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March 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's been a lousy year for water, but recent heavy rains in Southern California have sown a few seeds of hope that golden poppies in the Antelope Valley just might put on a show this year. Not a big show, but a show. The brown fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster have greened up since storms last week dropped 3 1/2 inches of rain. The moisture plumped up little poppies that had struggled to sprout during drought conditions with flowers so small you'd have to be standing on top of them to take notice.
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March 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's been a lousy year for water, but recent heavy rains in Southern California have sown a few seeds of hope that golden poppies in the Antelope Valley just might put on a show this year. Not a big show, but a show. The brown fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster have greened up since storms last week dropped 3 1/2 inches of rain. The moisture plumped up little poppies that had struggled to sprout during drought conditions with flowers so small you'd have to be standing on top of them to take notice.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013
Nicola Buck came upon pockets of poppies along a path at Will Rogers State Beach on April 10. Buck said she hoped to go to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to photograph the state flowers, but found they weren't thriving this year because of the dry weather. The color contrast and potential for an interesting perspective drew her into this shot, which she took with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  “I love to get down at ground level for a lot of my pictures,” she said.
WORLD
November 13, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a harsh indictment of the Western-funded drug eradication effort in Afghanistan, the United Nations on Wednesday reported an increase of nearly 50% in the 2013 opium harvest, with land used for cultivation reaching an all-time high. The annual survey underscored the growing threat in the world's largest opium-producing nation. The unchecked spread of opium cultivation has brought widespread corruption, political instability and enormous profits for the Taliban insurgency, which controls Afghanistan's primary poppy-growing provinces.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Summer in Bhutan means red, white and pink poppies are blooming in the Himalaya's high passes. What better time for a walk in the flower fields? Amanresorts offers two poppy treks that combine hiking and tent camping with stays in their luxury resorts. Participants on poppy treks walk three to five hours each day at elevations ranging from 9,800 feet to almost 15,000 feet. Trails to the poppies (no, they're not the opiate kind) wind through pastures as well as pine, cypress and rhododendron forests, and up to mountain passes.
SCIENCE
November 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Australian researchers have genetically engineered the common poppy so that it no longer produces morphine or codeine. As a result, the team reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology, the plants accumulate significant quantities of the nonnarcotic alkaloid reticuline. Reticuline, a precursor of antimalarial and anticancer drugs, could be a valuable product.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2000 | GRACE E. JANG
The idea is that fire refines the golden hue of California poppies. In an annual effort to stimulate poppy growth, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will burn 33 acres of nonnative plants and seeds at the California Poppy Reserve on Tuesday, state park officials said. "The purpose . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2000
The fact that flowers may not bloom for another week or so in the California Poppy Reserve won't halt this weekend's ninth annual California Poppy Festival. Organizers say the event, which started as an Earth Day celebration for area residents, has evolved into a "mini jazz festival" to complement the 200 arts and crafts vendors and family activities. When the bright orange flowers are in abundance, the festival attracts 65,000.
WORLD
November 29, 2009 | By Tony Perry
Under an awning set up at a tiny outpost guarded by U.S. Marines, the district governor of Nawa is pleading with three dozen solemn-looking farmers and village elders not to plant the crop that feeds the world heroin market. Haji Abdul Manaf, a farmer and onetime leader in the fight against Russian occupiers, has several parts to his passionate anti-poppy pitch. Moral: Planting an illegal crop puts you in collusion with criminals and violates the Koran. Practical: If Nawa continues to be known as the center of the poppy crop, outsiders like the Americans won't come here to build schools, clinics and roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2001 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The phones ring again and again. Everyone wants to know whether this year's crop will bloom or bust. But unfortunately, volunteers and workers at the California Poppy Reserve can offer little help. "You can't predict poppies," said Milt Stark, 79, a longtime Antelope Valley resident, author of several wildflower books and a poppy lover for nearly three-quarters of a century. "They have a mind of their own."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - CBS' brooding procedural "Unforgettable" of 2011-2012 featured a detective with a mind so uncanny no memory ever truly disappeared. It's a fitting premise. After canceling "Unforgettable" at the end of the 2012 season, CBS is now bringing it back, believing a recognizable name and familiar characters can sell a show with a new setup, tone and schedule. When the debut episode airs on Sunday, it will pose a fraught question: In this age of "Arrested Development"-style reprisals, can a network successfully take a mulligan?
