August 14, 2013 |
On a beautiful day in Santa Barbara last Saturday, wine enthusiasts were able to taste unreleased wines from a collection of Santa Barbara County's top vineyards. The Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting was held at the courtyard in front of Les Marchands , a new wine shop and wine bar in the Funk Zone, i.e., on the beach side of the 101. These are the wines you'll want to seek out. Jenni Bonaccorsi was pouring three Bonaccorsi 2011 Pinots, including a stunning one from Cargasacchi Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills with both power and finesse.
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August 10, 2013
Barbara Mertz Bestselling mystery writer Barbara Mertz, 85, a bestselling mystery author who wrote dozens of novels under the pen names Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, died Thursday at her home in Frederick, Md., her daughter Elizabeth told her publisher HarperCollins. She had cancer. Mertz wrote more than 35 mysteries as Peters, including her most popular series about a daring Victorian archaeologist named Amelia Peabody. She also wrote 29 suspense novels as Michaels, and under her own name, she wrote nonfiction books about ancient Egypt.
August 9, 2013 |
In 85 years, she wrote more than 70 books -- so many that she needed to publish under three different names. Barbara Mertz was 85 when she died at home in Frederick, Md., on Thursday. Born in a small town in Illinois as Barbara Louise Gross, she attended the University of Chicago on scholarship. Despite having a Ph.D., she was unable to find work in her chosen field, Egyptology. Instead she became a stay-at-home mom who tried in her spare time to write books. When her first novels failed to sell, she published two nonfiction books about Egypt under her own name.
August 9, 2013 |
That's a wrap for Joy Behar, who left ABC's daytime gabfest "The View" on Friday after 16 years. The hourlong farewell included celebrity appearances -- Regis Philbin, Meredith Vieira, Joan Rivers, Alan Alda and others -- as well as a tribute from cohost Barbara Walters, who discovered Behar doing standup at a birthday tribute for Milton Berle. "I have to thank the most important people: My hair and makeup people," Behar joked. "I'll be sexting every one of you in the fall," she told the show's crew.
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July 17, 2013 |
Barbara Robinson, a children's author who spun an endearing holiday tale of six rowdy siblings who take over a church pageant and learn to celebrate Christmas, died July 9 at her home in Berwyn, Pa. She was 85 and had cancer. Her daughter, Marjorie Pinto-Leite, confirmed her death. Robinson originally wrote "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" as a short story for McCall's magazine. She expanded it into a 1972 novel, which sold more than 3.3 million copies. Building on the novel's popularity, she wrote a screenplay for a 1983 TV movie version starring Loretta Swit and a stage adaptation that has become a Christmastime classic for community theaters.
July 15, 2013 |
Barbara Walters may be on her way to retirement next year, but she can still grab a high-profile interview when she wants to. Her latest big "get" is a sit-down with the parents of George Zimmerman. Walters' interview with Robert and Gladys Zimmerman is set to air Monday night on "World News With Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline," and will air Tuesday on "Good Morning America. " The topics of the interview are expected to include Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the weekend demonstrations that occurred after the verdict and Zimmerman's plans for life after the trial.
July 12, 2013 |
When Elisabeth Hasselbeck strode out onto "The View" stage Wednesday morning for the last time, arm-in-arm with Barbara Walters, and bade a tearful farewell to her co-hosts, it wasn't exactly a surprise. After all, her departure from the show, after a decade as its lone conservative voice, had been rumored for months. It was, however, abrupt, coming less than a day after news broke that she would be leaving the ABC talk show to replace Gretchen Carlson as co-host of "Fox & Friends.
July 7, 2013
L.A. RIVER Documentary When kayaker George Wolfe organized a boating expedition down the Los Angeles River, he and his crew became entangled in a legal controversy of national proportions. "Rock the Boat" looks at the challenges society faces in providing clean water to urban populations and delivers an alternative to doomsday docs. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St., and Thursday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free.
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In spite of a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Friday launched a new effort to open up the California and Atlantic coasts to oil drilling. The measure is a long shot in the face of fierce opposition in the Democratic-led Senate and from the White House. Still, Republicans are eager to stoke the debate over offshore drilling and highlight differences between the parties over energy policy heading into next year's election battles for control of the House and Senate.
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June 26, 2013 |
A Rottweiler mix, the sole survivor of a South Los Angeles fire that killed its owner and canine "siblings," has found a new home, animal rescue groups said Wednesday. Genie -- renamed Gina by one of her rescuers -- lost her first family early June 16 when fire swept through the small auto repair business where she lived with her owner and several other strays he had rescued from the streets. Her owner and the other dogs were trapped in the cramped one-story building because its door had double-cylinder deadbolt locks, which required keys on both sides to open, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Gina survived because she had been tied outside to serve as a watchdog, according to a neighbor of the man known only as Victor.