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  • California has failed to identify thousands of buildings vulnerable to quakes

    California has failed to identify thousands of buildings vulnerable to quakes
    California has failed to identify and retrofit thousands of brittle concrete buildings despite years of warnings from scientists that the structures are highly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake. Officials have known as far back as the 1971...
  • The Japan quake and nuclear power; the ICE's Secure Communities program; the Palestinians new strategy

    Japan's nightmare Re "Japan crisis may derail 'nuclear renaissance,' " March 14 If anything good can be said to have come from the terrible disaster in Japan, it is the realization that nuclear power plants can, at any time, be subjected to unexpected...
  • Jose Arguelles dies at 72; New Age thinker conceived 1987's Harmonic Convergence

    Jose Arguelles dies at 72; New Age thinker conceived 1987's Harmonic Convergence
    In 1983, art historian Jose Arguelles was driving down Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles to return a rental car when a vision bloomed: On Aug. 16, 1987, a critical mass of humanity would congregate at sacred spots around the world to bond with the...
  • Leslie Nielsen dies at 84; serious actor became a comic star

    Leslie Nielsen dies at 84; serious actor became a comic star
    Leslie Nielsen, a serious actor who became a comic star with his career-changing roles in "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" comedies, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84. Nielson died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home,...
  • Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79; legendary actress

    Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79; legendary actress
    Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79. Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor...
  • Walter J. Hickel dies at 90; former Alaska governor, Interior secretary

    Walter J. Hickel dies at 90; former Alaska governor, Interior secretary
    Walter J. Hickel, a former governor of Alaska who served as Interior secretary under President Nixon until he was dismissed for objecting to the treatment of Vietnam War protesters, has died. He was 90. Hickel died Friday of natural causes at an assisted...
  • Don't wait -- how to protect your home from hurricanes now

    Don't wait -- how to protect your home from hurricanes now
    Now is the time to make sure your home is as hurricane-proof as possible. Once the weather reporters don their yellow slickers, it's usually too late to effectively protect against hurricane-force winds and deluging rains, said Scott McCurdy of Coastal...
  • Herman Leonard dies at 87; photographer chronicled mid-century jazz scene

    Herman Leonard dies at 87; photographer chronicled mid-century jazz scene
    Herman Leonard, a photographer best known for his iconic images of such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, has died. He was 87. Leonard died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman said. No...
  • Eric Malnic dies at 73; former Times reporter covered Watts riots, aviation

    Eric Malnic dies at 73; former Times reporter covered Watts riots, aviation
    Eric Malnic, a former longtime Los Angeles Times staff writer who was part of the team that won The Times a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1965 Watts riots and later specialized in aviation stories, has died. He was 73. Malnic, who underwent...
  • Alexander 'Hurricane' Higgins dies at 61; two-time world snooker champion

    Alexander 'Hurricane' Higgins dies at 61; two-time world snooker champion
    Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, a two-time world champion of the billiards sport known as snooker who galvanized the game with his wild antics and quick play, was found dead Saturday at his home in Belfast, Ireland. He was 61. Despite being diagnosed with...
  • Arthur Penn dies at 88; director of landmark film 'Bonnie and Clyde'

    Arthur Penn dies at 88; director of landmark film 'Bonnie and Clyde'
    Arthur Penn, the three-time Oscar-nominated director best known for "Bonnie and Clyde," the landmark 1967 film that stirred critical passions over its graphic violence and became a harbinger of a new era of American filmmaking, died Tuesday. He was 88....