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June 21, 2011 | By Alexia Campbell, Sun Sentinel
Nationwide demand for high-potency marijuana has turned Florida into a top producer of hydroponic weed, and hundreds of people are turning their homes into lucrative grow houses, local law enforcement said. The illegal drug nurseries are hidden everywhere from million-dollar homes to run-down apartments, putting unsuspecting neighbors in serious danger, police said. Some grow houses are discovered only after explosions or fires. Last year, more grow houses were seized in Florida than in any other state, despite a drop in overall numbers, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2010
The spectacular farmhouse shootout that comes midway through the Hughes brothers' "The Book of Eli" was so destructive it required an entire home to be constructed in the New Mexico desert with the specific intention of ripping it apart bit by bit. "The house had to be built with all the supports in different places than normal," production designer Gae Buckley said. That allowed them to tear away part of the front in the rocket-launcher attack and to move around the walls inside the house to accommodate the camera and lights.
HOME & GARDEN
March 20, 2010 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Really large food in grotesque proportions has always been something to admire. Big tanks of chili or those semitrucks they turn into portable barbecues to roast 100 sides of beef. It reassures me that we are in a country so plentiful we will never ever run out of sustenance. At least on that one particular day. So how could I not support what was purported to be the world's largest Rice Krispies treat, which they were assembling down at the schoolyard the other day? As a connoisseur of senseless group activities, I found it just crazy fun. I didn't actually help to build the Rice Krispies treat; that seemed too much work.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON — In the real estate brokerage field they're often known as "setups" or "pinball" homes, and this spring's improving conditions in some markets could be stimulating more of them. A setup or pinball property is a house listed with an unrealistically high asking price that pulls in lots of visits by agents and shoppers, but no offers. The problem is this: Real estate agents, including even the listing agent, are using the overpriced house as a negative example to sell similar homes in the area that carry lower asking prices.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
A couple of homes that have a place in cinematic history have been on the market lately. The Italian estate featured in the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun" is for sale at about $12.531 million U.S. Newly renovated and furnished, the gated and walled compound retains its authentic green door and shutters as a reminder of actress Diane Lane's walk up the Cortona hillside. The villa and farmhouse, which date to the 16th century, maintain their original integrity but were updated to include air conditioning, WiFi and a swimming pool.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What can a high school kid teach you about L.A.'s wetlands? Plenty at free open houses at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Marina del Rey. Students who recently completed a 10-week junior ranger program about the wetlands will be on hand to share their knowledge about this coastal remnant of a much larger margin where land meets sea. The deal: The 600-acre reserve runs along part of Ballona Creek and inland from Dockweiler State...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2001 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You can't always just invite yourself over. And if you go to too many open houses, the real estate agents start to talk. But poking around in houses other than your own is a widespread pastime. Witness the popularity of home tours, from Modernist masterpieces to ornate Victorians to Craftsman classics. Here are ways to look at some interesting houses this weekend, where you don't need an invitation. Thursday The Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. $8. $5, students and seniors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Four houses overlooking a golf course in south Orange County were red-tagged Friday after the hillside behind them collapsed the previous night amid what residents described as "crackling and popping and snapping. " The slide created a 25- to 50-foot vertical drop beneath backyard patios and fences along the 200 block of Via Ballena in San Clemente. Residents hurried to move books, clothing, sofas and other belongings to driveways and frontyards or into hastily rented moving trucks.
HOME & GARDEN
May 14, 2011 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Power, money and love fuel extravaganzas. Railroad millionaire Henry E. Huntington had all three and used them in the closing decade of his life to build his eponymous San Marino library and gardens. You know the mansion, the cactus and the Japanese tea house. What you may not know is that Huntington's estate once had a gallery dedicated to his wife, Arabella. Known as Belle, she probably was born in Alabama, and through brains and charm she became the mistress of Collis P. Huntington, financier demon of the Central Pacific Railroad.
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