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January 24, 1999 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC classics professor Dick Caldwell will host a tour to Greece and Turkey this summer. Sporades Tours is offering 14 days in Greece (June 21 to July 4), which will include Athens, the Peloponnesus, northern Greece and two islands. Then it's 13 days in Turkey (July 5 to 17), which will include the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, a four-day yacht cruise and Istanbul. Cost: $3,480 per person, double occupancy, for both countries.
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March 19, 1995 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-day art tour of Vietnam to visit studios and galleries of emerging artists whose work reflects the French colonial period leaves May 26 and is guided by a Vietnamese art expert. Participants will also visit master craftsmen at a lacquerware workshop. Stops are made at the ancient imperial city of Hue, where the dynasty of the Nguyen emperors began; the Cu Chi tunnels; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, and a boat cruise in Ha Long, with its limestone islands and grottoes.
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December 17, 1995 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baja California Tours is offering a weeklong tour to see migrating gray whales in Baja, Mexico, Feb. 10. The tour leaves from San Diego. Participants will go whale-watching for three days at Scammons Lagoon, Lopez Mateos and San Carlos near La Paz. Cost: $999 per person, double occupancy, including air-conditioned motor-coach transportation with bilingual guide, accommodations for six nights in Catavina, Guerrero Negro, Loreto, Puerto San Carlos and La Paz, some meals and sightseeing.
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May 26, 1996 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hike the ancient Spanish route of Camino de Santiago to the city of Santiago de Compostela with Just Walk, an adventure walking company based in Aspen, Colo. Two 11-day treks, scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 30, offer history, dramatic sightseeing and a daily hiking pace of nine to 12 miles. This hike is suited for both the novice and the seasoned hiker.
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January 29, 1998 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jonathon Brandmeier--longtime top morning-drive broadcaster in Chicago among adults 25 to 54 years old--made his debut here last week talking about the pair of Pamela Anderson Lee sex videotapes. A video with husband Tommy Lee of rock band Motley Crue had previously been released on the Internet, and now there were reports of another involving the former "Baywatch" actress and Poison's Bret Michaels. Brandmeier hadn't seen the Tommy Lee tape, but he was playing back the audio portion on the air.
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July 16, 1995 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 10-day trek Sept. 22 in the Everest region of Nepal takes participants to the land of the Sherpas. Guests will get views of Mt. Everest and other 26,000- to 28,000-foot peaks and will camp by the turquoise water of Gokyo Lake. En route to Nepal, participants will stay overnight in Bangkok, Thailand. After resting a day in Katmandu, the group will fly to Lukla and begin the trek at Phakding. The hike continues to Namche Bazaar, Phortse Khola, Luza, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Peak and Jorsale.
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August 6, 1995 | KARIN DOMINELLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fall months bring some of the best steelhead fishing to southern Oregon, particularly on the Rogue River. Veteran river guide Mark Swisher helps anglers catch between three to eight fish per day on three-day fishing adventures, which start Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Everything is provided on these trips: all fly-fishing equipment, instruction and help with casting, a deli-style lunch and transportation to and from the river. Two to three guests, plus a guide, are accommodated in the drift boats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
For car thieves working the streets of Los Angeles County, few stretches of pavement are more attractive than the two blocks of Alondra Boulevard that run from the 605 Freeway to Studebaker Road. At least 20 vehicles were stolen there in a recent six-month period. Across town, a block of Wilcox Avenue just north of Hollywood Boulevard has been the scene of more than a dozen burglaries. And the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood , which typically sees three violent crimes a week, had a recent spike of nine assaults and robberies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
For months, the budget crisis in Los Angeles has hamstrung and frustrated the city's homicide detectives. With no money to pay for the long hours of overtime they typically work, LAPD officials saw no choice but to force detectives to take time off from the job. Cases started taking longer to solve or going cold. The LAPD's struggles weren't lost on Robert Clark, an FBI assistant special agent in charge of the bureau's anti-gang efforts in Los Angeles. Clark's concern grew as he watched the number of gang-related killings in the city's violent southern swatch spike in early summer.
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