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September 30, 2010
Oak Tree meeting When: Thursday through Oct. 31. Where: Hollywood Park. Highlights: Six days of night racing ? Thursday, Oct. 8, 21, 22, 28, 29. Evening first post at 7:05 p.m. All other days, 1 p.m. Racing Thursday through Sunday except Oct. 6-11, when there's racing Wednesday through Monday. Big stakes: Saturday, $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes, $250,000 Norfolk Stakes, $250,000 Goodwood Stakes, $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes. Sunday, $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship, $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes.
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HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2014 | By Marissa Gluck
When Samad Firdosy bought the two-bedroom, one-bath home in La Crescenta in 2005, it was a fairly conventional single-story ranch house - with one difference. The house was nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and bordered in back by a 6-acre watershed owned by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. But it failed to take advantage of its rustic landscape and mountain views. Firdosy says he purchased the house intending to add more space but just couldn't visualize how. So the Jet Propulsion Lab materials engineer called a friend - Ali Jeevanjee of LOC Architects in downtown L.A. - to design an addition for him. Jeevanjee had grown up with him and done a renovation for Firdosy's parents.
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SPORTS
September 2, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
Hollywood Park announced on Thursday that it will host the Oak Tree meet traditionally run at Santa Anita beginning Sept. 30. The Oak Tree Racing Assn. decided to move from its home since 1969 in Arcadia across town to Hollywood Park because of uncertainty about the condition of the main track at Santa Anita. The 42nd Oak Tree meet will run through Oct. 31 in Inglewood. Hollywood Park's autumn meet will open Nov. 4. The highlight of the Oak Tree meet is expected to be undefeated Zenyatta making her 19th career start at her home track.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The sudden toppling of a black oak tree at a summer camp outside Yosemite National Park last week was a "freak accident," said Jamie Simon, director of Camp Tawonga. The giant tree fell near a building, killing 21-year-old camp counselor Annais Rittenberg and injuring others. A private arborist checks the trees at the camp every 12 to 18 months, Simon said. The same arborist returned after the accident and, after inspecting the fallen tree, "deemed the tree healthy," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Hamilton
One staff member from Camp Tawonga near Yosemite National Park was killed and four others were injured Wednesday morning by a massive oak tree that fell. Officials from the San Francisco-based Jewish camp identified the staff member as Annais Rittenberg in a letter emailed to parents. The tree “spontaneously fell” just outside of the camp's dining hall near a campfire circle about 8:30 a.m., according to police and an email sent to parents Wednesday afternoon. Four staff members - Lizzie Moore, Cara Sheedy, Juliet Ulibarri and Anya Schultz - were taken to hospitals, according to the email.
SPORTS
August 9, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
Because of renewed safety fears involving the synthetic surface at Santa Anita Race Track, the upcoming Oak Tree meeting could be moved to Hollywood Park. Santa Anita has been the home for Oak Tree since 1969, and this year's meet is scheduled to open Sept. 29. But last Friday, in a meeting involving Southern California trainers and owners, fears were raised that a recent aeration procedure on the track had punctured the mesh, or membrane, that is designed to hold base material such as rocks well below the surface.
SPORTS
October 21, 1995 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kent Desormeaux is back in familiar territory these days after sub-par meetings at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Santa Anita's leading rider last winter is second behind Corey Nakatani in the jockey standings through the first 13 days of the Oak Tree season and Desormeaux is tied with Chris McCarron for most stakes victories with three. This is certainly better than the previous five months.
SPORTS
September 30, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
Pink flamingos wandered aimlessly in the infield pond. Lumbering 747s drifted by on their way to LAX. Beer flowed at $3 a cup as the sun dipped. Never before had the Oak Tree meeting started with such a scene as the one Thursday night at Hollywood Park. Held since 1969 at Santa Anita, the 22-day Oak Tree meeting began for the first time under the lights at the Inglewood track. "It's strange," trainer Julio Canani said as he looked up at clouds turning orange from the sun's setting.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2010 | By F. Kathleen Foley
If ever a show could be said to beggar description, it is "An Oak Tree," now in its Los Angeles premiere at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. A British import that received an Obie Special Citation during its off-Broadway run, the play was written by theater artist Tim Crouch, who co-directed it with a smit and Karl James. The premise of Crouch's two-person piece sounds deceptively simple: A stage hypnotist (Crouch) solicits a volunteer from the audience, initially unaware that the individual is the father of the 12-year-old girl he ran over and killed three months ago. Here's the wrinkle.
