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April 14, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
If you love being the first to sleep in a new hotel, this deal checks you into a hot new hotel as Las Vegas temperatures start to cool. SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is scheduled to open on Aug. 25 and has an opening offer  for a discounted stay in a superior king room when you book a minimum two-night stay by April 30. The deal offers a Sunday-Thursday rate of $109 and a weekend rate of $139 for stays Sept. 1-Dec. 27. The rate doesn't include taxes or the $25 daily resort fee. Blackout dates are Nov. 3-6. SLS Las Vegas will have three towers and more than 1,600 rooms.
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NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
If you like participating in hotel loyalty programs, you're going to be happiest with Marriott Rewards, according to a study release Friday by J.D. Power. Marriott's program ranked first among such programs with a score of 707 based on a 1,000-point scale. Marriott includes such brands as Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Ritz-Carlton. Second was IHG, which includes Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental Hotel & Resorts, among others.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
As with Wes Anderson's previous movies, there isn't a detail overlooked or a hair out of place in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” -- no mean feat given the myriad mustaches and bumper crop of beards that careen across the screen (no more than three or four of the male characters in the entire film were clean shaven). With last weekend's wider release giving more people the opportunity to check into the Grand Budapest, we checked in with makeup, hair and prosthetics designer Frances Hannon to deconstruct the whisker wizardy, walk through the sculpting of tonsorial topiaries (incuding Jeff Goldblum's epic Freudian facial fuzz)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
First, the good news: 166 acts are slated to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Now the bad: 166 acts are appearing at this year's Coachella. No one can see them all. Here are 10 acts that deserve consideration in planning your weekend viewing. Courtney Barnett To describe this Australian artist's new release, "The Double EP: A Split of Peas," as the product of a "singer and songwriter" is to suggest something less menacing than she is. Barnett's got a great way with lyrics and hooks, packing a lot of information, for example, into "Canned Tomatoes (Whole)
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Jonathan Fleming had videos of his Disney World holiday. He had a receipt from his hotel, where employees remembered him for running up a high phone bill. But the perfect alibi couldn't save Fleming from serving nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit - a murder that took place in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than 900 miles from the Florida resort. On Tuesday, Fleming, 51, walked free after the Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, dismissed the case after an examination by his office's Conviction Review Unit.
OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
What the homeless need most is permanent supportive housing. Not shelter beds, not handouts or the occasional hot meal. They need housing in a building or complex that offers the services they require - substance-abuse treatment, mental health counseling, job placement - to help them address the myriad issues that left them living on the streets in the first place. The goal of such housing is to enable them to live as independently as possible while supporting them in their efforts to make a successful transition into a stable life.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.
OPINION
April 6, 2014 | Jeremy Rifkin
Airbnb is all the talk on Wall Street. Its thirtysomething founders were nearly broke six years ago. Now it seems likely they will soon become billionaires. Their company, which connects 600,000 apartment dwellers and homeowners in 160 countries with millions of people seeking cheap lodging online, is closing a new round of private funding, and it is expected to be valued at $10 billion or more by the end of April. In one night alone during 2013, Airbnb boasted 250,000 guests staying in its members' apartments and houses.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600,  www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
Whether you long for great food, live music at Biscuits & Blues or a cable car ride, this deal for Hotel Carlton locates you near Union Square for a San Francisco visit and gives you room rates as low as $143 a night. The deal: Hotel Carlton's " Stay Two Nights, Save 20% " deal gives guests 20% off the best available rate with a minimum two-night stay at the historic 1927 Nob Hill hotel. Some dates require a minimum four-night stay for the promotion (see below). The promotion code is SAVE20, and the deal can be booked online only.
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