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November 9, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Historian Benny Morris has a knack for enraging Israelis of every political stripe. Morris' research on the 1948 war for independence challenged long-standing Zionist narratives that said Israel was not responsible for the creation of 750,000 Palestinian refugees. He infuriated right-wing Israelis by documenting secret plans to expel Arabs and accounts of massacres and rapes by Jewish forces. Then a few years ago, he turned his critical eye toward Palestinians, holding them largely responsible for stalled peace talks.
July 16, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Harry Potter didn't even wait until the sun rose to start vanquishing box-office records. The last big-screen adventure of the boy wizard, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2," raked in $42.5 million at midnight screenings in the U.S. and Canada, according to Warner Bros. The previous record was about $30 million, set in 2009 by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon. " Fans eager to see Harry's final battle with the evil Lord Voldemort began lining up early Thursday for the shows.
December 29, 1985 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Just about everything that has happened in tiny Sierra County in Northern California since its discovery in 1849 is recorded in James J. Sinnott's six-volume history. If you ever lived in the sparsely populated, isolated, mountainous county, chances are you are mentioned in Sinnott's historical series, which probably is the most comprehensive history of any California county.
Stefan Hatos, co-creator, writer and producer of the durable game show "Let's Make a Deal," has died at the age of 78. Hatos, who produced a variety of other television shows and had a long history in radio, died March 2 in a Toluca Lake health club of heart problems. He had homes in Beverly Hills and Pebble Beach, Calif. With Monty Hall, who was the show's on-air host for about 4,500 episodes, Hatos created the popular "Let's Make a Deal" for daytime television in 1963.
January 30, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A new education group chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean today proposed a mandatory national achievement test for all high school seniors attending public and private schools. Educate America, based in Morristown, N.J., made the national exam proposal its first initiative in a campaign to "drive the education policy agenda for the 1990s." Kean, now president of Drew University in Madison, N.J.
March 30, 1987 | Marcida Dodson \f7
UC Irvine has won a $1-million contract from the state to conduct a summer training program for junior and senior high school teachers. Two hundred teachers from throughout the state will take part in the four-week Summer Technology Training Institute, designed to integrate technology with English, language arts, history and social science, said Carol Booth Olson, institute director and co-director of UCI's Writing Project.
May 14, 2005
Tim RUTTEN wrote, in his review of the launch of Arianna Huffington's new blog site, "Convention, however, demands a first impression" ["Huffington's Blog Isn't Fulfilling Potential -- Yet," May 10]. I'm wondering if that's the same convention that allows theatrical presentations a few weeks of tryouts before being reviewed? Reviewing a website on its first day is like writing a history of a marriage based on the flavor of the wedding cake. Certainly Huffington's ambitious undertaking has some kinks that will be worked out over the next few weeks.
February 13, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
A $10,000 gift given to the elementary school district's foundation by a private donor will be used to support teachers who are enhancing their classroom lesson plans. The Fullerton School Board this week accepted the donation on a 4-1 vote, with Trustee Kim Ann Guth dissenting. The majority said students will benefit from the gift, which will be divided into 15 grants worth as much as $1,500 each.
From hip-hop to Hanoi, there were topics for every reader Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. "It makes you realize how many different genres are out there," said Phoebe Prather, 22, a UC Santa Cruz student. She attended the festival with her mother, Nancy, 54, who drove 250 miles from Lone Pine in Owens Valley to hear mystery writers and other panel speakers.
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