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HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
New iPhone applications promise to make plant and bird identification easier, whether you're gardening in the backyard or hiking in the hills.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 12, 2014 | Anne Colby
Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002. "There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night. " She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons.
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BUSINESS
September 6, 2009 | Dinah Eng
A contemporary design with open spaces brings the outdoors in with sliding glass floor-to-ceiling pocket doors at this newly constructed Cheviot Hills home. Designed by Brett Davis, an architect with Ikoniko in Los Angeles, the home was a collaborative effort with Blanchard-Becker Contemporary, a design, development and builder team in West Los Angeles. "We tore down a one-story 1947 tract home and decided to build a contemporary-style house, which is our architectural passion," said Ann Blanchard, who bought the lot with her husband, Sandy Becker.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set at the end of a cul-de-sac behind glass gates, this newly built three-story contemporary in the Beverly Crest area makes the most of its site with expanses of glass bringing in canyon views. Retractable walls further the indoor-outdoor vibe, opening the house to a wall planted with succulents, an infinity pool and a spa. Location: 9852 San Circle, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $7.995 million Year built: 2014 House size: Seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 9,000 square feet Lot size: 17,651 square feet Features: High ceilings, open staircase, bar, den, office, kitchen island with breakfast bar, three indoor fireplaces, fire pit, covered patio, elevator, parking for six cars About the area: Last year, 369 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $3.425 million, according to DataQuick.
OPINION
March 24, 2010
There are times when a day at the beach feels more like a frolic in an ashtray, with cigarette butts liberally strewn through the sand and between our toes. On beach cleanup days in California, they are the No. 1 trash item that the volunteers pick up -- 340,221 in a single day in 2009. That alone was a good enough reason for the Assembly to pass Senate Bill 4, which would ban smoking on state beaches and through most areas of state parks. Congratulations to state Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach)
NEWS
February 3, 2004
Outdoors is frequently disturbing and often sickening in its approach to the great outdoors. You have a perfect opportunity to enlighten by promoting nondestructive activities but seem to promote the age-old vile practices of killing living creatures for sport. Sylvia Lewis Gunning Thousand Oaks
NEWS
December 30, 2003
Here's how to coo through your hands. To succeed don't forget step 5: Try, try again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1996
Re "County May Sell Advertising Space at Parks, Beaches," Aug. 19: I recently attended an event at the Anaheim Pond, where all night long I was subjected to one commercial after another. The announcer never stopped howling for an endless stream of advertisers, which I was forced to listen to. This was worse than television, where at least I can mute the repetitive garbage that fills the screen. Now comes the brilliant idea of surrounding the places of leisure and relaxation, in the great outdoors, with the same [junk]
SPORTS
April 16, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Can there be too much of a good thing? The NHL recently announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2014 in the resumption of the Winter Classic outdoor series, and it was reported here that the Ducks will face the Kings outdoors amid the palm trees at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, 2014, pending the completion of some logistical and financial details. But on Tuesday TSN reported that the league is planning six - count 'em six - outdoor games next season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2009
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky
SAN DIEGO  - SeaWorld? Check. Balboa Park? Check. The zoo? Check. Most folks heading here for a vacation visit the usual tourist spots. Those are great, but there's more to the self-styled America's Finest City than a famous theme park, museums, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Why not add the city's outdoor art to the checklist? San Diego has a treasure-trove of dynamic, free outdoor art installations that the casual visitor might easily overlook. These pieces, by big-name artists as well as lesser-known talents, are easily reachable and, in some cases, just steps from tourist spots.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Natal, a breezy beach city with vast blue skies and bright sun 1,220 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, has much of the small-town feel common in the surrounding rural regions. Where you'll see soccer: The U.S. takes on Ghana on June 16 at the newly constructed Arena das Dunas in Natal, a towering homage to sea, sun and sand. FIFA is putting up a giant screen at Praia do Forte north of the tourist areas and stadium. In a calm city light on night life and heavy on fresh air, this is probably the best place to take in the action for those without tickets.
HOME & GARDEN
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
"I felt a creative spirit the first time I walked in this house," says Rina Welles of the 1921 Santa Monica house that was once home to renowned German playwright Bertolt Brecht. "I liked the energy. " The foursquare house was where Brecht penned "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" and other plays during the 1940s. Today the house is one component in a multigenerational family compound for Welles, husband David Golubchik, her mother, Joanna, and their children, Leah, 10, and Alek, 6. The home, which has been renovated and complemented by a new addition by Dub Studios , also stands as a success story for preserving cultural landmarks in fresh and inviting ways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Scott Gold
When Jeff Bozarth retired after 20 years as a police officer and signed up as a park ranger here last spring, he knew what to expect and relished every bit of it. Hidden in the folds of the Central Coast mountains, Cachuma Lake featured the largest campground in Santa Barbara County and one of the area's most popular outdoor playgrounds. Here, Bozarth knew, was 190,000 acre-feet of crystalline water that splashed into clay washes and lapped at primeval rock formations. There would be bobcats, wild pigs, migrating grebes who acted out an elaborate courtship dance.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The bizarre mingled with the familiar Saturday night, when the sensory overload of seeing beach volleyball, street hockey and Frisbee tossing taking place amid Dodger Stadium's greenery was balanced by seven concise words that set a sellout crowd to roaring. "And now it's time," Vin Scully said, his voice vibrating as he paused for dramatic effect, "for NHL hockey!" And so it was, with Wayne Gretzky dropping the puck between the Kings and Ducks for the first NHL regular-season outdoor game played in California.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
For Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy, entering Dodger Stadium for Saturday's outdoor game against the Kings was a moment that could happen only in the movies. Like in "Gladiator," the first comparison that came to mind when he tried to explain what it was like for the two teams to march through the center-field fence, along a path bordered by palm trees, and into a stadium filled with 54,099 screaming fans. "When Marcus Aurelius says, 'We who are about to die salute you,'" he said.
NEWS
March 16, 2004
Outdoors features get scarier all the time. Between "Showdown in the Desert Sandbox" and the "Trends" (March 9) piece on gargantuan RVs and motorized toys, you wouldn't know there's the remotest concern for rising gas prices or increasingly weird weather most scientists attribute to global warming caused by fossil fuel usage. How did we ever enjoy the outdoors before ATVs and RVs? Joanne Hedge Glendale
SPORTS
August 19, 2000
I have never camped out, hiked, been on a fishing boat nor surfed, but I'm a fan of the Outdoors column. Thank you, Pete Thomas, for letting me live vicariously through you once a week. JEAN ATKINSON Palm Springs
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Lessons learned Saturday from the Ducks' 3-0 victory over the Kings at Dodger Stadium: -- It's possible to play an NHL game outdoors in Southern California without the ice turning into a swimming pool. -- The Kings, who have struggled to score goals indoors, can't score outdoors, either. The event was a roaring success, though it could have benefited from less volume on the constant, deafening music played during stoppages and less pregame activity around the rink. Beach volleyball and soccer and Frisbee and yoga and bands playing and street hockey?
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | Chris Erskine
  You've got a red carpet, you've got the USC marching band, you've got KISS lighting up the inky night while standing inside what looks to be some sort of fire-breathing insect. Kings fans Giselle Bishop and Christina Dean celebrated it all in black and white tutus and high-top shoes. They looked like smog. "It was her idea," Bishop said, proud of her friend. By the way, didn't KISS sound good? Well, they were "tracked," as they say in the recording business, their instrumentals pre-recorded.
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