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August 17, 2012 | Chris Erskine
I've always liked slow-moving rivers - mirrors to moonlight and literature, our first and best interstates, running over rocks, as Norman Maclean so deftly put it, "from the basement of time. " So what am I doing in the San Fernando Valley, a mile from the junction of the 405 and 101? Running a river, baby. Wall of trees to my left. Wall of trees to my right. Dozens of species of chattering birds. Minnows doing button-hooks beneath a ribbon of urban drool. Honestly, if someone blindfolded and plopped you down here, without your having chugged the freeways, without your kicking up a stampede of dust when you parked along Woodley Avenue, you might think you're in Idaho.
August 12, 2012 | By John Cherwa
- The U.S. won its second wrestling medal of the Olympics when Coleman Scott came back to win a bronze in the 132-pound class on Saturday. Scott was beaten by eventual gold medalist Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan in the semifinals but worked his way back through the repechage round. Scott beat Kenichi Yumoto of Japan in one of the two bronze matches. Besik Kudukhov of Russia won the silver and Yogeshwar Dutt of India got the other bronze. The U.S. had another chance at a medal but Tervel Dlagnev lost in a bronze-medal match to Komeil Ghasemi of Iran in the 264-pound class.
July 29, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SEATTLE - Pike Place Market. The Space Needle. Pioneer Square. Check, check and check. If you've hit these obvious Seattle destinations, you're not a newbie. But maybe you're not an insider either. So, this 21-stop Seattle checklist is for you. It skirts those three attractions and several other popular stops to make more room for Ballard, Capitol Hill, Fremont and the University District - four asset-rich Seattle neighborhoods my family and I explored on a visit last summer.
July 22, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
You've just paid for plane tickets to Pago Pago, so now it's time to make sure you have what I call the stuff of vacations - clothes, luggage, shoes. More often than not, you need at least a few new items. The hunt for new stuff must begin, but where to start? We can't promise we can get stuff for you wholesale, but we can offer tips from experts on where to look for real bargains on vacation-related items. Here are some ideas: - If EBay is your go-to for secondhand stuff, also consider . This site handles returns from major retailers, and its items are 30% to 70% off retail prices, says Tom McElroy, vice president of e-commerce.
July 9, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
After a long wait, online flight-and-hotel search resource Kayak Software Corp. announced Monday that it will sell shares at between $22 and $25 apiece, which would raise up to $100.6 million. Kayak will sell shares on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbol KYAK, the company said in an amended filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Norwalk, Conn.-based company first announced its intent to go public in November 2010, but then delayed its plans.  The bungled Facebook initial public offering in June, in which the social network's shares lost 27% of their value in two weeks, chilled the IPO market . Kayak  reportedly delayed its roadshow in the aftermath of the Facebook offering.  Kayak said in its IPO filing that it made $73.3 million in revenue in the first quarter of this year, 39% more than the same period last year.
July 9, 2012
  The shark's giant dorsal fin sliced through the sparkling blue waters off Cape Cod, trailing an oblivious kayaker as wide-eyed beach-goers watched in horror. The only thing missing was the ominous, thumping soundtrack from "Jaws," the 1975 blockbuster about a great white shark that terrorizes a seaside resort. "Shark!" people began screaming at the kayaker, who looked over his shoulder, spotted the looming fin, and paddled faster. He got away and the beach has reopened following Saturday's drama.
July 9, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - The giant dorsal fin sliced through the sparkling blue water, trailing an oblivious kayaker. Closer to shore, bathers splashed in the waves. One tourist shot video of the idyllic scene. The only thing missing was the ominous soundtrack from"Jaws,"the 1975 blockbuster about a great white shark eating its way through a seaside resort. That and terrified hordes fleeing the water. But this came soon enough, after a paddle-boarder spotted the huge fin behind the kayaker and shouted the one word sure to clear swimmers from the sea: "Shark!"
July 9, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Who says California is more laid-back than the East Coast? Just take a look at the sharks cruising off the respective coasts. Over the weekend, a  great white shark guesstimated at 14 to 18 feet attacked a fisherman's kayak off Santa Cruz, biting the front end and throwing the man into the water.  He was rescued unharmed but with quite a story to tell . That same day in the waters off Cape Cod, another great white -- estimated at...
May 5, 2012 | By Evelyn McDonnell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Punk mainstay Mike Watt was out late playing a show at the local ballet school the night before, but early on a Saturday, the bassist best known for his work with seminal indie acts fIREHOSE and the Minutemen is in San Pedro's port waters, in his kayak, a palm-sized digital camera strapped around his neck. He got a late start today - 8 a.m., not 6. So he paddles hard for the harbor entrance, barely stopping for the sea lions that dive and bob. He does, however, pause to consider the pelicans.
April 29, 2012 | By David Wharton
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The hardest part for Carrie Johnson is not knowing. The 28-year-old kayaker can handle endless days of training on the water. She can remain calm in a race — the flatwater sprint — that requires two minutes of explosive strength and steely nerves. But as Johnson prepares for her third consecutive Olympic Games this summer, something else could quash her medal hopes before she so much as reaches the starting line. "It's frustrating," she said.
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