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May 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you didn't buy an annual California state parks pass yet, prepare to shell out a bit more. The new price of $195 - a $70 leap - goes into effect today (Tuesday). The California Department of Parks and Recreation hopes to generate $1 million to $1.5 million by raising the prices of state park passes, according to a statement. The popular Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass that allows access to all 279 state parks for a year jumps from $125 to $195; the Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Pass good at selected parks for a year increases from $90 to $125, and the Boat Use Pass (Sticker)
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NATIONAL
April 14, 2014 | Matt Pearce and John M. Glionna and Will Webber
Three people were shot to death Sunday at two Jewish community facilities here, and the suspect -- a man in his 70s thought to be a white supremacist -- appeared to shout "Heil Hitler!" as he was taken into custody. The shootings took place on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins at sundown Monday, but police said it was too early to call the shootings, whose victims included a 14-year-old Boy Scout and his grandfather, a hate crime. The gunfire erupted about 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom senior living facility, officials said.
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BUSINESS
March 19, 2010
Low-cost fun by the sea Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz Founded: 1907 35 rides Pacific Park Santa Monica Founded: 1996 12 rides Balboa Fun Zone Newport Beach Founded: 1936 Three rides (a Ferris wheel, a carousel and a bungee-jump attraction) Belmont Park San Diego Founded: 1925 10 rides
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Families of children with disabilities have sued Walt Disney Co. theme parks and resorts in Anaheim and Orlando, Fla., over a new policy allowing guests with disabilities quick access to rides and attractions. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that the policy put in place in October is intended to discourage guests with disabilities from visiting the parks. Disney dismissed those claims. Before October, visitors with disabilities and their family members were given a card that allowed them to go directly onto rides, skipping long lines.
OPINION
June 3, 2012
Re "Park closures don't add up," Column, May 28 A couple of weeks ago, I led an interpretive walk in one of our state parks for a class of at-risk children. For many of them, this was their first trip to see the ocean. For all of them, it was their first walk in the backcountry, the place where nature still rules. It was a rewarding day for me and a worthwhile experience for them. Their eyes were as wide as saucers and their questions never stopped. Yet this is the type of experience that will disappear in California if Gov. Jerry Brown's penny wise and pound foolish park closure plan goes into effect.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Parks and Recreation" may not have much to brag about in terms of audience size, but the cult-beloved NBC comedy can certainly point to one advantage: its viewers' paychecks. Among the series on the four major networks this fall, "Parks" has the highest concentration of upscale young adult viewers. In this context, " upscale young adult " means people in the 18-49 demo who live in households with yearly income of $100,000 or more. Three weeks into the fall season, "Parks and Rec" boasts a score of 171 on the upscale density index, for which 100 equals an average concentration of homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There are many reasons to watch NBC's marvelously funny "Parks and Recreation," but at this point I only need one: Ron Swanson. Swanson is played by Nick Offerman, an actor blessed with a deeply melodious voice and wickedly expressive eyebrows who has mastered, if not invented, the art of over-the-top understatement. But Swanson is a sum of several parts - an exquisite creation of Offerman's talent, but also of writing and directing, of hair, makeup and wardrobe. And I love him with all my heart.
NATIONAL
June 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The Houston piñata controversy started with a few signs. At parks in the northwestern reaches of Houston's Harris County, alongside the "Leash law will be enforced" and "No littering" warnings, authorities have posted signs saying, "No piñatas allowed" and "No confetti eggs. " Recently, Latino activists took issue with the signs, which they insist unfairly target Mexican Americans, because piñatas and confetti eggs, or cascarones , are popular Mexican party favors.
NEWS
November 25, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Wham! Bam! Ka-Pow! A bruising brawl involving comic-book superheroes, Saturday morning cartoon characters and extreme sports icons will change the ride and roller coaster landscape of Six Flags' 11 U.S. amusement parks in 2011. An intellectual property housecleaning at the amusement park chain has left Bugs Bunny, Superman and Scooby-Doo victorious and Thomas the Tank Engine, The Wiggles, Evel Knievel and Tony Hawk vanquished. In a sudden about-face, Six Flags is undoing several licensing agreements established since 2007 for 60 amusement park rides and attractions.
