March 23, 2014 |
For three decades, alcoholics and addicts sought sobriety in the desert at the famed Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. But in recent years, the best-known name in substance abuse recovery lost much of its luster as internal strife, competition from luxury rehab centers and industry turmoil took their toll. All that led to the once-unimaginable takeover of the center last month by the Hazelden Foundation, another addiction treatment pioneer. Now Hazelden, a Minnesota nonprofit, is looking to preserve the former first lady's legacy with an ambitious expansion in Southern California and beyond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 |
Most of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County are failing to adequately protect historically important structures that are in danger of being razed, according to a new study by the Los Angeles Conservancy. The "Preservation Report Card" assigns an F to 51 cities and all of the county's unincorporated communities - some that made no effort to save their historic places since the group's last county-wide assessment was completed six years ago. Conservancy leaders said some newer communities mistakenly believe they have no historic preservation resources while officials of other communities have delayed creating programs because of budget cuts tied to the recession.
March 11, 2014 |
In what might be an industry first, movie director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado," "Machete," "Sin City") has his own TV channel. Born out of a commitment by Comcast, as it acquired an interest in NBCUniversal, to carry minority-owned networks, El Rey (also available via Time Warner and DirecTV) has as its sometime-stated target young English-speaking Latinos. Or rather, young English-speaking Latinos - and anyone else with a television - who likes the sort of movies Rodriguez makes.
March 6, 2014 |
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city's bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall , and the venerable venue's namesake jazz band. The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 |
After the founder of the International Surfing Museum dipped a toe in the beautiful, blue Pacific, she never bothered to hang the other nine. It was too cold, and the last thing a Canadian farm girl wanted in California was cold. Even so, Natalie Kotsch was intrigued by surfing culture, in love with the town that calls itself Surf City, and unrelenting in her drive to establish a museum devoted to the sport. Kotsch, an effervescent real estate broker who grew up more than 600 miles from the nearest ocean and never swam, much less surfed, in the Pacific, died Feb. 20 at her home in Huntington Beach.
February 28, 2014 |
Scientists have discovered the DNA of millions of tiny organisms entombed in the ancient dental plaque of four medieval skeletons. The findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, have implications for research into what our ancestors ate, how they interacted, and what diseases they fought, the authors write. "I feel like we discovered a time capsule that has been right under our noses this whole time," said Christina Warinner, a molecular anthropologist at the University of Oklahoma and the lead author of the study.