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June 28, 2013 | By Trishna Patel
What fun is a California road trip without some shenanigans? This shot was taken a few miles north of San Simeon State Park by Skylar Aud. "Is this the greatest state or what?" the photographer writes. Sure, it's a bold statement, but I'd have to agree. Follow Trishna Patel on  Twitter. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
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BUSINESS
November 13, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Aprilia is going after the adventure bike market - hard - with its powerful, newly designed Caponard 1200. Having captured the hearts of track racers and cycle reviewers with its high end MotoGP-styled superbike RSV4, the Italian bike manufacturer is trying to increase American market share by going after a more casual class of rider. The Caponard is clearly meant to challenge the dominance of the BMW GS-series and Ducati Multistrada machines. The Caponard -- a dramatic upgrade from the mid-2000s Caponard 1000 and a grown-up cousin to the company's Mana 850GT -- offers a V-twin 128-HP power plant (from the same base as Aprilia's Dorsoduro 1200, using the company's now-standard electronic throttle Ride-By-Wire system)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Sean "Stanley" Leary's friends heard he'd gone missing in Utah's Zion National Park, they drove hundreds of miles to help. Leary was well-known in the tight-knit world of mountain adventurers. At Yosemite National Park, he was an old hand, with more than 50 ascents of El Capitan under his belt - including a record-setting 2 1/2-hour scramble up a 2,900-foot wall that demands several days from seasoned climbers. He explored new routes up peaks in the Arctic and in Antarctica and was an ardent BASE jumper - an adventure enthusiast who leaps off mountains and other high places.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2010
An intrepid youngster and his canine companion explore a madcap, mystical landscape in the new series "Adventure Time With Finn & Jake." It looks like something you'd see on Adult Swim, but, you know, for kids. (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m. Mon.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010
Animated feature 'Up' Pete Docter Following wins for "Wall-E" last year and "Ratatouille" in 2008, Pixar scored its third consecutive Oscar in this category for "Up," a colorful fantasy adventure about a widowed curmudgeon (voiced by Ed Asner) and a young Wilderness Explorer (Jordan Nagai) who embark on an airborne voyage to South America with the help of 20,622 helium balloons. "Boy, never did I dream that making a flip book out of my third-grade math book would lead to this," said director and co-screenwriter Pete Docter, who accepted the award.
TRAVEL
December 29, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Two friends and I just returned from an amazing 14-day tour of Morocco. It was a pleasure to leave details to knowledgeable, in-country experts and brothers Hamid and Youssef of Morocco Expert Tours. Although the value of a wonderful adventure is immeasurable, I saw a similar itinerary this month for group travel at several thousand dollars more than the $2,400 we paid for our trip. Morocco Expert Tours also does day trips and custom itineraries. Morocco Expert Tours; http://www.moroccoexpertours.com Fusako Takeda Fountain Valley
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
There are just too few down-and-dirty action-adventure films in the mold of "Solomon Kane" these days, assuming, that is, that bloody beheadings and demonic battles are your thing. Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett, the film sees the title character - a creation of Robert E. Howard, the man responsible for Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja - plunder his way across Africa and Europe while fighting to hold on to his soul against forces of evil. Actor James Purefoy wisely underplays Kane's inner torment - anyone who made it through Nicolas Cage's "Season of the Witch" will particularly appreciate that choice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2001
I live in the mountains above Los Angeles and certainly think that people living in the lower elevations should have every right to come and enjoy the snow. However, after all the excitement of the snowfall and a great day of enjoying this with their families, they leave those of us who live here with their litter. Cups, paper, plastic bags, broken plastic sleds and yes, used diapers. This is their thank you to the mountains for showing them such a good time. Not all those coming to the mountains do this, but as a result of those who do, we have an Adventure Pass (letters, Feb. 12)
TRAVEL
December 26, 2004 | Kathleen Doheny, Healthy Traveler
A TV crew headed to Africa worried that it might be injured while filming elephants and other dangerous wildlife. Dr. Bradley Connor, a medical consultant for some members of the production, quickly put the risks into perspective. The biggest enemy, he says, is much smaller than an elephant: "Mosquitoes cause 3 million deaths a year from malaria," says Connor, a N.Y. physician and president of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Connor and other doctors who specialize in travel medicine have been called on to provide preproduction medical care to the cast and crew of such TV shows as "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge" as well as documentaries and feature films set in remote destinations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"It's time to get going again. " With these words, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicks off the new documentary series, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. " Premiering on Fox, the National Geographic Channel and eight other affiliated networks Sunday night, it is a follow-up to "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the groundbreaking and hugely popular 1980 PBS series hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan. Tyson, strolling along the scenic California coastal cliffs of Monterey - just as Sagan did in the opening minutes of the original - is talking about bringing the franchise to a new generation, but with a command that can also be interpreted as a mission statement.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