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
One by one, some of the 70 California state parks slated to close in July are quietly being spared in the short term as nonprofits and other agencies raise their hands to take over their operation.  In April, five more parks, including writer Jack London's home and the remaining building of the Santa Cruz Mission, circa 1791, came off the list of closures announced last year as part of a $22-million cost-cutting measure by the California Department...
OPINION
April 8, 2014
Re "Partying in Grand Park," Editorial, April 4 Downtown L.A.'s Grand Park has been a big success. The mayor is inaugurated there, and the public enjoys free July 4th and New Year's Eve celebrations, ballet, yoga, dancing and book fairs. The community potential is endless. Unfortunately, not satisfied with creating a community treasure, our city leaders decided to kitsch it up with a Budweiser-sponsored Labor Day weekend concert festival that will charge admission, forgetting about Mr. and Mrs. Average Angeleno.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Without a returning starter, Oak Park (22-11) was barely a blip on the radar screen as a possible Southern Section champion when the season started. By season's end, the Eagles were the Division 3A champion, winners of the first basketball title in the school's history. For being able to rebuild and reload without relying on transfer students, Aaron Shaw has been selected the coach of the year by The Times. "We struggled early in the season, and it took us a little bit of time to figure out our roles," Shaw said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine. Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants. "I went up to these three motorcycle officers … and informed them about 15 gentlemen were urinating in the park and I said, 'I think it's illegal, what are you going to do about it?
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Camarillo and Newbury Park have filed appeals with the CIF Southern Section challenging their placement in a new league for the coming sports season. Each is citing competitive equity concerns. Both schools would be placed in a new football league with Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure, Thousand Oaks and Westlake.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
About 150 employees at rocket engine maker Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park were told Wednesday that they would be laid off as part of a companywide reduction that the company says is related to last year's merger. Aerojet Rocketdyne was created by the sale of Rocketdyne to GenCorp Inc. for $550 million, a deal that was finalized last summer. It brought together two major California rocket companies - and longtime competitors. GenCorp already owned Aerojet, the Sacramento aerospace firm founded in 1942.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2009 | Scott Timberg
The documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has a story he clearly loves to tell. He was walking in New York City a few years ago -- on a date -- when he heard a man he'd just passed yell violently back at him: "What about Mingus?!" Preceding the name of the protean jazz bassist was a pungent (and unprintable) expletive. Burns turned to his date and reassured her. "It's just about 'Jazz,' " he said, referring to his 10-part history shown on PBS in 2001, which drew big audiences and critics' complaints that he overlooked key figures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak
SACRAMENTO -- The Legislature plans to hold a joint oversight hearing next week to probe California's scandal-plagued parks department. Controversy erupted last year with the discovery of a $54-million surplus in the agency's budget at a time when the deficit-plagued state was threatening to close dozens of parks. The revelation forced the parks director to resign and spurred calls for better oversight of the agency. The state attorney general's office subsequently determined that $20.4 million of the hidden money had been deliberately squirreled away because parks officials feared that their budget was going to be cut. The oversight hearing, set for Feb. 20, is to feature testimony from retired Marine Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson , the newly appointed head of the Parks and Recreation Department, and focus on a series of financial reports revealing accounting problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A war of words erupted Tuesday between two Los Angeles City Council members vying for control of the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In a blistering press release, Councilman Bernard C. Parks accused Councilman Curren Price and USC of "continuing what has become a petty retaliation effort" to force Parks out of the Fireworks Extravaganza he founded more than a decade ago. Parks said the university and some Coliseum Commission members have been at odds with him since he publicly opposed a deal giving USC control of the Coliseum, which he argued gave the community "little to nothing in return.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- More improvement was reported Tuesday from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the saga of gorilla Imani and her 13-day-old baby. Both have had their medical challenges. Imani needed a Caesarian-section to deliver. Her baby underwent surgery for a collapsed lung and then treatment for pneumonia. On Monday, the pair were in contact for the first time. And on Tuesday, they walked into their outdoor exhibit with other gorillas -- an adult male, three adult females, and two young males -- watching from a distance.
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