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  • Dorothy Higdon, of Mays Chapel, secretary and scout volunteer

    Dorothy Higdon, of Mays Chapel, secretary and scout volunteer
    Dorothy Beksinski Higdon, a homemaker and former secretary once active in scouting, died of heart disease Friday at her Mays Chapel home. She was 89. Born Dorothy Beksinski in Baltimore and raised in Fells Point, she was the daughter of Walter and...
  • Ruggiero Ricci dies at 94; violin virtuoso began as child prodigy

    Ruggiero Ricci dies at 94; violin virtuoso began as child prodigy
    Violinist Ruggiero Ricci held the audience spellbound when he debuted at the Hollywood Bowl in 1932, a "wunderkind" of classical music with marvelous showmanship and beautiful tone. He was all of 13. What he accomplished in the ensuing decades is perhaps...
  • Russell Shank dies at 86; former head librarian at UCLA

    Russell Shank dies at 86; former head librarian at UCLA
    Russell Shank, the chief librarian at UCLA from 1977 to 1989 who was known as a staunch supporter of 1st Amendment rights in all libraries and an early proponent of technology as a way to enhance library services, has died. He was 86. Shank, a...
  • Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'

    Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'
    This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. A historic archive documenting Alexander Graham Bell’s attempt in the early 1900s to build a kite-like aircraft that would allow humans to fly was pulled back from an auctioneer’s...
  • Art in the heart of family matter at new Epcot exhibit

    Art in the heart of family matter at new Epcot exhibit
    It was a third-grade homework assignment that sparked the creation of a collection of African-American art and artifacts on exhibit at Epcot. The Kinsey Collection, gathered by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, grew from a desire to help their son, Khalil,...
  • Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art

    Joni Gordon dies at 75; Newspace gallery owner nurtured L.A. art
    Joni Gordon, an art world novice who bought a failing Melrose Avenue gallery, Newspace, 37 years ago and turned it into an incubator for Los Angeles' contemporary art scene, has died. She was 75. Gordon died Sept. 11 in Bend, Ore., 10 days after a...
  • Cannibalism at Jamestown evidence unearthed

    Cannibalism at Jamestown evidence unearthed
    Archaeologists and forensic scientists working with human remains recovered at Historic Jamestowne last summer reported Wednesday that their follow-up studies have turned up the gruesome first physical evidence of the cannibalism that took place during...
  • The Swoose

     
    Los Angeles once had "The Swoose" - the oldest B-17 in existence - as a possible war memorial....
  • Endeavour shuttle helps draw 1 million visitors to Science Center

     
    More than 1 million people have visited the California Science Center since space shuttle Endeavour arrived, a considerable boost for the Exposition Park museum that averages about 1.6 million visitors a year....
  • Julia Child's family outraged over Thermador ads featuring chef

     
    In her four decades as America’s cooking teacher, Julia Child had a hard and fast rule about commercial endorsements: She didn’t do them. It didn’t matter whether it was the butter that made her beurre blanc sauce sing, the pot in...
  • Lawmakers look to boost small contractors

    Lawmakers look to boost small contractors
    Like any construction firm hoping to break into government contracting, Linwood Scott's company needed to obtain a surety bond — a type of insurance — in order to win its first job. But getting the bond, which is required for contracts...