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April 10, 2011 | By Erin Weinger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There may be no better time to escape the city for a sun-drenched jaunt to the desert than spring. Flowers are blooming, temperatures are moderate, and music and art beckon with two major festivals — the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 15 to 17 and the Stagecoach country music fest April 30 and May 1. This is all on top of the year-round lure of golf, tennis, pools and spas. And for the serious shopper? There's a small but mighty fashion scene to be found in Palm Springs and its southeastern neighbor Palm Desert that includes the same sartorial trappings available in the city (Gucci, Trina Turk, Sephora)
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April 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
INDIO, Calif. - In the sprawl of desert scrub brush and freeway ramps that is this industrial part of Indio, the sun burns brightly in a barren office park. Light and shadows flash off the scorched asphalt, and the landscape is a spare palette of dusty brown, faded green and gray. Inside one tucked-away structure, however, artist Phillip K. Smith III is preparing to paint the sky red. Or pink. Or green, depending. FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2014 "Welcome to the different sides of my brain," Smith says, leading the way through his studio, which looks like an airplane hangar and is filled with elements of a light installation premiering at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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February 25, 2011 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hike along a desert trail, shoot photos of wildflowers, learn how to landscape with native plants and more next week, when the annual Wildflower Festival kicks off in Palm Desert . The festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5, will take place on the grounds of the visitor center at Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument . The free event includes live music; an art show; guided hikes and walks; a Kids Zone with arts and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Jean Merl
It will be months before the campaign arms of the major parties will decide which races to spend heavily on in their efforts to pick up House seats this fall. But both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, already are taking jabs at opponents in several California "swing" districts. On Wednesday, Democrats launched an online ad slamming Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo, who is challenging Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village)
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July 25, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The mother of a mentally disturbed man who died after being restrained by Palm Desert police won reinstatement Thursday of her federal lawsuit for excessive, deadly force. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said evidence suggested that U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, who presided over a trial on the suit, improperly relied on his personal experience as a former police officer when he ruled for Riverside County after a jury failed to reach a verdict.
REAL ESTATE
February 16, 1986
A $22.4-million, 22-year loan guarantee, described as "the largest and longest apartment loan commitment" ever issued by the Federal National Mortgage Assn., has been given to the developers of a 512-unit apartment community under way in Palm Desert. Dennis A. Martin and Lewis Corrigan, managing general partners of Western Community Developers Ltd., announced the loan,along with Robert E.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Trae Reick, a senior running back at Palm Desert, has put together a three-week effort to remember. He ran for 456 yards in one week. He returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown in the second week. And last week against Indio, he scored four touchdowns in five carries. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're hungry for some good food and meeting foodie luminaries, head east. Kogi food truck chef Roy Choi, Beekman Boys' Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, and Manhattan Beach restaurateur David LeFevre are among the chefs who will be cooking at the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert. The festival , now in its fourth year, is March 21-23 and will feature two Grand Tasting events: --"California Dreamin'," with samples from more than 50 Coachella Valley restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirit makers, and 10 demonstrations (11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22)
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October 31, 2013 | By KTLA
An 83-year-old woman who claims to be an international jewel thief with a five-decade career was back behind bars Wednesday after allegedly stealing a ring from a jewelry store in Palm Desert. Doris Marie Payne was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony larceny, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The theft allegedly occurred on Oct. 21 at a shop on El Paseo Drive. The octogenarian, who is the subject of the documentary “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” has been jailed in several states.
REAL ESTATE
March 27, 1988
Charter Communities Inc., San Diego, will develop and manage Hacienda de Monterey, a 279-unit retirement housing center and congregate care facility to be built at 44-600 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert. Pearce, Urstadt, Mayer & Greer Realty Corp. arranged a $21.6-million participating construction loan with Imperial Corp. of America, San Diego.Completion is scheduled for January.
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March 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 71-year-old woman stung about 1,000 times by "killer bees" in Palm Desert was recovering in the hospital, officials said. Five firefighters and a few neighbors also got stung before the dangerous hive could be removed in Thursday night's attack, officials said. People who live in the community where the incident occurred are still shaken up by the attack by Africanized honey bees, also known as "killer bees. " "Hopefully they are gone for good," resident Galye Clark told KESQ-TV . She said this was not the first time bees have found their way to the Palm Desert neighborhood.
