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February 11, 2010
Nothing says Valentine's Day quite like an enormous flower show, and the 65th Annual Santa Barbara Orchid Show measures up nicely. Browse displays of hundreds of orchid species from North and South America, the South Pacific and Asia. A vast selection of blooming orchid plants, corsages, artworks and orchid supplies will be for sale. Complete lists of other romantic Valentine's happenings, including dining, night life and music, are available at Earl Warren Fairgrounds, 3400 Calle Real.
April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by "The View" on Monday and told departing host Barbara Walters that he was declaring May 16 "Barbara Walters Day. " May 16 is Walters' final day on "The View" and her last day as TV personality. The 84-year-old broadcaster is planning to retire when her time on the show she co-created ends. The mayor called Walters a "living legend" for over 50 years. Walters, ever the master of the subtle dig, told De Blasio, "It's very kind. Mayor Bloomberg never did this for me. " PHOTOS: Talk show hosts who didn't make the cut De Blasio replied, "Times are changing.
December 8, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
A totalitarian state with a Kafkaesque bureaucracy, East Germany was a nation suffused with fear and suspicion. Yet it was also a society in which utopian ideals motivated individual sacrifices in the name of building a better way of life. The new film "Barbara" examines the contradictions of the former German Democratic Republic, transforming the everyday paranoia under the socialist regime into a quietly gripping thriller. "Barbara" won the Silver Bear prize for director and co-writer Christian Petzold at the Berlin International Film Festival and is Germany's submission for the foreign-language Academy Award.
April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior point guard Max Hazzard of Los Angeles Loyola has picked up a scholarship offer from UC Santa Barbara. He is playing this spring and summer with the Oakland Soldiers, which is loaded with top players.  
March 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Not long ago, Barbara and Ethan Gruska - the fresh-faced siblings at the core of L.A.'s Belle Brigade - were deep in a rehearsal with their two bandmates. The goal that afternoon was reworking the songs on the Belle Brigade's self-titled 2011 debut so that they fit alongside tunes from the group's just-finished follow-up. It took some doing. A sunny blast of retro West Coast folk-pop, "The Belle Brigade" pulled deeply (and openly) from crowd-pleasing forebears such as the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. The new album, by contrast, begins with a digitally processed train whistle laid atop a booming drumbeat.
February 28, 2010 | By Zachary Pincus-Roth
Some people take care of orchids. Others take care of guinea pigs. Barbara takes care of tropes. Most of the day she's a 51-year-old seamstress in Illinois and a caregiver for her husband. But in her spare time, Barbara tends to four tropes: "Cool Bike," "Badass Longcoat," "You Fail Logic Forever" and "Silly Reason for War." "They were a mess, they needed to be cleaned up, and nobody else was doing it, so I adopted them," she says. "It's equivalent of wiping down the sink every morning after I brush my teeth."
Comedy can intoxicate you, put you in a soft, rollicking mood. But it can also draw blood. That's what the people behind "Ruthless People" (citywide) are after. It's pitched in the half-cynical vein of the comic muckraker. It tries to make sport of human vice, greed and corruption, some of the best comic subjects. The characters here aren't just bad; most of them are truly vile--human slime.
April 20, 1987
Richard Hug has been promoted to vice president-research and development at Santa Barbara-based Softool Corp., which develops and markets software productivity and maintenance tools.
November 12, 1995 | SCOTT HARRIS
It had been years since our hero, a mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, had been, as the saying goes, "in the market." Only recently had he and his so-called better half come to an impasse. "We should date other people," they told each other with a certain uncertainty. And so it was that the reporter would find himself at a party for a friend who was moving to Florida. Here he was introduced to a tall brunette named Barbara. Hmmm . . .
On almost any Wednesday night for the past two years, JoKema Du Bois, 15, and her 14-year-old sister, Barbara, would either call their pastor for a ride, or get their grandmother to drop them off for youth night at a local church. The girls were too young to drive. But on Wednesday, JoKema hopped in the driver's seat of her grandma's gold-colored 1986 Chrysler LeBaron anyway.
