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June 27, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Fountains of Bellagio are America's top tourist attraction, according to TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards . Since opening in 1998, the shimmering, dancing fountains - about 1,200 in all - have delighted visitors to the Las Vegas Strip with more than 190,000 performances. The displays are choreographed by WET Design of Los Angeles, the fountains' creators. The latest additions to the musical repertoire - “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” by the Beatles, “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, and “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller - highlight the range of tunes to which the fountains dance.
April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Southern Section Division 1 rankings are about to undergo a major change after Scott Shultz (9-0) threw a two-hit shutout on Friday, helping Fountain Valley defeat Huntington Beach, 6-0, to complete a two-game sweep of the Oilers and send Fountain Valley (15-6, 9-1) into first place in the Sunset League. Daniel Patzlaff, Dillon Persinger, Willie Aguilar and Junior Aguilar each had two hits. Schultz, who saved Wednesday's 9-7 victory over No. 1-ranked Huntington Beach, struck out five and walked two. In the Trinity League, Griffin Canning got the save and JJ Carr had two hits in Santa Margarita's 2-1 win over Servite.
March 28, 2011
Who knew the downtown grounds of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power could be so picturesque? In this photo, Times reader "kayone73" captures the complex's fountains at dusk. On the left is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion , home of the Los Angeles Opera. Hidden behind a stream of water in the back right is the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall , one of the world's most acoustically sophisticated concert halls. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Fountain Valley had its hitting attack in high gear on Wednesday, and No. 1 Huntington Beach was beaten by the Barons, 9-7, in a Sunset League game. Fountain Valley (14-6, 8-1) received three hits and four RBIs from Oregon-bound Daniel Patzlaff. Dan Rosica delivered a two-run double during a three-run fifth when Fountain Valley rallied from a 7-5 deficit. Huntington Beach (15-3, 8-2) received three hits from Cooper Moore. The two teams play again on Friday at Fountain Valley.
May 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Oil was poured Wednesday into a dry fountain in front of the Exxon building in Manhattan, and a caller claiming responsibility said it was in retaliation for the company's giant oil spill in Alaska. A caller identifying himself only as an Alaskan told the Associated Press that he and a fellow Alaskan had dumped 50 gallons of oil in the Exxon fountain, which has been under repair. The caller said the pair put the oil in the fountain so Exxon executives "might feel a little closer to the story" of the oil that spilled March 24 from the tanker Exxon Valdez and "to protest that it's taking a long time to clean up."
As Laguna Beach struggles to keep the Festival of the Arts from moving to San Clemente, the city is looking to rid itself of another, less popular piece of public art: the water sculpture in front of City Hall. It's never been among the more popular pieces of artwork in the arty town, this 12-foot inverted cone that splashes water onto a tiny walled-in area. It's never worked right.
December 29, 2010 | Valli Herman, Special to The Times
Fantasy buildings are so last century in Las Vegas . Now the buzz is about fantasy experiences, the latest of which are tied to an MGM Resorts casino loyalty program called M life Players Club. The payoff isn’t just in coupons for dinner or hotel room deals but also in the kinds of special-access events at MGM properties that merit bragging rights -- a day of directing the songs at the Fountains of Bellagio , a cameo appearance in a Cirque du Soleil production at Aria Resort & Casino , or cooking lessons with celebrity chef Rick Moonen at Mandalay Bay .  To give travelers a taste of the new idea, MGM Resorts is simultaneously launching a sweepstakes that will accompany the Jan. 11 start of M life.
April 5, 1987
I was intrigued by a quote in your March 1 story, "Plaza del Sol: Eastside Mall Seeks Sunshine." Stella Bustos, described as a former public relations director and manager of Plaza del Sol, reacted to the absence of a drinking fountain in the mall with: "I am somewhat angry at the mentality of these Anglo men who come in and think Mexicans don't get thirsty." Times have changed. When the same thing happened at Dodger Stadium 25 years ago, we understood the fountains were omitted not because baseball fans didn't get thirsty, but because water was free whereas beer and sodas produced profits.
