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May 31, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
On May 29 the Olympic torch began an epic 70-day journey that will take it all over England and into Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The 8,000-mile trip will end on July 27 at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Catching a glimpse of the torch in real life will be easy for residents of Britain -- the organizers of the Olympic relay say that 95% of Britain's population will be within a one-hour drive of the torch's route. The BBC has created an exhaustive webpage that tracks the torch's journey, even giving the times the torch is expected to enter each town as well as a weather report for that day. As for non-residents of Britain, we can get in on the fun too. We may not be able to see the torch ourselves, but we can follow its journey thanks to an interactive " story map " created by the geographic information services mapping company ESRI.  ESRI's map shows all the places that the torch will be stopping, and lets you know where it currently is on its route.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Whether she's trysting with her married lover or helping other people die, the title character of "Honey" is a fascinating and complex figure, and Jasmine Trinca inhabits the role with a detached intensity that's thoroughly compelling. The Italian film - the assured feature-directing debut by actress Valeria Golino, still best known to American audiences for "Rain Man" - achieves the rare feat of addressing euthanasia head-on without devolving into a dramatized treatise or a button-pushing issue movie.
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WORLD
March 13, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police. In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house Thursday, seen via crime scene photos taken just after her body was removed, Pretoria's high court followed the trail of blood leading up the marble staircase and inexorably into the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Out to prove that the comic-book movie needn't be mega-financed behemoths, the scrappy superhero-noir indie "Sparks" busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence. Starting with wounded, wanted vigilante Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barging into a newspaper to report his own murder, the movie flashbacks - and flashbacks - to unravel a convoluted story stemming from a superpower-bestowing meteorite crash, Sparks' teaming with masked crime fighter Heavenly Lady (Ashley Bell)
REAL ESTATE
February 14, 1999 | SUE McALLISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the idea of showing off your listed home using a virtual tour sounds appealing, real estate professionals urge you to consider a few things before making your decision. * Not every home will be shown to advantage by a virtual tour.
TRAVEL
October 27, 1996 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
A new high-tech attraction in Gotham promises to let visitors experience "all of New York in less than an hour," with, presumably, zero chance of getting mugged. "Show Me New York," which begins advance public ticket sales Friday, blends live characters, historical replicas and high-definition video to provide a virtual tour of the city, its past and even its future, through a calender of upcoming events. The project is the brainchild of David Niles, president of Nileshow Inc.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is now letting users create their own Street View-like virtual tours with a new feature that has been added to the company's Views website. Now, when users post 360-degree panaromas -- otherwise known as photo spheres -- onto the Views photo-sharing website , they'll be able to stitch them together to create their "own Street View experiences. " Google has been letting users share their photo spheres publicly since late last year, and it launched the Views website this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1999
For a virtual tour of the doomed city of Pompeii, destroyed in AD 79 by Mt. Vesuvius, visit www.pompeii.virginia.edu. And for a look at some of the graffiti found there, visit www.amherst.edu/~classics/class36/basilica.html.
MAGAZINE
May 16, 1999 | Sue McAllister
The days of renters anxiously scouring neighborhoods with ads and Thomas Bros. guides in hand may soon be over. Some rental property Web sites now offer "virtual tours" (primarily of ritzy digs in Marina del Rey and West Hollywood) in which you and your trusty mouse pan through an apartment. And, really, which renter-to-be wouldn't be wooed by pixilated living rooms, breakfast nooks and poolside patios? Jed Katz, founder of Rent Net, a 4-year-old Web site (http://www.rent.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Hollywood's best-known theater is going dark for several months. The former Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood shut down this week for several months of renovations and a digital face lift. The storied theater held its final movie showing last week when it screened 'Iron Man 3,' which filmed a scene in the courtyard at the Chinese. On Monday, in its final act, the Chinese hosted a premiere for Netflix's  "Arrested Development. " PHOTOS: Hollywood's Chinese Theatre moments The theater, now called TCL Chinese Theatre - after the Chinese TV company that bought the rights to the name - is being remodeled to handle a giant Imax screen.
