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January 13, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
From the cold climes of the Nordic countries comes a series of films marked by exceptional warmth. The Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. is composed of 10 foreign feature entries for the Oscars, and the three previewed all are marked by authentic concern for simple kindness and humanity -- qualities as welcome as they are rare on the screen. Erik Poppe's "Hawaii, Oslo" gets the festival, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Writers Guild Theater, off to a great start.
July 14, 2005 | Lisa Boone, Times Staff Writer
For better or worse, a living room often is designed with the fireplace as its focal point, giving a utilitarian niche an incredible amount of design clout. Describing the expanse over the fireplace as "one of the most important spaces in the room," Los Angeles interior designer Mark Cutler says it should go beyond decoration. "It's such an opportunity to create a statement about what it is you want the room to be," he says, "or what your values about your home are."
October 12, 1986 | PAMELA MORELAND, Times Staff Writer
Being appointed principal of a school when the opening was created by the transfer of a close friend was not how Yvonne Chan would have preferred getting her first shot at heading a school. But that's what happened this fall when Chan replaced Sylmar Elementary School's popular novice principal, Jeanne Lau. Lau was removed as principal during summer vacation because she failed to pass an elementary-administrator's exam.
January 25, 1987 | RICHARD EDER
When Reagan and Gorbachev met in Iceland last fall, the news was their startling near-agreement or non-agreement over arms control and, later, the way this near-or-non-agreement vanished when more was learned about it. It rather resembled the unstable geography of Iceland itself, where volcanic islands suddenly appear off shore, seethe for a while, and sink back underwater.
July 23, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
Robert Young, the handsome leading man of films of the 1930s and 1940s who parlayed his considerable charm into television stardom in "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.," has died. He was 91. The ideal father for a generation, Young, who said he merely played the dad he yearned to have himself, died Tuesday night at his Westlake Village home. He had earlier undergone heart surgery and died of causes related to old age, according to his physician, Dr. John Horton.
June 7, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
May was so warm that it helped shatter weather records for the Lower 48 states -- records that go back to 1895. According to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. temperatures have been high enough to make it the warmest spring on record, the warmest year-to-date and the warmest 12-month period as well. “This warmth is an example of what we would expect to see more often in a warming world. Understanding that the United States and the rest of the planet are warming along with preparing for eventualities like this is one way our nation can become climate-smart,” Deke Arndt, chief of the climate monitoring branch, National Climatic Data Center, says in the  video above.
December 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Golf courses were packed in Indiana, tennis courts were mobbed in Pennsylvania and people strolled past the Christmas tree at New York's Rockefeller Center in T-shirts as record-breaking warm weather settled in across the eastern two-thirds of the United States. For days now, temperatures have been as much as 20 degrees above normal in the Northeast, the Midwest and the Rockies. Cooling is expected later this week.
August 31, 1990 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
"The Lemon Sisters" (selected theaters) are three white ladies from Atlantic City who want to be the Supremes. Best buddies Eloise, Franki and Nola have gone from 1959 to 1982 in a time warp; at 31, they're still doing '60s hits in small-time bars. As played by Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody, this unrelated threesome might not be offended if you called them "girls"; that's what they want to be: a girl group.
Some musicians, the progeny of stars and legends, must bear the weight of their own names. Such artists as drummer T.S. Monk, son of composer-pianist Thelonious Monk, Rene McLean, son of saxophonist Jackie McLean, and pianist Harold Land Jr., son of saxophonist Harold Land, will forever be associated with their parents' fame, even though they've established strong identities of their own. The same might be said of singer Michelle Coltrane, who appeared Sunday at Spaghettini.
January 28, 1986
Santa Ana winds boosted Southland temperatures to another record Monday, but the National Weather Service said things will cool down as the week goes on. High temperature at Los Angeles Civic Center Monday was 87 degrees--one degree above the old record of 86, set in 1971--and relative humidity dropped from 30% just before dawn to a paper-dry 12% by mid-afternoon as the northeastern wind drove dry air in from the desert.
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