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Carren Jao
When it came to designing their new home in Venice, Jonathan Ward and Jin Ah Park drew inspiration from a two-year backpacking trip around the world. The couple traveled from Britain to Thailand, Australia to Peru, Morocco to Mali - a journey that has given rise to a modern dwelling that draws from global cultures yet still embodies California living. Dubbed the California Poppy House, the 2,900-square-foot design calls upon the state flower for the home's most striking feature: the silhouette of the flower, cut into an aluminum screen that wraps the second-floor facade.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Poppy Montgomery, one "Unforgettable" actress, is a new mom as of Monday, when she and boyfriend Shawn Sanford welcomed their first child together. The baby girl is named Violet Grace Devereux Sanford, according to People , which first reported the news. At 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 19½ inches long, she arrived at 7:57 a.m., said the mag. That means Montgomery's 5-year-old son Jackson, from a previous relationship, is now a big brother. "We are overjoyed with the arrival of our beautiful angel and filled with gratitude that she is happy, healthy and thriving,” said the couple (he's a Microsoft exec, incidentally)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013
Nicola Buck came upon pockets of poppies along a path at Will Rogers State Beach on April 10. Buck said she hoped to go to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to photograph the state flowers, but found they weren't thriving this year because of the dry weather. The color contrast and potential for an interesting perspective drew her into this shot, which she took with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  “I love to get down at ground level for a lot of my pictures,” she said.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The California golden poppies aren't popping right now at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. Southern Californians wait each year to see whether the state flower will turn the reserve and surrounding areas into fields of blinding orange. "Debbie Downer warning ... we probably won't really have a peak at all this year. Many of the plants that have managed to squeeze out a small poppy have desiccated mid-bloom," says a post on the reserve's Facebook page.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"From Up on Poppy Hill" is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son. "Poppy Hill" is directed by Goro Miyazaki, whose father, the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro"), wrote the screenplay based on a graphic novel.
MAGAZINE
May 18, 2003 | EMILY YOUNG
Joni Mitchell was right: We never know what we've got 'til it's gone. But unlike the paradise that wound up as a parking lot, we'll always have the wildflower fields of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. The sanctuary, 15 miles west of Lancaster, is 1,745 acres protected from urban sprawl and agriculture and a place where Southlanders can glimpse California's living gold.
WORLD
November 28, 2008 | Geraldine Baum and Laura King, Baum and King are Times staff writers.
After seven years of extraordinary expansion, Afghanistan's harvest of poppies used to produce opium has declined by 6% from a record high in 2007, according to the annual opium survey by the United Nations released Thursday. The amount of land used to cultivate opium declined by 19%, to about 388,000 acres.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
On his first trip to Los Angeles in February, Japanese director Goro Miyazaki found a native custom perplexing. "I've never been to any other place in the world where you see so few pedestrians," Miyazaki said, speaking through a translator in a rare interview at his Beverly Hills hotel. "Normally I go for a walk every morning, but I was told that if I'm just walking around, people will see me as somebody strange. " Miyazaki is accustomed to moving to a different tempo. He's the son of Hayao Miyazaki, the so-called Walt Disney of Japan, whose fantastical, hand-drawn animated films such as "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" and "Princess Mononoke" have made him his country's most successful filmmaker and a defiantly old-school hero in a global boom era for computer animation.
WORLD
November 21, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
More Afghan land is being used to grow opium poppies than a year ago, the United Nations drug agency said in a new report released Tuesday that underscores the challenges in combating the illicit crop. It marks the second year that opium cultivation has expanded in Afghanistan, according to the U.N., bringing it close to levels last seen four years ago. Though the Afghan government stepped up eradication efforts, more than doubling the area it tackled, the area devoted to cultivating opium poppies grew by nearly a fifth, spanning 154,000 hectares, or about 380,542 acres.
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