April 23, 2012 |
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in Ecuador with the kids in the wake of their engagement news, but as usual it's something of a working vacation for Jolie, who last week was promoted from goodwill ambassador to special envoy in her continuing gig with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was destination Galapagos Islands for the six kids and their folks, with Mom making time to visit a refugee settlement as well. Over the weekend, Jolie met with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino in the capital city, Quito, and also showed up at Providencia, a settlement in the rain forest near the banks of the San Miguel River, which forms Ecuador's border with Colombia.
December 26, 1999 |
The experienced traveler has seen the Changing of the Guard, the cliff divers at Acapulco, the Taj Mahal. Such a traveler, weary of the picture-book sights to which everyone goes, craves something new, different and somewhat exotic--but still inexpensive. For this type of traveler, there are some unusual trips being offered this spring, priced so well that they need to be booked now, in winter, before space is gone.
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January 18, 1988 |
The exceptionally strong El Nino weather phenomenon in 1982 to 1983 that devastated human and marine life was a boon for terrestrial plants and birds on the Galapagos Islands, ecologists say.
January 24, 2001 |
As cleanup teams worked Tuesday to contain an oil spill threatening rare wildlife in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, the Ecuadorean government said that favorable ocean currents have spared one of the world's most significant and sensitive ecosystems from an ecological disaster.
May 15, 1989 |
When the (Oceanside) Blade-Tribune ran a series of critical articles about the finances of Tri-City Medical Center, administrators at the hospital were quick to register their protest at what they thought was sensationalism. They canceled the hospital's three subscriptions to the paper and shelved plans to run any further advertising. That's not an unusual response in the newspaper business, and Publisher Thomas Missett gave it little mind. What did strike Missett as strange was when the Blade-Tribune's coin-operated rack disappeared from outside the hospital.
November 12, 1999 |
A wondrous blending of art and science, the Imax 3-D film "Galapagos" finds Carole Baldwin, a Smithsonian marine biologist, retracing Darwin's 1835 journey to the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador that yielded his theory of evolution. The isolation of the Galapagos that made it such a rich habitat both on land and sea remains the same--at least for now.
January 28, 1990 |
It is one of the most vivid memories of my early childhood: I awoke from a fever dream, and I was seized with an awful realization: "I do not belong here!" The stucco house in Culver City was not my home; the man and woman sleeping in the next room were not my parents; I was out of place, out of time, a foundling who suddenly discovers that he was somehow mislaid by princes or pirates. And then, of course, the fever passed, and I was myself again.
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September 30, 2006 |
This is a story about an unusual-looking 40-foot boat with two outriggers and a legend attached. As legends go, this one is way out there. Or, if you like, way up there. The boat's owner, Tom Kardos of Aliso Viejo, isn't all that keen about talking about it, although he believes it's true. "My wife says if I talk about it, make a one-sentence comment and then don't come back to it," Kardos says.
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November 20, 2005 |
Should she risk meeting me on the street where her uncle was killed? Not with the killer on the loose, Tony Cobos' niece decided. She didn't want to drive there alone and get spotted by one of the gangbangers. Most of her uncle's immediate family, the ones who witnessed the killing, have gone into hiding in fear for their lives. So we met a couple of blocks away. Cobos' niece got into my car, and we drove over together.
September 8, 2002 |
Visit the Galapagos Islands--Ecuador's legendary wildlife preserve--and the Spanish colonial capital of Quito on a low-cost tour that combines a three-night island cruise with a mainland hotel stay. Seven-day packages, from $999 per person, double occupancy, are available through Dec. 23. The Galapagos, 600 miles off Ecuador's coast, are considered a showcase of evolution in action.