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The weather in Palm Desert was dry enough for Palm Desert and Vista Murrieta to play a doubleheader on Saturday in baseball, and Vista Murrieta came away with victories of 7-5 and 9-1. Sophomore Jack Moberg threw six shutout innings in the first game and contributed two hits. Coltin Gerhart hit a three-run home run in the second game.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 1, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
GIRLS' WATER POLO SOUTHERN SECTION Championships, Saturday Division 1: Laguna Beach 10, Newport Harbor 7 Division 2: Santa Margarita 5, Mater Dei 4 Division 3: Los Osos 7, Mira Costa 6  Division 4: La Serna 5, Troy 4 (OT) Division 5: Riverside Poly 15, Warren 10 Division 6: Palm Desert 8, Yorba Linda 6 Division 7: Segerstrom 7, Ocean View 4
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January 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're hungry for some good food and meeting foodie luminaries, head east. Kogi food truck chef Roy Choi, Beekman Boys' Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, and Manhattan Beach restaurateur David LeFevre are among the chefs who will be cooking at the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert. The festival , now in its fourth year, is March 21-23 and will feature two Grand Tasting events: --"California Dreamin'," with samples from more than 50 Coachella Valley restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirit makers, and 10 demonstrations (11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22)
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December 30, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow, magnitude-3.3 earthquake was reported Monday morning eight miles from Borrego Springs in northeast San Diego County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:32 a.m. PST at a depth of 5.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 18 miles from La Quinta, 22 miles from Coachella, 22 miles from Palm Desert and 246 miles from Phoenix. In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Anne Ellegood | Curator Hammer Museum Senior Curator Anne Ellegood will likely see some attention this spring with the debut of her long-mulled, provocative show "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. " The 35-artist historical show - co-organized by Ellegood's friend, New York-based art historian Johanna Burton - is an institutional critique of museums themselves as it examines American artists who the curators felt have changed the way we, as a culture, think about art. Among those included in the exhibition, focusing on work largely from the '80s and '90s, are Barbara Kruger, Mike Kelley, Jimmie Durham, Adrian Piper and David Wojnarowicz.
SPORTS
February 18, 2004 | Dan Arritt, Eric Sondheimer, Martin Henderson, John Ortega, Elia Powers, Rafer Weigel
Justin Sobczyk, the leading scorer on the Palm Desert boys' basketball team, has a pretty good idea of what to expect from host Pomona Ganesha when the teams meet tonight in a Southern Section Division III-AA first-round playoff game. "They're pretty quick and athletic, but not very big," said Sobczyk, a junior guard who averages 18.6 points. "They also shoot the ball well." Predicting how his team will play, however, hasn't proved so easy.
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June 5, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Steve Garvey, a 10-time All-Star and former Dodgers great, sat in the front row next to the Palm Desert dugout taking photos and enjoying every minute watching his son Ryan, a junior outfielder, help the Aztecs win the Southern Section Division 4 championship with a 9-0 victory over Torrance on Saturday at the Diamond at Lake Elsinore. "I just talked to the Dodger front office," the elder Garvey said. "They said, 'How nervous are you?' I said, 'Much more nervous than when the Yankees played the Dodgers in the World Series.
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December 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
In December, Southern California public gardens aren't so much about what's growing as what's glowing. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, the Living Desert in Palm Desert and the San Diego Botanic Garden open for nighttime lights or luminaria displays. And Scrooge drops in for weekends at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Here's a list of holiday happenings at these gardens: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont: Follow the more than 1,000 candle-lighted luminarias along a loop trail in the garden at night on weekends leading up to Christmas.
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November 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An attorney for Doris Payne -- the 83-year-old notorious jewelry thief now facing charges in Riverside County -- said evidence should be the focus of his client's latest case, rather than her history. Payne pleaded not guilty Tuesday to  one count each of second-degree burglary and grand theft amid allegations that she stole a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store. One of her attorneys, Guadalupe Valencia -- who represented Payne in a 2011 San Diego County case -- told The Times that onlookers should "hold judgment" on the octogenarian.
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