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July 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Reggae rock comes to Santa Catalina Island with a Friday night beach concert by Dirty Heads. Tickets cost $30 each, but you can score a free ticket if you buy a round-trip boat package for $70.  -- The deal: The Dirty Heads in Concert package includes same-day, round-trip boat fare between Long Beach and Avalon. Simpkin Project and HB Surround Sound open the concert from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Descanso Beach Club, an easy walk from the boat dock. Concertgoers travel on a Catalina Classic Cruises chartered boat from the terminal at the Queen Mary parking lot, 1046 Queens Highway, Long Beach.
May 19, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
They fly low and slow over the border, their wings painted black and motors humming faintly under moonlit skies. The pilots, some armed in the open cockpits, steer the horizontal control bar with one hand and pull a latch with the other, releasing 250-pound payloads that land with a thud, leaving only craters as evidence of another successful smuggling run. Mexican organized crime groups, increasingly stymied by stepped-up enforcement on land, have...
May 4, 2011
Harold Garfinkel UCLA sociologist studied common sense Harold Garfinkel, 93, a longtime UCLA sociology professor whose groundbreaking work examined the importance of common sense in everyday situations, died April 21 of congestive heart failure at his home in Pacific Palisades, said his wife Arlene. "He was one of the major sociologists of the 20th century," said UCLA sociology professor John Heritage, who wrote a book about Garfinkel. "His main contribution was to essentially undermine and reverse a number of assumptions sociologists made of the world.
April 4, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The survivors lay on green cots Sunday in the musty halls of the Turkish ship that rescued them from the besieged western Libyan coastal city of Misurata. Some looked like mummies, eyes bandaged, foreheads wrapped in gauze, legs braced after shrapnel had ripped through them. Others hobbled through the ship's halls on crutches, or with metal bolts in their shattered arms. A few wanly flashed their fingers in V-shaped victory signs. The ambulatory moved to the deck of the white cruise ship as it docked for several hours in the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi to take on board more injured civilians for the trip to Turkey.
March 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
San Francisco’s "other" bridge -- the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge -- marks its 75th year as the span of choice for access to the East Bay. The bridge is a year older than the more famous Golden Gate Bridge, which will hit the 75-year mark in May 2012. A new ferry cruise will begin sailing under both bridges starting in May. The Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise from Red and White Fleet ferries will sail in a 90-minute loop daily, taking in the waterfront and skyline of San Francisco along the way. Tours leave at 3:30 p.m. May 25 to Sept.
February 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For Groupon groupies (and wannabes), here's a cool deal on Southern California 's Santa Catalina Island that includes transportation and a two-night stay for $249 plus tax. The deal can be used midweek or weekends, but you must purchase by Saturday night. The deal: With the Groupon offer, you get two round-trip ferry tickets on Catalina Express and two nights at the Hermosa Hotel and Catalina Cottages in Avalon, a budget hotel a half block from the beach. The rooms in the offer are specified as B room in the hotel or a B cottage; check out the room amenities and detail s on the hotel's website.
February 24, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
When Alaska state Rep. Sharon Cissna passed through airport security a few months ago, the false breast she has worn since her mastectomy set off an alert on the new full-body scanner and triggered what she called a "humiliating" pat-down search. Last week, it happened again. The Anchorage Democrat was leaving Seattle to return to the legislative session in Juneau when her prosthetic breast sent her once again toward the rubber gloves. "The horror began again," she recalled, except this time, she refused.
November 24, 2010 | By Michael Reicher, Los Angeles Times
The Balboa Island Ferry and the shops along Marine Avenue are some of the most charming places in Southern California. Unless you're disabled, according to Arnie Pike. Pike and a co-plaintiff are suing the city of Newport Beach to make Balboa Island more accessible. They say that there aren't enough disabled parking spaces along the main shopping street, that the sidewalks are too crowded with benches and signs, and that the Balboa Island Ferry is inaccessible. After two years of negotiations and court proceedings, the parties are going to trial.
October 10, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In an era when a movie ticket routinely costs $11 or more, finding any kind of thrill for less than $10 gets harder and harder. So let's thank our stars for national and state parks. If you assume two travelers per car, plenty of parks fit our frugal-travel purposes just fine. Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park: This is more stroll than hike ? half a mile, round-trip, on a paved path from a busy parking lot in Yosemite Valley ? but this year-round fall is a fine place to begin any exploration of Yosemite's grandeur.
September 30, 2010 | By David S. Cloud, Alex Rodriguez and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Pakistan's closure of a key border crossing to NATO supply convoys Thursday demonstrates the risks to the Obama administration as it adopts a more aggressive strategy to deal with Afghan insurgents that operate from Pakistani territory. The shutting of the border to NATO convoys came after Pakistani military officials said two of the alliance's helicopters crossed into Pakistan's Kurram tribal region along the Afghan border before dawn Thursday and fired on paramilitary troops at the Mandata Kandaho border patrol post.
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