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April 25, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Underscoring a major theme of his Administration, President Bush traveled to a former drug smuggling hideaway in Orange County today to hand law enforcement officials more than $4 million in cash to aid their battle against drug trafficking. "Rancho del Rio has been reclaimed," Bush said in a speech to an invitation-only audience of 1,300 guests at the remote canyon ranch east of San Juan Capistrano. Referring to the ranch, Bush said, "This operation had commercial packing equipment, underground storage vaults, large vans with hidden compartments, jet aircraft and ocean-going vessels.
January 17, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Michael C. Hall of "Dexter” fame has sold the Ronald Colman estate in Hollywood Hills for $2 million. Designed and built in 1926 for British actor Colman, who was in silent and talking films, the Spanish-style compound encompasses a third of an acre with a main house, guesthouse, a courtyard garden and a tennis court turned into a garden. Within the 4,572 square feet of living space are a media room, a wine room, a library/study, five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There is a three-car garage.
March 15, 1987 | COLMAN ANDREWS
One of the most comfortable, and comforting, eating places in Los Angeles closed last Sunday evening. It was the Beverly Wilshire Hotel's El Padrino--a woody, equestrian-themed hideaway, with "21" Club tablecloths and grown-up service, founded in 1962 by the hotel's self-styled padrino ("godfather"), the late Hernando Courtright.
May 10, 2013 | Jessica Gelt
Even seasoned drinkers have mothers. This is certainly the case with the Enabler, who despite an ongoing penchant for brooding over a stiff bourbon also enjoys the simple pleasures of taking her mother out for a scoop of gelato. With Mother's Day approaching, the Enabler's thoughts have turned to her provenance, and the many sacrifices her mother made to ensure that she was well-swaddled as a child. In her early years, the Enabler was raised on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona.
October 20, 1985
The fall issue of the semi-annual travel magazine, Traveling in Style, will be found in today's Los Angeles Times. Featured are articles by such celebrities as Peter Uebberoth and Dinah Shore and others by award-winning authors Herbert Gold and Barnaby Conrad. Our own Times foreign correspondents reveal the names of little-known restaurants on the beats they cover from Tokyo to Rome.
March 30, 1997
An interesting sidelight can be added to your March 24 article on the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. When World War II started, the War Department was trying to rebuild the depleted American military machine. According to military historian, J.D. Morelock, Chief of Staff George Marshall and other officers were "frantically trying to mobilize and rearm the U.S. Army" ("Generals of the Ardennes"). At one point, the U.S. thought that the country might be invaded from the West or East coasts.
December 28, 2008 | Tom Hays, Hays writes for the Associated Press.
Doreen Giuliano was obsessed with saving her son from a life behind bars after he was convicted of murder. She gave herself an extreme makeover -- blond dye job, fake tan, sexy wardrobe, phony name -- and began spying on jurors. She befriended one juror to root out any possible misdeeds at the trial, and for nearly eight months, they drank at bars, smoked marijuana and shared meals in her tiny Brooklyn hideaway. The juror eventually opened up to her about the trial, completely unaware that this seductive older woman was the same dutiful mother who sat through the entire trial just a few feet away from him. The bizarre saga has become the basis for a defense motion filed this month demanding that the verdict be set aside, while exposing the desperate attempt that Giuliano made to win her son's freedom.
March 9, 1986
Phyllis Butler's article on Puerto Escondido (Feb. 9) was excellent. First article I have read on Mexico's hideaways that spoke my language. I prefer a bit of luxury when I travel, such as a clean bed, a shower and a good place to eat. Butler's information on the airport and the numbers of tourists that now visit the port was new to me. I also recently heard that the main street is being paved, so it is no longer going to be a secret place....
September 10, 1997
The cottage colony at Crystal Cove State Park is "the last survivor of its type and period along the Southern California coast," according to the National Register of Historic Places. But now a posh resort may be added. Home Sweet Home After years of cursing falling real estate values, homeowners in Orange County have something to cheer. Median prices are rising steadily and foreclosures, above, are at the lowest level in five years.
