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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa. Unchecked by natural predators, the kingsnake population has exploded, say U.S. Geological Survey biologists helping the Spanish archipelago attempt to control the highly adaptive and secretive predators. "The kingsnakes in question are from a species found in San Diego and bred in captivity," said Robert Fisher, a research biologist with the USGS.
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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
April 20, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Kauai's Na Pali Coast is too rugged for roads, but it can be admired by land, sea and air. For some travelers, it is the most compelling part of the North Shore. Land options: The Kalalau Trail begins in Haena State Park, next to Kee Beach, at the end of Kuhio Highway. It's 11 miles each way, muddy and steep. The path, full of rocks and wayward roots, climbs slopes, dips to the beach and crosses five valleys. If you want to hike six or more miles of it, you'll need enough food and gear to camp at least one night, perhaps two or three.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
TRAVEL
April 19, 2014 | By April Orcutt
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - "Don't dip your head into the dark chocolate," a male voice behind me said. Dark melted chocolate swirled in 2-foot-wide pots, filling the air with the scent of cocoa as our group toured the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Kailua Kona on the Big Island. During our weeklong trip to the Big Island in October, my husband, Michael, and I had decided that when we weren't snorkeling, we would explore its back roads, an investigation that soon turned into a do-it-yourself foodie tour of the Kona Coast.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details. Early Friday morning in the high desert outside of Palm Springs, menacing Baltimore synth pop band Future Islands was responsible for a memorably challenging, if ultimately victorious, sold-out gig. Drawing a wild bunch of uber-fans to journey up a winding, moonlit road to Pappy & Harriet's, the far-out roadhouse at the edge of cellphone coverage, the quartet performed one of its typically rambunctious...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 42-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to firing a Glock more than 50 times  at the Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Mark Gurrola, of Garden Grove, pleaded guilty to 54 felony counts of shooting at an occupied building and two additional felony counts of aggravated assault, with sentencing enhancements for using a firearm, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. Prosecutors wanted a longer prison sentence, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky ménage à trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedrich Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son. Throw them all together on one of the remotest spots on Earth and simmer until things come to a steamy boil. You couldn't make this stuff up, and, as a lively new documentary reports, you don't have to. "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" tells a humdinger of a story about wild doings on those celebrated islands off the coast of Ecuador.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Looking to cram this weekend for the upcoming Coachella festival? The below records by artists playing at the annual festival, which begins April 11, are worthy of pre-festival focus: The Knife, “Shaking the Habitual” (Rabid Records) Swedish avant-pop duo the Knife have been releasing records for 15 years, confounding expectations, drawing followers, crafting a strange, visually impressive project of which music is the most prominent of many disciplines. Their videos are a trip, and their performances are legendary.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Times staff writers
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off April 11. The Times' pop music staffers weigh in on the artists they're most looking forward to seeing. Chance the Rapper: This Chicago-born artist is one of the great hopes of a new hip-hop generation. His masterful "Acid Rap" mixtape set ears ablaze when released in 2013, and that's why Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, is known in the rap world. To CNN viewers, the 20-year-old artist is a shining star of "Chicagoland," the network's documentary about local politics, a city struggling against gang violence and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's attempts at addressing both.
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.
SCIENCE
May 16, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Tiger snakes on some islands around Australia have evolved to reach twice the normal size of their mainland counterparts, while those on other islands have not or have even gotten smaller, a finding that has perplexed some researchers. Biologists have generally argued that comparisons between island and mainland species should be based on adult size, but a French herpetologist now argues that it is birth size that is most important -- at least for snakes. If the available prey on an island is larger than their normal prey, then those snakes born with bigger mouths -- required because the reptiles ingest their food whole -- have the best chance of surviving.
TRAVEL
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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