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August 21, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
When Lebo Malepa decided to rent out his bedroom and another room in 2003, his economist father doubted his son's ambitious vision for tourism in unlikely Soweto township. "Soweto is a township full of energy and full of trendsetters," Malepa said. "When I started my business, I was convinced I was going to make it happen. " Malepa's enthusiasm, hard work and ability to spot a market niche helped Lebo's Soweto Backpackers expand dramatically. He now has 57 bicycles and two tuk-tuks (three-wheelers)
August 1, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
No doubt, summer has its dangers for kids: its Code Red air-quality days, its risk of sunburn, heatstroke, drowning and food poisoning, its poison ivy and whatnot. As conscientious parents reapply sunscreen to their young ones for the 4,000th time, they might well savor the prospect of a return to the safe, secure routines of school. They do so at their children's peril. Schools are a minefield of health hazards — arguably one of the most dangerous possible places for children to be. Spending their days there may not kill our children outright, but a number of recent trends, on top of some long-standing truths about packing children together tightly, makes schools a contributor to the health problems of many children.
July 10, 2011
BACKPACKING FOR WOMEN Workshop Experts explain the differences between men's and women's gear, plus how to make sure you have been fitted and outfitted correctly. When, where : 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free. (626) 447-1062 FRANCE Slide show Mort Loveman will present "French Connection: Cities and Villages by Le Car" When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
June 19, 2011 | By John Flinn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
John Muir understood that the best way to see his beloved "Range of Light" is to travel light. His packing advice couldn't have been simpler: "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence. " That's what I've done — more or less — and now, as evening descends, I'm a two days' walk from the trailhead with little more than a toothbrush and a change of socks in my daypack. Muir used to shiver through the long, frosty Sierra nights in hollow logs, but I'm looking forward to a bit more comfort: a reasonably comfortable bed in a heated tent cabin, a hot shower, flush toilets and a four-course dinner that the Ahwahnee Hotel would be proud to serve.
January 19, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Mitchell Landsberg and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Third-period health class was just beginning Tuesday at Gardena High School when a 17-year-old boy walked in and set his backpack down on a desk. In the chaos that followed, accounts differed about precisely what happened. But this much was clear: A gun had discharged, apparently by accident; two students were wounded, one critically; and the campus of 3,100 was sent into a tense, frightening lockdown. "Wow, someone just got shot in the classroom," student Dan Im wrote from the scene in a profanity-laced, Korean-language Twitter feed.
January 14, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Danielle Katz has a limited Pashto vocabulary ? limited but significant. Katz, a 17-year-old senior at Windward School in West Los Angeles and soon to attend Northwestern University, looked directly at a video camera recently and, roughly translated, said, "We want to be friends. " The video is being sent to a school in the Garmsir district of southern Afghanistan, deep in Helmand province, an area once under the control of the Taliban, whose hatred of education ? especially for girls ?
December 5, 2010 | By Megan Kimble, Special to the Los AngelesTimes
With 30 bucks and an open mind, you can stay in some prime spots in California — on the Pacific Beach boardwalk in San Diego, for example, or a block from Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica or overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or across from Union Square. We're talking hostels, once regarded as the province of backpackers and bedbugs, but increasingly go-to places for a growing base of mobile and moneyed travelers. More than 250 hostels are scattered throughout the U.S., including 60 in California, offering a more social and budget-friendly alternative to hotel travel.
October 31, 2010
GALAPAGOS Slide show Bette Blaydes Pegas will present images illustrating her memoir, "Chasing a Dream in the Galápagos: A Personal Evolution. " When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. ASIA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Tibet: Center of the Universe. " When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
September 26, 2010 | By Mike Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I wouldn't call it a vacation, exactly. Any time you have three pet llamas and a 3-year-old and you're covering 30 miles in less than a week, it's like, well, let's call it an adventure. My wife, Amber, and I and our high-energy daughter Ediza spent a week in early August exploring the breathtaking terrain between the Mammoth Lakes area and Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. The adults got a chance to experience the high-elevation landscape through a child's eyes: sledding down a mound of snow on a sleeping pad, pretending to fish with a stick, collecting feathers along the trail, assigning names to the ants crawling on the ground.
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