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April 28, 1991 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a mirage lurking in a dip in the highway, Palm Springs shimmers enticingly atop the Sonoran Desert, an impossibly green splotch on a canvas of tawny brown. Outside the city, the flat, sandy landscape is broken only rarely by scraggly tamarisk trees, yucca plants and pathetic shrubs twisted by relentless desert winds.
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December 30, 2012 | Jay Jones
It's understandable why, as wintry weather sets in elsewhere, travelers flock to Palm Springs for warmth and sunshine. Heavy clothes are quickly replaced by T-shirts and shorts -- or, at some resorts, no clothes at all. Palm Springs is a hot spot not only for snowbirds but also for those who choose to vacation wearing just their birthday suits at one of the area's several nudist resorts. The bed The city is known for its trendy boutique hotels, but for those wanting to spend a weekend (or longer)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2002 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The very soul of this desert oasis was said to be at stake. This spring brought allegations that the mayor had turned on Palm Springs' well-heeled, fun-loving gay community. In his handpicked City Council candidate, some gay activists saw the makings of a political coup that would let religious fundamentalists turn Palm Springs into a very staid, and very straight, town. The divisive election that ensued is over, and the coup, if there ever was one, was a flop.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt >>>
While some of the world's top women golfers battle this weekend at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, another competition of sorts will play out beside the sparkling pools of two of Palm Springs' hottest resorts, where rival night life promoters will be looking to claim supremacy in the popular and lucrative lesbian party scene surrounding the tournament. What began as a discreet gathering of lesbian golf fans for the Dinah Shore golf tournament has evolved over the last two decades into a multimillion-dollar extravaganza that attracts an estimated 20,000 female revelers, corporate sponsors, and top-name entertainment (Ke$ha will headline one party this year)
TRAVEL
September 8, 1996 | BARBARA DeMARCO BARRETT, DeMarco Barrett is a freelance writer based in Corona del Mar
We like going to Palm Springs. We like the desert, the relaxed atmosphere and the heat. The heat makes you feel like doing nothing, and that's exactly what my husband, our son Travis, and I were looking to do. It was my husband's birthday. The last time Brian and I were in Palm Springs, at the Moroccan-style Korakia, we heard about the Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, a magnificently restored 1927 home cloaked in celebrity lore that opened in early July.
TRAVEL
March 1, 1998 | MICHELLE WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It should have taken two hours and 15 minutes to get here from the Westside. Instead, the rain, traffic and the fact that it was a Friday conspired against me. Two hours and 15 minutes into my drive, I was still on the stinkin' San Bernardino Freeway crawling at 8 mph through one of those dang Covinas. Didn't El Nino understand? I was a woman on the edge.
TRAVEL
December 3, 2000 | SUSAN JAMES
Deer and raccoon had left their tracks on a cushion of freshly fallen powder, and we kept an eye out for the larger prints of a mountain lion or bear. Beneath the burly branches of lodgepole pine and clusters of white fir, our breath rose in puffs of steam cut by beams of sunlight. Snow crunched beneath our feet, and only the distant voices of hikers disturbed the forest silence. It was hard to believe that this winter wilderness was only a 14-minute ride from the desert below.
TRAVEL
March 17, 1996 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
The 90-mile drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs should take less than two hours, but this Friday afternoon in February the journey is unpleasantly extended by dense traffic. I have just recovered from a 2 1/2-month bout with pneumonia, an illness I describe to friends as, "So 19th century, like something out of Thomas Mann." To prolong the Mann analogy, I've decided to visit the new Givenchy Hotel and Spa. This is not a choice easily made.