September 24, 1997
The aging Neptune Fountain at Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estates will get a much-needed face-lift as soon as a restoration of the surrounding plaza has been completed. The City Council has approved spending $101,578 to refurbish the 19th-century white marble fountain at the center of the plaza. The fountain is a replica of the famous bronze Neptune fountain in Bologna, Italy, and was part of an old villa in Venice for more than a century before it was donated to the city in 1930.
August 20, 1988 | Associated Press
Kentuckians gathered Friday evening on the banks of the Ohio River for the dedication and first performance of the 400-foot-high Louisville Falls Fountain, billed as the world's tallest floating fountain. The fountain, on an octagonal barge 39 feet across, is a gift to the city from Mary and Barry Bingham Sr., who donated $2.6 million for its construction and maintenance for three years. Bingham, patriarch of a three-generation media family, died Monday at age 82.
March 6, 2014 | By Philip Brandes
“Every great artist has freed himself from something - his family, his nation, his race,” warns the worldly mentor to an aspiring painter in Chaim Potok's semi-autobiographical novel, “My Name Is Asher Lev.” As the Fountain Theatre's affecting L.A. premiere of Aaron Posner's three-actor stage adaptation eloquently illustrates, the greater the artist, the more painful sacrifices that separation entails. Posner's script skillfully retains the book's introspective narrative voice, philosophical insights and essential plot points, as its title character (played with convincing passion by Jason Karasev)
March 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to carry a water bottle there. Why? Because the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban the sale of single-use bottles of water in city buildings and parks and at city-permitted events, making San Francisco the largest municipality in the country to phase out plastic water bottles. The ban will cover indoor events starting Oct. 1, and will be extended to all events by 2016. There would be exceptions for some sports outings, such as foot races, and planners could apply for waivers if they can't secure a water supply.
February 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Fountain Valley Coach Ron La Ruffa will be inducted into the school's baseball Hall of Fame on Feb. 15 at 9:45 a.m. during a ceremony on the school's baseball diamond. He came to Fountain Valley in 1989 and had three head coaching tenures: 1989-98, 2000-02 and 2010-12. He won seven Sunset League championships and two Southern Section titles.  
November 21, 2013 | Sam Farmer
A first chance has given Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians a second wind. Arians was an interim coach last season when he led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs, then became the first fill-in to be named NFL coach of the year. Ten months ago, the Cardinals became the first NFL team to hire him as a head coach, and clearly he's invigorated. "There's no doubt about that," Arians, 61, said by phone Thursday. "The hours are still the same, but it doesn't feel the same. " Said his son, Jake: "When he was in Pittsburgh [as Steelers offensive coordinator]
November 15, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The weight loss that follows a successful bariatric surgery makes most patients feel younger. But a new study suggests that following bariatric surgery, some patients show signs of being biologically younger, as well. At Stanford University, researchers looked for evidence of change in bariatric surgery patients by measuring their telomeres -- regions of repeating DNA sequences at the end of a chromosome that grow a little shorter with age and chronic illness. Telomeres are considered a biomarker of the aging process.
October 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Zac Efron , who seems to be in every other movie these days, still found time to pick up a home in Hollywood Hills recently for $3.995 million. The former teen idol, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway. The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city-to-ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry.
January 16, 1997
When Palos Verdes Estates became a city nearly 60 years ago after a close incorporation election, the victors were said to have danced around the landmark Neptune Fountain at Malaga Cove Plaza. Now, residents in the seaside community have another reason to do a celebration dance: They have finally raised enough money to restore the aging fountain and give the surrounding outdoor plaza a face-lift.
August 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
ITALY * A man banned from fishing coins out of Rome's Trevi Fountain was arrested after police said he collected a 50-pound bag of money from its waters. Roberto Cercelletta, 50, was taken into custody for investigation of theft and resisting arrest, police said. Tourists toss money into the fountain in keeping with a legend that says those who toss coins into its waters will return to Rome someday.
August 19, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Six people, including two teenagers, were sent to the hospital after a car crashed into a Fountain Valley tutoring center Monday. A 76-year-old Huntington Beach man crashed his 2011 black Buick into the Tutoring Club in the 9900 block of Ellis Avenue about 12:30 p.m., the Fountain Valley Police Department said in a statement. The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. “The vehicle went through the building and crashed into the back wall,” said Tony Cappolino, operations chief with the Fountain Valley Fire Department.
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