MAGAZINE
September 27, 1987 | PAUL B. ENGLER
Q: We have a young oak tree that has developed cracks in its main trunk. What do you think is causing that? --M.B., Arcadia A: The bark is probably splitting as result of the death of some of the tree's main roots. They may be dying after having suffered a mechanical injury, or gopher girdling, or an oak-root fungus infection. To check for oak-root fungus, dig at the base of the tree trunk and look for white fungus growth just under the bark.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Hamilton
One staff member from Camp Tawonga near Yosemite National Park was killed and four others were injured Wednesday morning by a massive oak tree that fell. Officials from the San Francisco-based Jewish camp identified the staff member as Annais Rittenberg in a letter emailed to parents. The tree “spontaneously fell” just outside of the camp's dining hall near a campfire circle about 8:30 a.m., according to police and an email sent to parents Wednesday afternoon. Four staff members - Lizzie Moore, Cara Sheedy, Juliet Ulibarri and Anya Schultz - were taken to hospitals, according to the email.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Hamilton
A summer camp counselor was killed and four others were hurt Wednesday outside Yosemite National Park when a tree fell onto a campfire circle, officials said. About 8:30 a.m., a 3- to 4-foot-wide oak tree toppled onto a bench and campfire circle outside the dining hall during breakfast time at Camp Tawonga near the park. Annais Rittenberg, 21, an art counselor at the camp, was killed. "I've lost a beautiful child through that tree," said Rittenberg's mother, Penny Kreitzer.
OPINION
October 20, 2012
Re "Red, blue and faithful," Opinion, Oct. 16 Jonah Goldberg's partisanship shows through in his criticism of Vice President Joe Biden's heartfelt statement of his Roman Catholic faith in his opposition to abortion and in the separation of church and state, which precludes imposing that religious belief on all Americans. Goldberg claims Republican challenger Paul Ryan's professed belief that human life begins at conception (and thus abortion should be a crime at any stage)
HOME & GARDEN
October 2, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Visitors to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Saturday will be treated to oak nut marzipan, manzanita berry cider and other hors d'oeuvres crafted from plants common to California. It's all part of the "Cooking With Native Plants" lecture by Alicia Funk, an herbalist and author who not only cooks with plants found in the wild but also uses them to make medicine. I caught up with Funk, author of "Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing With Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada," to talk about the Saturday event: Question: What are the advantages to "living wild," as you call it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
After a hellish hike in the wilderness above Yucaipa in the San Bernardino Mountains on a recent weekday, seven naturalists with cameras, measuring tape and lasers entered the shade of a gargantuan oak tree and looked up at its gnarled branches, their eyes alive with anticipation. The Wildlands Conservancy members had come to take precise measurements of what they believed could be the largest canyon live oak in existence and, perhaps, the largest oak of any species in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Keith Miller got a beast of a wake-up call Thursday morning. The 71-year-old had just stepped outside his Altadena home to get the newspaper when he saw "this huge bear, looking like a Volkswagen, staring at me," Miller said. "It ran one way and I ran the other. " Before Miller made it back inside, he turned to see where the bear - which had been snacking on leftover birthday cake tossed in a garbage can - was headed. That's when he saw two cubs scamper up an oak tree in his frontyard.
SPORTS
September 3, 2010 | By Bill Dwyre
In a reversal that further signified the current shaky nature of thoroughbred horse racing in Southern California, Oak Tree Racing Assn. announced late Friday that it would hold its 2011 autumn meeting at Hollywood Park, not Del Mar. Oak Tree had said this week that it would move to Del Mar in 2011, after holding this year's meeting, starting Sept. 30, at Hollywood Park. Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president of Oak Tree, said that meetings at Del Mar on Thursday produced indications that environmental reports for the low-lying areas of Del Mar during October would take longer than at first thought.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | Los Angeles Times
Veteran production designer Jack Fisk is a frequent collaborator with director Terrence Malick, joining him on such films as "Badlands," "The New World" and "The Thin Red Line" before teaming up again for this year's "The Tree of Life" from Fox Searchlight. The movie, a meditative and highly impressionistic story of a small-town family in the 1950s, was shot over several months in 2008 in a variety of locations — Smithville, Texas, as well as Houston, the Goblin Valley and the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Mono Valley and Death Valley in California and the shoreline of the Colorado River at the Gulf of Mexico — all of which Fisk had to adapt to Malick's vision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2011 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
The Historic Highlands district is prototypical of the Pasadena-Altadena aesthetic: turn-of-the-century Craftsman homes next to 1920s Spanish bungalows across from grand colonial-revival mansions, set amid a forest of mature oaks, eucalyptus and jacaranda trees. The tidy north Pasadena neighborhood resounded Thursday with the whine of chain saws biting into many of those trees, as residents dug out after a night of howling winds turned palm fronds into missiles and launched limbs into backyards.
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