My wife and I were in need of a bit of tranquillity in October, so we headed to the Mendocino Coast in Northern California for a weekend of standup paddle boarding. The coast's rugged beauty, flat-water rivers and scenic headlands honeycombed with sea caves and archways make it ideal for paddling on your own or on a guided tour with Standup Paddle Mendocino (Van Damme Beach State Park, Little River, Calif.; [707] 937-0700, http://www.standuppaddlemendocino.com . Guided tours $60 to $75)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
More than just about any other major American filmmaker working today, writer-director Wes Anderson doesn't so much make movies as create worlds. Each of his films takes place in its own strange sovereignty, whether the Texas prep school of "Rushmore," the train running through India in "The Darjeeling Limited" or the island hideaway for a pair of adolescent lovers in "Moonrise Kingdom. " His latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is set in the fictional country of Zubrowka. Though the story skips through multiple time periods, the main action is set in the 1930s against the backdrop of impending war, as a meticulous yet rambunctious concierge known as Monsieur Gustav H. (Ralph Fiennes)
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
The off-white ivory tuxedo jacket was the standout trend on the men's side at the Academy Awards -- worn by just a handful of fellows but ones who turned out to be among the night's most high profile -- starting with E! Entertainment's Ryan Seacrest, who stuck with his traditional label (Burberry) but went with the less traditional choice of pairing an ivory-colored, shawl collar tuxedo jacket with his black tuxedo trousers, capping off the look with a black bow tie and a hint of white pocket square.
TRAVEL
February 22, 2014 | By Andrew Bender
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma traces its contemporary history to pioneers who populated the prairies. Now, new urban pioneers are repopulating the capital, Oklahoma City, as restaurateurs re-imagine landmark buildings and create new communities around them. They could hardly have come at a better time: The local economy is booming, and Forbes ranks OKC as the nation's eighth-fastest-growing city, thanks to thriving oil, gas and wind-power sectors as well as fracking. I was here in September for a consulting job, and I extended my stay to find these restaurants with a previous life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Lornet Turnbull
Chad Kellogg, an elite alpinist who climbed some of the world's highest and most challenging peaks - charging up mountains and breaking records for the fastest ascents - was killed Feb. 14 while descending Mt. Fitz Roy, a prominent peak in the Patagonia region of Argentina. He was 42. Kellogg, a Seattle resident, and his climbing partner Jens Holsten, of Leavenworth, Wash., had successfully summited the 11,000-foot mountain and were hanging together from a preestablished anchor when a rock fell, striking Kellogg and killing him instantly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2011 | By Mike Reicher
For the first time, Richard Branson is setting his sights low. The billionaire businessman, adventurer and space explorer announced Tuesday his plan to dive solo to some of the Earth's deepest points. Branson and a fellow adventurer, Orange County businessman Chris Welsh, unveiled their 18-foot deep-sea submarine and its ambitious itinerary at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, where Welsh is a member. Within the next few months, Welsh plans to pilot the first solo submersible to the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, 36,200 feet under the sea. After that, either Welsh or Branson will pilot the sub to four trenches in the world's other oceans.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Playtime has just begun for "The Lego Movie," and film critics could scarcely be more delighted. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's new 3-D animated film about an ordinary Lego minifigure-turned-unlikely-hero is meeting with nearly unanimous positive reviews. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "'The Lego Movie' is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. " The film benefits from "a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line," including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I pedaled to work Monday morning, which I had never done before because all things considered, I'd like to go on living a while longer. Yes, I admit it. I'm afraid to bike city streets in Los Angeles. That's partly because I had a nasty bike accident several years ago, resulting in a head injury that erased all memory of what caused the crash. And it's partly because riding a bike on streets jammed with vehicles, many of them piloted by distracted and incompetent drivers, seems like a terrible idea.
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