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September 23, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writer
Less than half a mile of Intracoastal Waterway lies between the South Carolina mainland and its beachfront neighbors here, Sullivans Island and the Isle of Palms. But, in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo on Friday, that gulf had come to seem enormous. Across the water lay the hint of disaster: Nowhere had the mighty storm struck with such devastating force. Up to 20 citizens who had defied orders and waited out the storm on the oceanfront could be in grave peril. No one knew their fate.
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April 4, 2014 | By David Farley
ACHILL ISLAND, Ireland  - Instead of asking if I wanted to see the dessert menu, the waiter took a surreptitious look around the restaurant and asked, sotto voce, "Do you want to go to the coziest pub in all of Ireland?" Before I could answer, he offered that Lynott's Pub, housed in an ancient stone building, had only four tables and that there would likely be a "trad session" - live traditional music - happening. It was my first night on Achill Island, Ireland's largest island, and I didn't have much of a plan.
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WORLD
February 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued their quiet negotiations Saturday to bring an end to their nations' World War II dispute over four Pacific islands, a disagreement that has hampered relations between the two nations for nearly 70 years. Amidst shifting diplomatic dynamics in the Asian Pacific region, Putin and Abe met on the fringes of the Winter Olympic Games in the southern Russian resort of Sochi to discuss improving trade ties and how to resolve conflicting sovereignty claims to the islands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Trying to restore its luster as a tourist destination, this cozy harbor town is undergoing its most ambitious overhaul since chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. built the town's signature feature in 1929: Avalon Casino. More than half a dozen projects are underway or planned in the 2-square-mile community, including a museum, hotel, spa, aquatic facility, chapel and wine-tasting room. Renovations are planned for the island's golf course, and the oceanfront beach club is expanding.
NEWS
January 17, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure
Try: New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf islands Check out: The diverse and ecologically unique wildlife and flora, including the flightless kiwi bird and the kauri tree. Don't forget: Your swimsuit -- the Great Barrier island has some of the world's most stunning beaches and best surfing. Stop by: Waiheke Island and tour some of the native wineries.
TRAVEL
July 13, 1986
Just a note of appreciation for your many articles about little-known gems such as the islands in Nino Lo Bello's June 15 story. These are the kinds of places I love to visit, especially since they are rarely crowded with other sightseers, like me. You might pass on to Lo Bello, however, that Quessant does not have the distinction of being "the nearest parcel of French soil to the United States," not by a long shot. In fact, not by the width of the Atlantic. That honor goes to the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon (the latter by a whisper)
TRAVEL
January 17, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure
I walked along a wild, isolated beach, my bare feet sinking into damp sand as I listened to waves tumbling onto the shore. A lone surfer was catching foaming swells and then disappearing into the sea, popping up later in another place with his board. I had seen no one else in the two hours I'd been walking. Earlier that day, a nine-passenger twin-engine Islander had deposited me here, bumping down on the grass runway at Great Barrier Island, 65 miles and a world away from Auckland, New Zealand.
WORLD
May 27, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - Four years ago the emir of Qatar was sailing his yacht through the Ionian Sea when he spotted a patch of tiny islands. Spellbound by what he saw - six specks of sun-soaked lush greenery jutting from translucent, turquoise Greek waters - the oil-rich monarch decided to buy them. The purchase proved a royal headache. Although the ownership deeds were clear and the government had waived its right to reclaim the pine-covered atolls, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani was put at the maddening mercy of Greek bureaucracy.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Oahu visitors can experience the music and dance Hawaiians enjoyed before the arrival of white settlers at an event on Feb. 1. “Pre-contact Hawaii: Hula Kahiko, Mele & Oli” will feature an evening of stories, ancient hula, chants and songs at the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu 's Capitol Historic District. The site preserves two of the oldest houses in the islands, built and used by Christian missionaries who arrived in the early 1800s. The celebration gets underway with a free panel discussion from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by cultural performances.
NEWS
December 21, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Oahu 's Polynesian Cultural Center kicks off 2013 -- its 50th anniversary year -- with a new movie depicting the people and places of Hawaii. The premiere is expected in late January. The film promises high-definition images of erupting volcanoes and cascading waterfalls while also sharing Hawaii's unique culture. “The multi-generational story line springs from a moolelo, a Hawaiian tale of ancestors, the creation of ... these islands, and its special meaning in their hearts and identity,” P. Alfred Grace, the center's chief operating officer, said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 40-year-old woman who became unresponsive Saturday morning while diving off San Clemente Island was airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter to San Diego for emergency care. The woman regained consciousness after being helped to the surface by other divers, but the group decided to call for help from the Coast Guard, officials said. Within minutes, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was hovering overhead and the crew hoist the woman aboard. She was flown to San Diego, where emergency medical personnel were waiting, the Coast Guard said.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A news report has raised questions about how New York City jail officials handle at-risk inmates after a troubled 56-year-old former Marine was found dead in a Rikers Island cell where the temperature at one point had reportedly exceeded 100 degrees. “He basically baked to death,” one official with knowledge of Jerome Murdough's death told the Associated Press. The wire service reported that Murdough was mentally ill, homeless and had been arrested for trespassing after trying to curl up and sleep in an enclosed stairwell on a chilly winter night.
