February 24, 2008 |
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.
December 27, 2007 |
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.
September 30, 2007 |
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.
August 5, 2007 |
It's 102 degrees in the shade on a late July afternoon, but the staff at the Parker Palm Springs is just beginning to feel the real heat -- the kind that comes with exposure. In a few hours, the first of six episodes of "Welcome to the Parker," a reality TV show, will be broadcast on Bravo. Time for a party. The hotel cooked up a concession stand menu, tossed fat pillows on the ballroom floor and invited local media, dignitaries, eccentrics and hotel guests for a Parker-style family movie night.
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July 27, 2007 |
What started as an attempt to thwart water thieves in Palm Springs has ballooned into a lawsuit that has stalled development and could affect how water meters are used statewide. According to the Palm Springs Fire Department, the proposed new water meters could be a safety risk if they malfunctioned in an emergency. According to the Desert Water Agency, which serves the city, the gauges, by preventing people from stealing water from unmetered lines, will keep costs down for customers.
June 10, 2007 |
Looking for an inexpensive family holiday that won't be too hard on the budget? Picturesque La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs is less than a gas tank away and is offering an $89-a-night summer special. The deal: The Summer Splash Family Blast special is available through Aug. 31. It includes an overnight stay in a resort casita, child's gift and a child's meal with each paid adult meal. Rates start at $89 Sundays through Thursdays; weekend rates start at $129.