April 16, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
All 11 current and former co-hosts will be reunited on "The View" on May 15, the day before Barbara Walters retires after more than five decades in broadcast journalism, ABC announced Wednesday.  Stopping by to bid farewell will be former co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, Meredith Vieira and Lisa Ling. Also present will be the current lineup of Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd. " Barbara Walters' status as a trailblazer, a legend and an icon are undeniable,” said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment president, in a statement.
April 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Finally, someone has designed a luxury hotel suite with wheels. Long-stay AKA Beverly Hills hotel has created a suite inside an Airstream trailer with leather interiors, full kitchen and bathroom, a bed with comfy linens, and even its trademark Bulgari bath amenities. Price-tag for a five-day trip to Santa Barbara: $6,000. Starting May 1, AKA guests can reserve the modified Airstream 2 Go and drive up the coast to spend two nights at Sunstone Vineyards in the wine-growing Santa Ynez Valley and two nights at Ocean Mesa Campground north of Santa Barbara.
April 14, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter is a married man: He said "I do" over the weekend. The former boy bander, 34, who launched countless teen-girl crushes circa 2000, wed girlfriend Lauren Kitt on Saturday, he confirmed on Twitter late Sunday. "Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter honeymoon time!" he wrote . PHOTOS: Celebrity weddings & engagements of 2014 If Kitt doesn't have a colorfully scrawled "Mrs.
April 13, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt. Now 63, living alone, she counts every dollar, has no cellphone and commutes an hour in traffic so she can keep an affordable apartment in Laguna Woods. Having good health helped. Garnaus got by without medical insurance, relying on yearly exams at a free clinic. But that changed last year: Garnaus now needs treatment for cancer, and she bought insurance under Obamacare.
April 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Santa Barbara County prosecutors have charged a Los Angeles teen with assaulting a sheriff's deputy during a spring break party over the weekend in Isla Vista, an incident authorities say helped spark a violent melee that led to more than 100 people getting arrested. Desmond Louis Edwards, 17, was charged Tuesday with mayhem, resisting an officer, assault on an officer, causing great bodily injuring and committing a violent offense. Prosecutors are charging him as an adult. His arraignment was delayed until Thursday, television station KEYT reported.
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
One of the officers hit by flying rocks, bottles and bricks at a raucous spring-break party near UC Santa Barbara over the weekend sustained extensive injuries as he and other law enforcement personnel tried to break up the melee, authorities said. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told KTLA that the university police officer was struck in the head by a backpack containing large bottles of alcohol while responding to the spring-break party, dubbed "Deltopia," about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Isla Vista.
April 12, 1987
Jennings Industries Ltd., of Australia, has agreed to invest more than $30 million in Santa Barbara-based A-M Homes, according to James B. Araujo, A-M president. Araujo said that the infusion of new capital will reduce the firm's need for joint venturing. Jennings will gain about 45% ownership in A-M.
April 30, 2011 | Randall Roberts
In an early homemade video made by the L.A. band the Belle Brigade for its song "Losers," from the sibling duo's self-titled debut, Barbara and Ethan Gruska, ages 28 and 21, respectively, sit holding acoustic guitars in an empty bathtub. They're wearing white robes and Barbara has a towel wrapped around her head, as though she's just gotten out of the shower. Ethan strums a few foundational chords, they start singing in harmony, and echoes of genetically intertwined voices throughout the ages come pouring out: the Everly Brothers, the Davies brothers of the Kinks, the Carter Family.
April 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Veteran TV journalist Barbara Walters will make her last scheduled appearance on "The View" on May 16, ABC announced Monday.  The network will honor Walters' five decades in broadcasting with a week-long celebration. "The View," the daytime talk show she helped create back in 1997, will commemorate her departure beginning May 12. ABC also plans to air a two-hour prime-time special looking back at Walters' career on May 16, and will name ABC News Headquarters in New York City in her honor.
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Videos are emerging show the chaos Saturday night when spring break revelers and police clashed during the Deltopia party in Santa Barbara County. One video shows hundreds of young people running down a street as police moved in. Another video shows what appears to be tear gas smoke rising as police tried to break up the party. This video from the Daily Nexus shows police clearing the scene:   This shows another view:   One of the officers hit by flying rocks, bottles and bricks  sustained extensive injuries as he and other law enforcement personnel tried to break up the melee, authorities said.
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