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As lightning lacerated the darkening sky over Mt. Whitney and thunderclaps started a deafening roll, the 13 hikers saw the old stone hut with its corrugated metal roof as a welcome refuge from the drenching downpour. It nearly became their tomb. "I was sitting on the floor, my back against one of the walls," said Edward (E.J.) Wueherer, a hiker from Tehachapi. "All of a sudden I saw this flash and I felt this jolt like on my funny bone, and my toe started burning.
April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: What it does: Helps travelers crowd fund their global adventures. Cost: Varies depending on whether you have a fixed or flexible funding campaign. There's also a PayPal fee (the method used to collect donations). What's hot: I love that many of the trips are purpose-driven. Your "funding campaign" is placed in a category such as "Charity and Volunteering," "Education and Research," "Music and Arts," "Meaningful" and more.
April 12, 1998
Regarding "Hidden Canyon Offers Cascades, Ocean Views" (Hiking, March 8), here's some of what author John McKinney "forgot": Escondido Canyon Trail is shared with horses--this means "road apples" and traffic problems. It is also under a segment of the approach path to LAX. His "handsome grotto" has stinky, stagnant water. You park a mile from the trail head and walk on a paved, well-used road with "No Parking" signs because the rich residents don't want hiking scum trashing up their high-priced enclave--understandable, but not a "good vibe."
April 22, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Here's one group that's happy about Netflix's planned price hikes: Wall Street. The video giant said Monday it will soon raise prices for new customers of its streaming service by  $1 or $2 a month as it bets its growing slate of original content will continue to draw subscribers. Existing customers will continue to pay current prices for a time.  Wall Street analysts praised the coming hikes as a way to drive profitability as...
May 2, 1993
You have had two articles running back to back about the nature trails (April 24 and April 25). The first one discussed the trails as being the latest victim in man's unrelenting abuse of nature, this time in the form of graffiti (a crime that should carry a sentence of a year's worth of community service cleaning up graffiti for a first-time offender). The latter article discussed how many are disillusioned and angry with the county's decision to charge a $23 annual trail hiking fee. Initially, I was opposed to the fee, but now I have changed my mind.
May 3, 1996
Full moons may make some people crazy. But to a group of Westside residents, a full moon means a nocturnal workout. The outdoorsy Brentwood residents hike in the Santa Monica Mountains on the evenings of full moons. Mark Stevens, who owns a fitness gym in Brentwood, says he has led groups of between five and 20 people on full-moon mountain hikes for the past eight years. "The full moon is so bright you don't even need a flashlight," Stevens said. "It's very mystical."
September 28, 2002
Re "A Few 'Squeaky Wheels' on Our Shared Trails," letter, Sept. 24: While hiking on trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, for over 20 years, I have never feared the approach of an oncoming hiker, but I have feared the approach of fast bicycles. Willis Simms Woodland Hills
July 9, 1995
Having spent more than 20 years hiking throughout the Wildrose Canyon area of Death Valley National Park, I feel compelled to correct errors in the Hiking column on Telescope Peak ("Getting a Larger Scope of Life Below," May 21). First, the round-trip hiking distance, as provided by the National Park Service, is 14 miles, not 5.2. Second, the elevation gain from the trail head at Mahogany Flat campground, elevation 8,133 feet, to the 11,049-foot summit is 2,916 feet, not 1,800. Finally, the map showed the former national monument boundaries and not those of the enlarged Death Valley National Park.
November 1, 1987
Regarding the letter from Gemma Parks Oct. 18 on the Over the Hill Gang walking group: My Rainbow Walkers group has been going for five years. It's open to all ages of adult hikers. Singles are especially invited. We walk and talk on the horse and hiking trails in the La Canada-Flintridge area. We meet the most interesting people and sights. There is a requested $1 donation; I do this on my own and don't have the backing of a nonprofit organization. Please write, including a stamped return envelope, for details.
November 29, 2005
Re "Oh, C'mon, Get Over Yourself" [Nov. 15]: I am a Sierra Club hike leader and somewhat chunky myself. Nevertheless, I have taken up walking half-marathons. I have seen many very large women finish the half, and probably some also do a full marathon. So a hefty woman can be quite strong and healthy! SHEILA ANDERSON Oak View
April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
April 2, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were "not necessarily coldhearted" in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues, including his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage. As Congress gears up for a debate on his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Obama said lawmakers would have to decide between sticking with him or sticking it to working Americans.
April 1, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Wildlife officials fatally shot an aggressive mountain lion in the foothills of south Orange County after it "stalked" a mother and her children hiking along a trail in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Authorities said the cougar was hiding in the brush near a grade school when they arrived and walked directly toward them, seemingly unafraid. The animal was shot and killed by a game warden. There had been sightings in the area near Lake Forest in February and the wilderness park was the scene of a fatal mountain lion attack in 2004, when a mountain biker was mauled to death and a woman attacked and dragged into the brush.
March 31, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Richmond, a small industrial city north of San Francisco, on Tuesday is expected to approve one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country. City leaders will vote a second - and final - time on an ordinance that will boost the hourly minimum wage to $12.30 by 2017, up from $8 an hour currently. The vote in Richmond, a city of about 100,000 residents, would follow a spate of cities and states that have passed increases to their minimum wage. Connecticut, for instance, last week passed a law that will raise the state's rate to $10.10, the same amount President Obama is calling on Congress to approve.
March 29, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
During a packed and sometimes tense four-hour public hearing Saturday, Los Angeles County transportation officials heard a litany of complaints from transit riders who said a proposed Metro fare hike would strain the budgets of students and working-class families. A crowd of more than 500 activists, students and low-wage workers packed Metro's downtown boardroom and spilled into the cafeteria as speaker after speaker pressed elected officials to avoid fare increases or service cutbacks.
March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
September 5, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Looking for an excuse to get the kids out in the fresh air this fall? Los Angeles and 10 other U.S. cities will be hosting Hike & Seek events, a combo hiking and scavenger hunt aimed at getting families outside to enjoy nature together. The one- to two-mile hikes, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation , will feature live wildlife displays, activities and interactive stations. Every child will receive map and mission guidebooks. Participants move along the trails at their own pace.
March 25, 2014 | DAVID LAZARUS
Critics of safety-net programs such as Social Security and Medicare are fond of saying that the private sector would do a much better job of protecting people thanks to the magic of the marketplace. Mike and Judy Holtzman of Laguna Woods are now experiencing the magic of the marketplace for long-term care insurance. And it stings. They were recently informed by their insurer, John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Co., that their annual premiums will almost double. They're both now in their mid-60s.
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