AUTOS
March 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The classic car market continued to cruise in high gear over the weekend at the annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Nearly $67 million worth of rare machinery changed hands at auction while a pair of lesser-known, ultra-rare marques took home the show's most prestigious trophies. The Amelia concours event has been held on the Florida island every year since 1996, and has donated over $2.25 million to charity in that time. Although not quite on par with the Pebble Beach auto week held in August, the Amelia event is considered one of the more prestigious classic car shows in the U.S. This year, attendance grew to more than 29,000 people -- up from 25,000 in 2013 -- and featured 325 cars on display during the show, organizers said.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Like art, music and fashion, roller coasters speed through trends in a never-ending pursuit of the latest and greatest record-setting feat. Over the years, theme parks have introduced all sorts of "world's first" coaster designs billed as the fastest, tallest or longest -- only to be overtaken in subsequent summers by faster, taller and longer behemoths. Photos: Banshee inverted coaster at Ohio's Kings Island So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that Ohio's Kings Island will introduce the world's longest inverted coaster in April with an under-the-track design that last reigned supreme in the 1990s.
IMAGE
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
You dream of a getaway to Tahiti (or perhaps it's just a day trip to Topanga). You conjure visions of sun and surf, swaying palms and fragrant blooms. Luckily, you can dress the part. Michael Kors' vision for spring? "A modern pinup at the beach. " At the spring 2014 shows, his offerings included a grass green and white blossom-print bikini top paired with a matching pencil skirt for the ultimate in casual luxe. FULL COVERAGE: Spring fashion Fausto Puglisi used palm trees in prints on long skirts and kicky dresses.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Fans of the quieter side of Catalina Island, rejoice. Quiet and rustic Two Harbors is going a bit posh with two new vacation rental homes that elevate the lodgings lineup offered on the western end of the island. Three-bedroom Casa Santa Cruz sleeps eight and four-bedroom Casa Santa Rosa sleeps 10. Both offer harbor views and ocean access 20 land miles from the town of Avalon. The homes come with amenities such as televisions, grills, balconies and decks, dishwashers and fireplaces.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By David Pagel
Stillness, silence and calm are probably not the first features that come to mind when contemporary art is mentioned. Scandal is far more likely to make the headlines. But if you spend any time with Scot Heywood's slow paintings, you might get excited by the way they alert you to the beauty of doing nothing more than standing still and staring. To see a two-, three- or four-color painting by the 62-year-old Angeleno is to find yourself in a situation free of the ordinary anxiety - or adrenalin buzz - that usually heightens perceptions, sharpens wits and drives life forward.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
The other day, when TripAdvisor listed the ten top islands in its new Travelers' Choice poll, I decided I needed to get out more. I'd been to only three. Then I noticed what was missing. So to Hellas (that's Greece) with their list. Since these things are just arbitrary conversation-starters anyway, I'm pretending to be incensed and making my own. No crowd-sourced wisdom, just my memory. I should admit it's been 20 years since I've laid eyes on some of these places, but I have seen them all. One of the reasons we love islands, I think, is that the way they hold onto their own cultures, even as the surrounding world changes by the day. Also, these are not all swimsuit destinations.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Federal officials will investigate the crash of a twin-engine plane shortly after takeoff from Lanai Airport in Hawaii, killing three people and leaving three injured. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what happened to the Piper PA31 craft which crashed then burned shortly after takeoff around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. The NTSB will be the lead investigative agency, he said.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
The other day, when TripAdvisor listed the ten top islands in its new Travelers' Choice poll, I decided I needed to get out more. I'd been to only three. Then I noticed what was missing. So to Hellas (that's Greece) with their list. Since these things are just arbitrary conversation-starters anyway, I'm pretending to be incensed and making my own. No crowd-sourced wisdom, just my memory. I should admit it's been 20 years since I've laid eyes on some of these places, but I have seen them all. One of the reasons we love islands, I think, is that the way they hold onto their own cultures, even as the surrounding world changes by the day. Also, these are not all swimsuit destinations.
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