July 27, 2011 |
Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain have been battling over the coveted title of Roller Coaster Capital of the World for years. The two parks were tied, with a record 17 roller coasters apiece, until the Six Flags amusement park in Valencia added the Green Lantern coaster this year, besting its Sandusky, Ohio, rival - at least for now. > Photos: Cedar Point vs. Magic Mountain Cedar Park fans boast that the ride...
October 9, 2010
Some Halloween horror events in and around Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood, Halloween Horror Nights 1000 Universal Center Drive, L.A. 7 p.m., closing hours vary. Saturday, Oct. 15-17, 21-24, 28-31. $44 to $89. (800) 864-8377; http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com . Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Thirteen themed mazes and seven spooky live shows make this one of the most loved Halloween events in the area. 8039 Beach Blvd.
July 25, 2010 |
In 1939, with Europe already sinking into World War II, 46-year-old Henry Miller left Paris, knowing that a cycle of his life had come to an end. As an expatriate in Paris he'd found his voice, and published the novels — "Tropic of Cancer," "Black Spring" and "Tropic of Capricorn" — which made his name. He'd had his legendarily steamy and dangerous affair with Anais Nin, and George Orwell had fired a salute on his behalf, hailing him as "a Whitman among the corpses." Miller, although banned in America, had arrived, and then, restless as ever, he accepted the invitation of another writer, his friend Lawrence Durrell, to visit Greece and the island of Corfu.
July 11, 2010 |
Golden Gate The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge Kevin Starr Bloomsbury Press: 216 pp., $23 Colossus Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century Michael Hiltzik Free Press: 498 pp., $30 The Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam are more than just icons of American engineering. They are Depression-era monuments that transformed not only California's physical landscape, but its social one as well. The bridge linked San Francisco to rural Marin County, hastening the consolidation of the Bay Area into a huge metropolis.
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December 17, 2009 |
Hundreds of workers at a Sonoma County hospital are scheduled to go to the polls today in a bitter and closely watched union vote pitting the giant Service Employees International against an upstart rival. The balloting at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has drawn intense scrutiny in labor circles nationwide because of the nasty underlying conflict between the SEIU and its breakaway competitor, the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The NUHW doesn't yet have a single dues-paying member but is waging a David versus Goliath campaign against the behemoth SEIU, which boasts more than 2 million members nationwide, almost half in the healthcare sector.
July 5, 2008 |
For years, Spain's famed Prado museum had its suspicions about one of its most prized Goyas. Now the museum says it is certain the painting is not by the 18th century master. The Prado's announcement about "Colossus," a large oil painting depicting the torso of a giant bursting through the clouds as he marches above a terrified village, is causing a furor among experts, some of whom still believe the painting is genuine. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes' "Colossus" has always been one of the Prado's major attractions and a highlight of his series on Spain's war against Napoleon, whose troops invaded in 1808.