Christmas presents were stolen, as were televisions and his children's piggy banks.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Andrea Wang and Tracy Brown
Hollywood's top players are usually flawless on screen, but unscripted at the Academy Awards, they're bound to say or do the unexpected. Whether walking the red carpet or holding a shiny trophy on the Oscars dais, the opportunities for highly scrutinized stars to spur global face palms are endless. Take Angelina Jolie's snafu at the 72nd Academy Awards, for instance. The actress planted a kiss on older brother James Haven with a force that set rumor-mongers atwitter with word of an incestuous relationship.
WORLD
January 15, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Thieves who attempted to steal a priceless Greek urn containing the cremated remains of Sigmund Freud from its resting place in London failed to make off with the ashes but badly damaged the 2,300-year-old receptacle, Scotland Yard said Wednesday. The botched break-in occurred on New Year's Day at a crypt preserving and displaying the remains of artists, intellectuals and political leaders who span the social spectrum, from wartime capitulator Neville Chamberlain to doomed songstress Amy Winehouse.
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May 12, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The Catalina Island Museum has opened a window into a dark period of life on the island with an exhibition devoted to a pseudoscientist who looted Native American graves for profit eight decades ago. "The Strange and Mysterious Case of Dr. Glidden," which opened over the weekend, examines the life and times of Ralph Glidden, a hucksterish entrepreneur who in the 1920s and '30s excavated bones and relics from Tongva Indian burial grounds for sale...
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May 7, 1987 | From Reuters
The ashes of Orson Welles, who died in 1985, were buried today at a country house of retired bullfighter Antonio Ordonez where the American film maker once spent his vacations. Welles' daughter Beatrice, in black mourning dress, placed an eight-inch square blue urn in a sham brick well that was later sealed without bearing any name, witnesses said.
NEWS
April 18, 1989
Half the cremated remains of famed Fresno author William Saroyan soon may be laid to rest beneath a stone monument at the local Armenian cemetery. The rest of Saroyan's ashes were taken to Yerevan, the capital of Soviet Armenia, after the author of "The Time of Your Life" and "The Human Comedy" died in 1981. But the portion of Saroyan's ashes still in Fresno is in a bronze urn perched on a shelf at the Chapel of Light. The urn is marked "William Saroyan, Author and Humanitarian." Now, long-time friend Gail Sarkissian is trying to raise money for a monument at Ararat Cemetery so the urn can be interred properly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Steve Marble
When Melvin Hayes' Ford Fusion was stolen from a Sacramento-area car wash Thursday morning, the 80-year-old knew the odds were slim he'd see the bright red vehicle again. Longer still were the odds that he would recover what was stored in the back seat - his wife's ashes. But on Saturday, California High Patrol officers contacted Hayes to let him know his car had turned up in Stockton. And, yes, the urn containing the ashes, was found too, Fox 40 reported. “Today is one of the best days of my life,” Hayes said.
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November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former Lancaster apprentice embalmer charged with taking gold crowns from human remains pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts -- one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or possession of dental gold from human remains, and five counts of commercial burglary, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He will serve his term in local custody and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to veterans wounded in combat.
WORLD
January 15, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Thieves who attempted to steal a priceless Greek urn containing the cremated remains of Sigmund Freud from its resting place in London failed to make off with the ashes but badly damaged the 2,300-year-old receptacle, Scotland Yard said Wednesday. The botched break-in occurred on New Year's Day at a crypt preserving and displaying the remains of artists, intellectuals and political leaders who span the social spectrum, from wartime capitulator Neville Chamberlain to doomed songstress Amy Winehouse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Four burglars who broke into a Pasadena home Friday made off with Christmas presents, piggy banks and the ashes of the homeowner's parents. Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson told KTLA-TV that the burglary occurred around 1 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue. The homeowner, who only identified himself by his first name, Griffin, told KTLA that the burglars were captured on surveillance video. Griffin said all the family's Christmas presents were stolen, as were televisions and his children's piggy banks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Steve Marble
When Melvin Hayes' Ford Fusion was stolen from a Sacramento-area car wash Thursday morning, the 80-year-old knew the odds were slim he'd see the bright red vehicle again. Longer still were the odds that he would recover what was stored in the back seat - his wife's ashes. But on Saturday, California High Patrol officers contacted Hayes to let him know his car had turned up in Stockton. And, yes, the urn containing the ashes, was found too, Fox 40 reported. “Today is one of the best days of my life,” Hayes said.
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December 13, 2013 | By Jason Wells
What was supposed to be a day of closure for Melvin Hayes turned out to be another chapter of grief Thursday when his car was stolen at an Elk Grove carwash -- with his wife's ashes still in the backseat. Hayes, 80, is now more concerned about getting his wife's ashes back than he is the red 2011 Ford Fusion. “Someone could dump my wife's ashes in the Sacramento River, or dumpster, or down the sewer,” he told CBS Sacramento . “I don't want that to happen to my wife's ashes.” Hayes and his wife, Annamarie, would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in January.
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November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former Lancaster apprentice embalmer charged with taking gold crowns from human remains pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts -- one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or possession of dental gold from human remains, and five counts of commercial burglary, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He will serve his term in local custody and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to veterans wounded in combat.
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October 4, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A stolen urn containing the cremated remains of an 87-year-old Burbank woman was returned to her family this week after a gardener found it in the bushes outside an apartment building. The gardener reportedly found the stolen urn Monday in the 800 block of South 6th Street in Burbank - the same day Lois LaRocco's family reported her ashes had been taken from a minivan in Glendale, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. Police told the Glendale News-Press that investigators were unable to recover any fingerprints.
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October 2, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
The cremated ashes of an 87-year-old Burbank woman were stolen from a minivan parked outside the home of relatives who had planned a memorial gathering this weekend for the woman. The ashes of Lois LaRocco, who died in late August due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, were contained in a navy blue leather urn that had been left overnight in a minivan as family members prepared for the memorial gathering and wrestled with how to discuss the urn with the woman's grandchildren.
OPINION
February 11, 1996
Regarding "Police Implore the Public Not to Misuse 911 System," Jan. 30: Perhaps there should be fines issued to those who insist on misusing the system for ridiculous things such as directions to Disneyland or traffic updates. I shudder to think my life or the life of a loved one is put on hold for such inconsiderate fools. Issuing citations would be a sure way of stopping the abuse. SUSAN WARNER Studio City The best way to end non-emergency 911 calls is to bill the callers $50. If you have a real emergency, the 911 operator could clear it with a DR number (LAPD)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
The cremated ashes of an 87-year-old Burbank woman were stolen from a minivan parked outside the home of relatives who had planned a memorial gathering this weekend for the woman. The ashes of Lois LaRocco, who died in late August due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, were contained in a navy blue leather urn that had been left overnight in a minivan as family members prepared for the memorial gathering and wrestled with how to discuss the urn with the woman's grandchildren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The Catalina Island Museum has opened a window into a dark period of life on the island with an exhibition devoted to a pseudoscientist who looted Native American graves for profit eight decades ago. "The Strange and Mysterious Case of Dr. Glidden," which opened over the weekend, examines the life and times of Ralph Glidden, a hucksterish entrepreneur who in the 1920s and '30s excavated bones and relics from Tongva Indian burial grounds for sale...
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