WORLD
March 13, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police. In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house Thursday, seen via crime scene photos taken just after her body was removed, Pretoria's high court followed the trail of blood leading up the marble staircase and inexorably into the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
SCIENCE
February 27, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Happy International Polar Bear Day! The polar bear conservation group Polar Bears International, has set aside Feb. 27 as a special day to celebrate those furry white giants of the North, and to remind the public that it is not too late to help them. The struggle for polar bears is that the Arctic sea ice where they live and hunt is shrinking -- and as a result, so are their numbers. A 2007 study from the U.S. Geological Survey found that if the current rate of Arctic-sea-ice loss continues, two-thirds of the world's polar bear population could disappear by the middle of the century.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Even if the rom-com "Cavemen" wasn't opening a week after the similarly themed "That Awkward Moment," it would still feel like yesterday's news. At least "Awkward," contrived and mediocre as that Zac Efron vehicle is, has some It-boy sheen. "Cavemen" writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make. Meet aspiring screenwriter Dean (Skylar Astin), a decent sort blessed with not one but two jerky circles of guy pals.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is now letting users create their own Street View-like virtual tours with a new feature that has been added to the company's Views website. Now, when users post 360-degree panaromas -- otherwise known as photo spheres -- onto the Views photo-sharing website , they'll be able to stitch them together to create their "own Street View experiences. " Google has been letting users share their photo spheres publicly since late last year, and it launched the Views website this summer.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
"Insane Coaster Wars" would be the ultimate road trip for any ride enthusiast who had about $100,000 to drop on a single vacation and the fortitude to travel around the world. Photos: 28 thrill rides competing in 'Insane Coaster Wars' Premiering at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the Travel Channel, the internationally themed second season of "Coaster Wars" will take viewers on a virtual ride aboard 28 roller coasters in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and the United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Hollywood's best-known theater is going dark for several months. The former Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood shut down this week for several months of renovations and a digital face lift. The storied theater held its final movie showing last week when it screened 'Iron Man 3,' which filmed a scene in the courtyard at the Chinese. On Monday, in its final act, the Chinese hosted a premiere for Netflix's  "Arrested Development. " PHOTOS: Hollywood's Chinese Theatre moments The theater, now called TCL Chinese Theatre - after the Chinese TV company that bought the rights to the name - is being remodeled to handle a giant Imax screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Out to prove that the comic-book movie needn't be mega-financed behemoths, the scrappy superhero-noir indie "Sparks" busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence. Starting with wounded, wanted vigilante Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barging into a newspaper to report his own murder, the movie flashbacks - and flashbacks - to unravel a convoluted story stemming from a superpower-bestowing meteorite crash, Sparks' teaming with masked crime fighter Heavenly Lady (Ashley Bell)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Even if the rom-com "Cavemen" wasn't opening a week after the similarly themed "That Awkward Moment," it would still feel like yesterday's news. At least "Awkward," contrived and mediocre as that Zac Efron vehicle is, has some It-boy sheen. "Cavemen" writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make. Meet aspiring screenwriter Dean (Skylar Astin), a decent sort blessed with not one but two jerky circles of guy pals.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
If swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin or gymnast Gabrielle Douglas take gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, they will probably end up gracing Wheaties boxes, get the chance to host"Saturday Night Live" or sign up for"Dancing With the Stars. " And some may become TV sports commentators or announcers. But for decades, Hollywood would look at the Olympic superstars for the next big thing. Olympic medal winners didn't always quite make the finish line, such as 1984 Olympic gymnast and heartthrob Mitch Gaylord.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
Kendra Kirchgessner, a high school junior, has been touring prospective college campuses in Southern California - without leaving her Sellersburg, Ind., home. Using a personal computer, Kendra recently explored Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, “strolling” past Watson Hall and getting a 360-degree view of the Student Center. “I liked what the tour guides were saying about the teachers and how they helped students,” said Kendra, 17, who wants to study elementary education.
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