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August 8, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
PGA champion Tiger Woods has sold his condominium in Corona del Mar for $2,213,875. The town-house-style unit features an open-plan living room on the second story to take advantage of views of Santa Catalina Island. Features include high ceilings, a balcony, three bedrooms, a loft, three bathrooms and 2,000 square feet of living space. Woods, 36, once the holder of top spot in the world of golf, ranked second after a third-place finish in late July at the Open Championship. Public records show he bought the property in 2004 for $3 million.
July 18, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Part movie premiere, part prom, dreamy Del Mar opened its eight-week summer meeting Wednesday. Think of it as Legoland for adults. The wind was blowing out, and so were the spectators. Blown out. Sprawled out. Spilling out. This is horse racing, San Diego style. At Del Mar, even the horses have tan lines. "There's horses here?!" one woman hiccuped to a friend in a paddock area that resembled a bachelor party. And let me say this, having experienced both: The opening-day crowd at Del Mar makes the Kentucky Derby look like a Marine Corps mud run. Del Mar is down here along the water, you know, "where the surf meets the turf," they like to say. And the gin meets the chin.
July 17, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Del Mar is celebrating its 75th anniversary of horse racing by increasing purses in 10 stakes races, a move aimed at keeping California horses at home so they can race on the seaside venue's synthetic surface. The season opens Wednesday, highlighted by the two-division $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf. Wednesday-through-Sunday racing continues through Sept. 5, including a Labor Day card. Majestic City, winner of last year's Hollywood Juvenile Championship, is scheduled to race in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes.
June 19, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A major landslide along a seaside cliff in San Pedro that could cost up to $70 million to repair was triggered last year by soil saturated with groundwater, a new study shows. A build-up of water was largely blamed for the November collapse of a stretch of Paseo del Mar after a heavy weekend rainstorm, according to an 800-page report from Shannon & Wilson Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm. The failure took out 600 feet of the scenic road and carved a gaping chasm into the 120-foot-high coastal bluff, where the ground had been creeping seaward for several months.
June 11, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
ST. LOUIS -- A day after he had finished an emphatic third at the U.S. gymnastics nationals and moved himself into prime position to make his first Olympic team at the age of 19, Sam Mikulak, a sophomore at Michigan and Corona del Mar homie as he calls himself, was stunned Sunday to see he had 125 new friend requests on Facebook. "That just doesn't happen in men's gymnastics," Mikulak said. "I felt kind of popular, I feel real pleased. " John Orozco, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, won his first national title with fist-pumping, muscle-heavy gymnastics, and the demonstrative 20-year-old Danell Leyva, whose family came to Florida from Cuba, finished second.
June 2, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Mitt Romney accused President Obama on Saturday of looking for "any excuse" to pass off responsibility for the sputtering economy, and he said Obama had gone so far as to blame former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of Bush's official White House portrait last week. That appeared to be, at best, an overly sensitive reading of Obama's remarks, which mostly praised his predecessor. But economic numbers released on Friday gave Romney more than ample fodder to ramp up his attacks on the Obama economic record.
May 13, 2012 | Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
If you know anything at all about Del Mar, it's that the seaside town north of San Diego is the place to play the ponies. The horses aren't the only thoroughbreds in the track's history; you'll hear it connected to such names as Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, jockey Willie Shoemaker and, my favorite, Seabiscuit. But I'd encourage a Del Mar visit any time except the July 18-Sept. 5 racing season, just for the peace and quiet. The bed. I was here for a family wedding at L'Auberge del Mar Resort & Spa (1540 Camino del Mar; [800]
April 23, 2012 | By Sarah Peters, Los Angeles Times
After a 14-year dark spell, the remodeled Port Theater in Corona del Mar will reopen during this year's Newport Beach Film Festival with free screenings and seminars. The theater will officially welcome the public back on Saturday with the seminar series "Vision and Craft: The Art of Filmmaking," from 1 to 5 p.m. "Kingdom Come," a documentary by first-time director Daniel Gillies, will be screened at 5:30 p.m. The buzz surrounding the reopening of the East Coast Highway venue, which closed in 1998, could have been expected to increase ticket sales, but festival organizers said they decided to offer all of the programming for free throughout the festival, which opens Thursday and runs through May 3. "We thought that this was an important opportunity to give back to community and we are hopeful that in the future, patrons and sponsors will underwrite these opportunities," said Gregg Schwenk, the festival's chief executive.
January 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice awards chose the 5-year-old Grand Del Mar in northern San Diego as the best U.S. luxury hotel and the second-best U.S. hotel too. Among hotels in the U.S., Southern California properties were scant in the top 25 best and luxury categories but did well among trendiest and relaxation/spa hotels. Best hotel in the world went to the Phoenix Resort in San Pedro, Belize , and the best U.S. hotel  was the Elysian Hotel in Chicago.
January 12, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Imagine being a Southern California kid growing up near the beach in Orange County and deciding to head to Italy on your 16th birthday to spend nine months at a boarding school, leaving behind your mother, father, younger brother and friends to follow your dream of trying to become a professional soccer player. Kris Picarelli said he was inspired by his cousin, Italian national team goalkeeper Anna Marie Picarelli, so he packed up his suitcase and boarded a plane Sept. 16, 2010, and didn't return for good until June 20, 2011, missing his sophomore year of high school.
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