TRAVEL
March 16, 1997 | JOHN MUNCIE, Formerly special projects editor for the Times' travel section, Muncie is Arts and Entertainment Editor of the Baltimore Sun
Driving down the east slope of the San Jacinto Mountains on California 74, headed toward Palm Springs, I pulled over to take a photo. It was 4:30 on a Friday; shadows filled the Coachella Valley, though the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north shone a cheery orange. This part of Highway 74 has more curves than a sidewinder. It was the setting for the frenetic opening of the 1963 movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
TRAVEL
March 2, 2003 | Craig Nakano, Times Staff Writer
The faint trail snaked up the San Jacinto Mountains, finally reaching a rocky precipice that offered one of the best views of the city. Grass and palms blanketed square blocks below, interrupted only by parcels of stark, undeveloped desert -- a checkerboard of green and beige. Our problem: We didn't know our next move. Which way back to the car? I wanted to veer left. Todd insisted we go right. Our dog, Bailey, a lovable golden retriever-chow mix, diplomatically declined to choose sides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2010 | By Anna Gorman
An early morning fire at a mobile home park in Palm Springs on New Year's Day killed three adults and two children, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Coroner's officials have not identified the victims and do not know if they were from one family. The fire was reported about 5:15 a.m. in the Western Village Mobile Home Park at 150 Oregon Trail. Twenty-five firefighters fought the blaze and had it contained by 6:30 a.m. While dousing the flames, firefighters found the bodies of the three adults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2009 | David Kelly
Eager to safeguard its image as an upscale tourist resort, Palm Springs is prescribing art therapy as a partial cure for downtown shops caught up in the economic doldrums. The city is expected to adopt a plan requiring vacant stores to hang paintings or photographs of old Hollywood movie stars, or come up with their own picturesque remedies to head off creeping blight in the city center. "We have more vacant storefronts than we did in the past," said City Manager David Ready.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
Every Easter weekend for the last two decades, gay men have flocked to Palm Springs for Jeffrey Sanker's White Party. Poised to celebrate its 20th anniversary next weekend, it's equal parts dance, pool, costume and networking extravaganza and has grown from a smallish spring bash on the outskirts of acceptability to a mainstream party that attracts nearly 30,000 revelers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2008 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Robert julian's little neighborhood is on the southwest side of Palm Springs, where the San Jacinto Mountains begin to rise from the desert floor like the spires of a great cathedral. Warm Sands is an older neighborhood, a mix of vintage ranches and glassy contemporaries. There are cactuses and fruit trees, a health food shop, the oldest hardware store in town and -- displayed prominently on one corner lot -- a 5-foot-tall sculpture of a phallus.
REAL ESTATE
February 24, 2008 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
PALM SPRINGS was Hollywood's backyard in the 1930s when this home was built, but it wasn't until the late '50s that a screen star was connected with the estate. Elizabeth Taylor came onto the desert scene then and rented the home for several months from the widow of Leo Spitz, its original owner and co-founder of Universal International Studios. At the end of Taylor's stay, in 1957, she said "yes" to Mike Todd, producer of the movie "Around the World in 80 Days," and they wed in Acapulco.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2007 | Pauline O'Connor
Like Frank Sinatra, Palm Springs has fallen in and out of fashion, but never out of style. Given its desert and mountain scenery, historic architecture and bountiful shopping options, it's hard to top as a winter weekend getaway. But if you need another excuse to visit, why not plan a trip around the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, when the town gets an infusion of Hollywood buzz and glitz, sans the attitude? Running Jan.
NEWS
August 17, 1991 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators on Friday officially blamed defective brakes for a bus accident that killed seven people on a Girl Scout tour here last month, but said the driver might have prevented the crash had he used a lower gear while descending the steep grade where the wreck occurred. If driver Richard A.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt >>>
While some of the world's top women golfers battle this weekend at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, another competition of sorts will play out beside the sparkling pools of two of Palm Springs' hottest resorts, where rival night life promoters will be looking to claim supremacy in the popular and lucrative lesbian party scene surrounding the tournament. What began as a discreet gathering of lesbian golf fans for the Dinah Shore golf tournament has evolved over the last two decades into a multimillion-dollar extravaganza that attracts an estimated 20,000 female revelers, corporate sponsors, and top-name entertainment (Ke$ha will headline one party this year)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Three people were killed and a fourth person was critically injured in a single-car crash early Wednesday in Palm Springs. Authorities said the victims left a nightclub, and apparently had been drinking, shortly before their 1995 Mercury Cougar slammed into a palm tree. The car is believed to have been traveling at a high speed around a curve when the crash occurred about 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs police said.
NATIONAL
September 30, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Rudolph W. Giuliani is married to his third wife, his kids barely talk to him and he's comfortable with leaving intact the national policy permitting abortion. Oh -- and he's the former mayor of New York City, a modern Gomorrah to many here at the biennial conference of the National Federation of Republican Women. You'd think that Giuliani would get little more than a polite round of applause from the mostly conservative crowd of 2,000 women.
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