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November 8, 1987
I've just returned from a memorable stay in Australia arranged by Prue Meynink's Quality Home-stays, 8 St. James Lane, Turramurra, Sydney, NSW 2074, phone (02) 44-4057. The Sydney-Melbourne or Brisbane two-night package includes transfers by private car, all meals, wine included, great sightseeing tours and warm, hospitable people, $350. Two-night package in country properties, $390; both prices per person double occupancy. Information through the U.S. representative at (714) 675-2250.
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WORLD
April 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Runners bearing the Olympic torch were cheered by thousands of people waving Chinese flags today during a 10-mile relay through this capital, unimpeded by sporadic anti-China protests that led to several arrests. The event began as half a dozen officers in jogging pants, T-shirts and caps formed a loose cordon around the runner. Other officers stood at crowd-control barriers. Overhead, an airplane sky writer wrote the words "Free Tibet" in white.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers are planning to start Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in their season-opening series in Australia, Manager Don Manager intimated Saturday. Mattingly stopped short of officially naming Kershaw and Greinke his starters for the two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But when pressed on the matter, Mattingly said: “Kersh is our No. 1 guy. That's not hard to say. Zack kind of lines up right there right next to him.” The series is scheduled for March 22-23, which falls about a week earlier than recent season openers.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Here's a chance to lock in an airfare to Sydney, Australia, in the face of rising fuel costs, which often mean rising airfares: From LAX, Air New Zealand is offering a round-trip fare to Sydney, Australia, for $1,290, which includes all taxes and fees. In March, Sydney was the host of the opening of the Dodgers 2014 season. Two games versus the Arizona Diamondbacks were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground . It was the first time Major League Baseball has begun its schedule in Australia, but not the first time an American team has played there.
NEWS
September 29, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Watch a total solar eclipse with unobstructed views from the ruggedly beautiful and remote highlands of Australia's northeastern coast. The seven-day trip from Elevate Destinations starts with two days in and around Sydney before heading to camp in the outback. Eclipse viewing takes place in Amaroo, which is far from city lights and has a view of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The 50-acre site is within the "zone of totality" where the November 2012 eclipse will last longest -- almost two minutes.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you are planning a trip to New Zealand or Australia , Air Tahiti Nui will fly you there and throw in a free three-night visit to Tahiti. Choose a Sofitel, Le Meridien or Radisson resort for your stay and take the time to explore the French Polynesian island. The deal: There's a lot of moving parts to reserve with this deal. Prices start at $1,298 per person from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, and $1,666 per person to Sydney, Australia. Each package includes a three-day stopover in Tahiti either outbound or on the return flight.
SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Team USA (5-0) faces Australia (3-1) in the quarterfinals in the 2012 London Olympics beginning Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. PDT. Below are five things to watch. 1. Team USA should have an easy game against Australia. The stakes are higher because it's the medal round. But the reality still remains the same - there's absolutely no way Australia will come close to beating the U.S. The Aussies only feature one NBA player in Patty Mills, who's tied with Pau Gasol in the Olympics as the leading scorer (20.6)
NEWS
May 22, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The annual solar eclipse in the West on Sunday might be considered a stage-setter for a another solar eclipse coming in the fall - and a reason to travel to Australia. Brownell Travel based in Birmingham, Ala., offers an 11-night trip that features the Nov. 14 total eclipse that will only be seen Down Under. The path of totality of the eclipse, which begins at dawn, is in the northern edge of the country. On the trip, participants will be near Cairns on a cruise to view the early-morning eclipse and later tour the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest on the northeast coast of Queensland.
WORLD
April 9, 2009 | Julie Cart
Frank Eddy pulled off his dusty boots and slid into a chair, taking his place at the dining room table where most of the critical family issues are hashed out. Spreading hands as dry and cracked as the orchards he tends, the stout man his mates call Tank explained what damage a decade of drought has done . "Suicide is high. Depression is huge. Families are breaking up. It's devastation," he said, shaking his head. "I've got a neighbor in terrible trouble.
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