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An elixir of long life in Baghdad

July 23, 2010 | 10:49 am


The Column One article in Friday's Times is out of Baghdad, where reporters Ned Parker and Raheem Salman profile a century-old grape juice shop -- known for using real grapes, never flavored powders -- that over the years has managed to win over dictators, royalty, actors, singers, Islamic radicals and, now, U.S. soldiers.

Today, though, the shop is barely hanging on in its war-torn environment.

Photo: Hadi Abu Ahmed samples his family shop's grape juice. Credit: Raheem Salman / Los Angeles Times