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March 10, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
On May 19, 1836, a force of Comanche warriors accompanied by their Kiowa and Kochi allies attacked Ft. Parker in central Texas. Besides killing several of the residents of the fort, the Comanches kidnapped five captives, including 9-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker. For years, her uncle James Parker tried and ultimately failed to find her. Cynthia Ann stayed with the Comanches for 25 years, marrying a warrior and having three children, including the legendary Quanah Parker, a famed Comanche chief and leader of the Native American Church.
December 27, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Are you a film buff who received a holiday gift certificate for books? Not to worry. Here's a post-Christmas guide to three books about legendary cinema stars, and a fourth about some of Hollywood's bit players. "Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies": Christel Schmidt edited this lavish exploration of one of cinema's first film stars, who by the age of 20 had appeared in more than 100 silent movies (among them "Sparrows," "Daddy-Long-Legs" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy"). Known as "America's Sweetheart" because of her long, curly blond locks, Pickford was in reality a savvy businesswoman - the first female movie mogul.
November 15, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelers with questions about the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program can get answers at three information sessions planned this month at John Wayne Airport (SNA). The agency announced Wednesday that it would roll out the expedited security screening program at the Santa Ana airport in December. Prior to the start of the program at John Wayne, the TSA will conduct sessions at a temporary information center in Terminal A from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday (today)
November 14, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A faster security screening process for frequent travelers is scheduled to open at John Wayne Airport in December. The PreCheck program, operated by the Transportation Security Administration, lets travelers who voluntarily submit background information go through a special screening line without removing their shoes, coats or belts or taking a laptop out of a carry-on bag. Quiz: Test your knowledge about airport security The program is...
September 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelers going to and from John Wayne Airport (SNA) will find some traffic rerouting along the airport's main roadway until Sept. 15 because of an ongoing seismic retrofitting project at the Santa Ana airport.  The southbound 55 Freeway exit that leads into the airport will be reduced to one lane and will direct cars to the departure level only. If you're picking up passengers or returning rental cars to the lower arrival level, you will need to take the airport return loop to get there, according to an airport statement.
July 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The folks at Airfarewatchdog released a list Thursday of what the online travel website considers the 10 scariest airports in the U.S. I was surprised to see airports right in my backyard -- Orange County, San Diego and Catalina Island -- included. I don't regularly fly in or out of these Southland airports (I've never flown to Catalina) and I realize this is all subjective, but certainly I would have heard these claims before? I'm hoping fliers will weigh in and set me straight, but first, here's the list: --Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colo.
July 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
So the cavalry is coming. Can you hear the bugler trumpet the charge? Matt Kemp is coming! Andre Ethier is coming! And soon, some new stud before the trading deadline! Isn't that swell? All is going to be magically well. Except, of course, it's not. Not that easily, not if most of the team is waiting for someone else to be the answer. The Dodgers have lost 15 of their last 20 games. They are hanging onto first in the National League West by a half-game with the worst record (47-40)
June 25, 2012 | By Daniel Siegal, Los Angeles Times
Motorists on the 2 Freeway for the last couple of months have noticed a shadowy figure or two gazing into the distance from the hills above. Cardboard cutouts of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Gene Autry, bearing labels that read "Glendale Public Art Project 2012," have been a mystery — something their creator says is intentional. Justin Stadel, the Glassell Park resident and artist behind the cowboy cutouts, said he created the works so viewers could draw a spiritual feeling, a sense of freedom, from L.A.'s varied landscape.
June 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're looking for shuttles at John Wayne Airport (SNA) these days, you won't find them in the usual places. The Disneyland shuttle and a free parking lot shuttle have moved temporarily while the airport repaves the road at the Ground Transportation Center. Changes that went into effect Tuesday: -- Disneyland Resort Express has been relocated north of Terminal A on the airport's lower level. The stop will remain there through August. The daily shuttle operated by Southern California Gray Line charges $15 for adults and $12 for children for one-way fares from the airport to Disneyland.
June 6, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
It began as the most modest of airports - passengers trudged across the tarmac to climb aboard departing jets, a double-wide served as a terminal and on weekends, drag races were held in the parking lots. And even as John Wayne Airport grew into a larger regional transit hub, offering scores of flights each day since the late 1960s, its growth was stunted by its short runways and a cap on how many passengers could pass through the terminal gates. But the addition of two flights to Mexico that began this week - in addition to flights to Canada that began recently - has given international status to Orange County's only commercial airport.
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