November 18, 2011 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Cuyama Valley is just 30 miles northeast of Santa Barbara and two hours from downtown Los Angeles, but it's a world of its own, rimmed by stark, rugged mountains, sparsely populated and little known. At the extreme southern end of the valley, the location where Cuyama Orchards grows apples is particularly remote, surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest, with only bobcats and bears as neighbors; it has no telephone lines or cellphone reception, and when it rains hard, the adjacent Cuyama River floods the only incoming road for a week or more.
October 29, 2011
Hilo is quiet and green and close to the volcanoes. A great place to stay is a house called the Zen Hideaway, at It can sleep as many as six and is beautifully furnished. It's in the country and quiet, but you can walk to downtown Hilo. Zen Hideaway, (877) 849-8986, . One to four guests, $179 a night (with a five-night minimum). $1,250 a week. $195 a night for a four-night stay. Kent Webster Newbury Park
May 22, 2011 | By Dinah Eng
Lush greenery and water features make this contemporary home in upper Laurel Canyon a tranquil hideaway with an indoor-outdoor flow that invites outdoor entertaining. The two-bedroom home, near the Mulholland Tennis Club, features custom interior finishes and doors that open from nearly every room to either the enclosed front courtyard or the private backyard with saltwater pool. The house, built in 1960, is owned by James White Jr., a fashion and celebrity portrait photographer whose cover shots can be seen in publications such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and GQ. Neighborhood residents include many in the entertainment industry and other professionals.
May 6, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Special to The Times
Brazilian-born leading man Rodrigo Santoro splits his time between Hollywood and Rio but certainly gets the best from our city whenever he's in town. Following breakout turns in "Love Actually" and "Charlie's Angels II," Santoro has appeared in TV's "Lost" and Steven Soderbergh's two-part epic "Che," and plays the lead in "There Be Dragons," which opens nationwide today. We dare you not to swoon as he describes the perfect date, gives a harmonica lesson and tips us off to his casual haunts.
May 2, 2011 | By Jason La, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
For years, U.S. intelligence officials speculated that Osama bin Laden was hiding out in the nether regions of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. You might imagine remote caves, badlands and jagged rocks. But Abbottabad , in northern Pakistan, where a U.S. special forces team killed Bin Laden early Monday, is more getaway town and less rugged hideout. Situated at an elevation of about 4,100 feet, Abbottabad is a popular summer destination in Pakistan. The town, north of Islamabad and east of Peshawar, experiences cool summers, a major plus in a country where temperatures in some areas routinely exceed 100 degrees in the summer.
March 6, 2011 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When French travel writer Pierre Loti took an ox cart to Angkor shortly after Westerners rediscovered it in the 19th century, he found creeper-choked ruins and the profound silence of the Cambodian jungle. Siem Reap, population 100,000, now at its threshold, has scores of fancy resort hotels, a pub street, a new branch of the national museum and an international airport where millions of tourists arrive every year to see the fabled temples of Angkor. The Khmer Empire, which ruled much of Southeast Asia from 800 to 1400, built monuments all over Cambodia, but the rigors of getting to them, many in rough territory ringed by land mines left after Cambodia's long civil war, kept many travelers away.
February 6, 2011 | By Darrell Satzman
Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Portman slept here. So did pop sensation Joe Jonas. Just not at the same time. A quintessentially Hollywood vibe blends with echoes of Roaring '20s elegance in this well-preserved Spanish Colonial Revival home. Tucked into a steep Los Feliz hillside and featuring expansive city and canyon views, the quirky Hollywood Hills hideaway was built for a Los Angeles businessman in 1929 at a cost of about $11,000. Academy-Award winning puppeteer Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, owned the home in the 1990s.
November 19, 2010 | By Beverly Beyette, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Entering the Charlie Chaplin cottage, I stooped to avoid hitting my head. At 5 feet 8, I'm about 3 inches taller than Chaplin. (It's said the Little Tramp had the door made small so his guests would have to bow as they entered.) I was at the Charlie, an eccentric but charming West Hollywood hotel occupying a cluster of cottages where, it's also said, Gloria Swanson, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and other screen luminaries once lived. They are among the famous for whom the cottages are named.
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