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June 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A career daredevil in a T-shirt and jeans completed a 1,400-foot long high-wire walk across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday evening in a feat broadcast with a 10-second delay -- just in case. Nik Wallenda's vertiginous feat came little more than a year after he crossed Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada on a 2-inch-thick cable, covering a distance of about 1,800 feet at a height of about 180 feet. But on that crossing, he wore a harness -- unlike Sunday.  “Literally, when he finished [Niagara Falls]
June 22, 2013 | By Celine Wright
When Nik Wallenda traversed Niagara Falls on a tightrope nearly 200 feet above the ground last year, he wasn't terrified of the height, he was terrified of the tether dragging behind him. “It freaked me out like you wouldn't believe,” Wallenda says, “It was like learning to drive on the left side of the road, and then being thrown into New York City.” Wallenda is famous for his outrageous stunts and usually performs them without a...
June 21, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 23 - 29, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SPECIALS Skywire: Road to the Canyon Nik Wallenda, pictured, readies for his attempt to tight-rope walk over the Grand Canyon on Sunday. 9 p.m. Discovery MOVIES Pitch Perfect This 2012 comedy stars Anna Kendrick as an unlikely new member of a college singing group who proves to be the spark it needs in a competition.
June 15, 2013
Iain Banks Edgy Scottish novelist Iain Banks, 59, a Scottish writer who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, died Sunday. His publisher, Little Brown, announced his death but did not provide other details. Banks, whose writing took readers from rural Scotland to the edge of space, said in April that he was terminally ill with gall bladder cancer and that his soon-to-be released novel, "The Quarry," would be his last.
May 27, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On a routine patrol, park ranger Stephanie Sutton spots a looming confrontation between tourist and nature - in this case, the driver of a white SUV and a 500-pound elk. The large female elk lopes along a road shoulder in the woodsy visitors village on the canyon's South Rim. Within moments, Sutton is in the middle of a peculiar hazard known in Grand Canyon National Park as an elk jam. Cars and RVs jam on their brakes, disgorging...
May 16, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- Eric York was obsessed with the big cats -- their health, temperaments and survival rates amid the park's annual tourist invasion. For years, he wandered the area's crags, gullies and woods, tracking and tagging the region's last remaining mountain lions as a biologist for the Grand Canyon National Park. In 2007, tragedy struck. At age 37, the Massachusetts native was killed doing the job he loved, but not in the way people might guess. He wasn't mauled by a lion, but fell victim to a case of pneumonic plague he contracted doing a necropsy on a dead female cat. Because the park lacked a forensic lab, York did his postmortem for the mountain lion research program in the garage of his home in the village of about 2,000 park employees.
May 13, 2013 | By Jeff Greenwald, Special to the Los Angeles Times
SPRINGDALE, Utah - There comes a moment when you step backward off a cliff, clinging to a rope the width of your pinkie, and ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" It's inevitable. Fear of heights (and its close cousin, fear of falling) is as deeply ingrained in most of us as fear of sharks or snakes. Sometimes, though, confronting these fears is the first step to discovering a new world - a coral reef, the Amazon rainforest or the convoluted landscape of southern Utah, near Zion National Park, revealed through the fast-growing sport of canyoneering.
April 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Grand Canyon Railway is sprucing up its 90-year-old steam train with a green makeover for Earth Day, which is Monday (today). The former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train will run on eco-friendly recycled vegetable oil for the ride to the Grand Canyon. Grab a seat this month and receive half off a future visit. The deal: Diesel trains operate daily from Williams, Ariz., to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a 130-mile round-trip ride with observation cars that provide a front-row seat to the spectacular desert landscape.
April 14, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
SICILY Slide show Photographer Warner LeMenager will look at Sicily's capital city, Palermo, and nearby Monreale, with its magnificent cathedral and cloister. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. PACIFIC COAST TRAIL Slide show Shian Sung will offer tips for gear and planning and present a slide show on his five-month hike from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, a distance of 2,650 miles.
April 11, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Extensive stands of Joshua Tree National Park's peculiar namesake plants are festooned with clumps of white and yellow flowers that are drawing tourists eager to take in the scenery before the bloom wilts in the harsh desert sun. “It's one of the most prolific blooms we've seen in recent years,” interpretive park ranger Bret Greenheck said. “The bloom peaked a week ago at lower elevations, but trees on higher groundare still producing flowers.” “Some biologists think Joshua Trees bloom like this in response to stressful conditions such as drought,” Greenheck said.
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